Aggregates are the core building material in all our homes, offices, social buildings and infrastructures:
without aggregates these would literally fall apart.
The construction of a typical new home uses up to 400 tonnes of aggregates (both endproduct and concrete) – from the foundations through to the roof tiles.
Aggregates are used to build schools, hospitals, museums and other social or public buildings. The construction of a school uses up to 3,000 tonnes of aggregates.
15% of produced aggregates are used for large infrastructures including bridges, harbours, offshore pipeline stabilisation, and many other.
Coastal & flood protection
Used to build coastal protection, dykes, water ways, as well as for flood protection, aggregates are essential to adapt to climate change.
Roads & Runways
Aggregates feature at all levels of the road construction up to the surface, which includes aggregates resistant to polishing, ensuring skid-resistance. The construction of 1 km of motorway uses up to 30,000 tonnes of aggregates.
Aggregates are essential as track ballast for Europe’s rail network. The construction of 1 meter of railway for a High Speed train (TGV) uses up to 9 tonnes of aggregates.
Sports facilities & Stadiums
For a sports stadium, up to 300,000 tonnes of aggregates are needed.
Aggregates are also used for private decorative purposes, such as to build stone walls, pathways, and for landscape design.
Offices, factories and other commercial buildings represent 20% of aggregates uses. They do not provide just strength but, through special finishes, architectural beauty.