Claustrophobic construction sites: where and when to use a modular wash plant

Claustrophobic construction sites: where and when to use a modular wash plant

The UK has some of the toughest planning regulations in the world, including with the green belt being near sacrosanct. Naturally, this results in a significant emphasis on urban and brownfield development. In addition, social changes including a return to city living have tightened-up sites.

Materials producers can face similar problems, too. Short-term sites may not be able to justify the extensive infrastructure required for a full-scale plant, while sites with smaller land areas or tight access present obvious problems.

Modular wash plant fits your needs

All of this adds up to a question for anyone with a need for a wash plant. The answer is to go modular. The aggregates washing industry has gone through many changes in the last 40 years, from large complete installations to modular solutions allowing businesses to scale and grow.

The right tool for the job

All construction work requires clean and high-quality aggregates, along with demands for the use of effective water recycling processes, but a modular wash plant brings a further advantage: cost-efficiency.

The flexible infrastructure helps ensure that agility is put at the centre of any site without compromising on quality or standards. By rewriting the rules for aggregates, washing and water treatment plants, everyone in the construction process, from the client to the contractor, can enjoy unheard of efficiencies.

Having appropriate plant vastly reduces downtime, and therefore total cost of ownership, by keeping it in regular use, while using a modular plant means that the right tool can be brought to the right job, allowing wet classification, water and sludge treatment, screening and scrubbing and attrition, regardless of site size, topography or other characteristics. 

Driving productivity: maximising wash plant TPH and increasing efficiency

Driving productivity: maximising wash plant TPH and increasing efficiency

Wash plant needs to have two key attributes: the ability to sort large amounts of materials as rapidly as possible, and to be able to work without fear of breakdown. In other words, a serious wash plant should deliver a high tons per hour (TPH) rate and be durable enough to withstand both continuous operation and the harsh conditions typical in construction.

Precision engineered but durable, Tyrone International has invested in our design and manufacturing processes to ensure our plant does just this.

Take our T-Sand range: T-Sand works lightning fast, with plant available that can remove silt and clay impurities, as well as size and de-water sand before drying, sizing and blending it into final products, processing from 40 TPH up to 250 TPH, depending on your throughput needs. With ease of use, accessibility, energy and cost efficiency, quality of build components and productivity rates second to none, there is a T-Sand for almost any application for unrivalled de-watering performance.

Wash plant
High TPH wash plant

It’s not just sand, though. This is true across our entire wash plant range, and our plant is noted for its ability to accept a varied plant feed. Our recycled aggregate wash plant is used nationwide to process combination feeds of recycled materials containing anything from ‘muckaway’, to utility waste, trommel fines and sand. It works seamlessly and without slowdown even when the ratio of the sand/silt fraction varies in every bucket load going into the plant. One client recently found that while their wash plant was specified to process 120 TPH, in fact it achieved an average of 140 TPH.

tph you can COUNT on

Anyone in the industry will know that reaching nominal TPH is not the norm, let alone exceeding it, due to the harsh life typically experienced by wash plant. Breakdowns and regular maintenance are not only a fact of life, but also a real problem on site, often grinding work to a halt. At Tyrone International we have kept this in mind, aiming not only for a high TPH ‘headline figure’ that might impress in a brochure, but also ensuring reliability and aiming for a reduced maintenance schedule.

High-quality components and precision manufacturing make handling heavy and mixed loads a breeze. Our turnkey processing systems are not only made to get you up and running rapidly, but to keep running even in adverse conditions and in the face of complex loads. Designed and built for industry and by engineers with decades of real world experience, Tyrone International’s wash plant is a real solution for real sites.

How to get more done

To find out more about how our high throughput wash plant can deliver for you, call us on 028 9457 1385 or email us on

Respond at pace: Diesel to electric – is now the time?

Respond at pace: Diesel to electric – is now the time?

It has been impossible to fail to notice the growing environmental demands being made on the construction sector. What began as calls for greater insulation and improvements to the building envelope have expanded into concerns about embodied energy, something that goes well beyond issues surrounding residential or commercial construction to encompass all kinds of projects including civil engineering.

Alternative fuels are the answer to the sustainability and cost conundrum

Naturally, materials are in the spotlight, with increased use of GGBS promoted as improving the sustainability of concrete and factory-built units including timber framing rising in popularity. Concerns go beyond even materials, though, with on-site equipment, in particular fuel, coming under the spotlight.

In fact, it is not only carbon emissions and climate change that are shining a spotlight on on-site activity. Air quality, too, is an issue: red diesel used in the construction and infrastructure building sectors was also estimated to have caused 7% of nitrogen oxide emissions and 8% of PM10 particulate emissions in London in 2018.  The UK government clearly has this in mind when, in Budget 2020, the Finance Bill 2021 and subsequent secondary legislation, it restricted the entitlement to use red diesel as well as rebated biofuels.

Indeed, the government has stated: “This measure is expected to have a negligible administrative impact on those businesses and civil society organisations that will lose their entitlement to use red diesel and will need to switch to white diesel, although it will increase their fuel costs”.

Avoiding Price hikes

From April 2022, rebates on these fuels will be withdrawn from the construction industry meaning it will have to pay the full duty on white diesel or, as the government hopes, current users of rebated fuel will either use greener alternatives, or use less fuel.

Make no mistake: more legislation will come, with governments committing to ever more stringent COP targets. There are solutions, though, as well as incentives, including new technology.

Sustainability has been an important decision factor in construction for some time, but we are only at the very beginning of an increasingly rapid development. Beyond the carbon-abatement discussions, clients will need to consider the environmental impact when sourcing materials – and partners.

For example, electric machinery, including wash plant, is a major part of the coming transformation of plant and machinery. The potential addition of renewable energy sources will only add to the sustainability of construction projects.

It is no different in other industries and while we have perhaps all read quite enough about electric cars, the growing interest in them and their performance, maintenance and reliability demonstrate how a 100-year old industry can be disrupted almost overnight. There is no reason why industrial machinery, including plant, should be any different.


“Reduce waste while maximising revenue and margins, while remaining compliant and getting world-class service and support”

The old world is not dead, but tomorrow’s world demands evolution to meet both business needs and social and political challenges. Moving to electric and mobile plant and machinery is itself a challenge, but also an opportunity: become agile and responsive, reduce waste, maximise revenues and margins, while remaining 100% compliant and getting the peace of mind of world-class service and support.

As a result, we have invested heavily in R&D to deliver game-changing applications with a vision to revolutionise the industry, bringing modern solutions of full wash plant installation, including modular, mobile and electric applications, to market.