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Project Overview

This project involved the resurfacing of a farm lane in Burnley with machine-laid tarmac. The aim was to transform the uneven, gravel-covered pathway into a smooth, durable tarmac surface, improving accessibility and aesthetics. Below is an analysis of the project, including its stages, materials used, and the final outcome.

Before and After Comparison


  • The farm lane was covered with loose gravel and dirt, making it uneven and difficult to traverse.
  • The surface was prone to erosion and had poor drainage, leading to water pooling and further degradation.
  • The overall appearance of the lane was unkempt and inconsistent, reducing the property’s appeal.


  • The new lane features a smooth, even tarmac surface, significantly improving accessibility.
  • The tarmac provides a durable and weather-resistant solution, ensuring longevity and minimal maintenance.
  • The lane now has a clean, uniform look that enhances the overall aesthetics of the farm property.
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Materials Used

  1. Tarmac:
    • Machine-laid for a consistent and smooth finish.
    • Provides a durable surface resistant to weather and heavy use.
  2. Base Materials:
    • Crushed stone and gravel used to create a stable foundation.
    • Ensures proper drainage and prevents the tarmac from cracking.

Construction Stages

  1. Site Preparation:
    • Clearing the existing gravel and dirt from the lane.
    • Leveling the ground and removing any debris to create a clean base.
  2. Base Installation:
    • Laying a sub-base of crushed stone and compacting it to provide a solid foundation.
    • Ensuring proper drainage by grading the base to direct water away from the surface.
  3. Tarmac Laying:
    • Using machinery to lay the tarmac evenly over the prepared base.
    • Compacting the tarmac to ensure a smooth, durable surface.
    • Creating defined edges to prevent tarmac from spreading and to maintain a neat finish.
  4. Finishing Touches:
    • Inspecting the surface for any imperfections and making necessary adjustments.
    • Cleaning the area to remove any excess materials and ensuring a tidy appearance.

Final Outcome

The completed project has successfully transformed an uneven and gravel-covered farm lane into a smooth, accessible tarmac road. The machine-laid tarmac provides a high-quality finish, ensuring durability and ease of maintenance. The new surface improves accessibility for vehicles and pedestrians, enhancing the functionality and appearance of the farm property. The clean, uniform look of the tarmac lane significantly boosts the property’s curb appeal.


This project demonstrates the effectiveness of using machine-laid tarmac to improve the quality and usability of farm lanes. The transformation from a gravel-covered, uneven pathway to a smooth, durable tarmac road highlights the importance of proper planning and execution. This case study serves as an excellent example of how machine-laid tarmac can enhance both the functionality and aesthetics of rural properties.