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We are a leading supplier of ready mix concrete, concrete pumps and liquid screed across England and Wales.

Consider us your dedicated one-stop-shop for all things concrete – whether you require ready mix concrete of the highest quality, or you need an efficient concrete pump for delivering your concrete or screed, we can help.

Not only do we have our Innovative Mini Pump which is ideal to reach those restricted access areas, but we also have the UK’s tallest concrete pump too!

Ready to find out more? Contact our team today or click your location on the map to find out how our services are tailored to your area!

Serving the South West of England with distinction
As the UK’s leading one stop shop for concrete services, Wright Minimix has an unrivalled reputation within the concreting industry. We provide high quality ready mix concrete and liquid screed for both commercial and residential purposes.
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Biochar makes concrete stronger and more watertight
16th April 2018

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are developing a new concrete mixture, that’s made with recycled wood waste to achieve a stronger and more watertight consistency. Currently Singapore produces more than 500,000 million tonnes of wood waste that’s mostly sawdust, which can be turned into biochar. Biochar is charcoal that’s used in soil, it’s rich in the nutrient carbon and has the potential to reduce climate change for our planet. 

In 2010, a scientific study explored the world’s current sources of biomass that aren't being consumed by humans as food. They found that increasing the production of the biochar material could reduce over 10% of the planet’s current greenhouse gas emissions. It also can improve soil fertility, and increase agricultural growth - perfect for garden enthusiasts! 

A researcher from the NUS project, Kua Harn Wei explains, “Close to 50 kilograms (110 lb) of wood waste can be utilized for every tonne of concrete fabricated. We typically require 0.5 cubic meter of concrete for every square meter of floor area (17.6 cu ft per 10.7 sq ft) built in Singapore. This translates to around six tonnes of wood waste being recycled to build a typical four room HDB unit with floor area of 100 square meters (1,076 sq ft).” So not only would incorporating recycled wood waste improve the strength of concrete, it’s better for our environment. 

Most biomass breaks down after 10 or 20 years, and then eventually breaking down and releasing carbon into the environment. Whereas biochar is different, it’s able to hold its carbon properties for thousands of years, making it incredibly environmentally friendly. This is great for concrete as it’s a very long-lasting mixture, and it can last for more than 60 years without any issues, so the added recycled wood waste would only improve its durableness. 

Are you interested in ready mix concrete for your residential or commercial outside space? We can supply you with quality ready mix concrete and liquid screed tailored to suit your requirements. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your project with us 0117 9582090

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Which is better: Concrete or asphalt driveways?
10th April 2018

Are you thinking of adding a new driveway to your home or making changes to your existing one? Asphalt and concrete are both common materials used for driveways, roads and paving but what are the differences between them? We evaluate the two to help you determine which one is more suited to your driveway requirements.


Whilst concrete and asphalt are both made using a mix of aggregates, concrete is bound using liquid cement whilst asphalt is bound using bitumen, which gives it its dark colour. Concrete is more flexible when it comes to workability, design and colour, as concrete can be cut into blocks to form patterns and can be stained to change its colouring.

However, asphalt has a naturally textured appearance and is darker, which means that any cracking is usually less noticeable than on a concrete surface. When it comes to appearance, you should choose whichever most suits your style.

Cost & Lifespan

Whilst an asphalt driveway is usually cheaper than concrete to install, its lifespan is much shorter and often requires more frequent maintenance. It therefore makes up the cost difference in the long run.

This is because asphalt requires re-sealing 6 months to a year after installation and then every 3 years or so in order to preserve the surface for as long as possible, whilst concrete does not require sealing at all (though doing so can help preserve the finish).

An asphalt driveway, on average, has a lifespan of up to 20 years, whilst a concrete driveway can last up to 40 years when properly maintained. This usually make concrete the more cost-effective option overall.

Resistence to weather

Typically, asphalt driveways react poorly to hot weather whilst concrete driveways react worse during bad frosts. You may think that you don’t have to worry with an asphalt driveway in this country, as it has a melting point of around 50 degrees whilst temperatures rarely reach over 30 degrees. 

However, due to its dark colour, asphalt absorbs a lot of heat and surface temperatures in direct sunlight reach a lot higher than air temperatures, which means that your asphalt is still at risk of melting. Not only does this damage the structure and unbearable to stand on barefoot, the surface can also become oily and you can track this through your home, causing potential stains if you don’t remove your shoes.

Alternatively, concrete driveways are susceptible to frost heave, which is where the moisture in the soil underneath expands when it freezes, pushing your concrete slabs up or causing cracks in the surface. However, good prep work to the ground underneath your driveway can greatly reduce this risk.

Does a concrete driveway sound like the right choice for your home? We supply DIY ready mix concrete straight to your door so that you can get started as soon as possible! Check out the areas we cover to see if you're legible for our concrete delivery service and don't hesitate to contact us!

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What is the difference between concrete and liquid screed?
15th March 2018

If you are new to the world of DIY concrete, then you’d be forgiven for not knowing the difference between ready mix concrete and liquid screed; after all, both are made using almost the exact same components. However, both concrete and liquid screed are very different in their texture and in what they are used for.

How is liquid screed different from ready mix concrete?

Ready mix concrete is prepared at a plant to each clients individual specifications using defined measurements of aggregates, sand, water and cement mixed together with any desired additives to achieve the required result, such as enhanced strength or faster curing times.

Liquid screed also contains these components, however, what makes liquid screed different from ready mix concrete is the amount and size of the aggregates used compared with ready mix concrete. Using smaller and fewer aggregates results in a smoother consistency and easier flowability, making the screed closer to a liquid than a solid. On the other hand, the coarse aggregates used in ready mix concrete give concrete the added strength that makes is more suitable for structural building jobs.

What are ready mixed concrete and liquid screed used for?

Due to their different consistencies, concrete and liquid screed are used for different purposes in construction. Uses for ready mix concrete involve mostly external use in structural foundations, pathways, driveways, fences, cellar conversions, paving, conservatories, and anywhere else that a strong and long-lasting result is of the utmost importance.

Liquid screed on the other hand, is only used internally and is used to create a smooth finish. The flowability of liquid screed means you don’t have to worry about any lumps and bumps on your flooring and can be used to create a protective layer over an existing concrete floor. Liquid screed can also be used to make the most of your underfloor heating system, as its flowability means that it lays flush against pipework in a way that regular concrete would not, eliminating air bubbles and maximising conductivity.

Are you looking for ready mix concrete or liquid screed for your DIY or commcercial concreting  project? We can supply you with quality ready mix concrete and liquid screed tailored to suit your requirements. Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your project with us 0117 9582090.

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How to lay a concrete shed base yourself
05th March 2018

Are you considering constructing a shed yourself but aren’t sure where to start? First of all, your shed will need a solid foundation, so follow our step by step guide to laying a concrete shed base the right way on the first attempt using ready mix concrete.

Why ready mix concrete?

Ready mix concrete is the perfect way to save yourself time on your DIY project, especially if you are undertaking it alone. Mixing concrete by hand is only viable for very small lay areas and is a lengthy process that requires you to know measurements, ratios and to know when the concrete is mixed correctly by just looking at it. 

Our ready mix concrete is quality assured to British governing standards and is delivered straight to your door ready for you to lay. Simply use our handy concrete volume calculator tool to find out how much ready mix concrete you will require for your shed base and contact us to get started!

What next?

1 - Mark out your site
Locate a level, even patch of land for the locations of your shed base, otherwise you may struggle. After you’ve measured out the area you want to cover, you’ll need to mark out where you want your base to go using stakes and string. 

2 - Create your sub-base
You’ll need to install a sub-base of compact hardcore before you lay your concrete base. To do this, you’ll need to remove the lawn and any weeds, digging to approximately 15cm deep. This allows for 7.5cm of compact hardcore and 7.5cm of concrete. You then need to lay the hardcore and compact it using vibrating plate compactor or earth hammer. 

3 - Construct your framework
You’re now ready to start preparing for the concrete. Good wooden framework will mean that you are left with a much neater end result. Saw your timber planks to the correct lengths and use hammer and nails to attach them together. Use a builder’s square to ensure that your frame is 90 degrees exactly to ensure you avoid a wonky base!

4 - Receive and lay the concrete
From the moment your concrete arrives, you’ll only have around 1-2 hours to get it laid and levelled before it starts to cure, so you need to act fast. We can deliver the ready mix concrete straight to your shed base location using one of our concrete pumps if you wish, or it can be dumped through a chute straight into your wheelbarrow for you to transport yourself. Ensure that you are wearing the right protective clothing for handling hazardous concrete.

Pour the concrete into the framework and use a rake or shovel to spread the concrete evenly. At this stage, it doesn’t matter if it is higher than the framework slightly.

5 - Start tamping
Tamping is an important step not to be neglected in the lay process and ensures that air bubbles which could compromise the durability of your shed base are removed. Using a wooden plank that is the width of your shed base, lift and lower it rapidly over the entirety of the concrete to level the surface to bring it in line with the top of the framework. 

6 - Protect your base
A polythene sheet over the surface of your concrete will project it as it cures. Do not remove the framework until the cure process is complete. We will be able to advice you on how long the cure process will take once we know the details of your project and can offer additives which can speed up the process if you require.

For more information about our ready mix concrete, concrete pumping services and concrete mixes, contact our team today on 0117 958 2090.

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