In 2014, numerous UK companies raised the issue of leaded glass from cathode ray tube (CRT) screens being exported to the Netherlands, where it was being used by a company called 'A Jansen BV' to make concrete blocks which were then sold back to the UK in their thousands. Calling on the Environment Agency to [...]
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Recycling Given the ever-increasing awareness of the environmental impact of construction and the desire to preserve the world’s resources, there is an onus on manufacturers to ensure their products can be recycled where possible when they reach the stage where they are no longer usable in their current form, known as end of life. The [...]
What is concrete? For every person on Earth, three tonnes of concrete are used every year. This makes it one of the most consumed materials in the world, second only to water1. Concrete is comprised of three elements – cement, water and aggregates – with the first two forming a paste which hardens and binds [...]
In recent years fencing and hoarding contractors have increasingly been using precast concrete blocks as foundations / counterweights / kentledge for temporary and even permanent fencing and hoarding rather than employing the traditional method of digging the posts into the ground. The advantages of using high quality precast blocks are numerous but can be best [...]
Whether you own/operate a commercial, agricultural or an industrial building you will be familiar with the need to maximise your investment by making sure you make best us of the space. To do this you’ll need to assess your storage strategy and choose the right solution to help segregate or stockpile your stock – be [...]
Specifier’s guide to precast concrete seating rings (adjusting rings) and gully risers (gully cover slabs)
Precast concrete seating rings and gully risers are a practical and economical alternative to engineering brick coursing, and provide both height adjustment and a robust seating for the ironwork cover and frame assembly.
Precast Concrete Utility Protection Slabs are widely recognised as the most cost effective and robust method of protecting vital utility services from potential damage caused by mobile construction equipment. Underground gas mains, high pressure water or sewerage pipelines and high voltage cables are just some of the buried services that can be protected by laying [...]
Following the well-publicised spate of fires within the waste and wood recycling sectors in the last few years the Environment Agency (EA) have been changing their regulatory approach to licence holders. The EA has been insisting companies implement increasingly stringent measures involving reducing stockpile sizes as a way of reducing the risk that a fire [...]
The word kentledge might sound a little obscure with its origins going back to the 16th century. The original definition is ‘’Weights (often scrap or pig iron) used as permanent ballast on ships’’ however, kentledge is now playing a crucial role in some of the most technologically advanced and ambitious projects of modern times. For [...]
Investing in new commercial premises is a major financial decision for any business however all too often little or no thought is given to effect that the choice of building materials can have on insurance premiums. Precast concrete has a well proven track record of being the building material of choice where fire risk is [...]