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Island Aggregates Limited is the Isle of Man’s foremost supplier of quality natural sand & gravel and quality assured ready-mixed concrete.

With a rich heritage on the Island, the Island Aggregates name has been servicing the needs of the Manx construction industry since the 1940’s.

Head Office, Island House

Today, with our head office at Island House in the Isle of Man Business Park (pictured), we operate the island’s largest sand and gravel operation at Point of Ayre and two strategically located concrete plants at Santon and Jurby.

Quality lies at the heart of everything we do at Island Aggregates. Our customers purchase our goods and services safe in the knowledge that everything is produced to the relevant British Standards. We are accredited to BS EN ISO 19001 by the Quality Scheme for Ready Mixed Concrete (QSRMC) and our laboratory is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by UKAS, the only lab on the island to hold this accreditation..

We care about the natural environment we operate in and also play an active role in Island life, being sustaining members of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce and the Isle of Man Construction Forum.

For customers large and small, Island Aggregates Limited should be  for your project.

Delivery to Laxey Point of Ayre Quarry Castletown Harbour

History

In 1946 Mr George Murray, a retired business man and his son began construction of a sand/lime brick factory in Ramsey, and this operation required a sand source which they found at the West Kimmeragh in Bride, near the Point of Ayre. He formed a company to extract 140 tons per day from the Kimmeragh Quarry (pictured left) and named the company Island Aggregates (Bride) Limited.

 

 

In 1957, Mr Murray’s son contracted polio and sadly died. At this point the company was sold to Thomas Copper of Liverpool, the new company being named Island Aggregates (1957) Limited.

1965 saw closure of the West Kimmeragh Plant with sand and gravel extraction moving to the Point of Ayre, where it continues to this day. Then almost new, the processing plant as it was in 1966 is pictured left.

1976 was a momentous year in the history of Island Aggregates with the company sold to RMC Catherwood Ltd and a new subsidiary company, Island Aggregates Limited formed. RMC were primarily a ready-mixed concrete focussed group and they wasted no time obtaining a lease on the site of the defunct Phipps Concrete at Oatlands Quarry, Santon and commencing erection of a concrete plant. Pictured shortly after the start of operations in 1977, the Santon plant is shown left.

 

 

In 1985, the company expanded its concrete operations, buying Readymix IOM Limited whose plant at Jurby Industrial Estate gave the Island Aggregates a strategic base in the north of the island.

In 1993, Island Aggregates purchased a sand and gravel rich area of land immediately south of the Ayres known as Hankey’s Land. Quarrying operations on the original Ayres site ceased and moved to the new land. Following this, restoration of the 85 acre gravel workings back into the natural landscape got into full swing. Working closely with local conservationists, lakes were formed in 1994 and the site progressively became an important ecological feature in its own right, particularly for birdlife

1994 saw a move of the Company’s Douglas head office from Mount Havelock to Murdoch Chambers at South Quay.

The concrete plant at Jurby was replaced in 1996, it is pictured below left shortly after the new plant was opened. Replacement of fixed plant continued in the following years with a new concrete plant built at Santon in 2000 (below centre) and a new sand and gravel washing and screening plant erected at Point of Ayre in 2004 (below right).

The next major chapter in the Island Aggregates story came in 2005 when Mexican building materials group Cemex S.A.B. de CV bought the RMC Group and in doing so became the parent company. At this stage the company was rebranded to Cemex Island Aggregates Ltd. Also at this stage, the company purchased Island House in the newly developed Isle of Man Business Park and moved its head office there from Murdoch Chambers

Almost right up to date, on 20th December 2012 Cemex sold their Northern Ireland and Isle of Man operations to CRH plc, the Dublin based international building materials group. The company name was returned to Island Aggregates Limited and it operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of CRH’s Northern Ireland operation, Northstone (NI) Ltd.

The company’s heritage on the Island is long and rich. There have been many changes of ownership and name along the way but our mission remains the same as it has been throughout… to provide high quality building materials and superior levels of service to the Manx construction industry and general public alike.