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    McDonalds Drive-thru, Nottingham

    Finished Drive-thru

    The finished pattern imprinted concrete drive-thru

    In February we told you about our two new McDonald’s contracts. The first of the two in Nottingham has now been completed, and work on the next one is due to begin at the end of March.

    Due to the volume of traffic that was expected on the site, our specifications were as with previous drive-thru’s changed slightly from our usual driveways, with 7 inches of concrete and steel reinforcement mesh being installed. Detection loops were then placed by in four positions throughout the drive-thru. Once the concrete was poured the client requested the use of charcoal colour and London cobble pattern throughout. Rather than use the usual surface colour hardener, our client specified the use of colour through charcoal pigment, which meant that the charcoal colour would run all the way through the concrete and not just the surface. On the corners of the drive-thru we used border mats and turned the pattern to suit the corners perfectly. 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 was now ready to be used by the public. This newly refurbished McDonald’s on the Victoria Retail Park, Nottingham was built next to an existing McDonald’s which will be demolished and replaced once the new one has formally opened.

    Click here to see lots more images in the full case study for this job.

    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.

    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.

    Thanks

    Paul & Michaela

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

    McDonald’s Drive-through

    Work is underway

    Work is underway

    Complete Driveway Designs are proud to announce that we are looking forward to working in partnership with McDonald’s. A new drive-through situated at Newbridge Gateway, Caerphilly, Wales is under construction with CD Designs being asked to install the pattern imprinted concrete.

    We are no strangers to supplying Pattern Imprinted Concrete for the fast food industry having previously completing projects for KFC. You can see one of our KFC projects here. Installing pattern imprinted concrete for a drive-through gives us the opportunity to point out that the concrete we use is of a very high standard, and is obviously good enough to withstand the heavy traffic associated with this type of business. This is why we are so confident with our domestic driveway program, in which we have a 5 year guarantee for any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship. We know that the concrete will last and our employees are the best!

    Our work on the project has just begun and should be completed by the beginning of November. Watch this space for updates and case studies of our McDonald’s adventure.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

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