We produce aggregates (crushed rock, sand and gravel), ready-mixed and precast concrete, asphalt, cement and cement-related materials, bricks and a range of building products.
We are part of the HeidelbergCement Group, one of the largest building materials manufacturers worldwide and the global market leader in aggregates with leading positions in cement, concrete and other downstream activities. The Group employs around 52,000 people at 2,500 locations in 40 countries.
Our principal markets are the major conurbations in England and Wales and the central belt of Scotland. We have no production operations in Northern Ireland. Turnover for the UK business in 2013 was £1.1 billion and we employ around 4,200 people in jobs ranging from specialist and professional managers through to production operatives.
The location of our mineral deposits is determined by a number of factors, not least geology and planning constraints. Where practical, our production sites are located close to core markets to reduce the costs and impact of transport. We operate a series of depots and wharves, supplied by road, rail and sea, to ensure the efficient transfer of aggregates and cement to areas of greatest demand and where local materials are not readily available.
Hanson UK is split into five business lines – aggregates, concrete, asphalt and contracting, cement and building products – which together operate over 300 manufacturing sites.
Hanson Aggregates produces and distributes crushed rock, sand and gravel from a network of over 80 quarries, depots and wharves. The division includes Hanson Aggregates Marine, Europe's largest producer of marine-dredged sand and gravel which operates seven trailing suction hopper dredgers delivering to wharves in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and Hanson Bath Stone, a leading supplier of natural stone masonry.
Hanson Concrete is the UK’s largest supplier of ready-mixed concrete from a network of over 170 static and site-based mobile production plants.
Hanson Asphalt and Contracting brings together management of our asphalt production sites and a national road surfacing and infrastructure contracting business.
Hanson Cement is a leading manufacturer of Portland cement, both in bulk and in bags, and produces Regen (ground granulated blast furnace slag) – a cement replacement in ready-mixed and precast concrete. The division includes our packed products business which produces a range of bagged cement, cementitious and aggregate products.
Hanson Building Products is one of the UK’s largest producers of clay bricks and also makes Thermalite (aircrete) and aggregate blocks. The division also includes Hanson Formpave, which specialises in sustainable drainage systems, Hanson Structherm, manufacturers and installers of structural cladding systems, and Hanson Floors and Precast, which makes bespoke precast concrete products.
In December 2014 HeidelbergCement signed a definitive agreement with the US private equity investor Lone Star Funds to sell Hanson Building Products. The sale includes the building products businesses in North America (excluding western Canada) and the UK.
Hanson UK headquarters
14 Castle Hill
Berkshire SL6 4JJ
Tel: 01628 774100
Shared Service Centre
Bristol BS37 6AY
Tel: 01454 316000