Kent History and Library Centre

The new Kent History and Library Centre is one of the most innovative history and library centres in the UK. It protects
and displays around 14 kilometres of documents, photographs, images, maps and records relating to Kent and dating
back to 699AD.

Gallagher was responsible for the enabling works and bulk earthworks, and supplied aggregates and bespoke concrete
mixes.

Gallagher’s contract included:

  • Site clearance and hard breakout of existing substructures
  • Bulk earthworks – with all material being sent to Gallagher’s inert landfill site at Ryarsh
  • Pile breakdown – with all pile tops being recycled at Gallagher’s Hermitage Quarry
  • Construction of reinforced concrete substructures, with the concrete being produced at Gallagher’s Hermitage Quarry
  • Foul water and surface water drainage
  • Attenuation tank
  • Perforated road construction; Gallagher laid the first two layers of tarmac, and supplied the SUDS aggregates from our Hermitage Quarry
  • Off-site highways drainage connections

During the construction, the remains of a Roman villa were discovered and Gallagher supervised the archeologists during the subsequent dig.

In addition, Gallagher was awarded the contract to supply ready mixed concrete for this project to the RC frame
contractor. Gallagher’s production and technical team worked alongside the client and our additive suppliers to produce
bespoke concrete mixes including self-compacting concrete and waterproof self-compacting concrete. These mixes
ensured the rapid progress of the contract and a secure environment for the archived items in the Kent History and
Library Centre.

This new centre is one of the most innovative history and library centres in the UK, and will protect and display around 14 kilometres of documents, photographs, images, maps and records relating to Kent and dating back to 699AD.