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    The UK Concrete Show 2013 App

    Last week we told you that we would be appearing at the UK Concrete show this year. The show is now underway, and is an estimated 80% bigger than last years, and with this in mind the organisers have created an app for smartphones to help guide people around. It will be especially useful for those of you already at or planning on going to the show, but even if you’re not, it still contains lots of interesting information about the concrete industry.

    To download the app, simply follow this link to the show’s website, then scroll down and select your phone type. The rest of the process is the same as with downloading any other app. For those without smartphones, a desktop version is also available.

    The app has lots of information about the show, including a full event schedule, speaker listings, social networking tools, a complete info booth and lots more. You can find us on the app by going to ‘Exhibitors’ then searching for ‘CD Designs’ in the A-Z tab, or in the ‘Pattern Imprinted Concrete’ section under Products tab.

    New Drive-thru Contracts

    Concrete Being Pumped

    Concrete Being Pumped

    Although the majority of the pattern imprinted concrete work that we do is on driveways and patios, we have also done more commercial installations with our McDonald’s and KFC drive-thru’s, which you can see in our case studies section here. We are delighted to announce that we have just won the contracts to supply and fit the concrete for two more McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants, one in Nottingham and the other in Audenshaw.

    All Hands On Deck!

    All Hands On Deck!

    These specialist jobs require a slightly different specification in terms of the size, materials used and techniques employed, but the basic principles are exactly the same. The extra load that a drive-thru gets requires that the concrete is 50% thicker, and a steel mesh is employed within the concrete to further strengthen it. The concrete itself is exactly the same consistency as we use for domestic driveways, and it is imprinted and finished in exactly the same manner.

    Work on the Nottingham drive-thru was started on Friday, and as you can see in the photos is going very well. We will have a full case study for you to look at once the job is complete. We start work on the Audenshaw project in March.

    UK Concrete Show 2013

    UK Concrete Show 2012

    UK Concrete Show 2012

    It seems that it’s convention season at the moment, at least when it comes to concrete. With The World of Concrete Convention in Las Vegas just finishing, attention turns to this side of the pond with The UK Concrete Show. The event is due to take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, on the 27th and 28th of February, and in case you were wondering, Complete Driveway Designs will be there!

    We will be sharing a stand with Elite Crete, one of our major suppliers. Our stand is over to the far left of the NEC, just next to the first seminar room, so if you’re planning on going to the convention, please come and say hello. We will be showcasing many of the products we use, and generally using the opportunity to network with as many customers and people in the industry as possible. We hope to liase with lots of architects and specifiers in order to demonstrate and promote the decorative and pattern imprinted concrete industry.

    The NEC is the largest convention centre in the UK, and the seventh biggest in Europe. This year’s show boasts an 80% increase in size from lasts year’s, having over 200 exhibitions with themes including ‘Beautiful Concrete’ and ‘Advances In Cement Technology’. We hope that our contribution to the show will both inform and entertain the many thousands of visitors to the exhibition. You can still register for a free ticket via the official website here.

    Testimonial And Case Study

    Finished Pattern Imprinted Driveway

    Finished Pattern Imprinted Driveway

    Last month we received a lovely testimonial from a customer whose pattern imprinted concrete driveway we installed in Denton in December. It came via our partners at The Best Of Bury, who gather reviews about local businesses and show them on their site. The review from Karen H reads:

    Professional and friendly service, workers tidy and on time. My new driveway looks fabulous and I’m getting a lot of compliments from friends and neighbours. I just wish I’d had it done sooner.’

    New Drainage System Installation

    New Drainage System Being Installed

    For the installation of the driveway, first the existing driveway was broken up and dug out. Next a trench was dug on the left hand side of the drive for the new drainage system. Pipework was laid in this trench, which connected the existing drains to the front of the driveway where the new Aco drainage was to be fitted. The whole area was then levelled, and the Aco drainage fitted and connected. A new brick wall was built at the front of the property complete with two pillars at either side, new fencing was erected, and a small step was installed at the doorway using KL blocks. Concrete was poured into the step along with the rest of the driveway, which was then coloured, patterned and sealed, and a full clean was given to the whole area to finish.

    We have made a full case study including pictures of the driveway in question, which you can see here.

    London Aquatics Centre

    Aerial Shot of the Aquatics Centre

    Aerial View of the London Aquatics Centre

    Last year we looked at the environmental impact of the London 2012 Olympics in this blog and this blog, in regards to the concrete usage. Here we take a look at the concrete design aspects, focusing on the design for the Aquatics Centre.

    The building was designed by Zaha Hadid who, like Oscar Niemeyer is a previous Pritzker Architecture Prize winner. As you can see from the above image, her designs are very futuristic, characterized by the ‘powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures’, according to The New York Times. This is examplified in the design for the diving platforms, which where constructed using 462 tonnes of concrete. In the video below, you can see how they were made and what they look like.

    During the Olympics the Aquatic Centre could hold 17,500 people, but this was with the two temporary ‘wings’ that you can see on the photo. Work is being done to remove the wings and create a regular capacity of 2,500, with a further 1000 available for special events. This work will be completed in 2014 when it will be opened to the public. Of the many swimming venues built for the games, the London Aquatics Centre is the only one that will remain afterwards.

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