Posted: Thu 22nd Dec 2016

Marathon 12 hour concrete pour gets work started on Electroimpact’s £2.8m Deeside expansion

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 22nd, 2016

Sandycroft-based materials supplier Breedon Group provided concrete for 12 hours straight to lay foundations for a new building at a global aerospace manufacturing company.

The pour, at Electroimpact in Hawarden, began at 5am, finishing at 5pm and was the second of two 12-hour continual pours this month required to lay the foundations for a new structure at the site. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The engineering feat, led by civil engineering firm Jones Bros, involved a fleet of 20 wagons delivering 100m3 of concrete every hour, each wagon holding 6m3. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A total of 16 wagons an hour were pulling up and pouring concrete. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Electroimpact specialises in the design and assembly of precision tooling and automation equipment for the aircraft industry. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The concrete for its new building must be strong and stable enough to hold large aircraft assembly equipment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jobs boost for Deeside Enterprise Zone as Electroimpact UK plans expansion ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The building, measuring 67 metres by 26 metres, required 1,800m3 of concrete across the two pours, supplied by the Breedon Group. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The surface was powerfloated, which gives the concrete a hard-wearing finish suitable for heavy usage, by Wrexham Concrete Designs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Hefin Lloyd-Davies, regional manager for Jones Bros Civil Engineering in North Wales, said: “We have been down at the site at Manor Lane for weeks now preparing for the laying of the foundations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Working with the Breedon Group we have tested the strength of the concrete to ensure it can withstand the weight of the machinery that will stand on it. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The concrete also need to be sturdy enough to have heavy machinery bolted securely to it and we are casting bolts into the foundations as part of the process. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Construction of the new building will begin in January and we will be on site until then.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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