CD Designs Blog

    Best Blogs of 2013

    Once again we have looked over our blog entries for the last 12 months, and picked out our favourite 5 for you. Click on the headlines to read the full articles.

    1. Movers and Shakers

    Mover & Shaker

    From January. To coincide with our move to our new offices in Ramsbottom, we were awarded with bestofbury’s ‘Movers and Shakers’ award.

    2. All-Weather Landscaping

    From April. We braved a March snowstorm to do some landscaping work in Bowden, Manchester.

    3. Spring Maintenance


    Another one from April. Although Spring is a while away, it’s worth revisiting this blog about what to do if the Winter weather has taken its toll on your driveway.

    4. Case Study – Hollywell, Wales

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway, Holywell

    From June. Our favourite and largest case study of the year was this pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio in Hollywell, Wales.

    5. Caxton Gibbet McDonald’s

    Caxton Gibbet 1900

    From October. This Halloween themed blog entry tells of a McDonald’s drive-thru we installed in Caxton in September, and of the gruesome history of its location.

    If you liked these, you may also want to check out our list of best blogs from 2012.

    Caxton Gibbet McDonald’s

    Initial preparation for the concrete, with our van and the gibbet in the background

    Initial preparation, with our van and the gibbet in the background

    With Halloween coming up, we thought we would tell you about an installation we did last month near Caxton, and of the gruesome legends that are associated with it.

    Caxton is a small village 9 miles west of Cambridge. It is best known for being the site of an infamous gibbet. A gibbet is any instrument of public execution, but the term gibbeting, which Caxton is known for, refers to the use of a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of executed criminals were hung on public display. There are tales of people being gibbeted in Caxton in the 1670’s, and there are court case records of the gibbet still being there in 1745.

    There are many tales of the people that have died on the gibbet, the most famous involving the robbery and murder of a family named Partridge. The murderer escaped abroad, but returned some years later. Whilst in a local pub, the inebriated man boasted how he fled authorities after poaching some partridges. The pub’s landlord thought he was referring to the murders and called the police. He was arrested and later sentenced to be hung from a cage on the gibbet till he starved to death. A variation on the story tells how a local baker took pity on the caged man and gave him some bread, for which he was arrested and sentenced to the same fate.

    The gibbet in a photo from 1900

    The photo of the gibbet circa 1900

    The current gibbet is a replica, thought to have been constructed from the timbers of a nearby cottage, and is seen in the photo above from around 1900. It stands at a crossroads about a mile and a half from Caxton, and is right next to the site of a new McDonald’s restaurant. Complete Driveway Designs were commisioned to install the pattern imprinted concrete for the drive-thru, based on similar work we have done in other parts of the country.

    Click the link below to see the Wikipedia article on Caxton Gibbet, which includes a reference to the new restaurant.

    Large companies that use imprinted concrete driveways

    Here at CD Designs we’ve got the experience and skill to provide excellent pattern imprinted concrete driveways for both domestic and commercial customers. If you take a look at our gallery of case studies you’ll see a selection of the projects we’ve completed so far, and the impressive standard of our design and installation skills. Pattern imprinted concrete is wonderful stuff, and with good contractors like ourselves you can get some fantastic results.

    Further evidence of pattern imprinted concrete’s appeal as a surfacing solution – one that provides great scope for design innovation – can be seen in the fact that some massive international companies choose it for their premises. If you’ve visited a McDonalds, Burger King or KFC drive-thru then you’ll probably have noticed the fact that they utilise pattern imprinted concrete. They’re no fools, and obviously understand that pattern imprinted concrete provides an attractive surface which can hold heavy traffic, can be varied to resemble more traditional (and more expensive) surfaces, and allows even more opportunities for corporate branding. For example, pattern imprinted concrete allows you to have your company logo integrated into the design of your flooring.

    Disney, one of the most recognised brands in the world, uses pattern imprinted concrete extensively in their theme parks. They’ve really embraced the possibilities of the material. From their super-colourful animation-themed boulevards to fake safari-park mud tracks, they’ve fully exploited concrete’s ability to be cast, imprinted, and stained.

    While you might not want to go quite as far with your use of pattern imprinted concrete, it’s a testament to the benefits of the material that so many multi-national corporations have chosen it, and stuck with it, for use in the construction and finishing of their commercial premises.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    T: 01706 827180

    PPC Management by Moo Marketing