ELITE PRECAST CONCRETE LIMITED
Suppliers of: interlocking concrete blocks
ELITE PRECAST CONCRETE LIMITED range of precast concrete products include standard products such as Concrete Ducts, Channels, Troughs, marker posts, interlocking concrete blocks, Concrete gully covers and slabs.
We also supply innovative products such as our range of Interlocking Concrete Blocks which can be used for a variety of applications such as Bay Walls for bulk material storage, earth retention, road blocking and traffic calming.
A Leading UK Manufacturer of Precast Concrete Products
With over 20 years experience in the precast concrete industry Elite Concrete are a rapidly expanding, versatile, enthusiastic producer for both national and independent merchants; civil engineering contractors and other national precasters. We supply a extensive range o high quality and cost effective precast concrete products. Elite are also renowned for bespoke concrete products.
Elite are leading UK manufacturers of innovative and cost effective Interlocking Concrete Blocks which can be used for a variety of applications such as Bay Walls for bulk material storage, earth retention, road blocking and traffic calming. Elite interlocking precast concrete blocks are loose laid and do not require foundations. Elite manufacture three types of interlocking blocks:
- Vee™ - A unique ‘V’ locking system and the only interlocking concrete block that locks together both horizontally and vertically.
- Legato™ - The only interlocking block available in high strength 50N/mm2 concrete block.
- Duo™ - The UK’s only manufacturer of Duo™ interlocking concrete ‘lego’ blocks, available in three sizes and used in a wide range of applications due to their ease of use and versatility.
Standard Interlocking Concrete Blocks
Manufactured as standard in BL2 1200mm x 600mm x 450mm weighing 750 kgs. Used as a dry laid interlocking ’lego’ type block which includes a cast-in lifting pin for fast installation.
Other products Elite can supply are:
- Cable Covers
- Precast Concrete Channels
- Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers (TVCBs)
- Indicator Posts
- Marker Blocks
- Impact Protection Slabs
- Security Barriers
- Security Blocks
- Seating Rings / Adjusting Units
- Gully Raisers
- Dam Spillway Blocks
- Counterweight Blocks
- Sea Anchor Blocks
- Kentledge Blocks
- Manhole Covers
- Gully Covers & Raisers
These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.
Elite Concrete Range of Precast Concrete Products
Elite Concrete manufacture a wide range of precast concrete products that include, interlocking loose laid concrete blocks which have a wide variety of applications including retaining walls, bunker walls, road blockers, security blocks.Other ranges include concrete channel sections, covers, dam slipway, TVCB, Indicator Posts and marker posts.
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Elite Precast Blast Protection Blocks
Published [16/05/16]File size [466 KB]
Elite Precast Block Wall Layouts
Interlocking block layouts
Published [16/05/16]File size [850 KB]
Elite Precast Cable Protection Covers
Published [13/11/17]File size [469 KB]
Elite Precast Concrete Channels Ducts Troughs
Published [14/11/17]File size [506 KB]
Elite Precast Concrete Counterweight Blocks
Published [25/09/18]File size [527 KB]
Elite Precast Concrete Dam Spillway Blocks
Published [14/06/18]File size [552 KB]
Elite Precast Concrete Indicator Posts
Published [14/11/17]File size [420 KB]
Elite Precast Concrete Jersey Barriers
interlocking heavy duty Barrier systems
Published [13/11/17]File size [406 KB]
Elite Precast Concrete Marker Blocks
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Elite Precast Concrete Sea Anchor Blocks
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Elite Precast Concrete Security Barriers
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Elite Precast Concrete Utility Protection & Pipe Protection Slabs
Published [14/06/18]File size [641 KB]
Elite Precast Duo Interlocking Concrete Blocks
interlocking concrete blocks
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Elite Precast Guide for Retaining Walls -Using Interlocking Concrete Blocks
Published [25/09/18]File size [1206 KB]
Elite Precast Gully Cover Slabs Raisers
Published [14/06/18]File size [329 KB]
Elite Precast Installation Guide Channels Ducts Troughs
Published [14/11/17]File size [460 KB]
Elite Precast Kentledge Blocks Update Sept 2018
ballast blocks, precast concrete blocks, Counterweight blocks, hoarding blocks
Published [25/09/18]File size [519 KB]
Elite Precast Legato Interlocking Concrete Blocks
interlocking concrete blocks
Published [25/09/18]File size [2496 KB]
Elite Precast Manhole Cover Slabs
Published [14/06/18]File size [321 KB]
Elite Precast Seating Rings Adjusting Units
Published [14/06/18]File size [420 KB]
Elite Precast Specification Sheet Cable Proctection Covers
Precast Concrete Cable protection covers
Published [14/06/18]File size [352 KB]
Elite Precast Specification Sheet Duo Interlocking Blocks
Published [14/06/18]File size [348 KB]
Elite Precast Specification Sheet Indicator Posts
Marker Posts Underground Services Indication
Published [14/06/18]File size [331 KB]
Elite Precast Specification Sheet Legato Interlocking Blocks
Published [14/06/18]File size [530 KB]
Elite Precast Specification Sheet Seating Rings Adjusting Units
manhole seating rings, manhole seating slabs
Published [14/06/18]File size [1326 KB]
Elite Precast Specification Sheet Vee Interlocking Blocks
Published [14/06/18]File size [921 KB]
Elite Precast Tank Trap Pyramid Barriers
pyramid concrete barriers
Published [13/11/17]File size [715 KB]
Elite Precast Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers
Published [13/11/17]File size [654 KB]
Elite Precast Turnkey Installations
Published [13/11/17]File size [2084 KB]
Elite Precast Vee Interlocking Concrete Blocks
Published [23/10/17]File size [659 KB]
Using a ‘Lego wall’ to avoid a disruptive all-line block
The engineers delivering the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals Project used an innovative ‘Lego wall’ to provide a solid barrier between open lines and those lines being replaced, avoiding the need for a disruptive all-line block.
The idea came from someone’s “throw-away comment” about Lego, which prompted serious thinking about the concept of a ‘real virtual wall’ and research by Network Rail that proved it was viable.
6WO3 waits to depart Longdyke with spent ballast whilst operatives wait by the wall
RTM asked Network Rail’s Keith Morey (CDM integration manager) and Christian Irwin (senior project manager) to explain the idea and its genesis in more detail, following its successful implementation over the late May bank holiday. They told us:
“The Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals Project (CASR) had a massive task because of a lack of access when installing two new sets of points (9034 A & B) to form a crossover on the main lines and the rest of the 9033 crossover that was installed in Christmas 2014 on the reliefs to connect onto the main lines just outside Cardiff.
“These track works needed to be completed prior to the planned East of Cardiff Signalling commissioning, scheduled for the end of June 15. The railway involved is a four-track stretch of railway but in order to utilise the large Kirow 1,200 crane to install the points and new track panels, an all-line block was needed.
“With Network Rail being the principal contractor for the works, the planning with contractors (along with the safety of operatives) were clearly in the company’s area of responsibility, tied in with the delivery and productivity of the works and the commissioning.
“The project team looked at the amount of RRV works that could be controlled in part by slew restrictors and also by virtual wall technology, but to carry out the work with lines open would need the Kirow to unload, move and slew panels that had a much higher potential to foul the relief lines. Additionally, operatives would need to work around the site and so also needed something that could more easily be used to help keep them safe as though they were working in a full possession.
“It was clear getting an all-line possession wasn’t possible because of the number of trains that were required to run or to re-plan further with the scarce resource at Easter and Christmas would again impact the signalling programme, so to meet the commissioning timescales, an alternative was needed.
“By thinking outside the box, the project team came up with the idea of a real virtual wall, from a throw-away comment about Lego.
“Network Rail as principal contractor then looked at the viability of the idea of a real virtual wall and carried out further research. The project found that it was possible to have large size ‘blocks’ cast and so the possibility of a real virtual wall was born.
“Measurements were calculated and stability tested and all was found to be feasible. The first section was delivered, installed at the depot and tested, passing with flying colours.
“After that it was ‘all systems go’ and the wall was assembled in the 10-foot over the required distance for the stretch of track to be replaced. This was done using RRVs and trailers utilising short midweek night possessions. The installed stretched for approximate half a mile along the route. Gauge clearances were checked and levels tested to monitor for movement but all was sound – the project had the real virtual wall.
“This in turn allowed the CASR team to produce (in collaboration with Balfour Beatty Rail) a plan to deliver a whole crossover and link into the relief within a bank holiday weekend, utilising the two-line closure, the Kirow crane, numerous trains, RRVs with slew locks and dozers within the dig.
“Everything worked perfectly, following the carefully planned programme – everything was excavated to the required depth and within time. With all trains arriving in the right formation and on time, the planning showed its worth, with hand-back achieved 60 minutes early.
The top of the wall can be seen as the RRV loads wagons with spoil and an Arriva Trains Wales service rushes past
“Not only that, but the main services had still been able to run on the reliefs while the mains were being worked on, so the train operators – Arriva, First Great Western and CrossCountry – were happy, along with Freightliner, Colas, GBRF and DB Schenker, who were all able to run freight trains.
“This solution has saved an all-line possession for 72 hours; it has cut customer disruption and cut congestion in Newport & Cardiff stations. Win-wins for not only the project, but the Route, the TOCs and FOCs, and the travelling public.
“Additionally, the blocks can be disassembled and then used elsewhere for future works to again create a safe environment and access efficiencies. The project is now looking at the possibility of installing block walls near two-line RRAPS so that machines could on- and off- track without needing an all-line block. All from a child’s Lego set.”
Owen Batham from Elite Precast told RTM: “As the largest manufacturer of interlocking blocks in the UK, Elite Precast were delighted when we were asked to get involved in this exciting and innovative project. We are very proud to have helped to ensure both the safety of the workforce and the completion of the works ahead of schedule. Our high strength ‘Lego’ blocks have an almost endless range of uses and the vision of the Network Rail engineers in choosing our product means that we are able to add yet another to the list.”
Interlocking Legato Blocks used as Part of the Salt Barn Refurbishment Project
Hilton Park Services Salt Barn Refurbishment
Elite Precast Concrete were approached by Midlands-based contractor Currall, Lewis and Martin (Construction) Ltd (CLM) to provide their high strength interlocking Legato blocks as part of the Salt Barn refurbishment project being carried by Kier Construction on behalf of the Highways Authority.
The Legato blocks were to be used to line the walls of the salt barn creating additional safe storage for the road salt which is kept on hand for gritting during the winter months.
Key elements of the project included the difficult access into the building, the fact that the building floor was sloping and issue of there being thousands of tonnes of salt already stored in the building.
CLM took on the task of casting level plinths onto which the blocks could be placed and organised the timing of installation of the blocks by making sure the salt already stored on the barn was moved over to one side.
The off-loading and installing of the blocks was contracted to the specialist lifting and contracting business owned and operated by Andy Fones – AA Installations. Andy has many years of experience of operating at the highest level of safety standard whilst completing some of the most challenging lifting / placing / installing projects involving heavy precast concrete elements.
By close liaison between CLM, AA Installations and Elite Precast Concrete the blocks were safely installed in two parts – one side of the salt barn and then the other – thus insuring minimal disruption to the day-to-day running of the facility at Hilton Park.
Elite Precast Concrete carry large stocks of their high strength Legato blocks so AA Installations were able to order them straight ‘off-the-shelf’ and the fact that the blocks are designed to a minimum 100 year working life means that the client will have benefit of the newly refurbished salt barn as part of their annual challenge of keeping the motorways open during the winter months for many years to come.