Our Whatley and Westdown quarries form the heart of our operations in the East Mendips.
Limestone extraction in the East Mendips has a long history, helping to build Britain from Georgian crescents in Bath, to projects such as Hinkley Point C power station and HS2. Today, limestone in the East Mendips is considered a nationally significant aggregate resource. It is used to make ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products, as well as asphalt for use in highways.
At Heidelberg Materials we are committed to being a good neighbour and working with local communities in the East Mendips so we can continue to provide vital construction materials while minimising our impact on the area in which we operate. We also pride ourselves in making sure all of our sites operate well within our planning and permitting conditions.
As well as employing over 60 people, plus many more in our supply chain of contractors and support staff, we actively support local initiatives and programmes. We regularly host school and college visits and Whatley quarry has been included as a research site in our parent company Heidelberg Materials’ Quarry Life Awards, aimed at supporting and increasing biodiversity at mineral extraction sites. Quarry Life research projects carried out at Whatley quarry by Bath Spa University and University of the West of England students have been previous winners of the awards.