ELITE PRECAST CONCRETE LIMITED
Suppliers of: interlocking concrete blocks, Retaining Walls
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
UK industry uncovers imports of unverified concrete products
The findings highlight concerns about the quality and performance of key drainage products
British Precast is the trade association for precast concrete manufacturers and members of the supply chain. The main aims of the federation are to promote precast concrete in the construction market; to disseminate information, through a range of industry representation and by shared knowledge, and to add value to its member companies.
British Precast has discovered that a range of imported precast concrete drainage products such as manhole rings, manhole covers, seating rings, corbels and gully raisers are being placed in the UK market without visible proof of third-party verification or assessment of conformity to relevant European and British standards. As a result, customers can have no confidence in the performance of such products. Third party verification systems are crucial to our industry as they ensure a product’s quality, durability and safe performance in service.
A number of UK industry specifications, such as ‘Sewers for Adoption’, ‘Civil Engineering Specification for the Water Industry’ (CESWI) and different highways’ standards and manuals, require specific precast drainage products to conform to relevant provisions of British Standards such as BS 5911-3. This can only be assured through third-party certification such as BSI’s Kitemark scheme. The industry has a responsibility to demonstrate their products to be safe for their intended use.
Colin Nessfield, Technical Manager of British Precast, advised “Customers, and others in the product supply chain have a responsibility to ensure that the precast drainage products they purchase have the necessary 3rd party assessments and certification, which is the minimum required by the Construction Products Regulation. Ignoring these requirements plays into the narrative that elements of the construction industry are still unconcerned about product safety, quality and client satisfaction.”
Proper certification is vital
Precast concrete elements and products manufactured to harmonised European Standards, with an Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) level 2+ legally require Declarations of Performance (DoP) with details of the assessment body and assessment certificates available. Such third-party certification is vital for assuring the safety of products supplied.
British Precast issued a ‘CE Marking’ guide to its member companies to help them demonstrate conformity in accordance with the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) when it became law.
For further information please contact Hafiz Elhag (firstname.lastname@example.org), Secretary of the British Precast Drainage Association (BPDA) or Colin Nessfield (email@example.com), Technical Manager of British Precast.
Cost effective coastal erosion prevention
Cost effective coastal erosion prevention
In December 2018 Elite Precast Concrete were contacted by Richard Roseveare, owner of specialist groundwork and civil engineering company C-Shore Ltd to discuss what might be the quickest, easiest and most cost effective method of stopping further coastal erosion at a site in Cornwall.
A 45m stretch of the coast line was gradually being eroded by the sea which was in turn threatening to wash away sections of three back gardens above the cliff line.
The base of the cliff was only accessible from the beach at low tide so a solution that was both quick to install as well as being incredibly durable and able to withstand the harshest of stormy Cornish winter weather was needed.
Richard chose Elite’s largest range of high strength interlocking blocks (which have a design life of over 100years) for the job and having settled on the design he and Elite set about planning the work.
Such was the remote nature of the construction site the blocks had to be delivered to a nearby holding area from where Richard could take them one by one to the foot of the cliff. So having cast the steel reinforced foundation slab using ‘no-fines’ concrete Richard set about installing the blocks.
Working quickly to avoid the incoming tides C-Shore were able to lay the blocks in a matter of days and of course without the need for shuttering, formwork, steel fixers and pumping large volumes of ready-mixed concrete.
The result is three very relieved and happy home owners who are safe in the knowledge that their gardens have been protected for many years to come by Richard’s ingenuity and Elite’s high strength Legato blocks.
For more information on C-shore’s specialist coastal erosion prevention services email Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Elite Precast Concrete email@example.com