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    Case Study – March Drive, Brandlesholme

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway

    Installed in November 2012, this particular customer asked for our details from a former customer of ours after being impressed by our work. They wanted a transformation to both the back and front of their property with a new pattern imprinted driveway and patio.

    On preparation a large planter was removed from the front of the property, which opened the driveway up significantly, providing much needed space. Steps were built to the rear of the property within a new wall that we built to provide stepped access to the raised area, and a half moon step was installed to the front of the property providing access to the front door. Both sets of steps were formed using charcoal KL blocks.

    Another wall was built between our customer’s property and their neighbour using Marshallite buff block, the same block used to the rear of the property. The walls were then topped with coping stones. When deciding on the pattern and colour of the pattern imprinted concrete, the customer chose russet and the Ashlar slate pattern.

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    The Start Of Our 10th Year

    Happy New Year everyone! We are now back from our Christmas break, and we can’t wait to get started again. 2013 is our 10th year in existence as a company, and we would like to thank all of you for making this possible. We love to keep in touch with our customers, and it goes without saying that we appreciate all of your queries, feedback and even the odd complaint, as this helps us to keep improving and providing the best service we can.

    If you’re thinking of getting a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installed this year, we are currently offering 10% off on all orders made before the end of March, so please take a look at our previous work in our case studies section, as well as our testimonials from our previous customers. The same offer applies to all the other installations we do, from patios, fencing, decking and many more that you can see here.

    If you would like a no-obligation quote, then please click here or phone us on 01706 827180. With the move to our new yard and offices now complete, the aim is for our 10th year to be the best one yet.

    McDonald’s Drive-Thru, Newbridge, Wales

    McDonald's Drive-Thru

    McDonald's Drive-Thru

    We were approached by the contractor building the new Drive-Thru to install the pattern imprinted concrete, as our reputation, guild of master craftsmen accreditation and commitment to CSCS made us prime candidates to undertake the works.

    Due to the volume of traffic that was expected on the site our specifications were changed slightly from our usual driveways, with 6 inches of concrete and steel reinforcement mesh being installed. At 5 metre intervals, contraction joints were prepared before pour, allowing the concrete slabs movement as they expand and contract during the colder and warmer months.

    Once poured the client requested the use of charcoal colour and London cobble pattern throughout the drive thru. On the corners of the drive thru we used border mats and turned the pattern to suit the corners perfectly. The size of the job and the fact that we were pouring the job in a colder working environment meant that we had to pour the job in two sections using a concrete pump wagon. The wagon was brought in because the steel reinforcement preventing us from using wheel barrows.

    Polythene was used to cover the kerbs to prevent the chance of staining the kerbs, and grills were removed from the aco drains which were also covered. Prior to completion we cleaned the drive thru and cut in the crack control joints, followed by another clean. The drive thru was then sealed using acrylic seal, and the drive thru was now ready to be used by the public.

    To see more pictures of this installation, take a look at the full case study.

    Case Study – Tannery Way, Gorton

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Compass Acid Stained Compass

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Acid Stained Compass

    Installed in September 2012, this landscaped patio and raised patio area featured a variety of interesting features. A pond area was formed and brick walls erected to define the pond area and the raised patio area. Key kerbs were installed to create a series of large half-moon steps leading to the raised patio area and the back patio doors. At the side of the pond a filter was situated and was covered by creating a small decked area, which incorporated a hatch for access to the filter. The use of pacific boardwalk pattern suited the raised area, with the pattern, compass, decking and pond area working beautifully together. The lower patio featured the country cobble print, which with its traditional look completed the whole area perfectly. The lower patio was linked to a cobble pathway which stretched down the side of the house toward the front of the property. Before the job was protected with seal, the compass was artistically stained.

    This week we received an email from the customer saying the following:-

    Hi Tim & Ben

    This email is a thank you for the transformation you made of our garden after a certain company left it in a disgraceful manner. Your whole team of lads are a credit to your company in the way the work & their attitude was carried out.

    As you know the company we first gave the job to absolutely wrecked our garden & damaged our property even though we did our homework to avoid ‘cowboy builders’. We cannot thank you enough for the way you have sorted out all the previous builders mistakes and for your professional aftercare.

    Your workmanship is well worth the money we have spent and all the tea made. We will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone, you have done a fantastic job.


    Paul & Michaela

    You can see other photos from the full case study here.

    Golden Trowel Awards

    The Winning Garden

    The Winning Garden

    The 6th Annual Golden Trowel Awards took place recently, celebrating decorative concrete projects installed during 2011. It was held by PICS, who are a leading pattern imprinted concrete supplier.

    The entries ranged from standard domestic designs for driveways and gardens, to more commercial applications like theme parks, drive-thru restaurants, petrol stations and seafront promenades. The winner of the Domestic Installation category was a garden in Whitchurch (pictured above), which we think looks similar to this driveway we installed in Little Lever, and from which we received a glowing testimonial.

    The winner of the Commercial Installations category was a refurbishment of a pattern imprinted concrete drive-thru at the McDonalds in Cosham, Portsmouth. You can see our installation of a drive-thru for KFC in Walkden here. In the Individual Features category, the winning entry was an inset pin-wheel medallion feature within a driveway, similar to a compass feature which we have incorporated in some of our driveways in the past like this one in Gorton

    We don’t use PICS products, so we’re not eligible to enter any of our work into the competition, but we think that our St. George’s school Dragon installation would give anyone a run for their money!

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

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