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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 to delivering your concrete, 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!

Can you pour ready mix concrete in the rain?
10th December 2018

Yes, pouring concrete in the rain is possible, though not advised. Rain presents challenges, but doesn’t always mean that you need to reschedule as long as you take proper action. Unfortunately, as we head into winter, wet weather and storms tend to become more frequent. It isn’t always realistic to plan your concrete pour for a perfectly clear day and you may have tight deadlines to adhere to which make pouring concrete in the rain unavoidable.

Thankfully, we have put together these handy tips to ensure that your concrete pour goes as smoothly as possible, despite the weather.

What are the dangers of pouring concrete in the rain?

One of the biggest concerns when pouring concrete in the rain is that rainwater can potentially become mixed in with the concrete, resulting in a weaker overall finish. Water is an essential ingredient in the concrete mixing process, and is carefully proportioned to guarantee the best result – adding more water than necessary will compromise the strength of the concrete mix, and means that your concrete is more at risk of cracking. Ensuring that your ready mix concrete is properly covered during the pouring process and afterwards is therefore essential if you want to prevent permenant damage due to rainwater.

How to pour ready mix concrete in the rain

It is important that you check the weather forecast before your pour, so that you aren’t caught short without the necessary equipment and are prepared to take precautions. If another concrete contractor is undertaking the installation of the ready mix concrete on your behalf, you can ask them how they plan to prepare for the eventuality of rain.

  1. If weather is forecast for the day of the pour, you should cover your pour site effectively with plastic sheets and tarpaulin to ensure that the ground doesn’t become sodden.
  2.  Never pour concrete into water-filled cavities or onto very wet surfaces, as the concrete will absorb the moisture and become compromised.
  3.  If you are pouring concrete following heavy rain, push any surface water off the edge of the slab.
  4.  If you are caught short, make sure you have plastic sheets and timber available to construct a temporary shelter to erect over the fresh concrete slab.

Ultimately, pouring ready mix concrete in the rain is best avoided altogether, but as experienced professionals when it comes to concrete delivery, we understand that this isn’t always realistic. If you have any concerns regarding the logistics of pouring concrete in the rain, our team of experts are well able to advise you. Contact us today on 0117 958 2090 to discuss your requirements in the South West and Wales.

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Case Study: 480m3 concrete pour - LG Electronics Factory, Newport
05th December 2018

The brief

We were tasked with mixing and delivering 480m3 of concrete for the LG Electronics factory in Newport, South Wales.

The solution

This was a project that we completed in three stages. We put our 32m boom pump to good use along with 180m of additional line in order to deliver concrete to the site in three 160m3 batches. Fellow members of The LGW Group, Prodeck Fixing and Nationwide Concreting, were also involved in ensuring the success of the project, providing steel decking and concrete finishing services respectively.

Thanks to our high quality concrete mix and concrete pump, we managed to complete the job with ease and efficiency - finishing the job on time and on budget!

Do you require commercial concrete or a concrete pump for your project? You can rely on us for an efficient concrete delivery service! Get in touch today on 0117 958 2090.

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Mixing Concrete – how is ready mix concrete made?
21st November 2018

Concrete is made using a combination of cement, water and various aggregates. As the powdered cement is mixed with the water it becomes a paste that coats the aggregates and binds them together. A chemical reaction known as hydration is what causes this paste to harden over a relatively short period of time, resulting in solid and durable concrete.

We have decades of experience developing the highest quality and most suitable concrete mixes for our clients and know exactly what proportions work best. Contact us today for a bespoke concrete mix batched to your exact specifications on 0117 958 2090.

What proportions are used when mixing concrete?

Using the correct proportion of materials when mixing concrete is essential for a high quality result. Under or overdoing a certain material even slightly can completely alter the composition of the concrete and make it less effective.

Typically, the average concrete mix contains 10-15% cement, 60-75% aggregates and 15-20% water. However, there are other additives that can be included when mixing concrete in order to provide greater workability, strength, a quicker curing time, or greater resistance to cracking.

Why is mixing concrete at a plant better than hand mixing?

Whilst concrete mixing by hand isn’t a problem if you only need to cover a small area, you still run the risk of mixing too much or too little concrete, as well as not achieving the correct proportions. Both of these scenarios can result in time wasting, as well as an end result that is not as structurally sound as it should be.

Ready mix concrete prepared at a plant will always be more reliable and of a higher quality than concrete mixed by hand, as not only are the staff highly experienced and know exactly what measurements to include, but also the plant’s specialised machines mix the materials more effectively than can be achieved by hand. 

We have concrete plants in Bristol, Avonmouth, Cheddar and Newport ready to meet your ready mix concrete and screed flooring requirements in the South West and South Wales. Call us today on 0117 958 2090 to discuss your requirements.

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Case study: 80m3 ready mix concrete and concrete pump – Ferndale
02nd November 2018

The brief

Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre in Ferndale approached our team for 80m3 of ready mix concrete to fill in an old swimming pool no longer in use so that they could repurpose the space.

The solution

In order to meet our client’s requirements, we dedicated our concrete plant in Newport for the morning so that we could ensure that the project was completed efficiently and to a high standard. Due to limited access to the site, it was also agreed that one of our concrete mini pumps would be the best method for delivering the 80m3 of ready mix concrete successfully and in the shortest possible time. As a result of our quick and dedicated concrete delivery service, the leisure centre now has a brand new space to make use of however it sees fit.

Do you require commercial concrete or a concrete pump for your project? You can rely on us for an efficient concrete delivery service! Get in touch today on 0117 958 2090.

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