Industry First


The award for ‘Most Innovative Highway Authority Project/Scheme of the Year’ went to A-one+ for a UK industry first, delivering 1,000 tonnes over three consecutive nights.

 The accolade was announced at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards last night in London (6 October) as the winners for 2016 were unveiled at a gala evening at the Radison Blu Portman. Hundreds of highways professional turned out for the event which was hosted by TV presenter, Huw Edwards.

A-one+ were shortlisted for an impressive four entries out of 12 categories and competing against industry giants.

Demonstrating our wide ranging capability and drive for innovation we were shortlisted for;

  • Team of the Year – for the high volume pump team
  • Most Innovative Project/Scheme – for the Scotch Corner to Hartforth 1,000 tonnes over three consecutive nights
  • Highways Industry Product – for the M62 LED gantry lighting
  • Environmental Sustainability – for the TRIZ process.

Our entry demonstrated an industry first for delivering that level of productivity as well as close collaboration throughout the supply chain and with stakeholders.

The scheme deployed a number of products and services to maintain safety under increased levels of productivity;

  • Intellicone Safelane system from Highways Resource Solutions to safeguard site operatives
  • Recomac’s innovative Emulcol Breaking Agent was used to increase the breaking speed (down from one hour to 10 minutes) of the tack coat to enable the asphalt to be laid earlier
  • The MT-3000 Shuttle Buggy was used to eradicate variations in temperature of the resurfacing mat during application

The target of completing 1,000 tonnes of resurfacing for two or more consecutive shifts had never been attempted as the resources required from the supply chain had been considered too difficult to sustain for more than one night.

Standard practice normally sees 400 tonnes laid per shift.

During the A66 Scotch Corner to Hartforth resurfacing project, A-one+ Area 14 demonstrated how a target can be delivered, and bettered, through strong collaboration with the client and supply chain and by deploying innovative technology and materials.

A-one+ decided to prove that 1,000 tonnes could be done not just for one night, but consistently across several shifts following a nationwide challenge by Highways England to its supply chain to achieve greater efficiencies.