Investment News | 7 August 2020

Toyota site expansion

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Work is underway for Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK's plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire to be extended in order to allow it to store an extra 3,500 vehicles on site.

The new despatch yard extension, on 15 acres of land sited next to the plant's solar farm, will store newly-made cars before they are exported to dealerships across Europe, and will replace current off-site storage arrangements.

The project is delivered by local firm Whitehouse Construction, based at Ashbourne, and will use a revolutionary road construction technique called RoadCem, which was first developed in the Netherlands.

The RoadCem system means no material needs to be taken away. The ground is churned to a depth of 1ft and mixed with synthetic zeolites, flattened, and then goes hard to form the base for the Tarmac to be laid on. Toyota estimates that using this technique has eliminated 3,000 lorry journeys in and out of the Burnaston site.

Recently, South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler visited the site to see how working on the expansion was progressing. She said: “We are all too aware of the impact of climate change and the need to protect the environment so I was delighted to be invited to see a revolutionary road construction being used to build a new Derby Hub at the Toyota site in Burnaston.

“I was very impressed and will be speaking to ministers about RoadCem. I am sure it is the future of road building and hope to see it rolled out across Derbyshire and the UK.”


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