(L-R): Redcar MP Jacob Young with Peter Scott and Bob Borthwick, at Scott Bros’ new wash plant.

Middlesbrough welcomes £4m investment for UK’s largest ‘urban quarry’

Middlesbrough welcomes a £4m investment for the country’s largest ‘urban quarry’ creating seven jobs and securing the future of a further 54 of its 120 workforce.

Scott Bros, based in Stockton, is one of the North East’s largest recycling businesses. The new plant will allow the firm to convert more construction and excavation waste into sustainably-produced sand and aggregate.

Peter Scott, director, Scott Bros, said: “We are experiencing huge demand for our recycled sand and aggregate. Normally we can build up a stockpile, but it is being loaded onto the trucks and going straight out to customers as quickly as we can process it.”

Bob Borthwick, director, Scott Bros, added: “We have tripled our original investment to ensure Scott Bros is able to reuse and recycle as much material as possible by designing out waste and creating sustainable solutions.”

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor commented: “Projects such as these represent the Tees Valley’s ongoing transition to a creating a low carbon economy as it leads the way in creating more sustainable ways to live and work.”

Work has already begun to prepare the ground and, as part of its plans, Scott Bros will restore the site by removing and recycling decades worth of demolished concrete, rubble and metalwork left over from previous industry.

Scott Bros was able to secure grant funding of almost £710k from Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), with the support of Stockton-based chartered accountants and business advisors, Anderson Barrowcliff.

The additional funding allowed it to upgrade its plans and invest in developing the wash plant, to produce high-quality course and fine sand, as well as five different grades of aggregate. It is hoped that it will be fully operational by July next year.

Mike Bibby, business development manager of CDE, which designed and manufactured the wash plant, said: “This plant will be the first CDE solution of its kind in the region.

“With its capability in handling tough material, the patented technology in this modular solution will assist Scott Bros to maximise product yield from their feed material as well as guaranteeing a lifetime of superior performance. We are excited to be partnering with Scott Bros to drive towards a more sustainable future.”

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