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The Different Types of Concrete, and Why You Might Choose Them

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Concrete, unfortunately, isn’t just concrete. There are a number of different types of concrete available, all of which have their own benefits and specific uses. Here, we’re going to take a quick look at some of the different available types, and at the situations you might use them in. The […]

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by active

4 of the World’s Largest Concrete Structures

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Concrete, in one form or another, has been an integral part of the construction industry for many years. Despite the lull in its use after the collapse of the Roman Empire, it’s a material that’s seen some seriously impressive structures created. Here, we’re taking a look at 5 of the […]

Posted on: March 27th, 2018 by active

The Influence of Concrete on Brutalist Design

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Whether you love it or hate it, brutalist design has a hold on the appearance of the skyline of London, among various other major cities, and concrete is at the heart of the success of the architecture movement. At Mark Bates & Sons, we can certainly appreciate brutalism considering the […]

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by active

Concrete Construction Safety: A Guide to the Hazards and Preventing Them

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Perhaps deceptively to those outside of the industry, concrete construction is actually an industry that holds various risks to the health and safety of contractors and workers. There are a myriad of risks that have to be addressed by employers and project managers, so Mark Bates & Sons put together […]

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by active

A Quick Guide to the Concrete Curing Process

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The concrete curing process is one of the most critical stages of construction, and it is often misunderstood and shrouded in confusion. As ready-mix concrete experts here at Mark Bates & Sons, we decided to run you through some of the basics to better understand this crucial procedure. Background For […]

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by active

The Importance of Concrete Construction

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We’ve touched on this in blog posts of the past, but it truly is a subject that requires it’s own mention: concrete construction is almost immeasurably important in all of our lives. It’s everywhere – no matter what you’re looking at, if it’s a structure, it’s most likely made of […]

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by active

What is Concrete?

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Although it sounds simple, asking “what is concrete?” can unearth answers that aren’t always considered. Concrete is arguably one of the most important human-made materials there is, with it being the most used material (per tonne) in the world after water. At its core, concrete consists of a blend of […]

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by active

The Influence of Concrete Texture on Modern Design

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Have you ever asked yourself why concrete texture has become so present in modern design? You’d be right in thinking that it’s cropping up a lot more as of late. This is the most popular it has been since the Brutalist architecture movement of the mid 20th century in fact. […]

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by active

Understanding Prestressed Concrete

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Prestressed concrete is one of the most important technological advancements in building materials we have seen, but what do you know about it? Since we’re passionate about concrete here at Mark Bates & Son, we decided to delve into the ins and outs of prestressed concrete in our latest blog […]

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by active

The Wonders of Concrete Buildings

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Considering its harsh and potentially cold appearance in some implementations, concrete can be overlooked as a material of beauty by those outside of architecture. However, at Bates Concrete, we understand the power of this deceiving material – it’s why we work with it every day. So, we decided to run […]

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by active