Tarmac is celebrating its 120th year anniversary since it was founded in 1903 by Edgar Hooley, the Nottinghamshire surveyor who perfected how to make roads “stick”.
Originally founded as the Tarmacadam Patent Syndicate Limited in 1903, Tarmac quickly became synonymous with roads and supported the national effort in both the first and second world wars, where it helped prepare for the D-Day landings, before building the UK’s very first motorway, the Preston Bypass, in 1958.
Bevan Browne, managing director, UK Materials at Tarmac said: “From the day that Edgar Hooley first patented Tarmac, our business has been synonymous with innovation and part of the fabric of everyday life. Hooley’s innovative spirit is embedded at the heart of our business and we’re constantly identifying ways of delivering construction and infrastructure for a net zero world.
“While our business is constantly looking forward, we’re incredibly proud of our British heritage, so it’s fitting that we celebrate the achievements of our current and former colleagues as well as the great work with clients and partners, past and present.”
The business diversified into construction in the 1920s and has since been involved with some of the UK’s most complex and iconic projects including the Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, The Shard, London 2012 and Silverstone resurfacing.
Tarmac was the first to pioneer and launch warm mix asphalt in 2014, which reduces carbon emissions and can be laid quicker to reduce roadworks for the travelling public.
It also became the first to purchase and operate a battery electric concrete mixer truck and currently transports millions of tonnes of materials across the UK by rail freight each year.
Now as the company celebrates its 120th anniversary, its team of around 6,000 people is also focused on creating the next generation of innovative, sustainable construction materials to support net zero and tackle climate change.