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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

The Ultimate Guide to Concrete Strength

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Concrete isn’t a one size fits all material; there are different mixes for different jobs. Sometimes choosing between mixes can be difficult and confusing, so make sure you know the difference between the mixes before you get setting. Concrete strength is separated into grades to make the process of selecting […]

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by active

Why Choose Ready Mix Concrete for Your Projects?

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Are you planning a building project but feel your heart sink wherever you consider the complexities of mixing the concrete you will use? The mixture of cement, sand, gravel (aggregate) and water has to be just right or else the concrete will crumble or break. There is a fine art […]

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by admin

Homage To Three Of The Most Impressive Concrete Structures In The World

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As the strongest, most durable and versatile building material to date, it was obvious that it would be the material of choice for the construction of some of the world’s most impressive structures. Here are our top three favourites:

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by admin

Interstices Sculpture Construction Process

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Between April 1917 and January 1919, the Stamford Military Hospital at Dunham Massey provided a Sanctuary from the Trenches for soldiers injured in the First World War. As a reflection upon the 282 soldiers that passed through the hospital during this period, Interstices is a sculptural memorial that comprises 282 […]

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by admin