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This section of the Mixamate website contains the latest mix on site concrete and screed industry news, as well as our own expert analysis and
opinion on upcoming developments as they happen. Here you will also find stories relating to recent jobs, wider construction stories, and the
important work we are doing in spearheading the UK's Batched on Site Association.

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Mixamate sponsors Eddie the Eagle

  • Dec 5

Mixamate recently presented the keynote sponsorship for legendary Olympian, Eddie the Eagle, at the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC) Awards, held at Café de Paris in Central London.

The event was extremely well attended by industry professionals, and representatives from Mixamate were on-hand throughout the day to attend both the Awards programme and the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that took place in the same venue directly before.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the event was a keynote speech from legendary Olympian, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who soared to fame at the 1988 Calgary Olympics as the first Olympic Ski-jumper to represent Great Britain since 1929. The 1988 Winter Olympics was the same event that saw the inclusion of the Jamaican Bobsled team made famous by the film Cool Runnings and Eddie, who received his own feature film in 2016, gave a truly inspirational speech about professionalism, dedication, and success.

It represented the first ASUC event attended by Mixamate since joining as Associate Members in October, and it is an industry sector that the firm takes extremely seriously as on-site screed pumping becomes a more prominent fixture in construction.

“Mixamate is hugely pleased to be a part of the ASUC,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association. “A huge amount of the jobs we are called into now revolve around basement work and underpinning, and we are seeing a big influx in screeding work. As the Chairman of the Batched on Site Association and and the Managing Director of a firm that has taken significant steps in recent years to enhance the quality of its own in-house testing and service technologies, I am very pleased to be affiliated with an organisation that takes an equally thorough approach to high standards and quality control within the industry. We look forward to working with the ASUC as closely as possible.”

To view a full selection of photos from the event click here

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Mixamate delivers to Westminster Abbey

  • Nov 27

Mixamate recently made a special screed delivery to Westminster Abbey, driving straight through the famous Gothic arches of the church to access the inner grounds, where improvement works were taking place to enhance one of the existing public buildings.

While our all-in-one Concrete and Screed Pumping Trucks are proving to be an increasingly popular form of delivery, Mixamate is still occasionally required to deliver materials to site through more traditional means. This was recently the case at Westminster Abbey, where we were asked to deliver just four tonnes of screed via wheelbarrowing.

The lorry was required to drive directly through the Abbey’s famous arches, with the small chassis making the all-in-one machine perfect for site access. In this instance pumping was not necessary, as the customer was working directly with private road access and employing a small team who were on hand to barrow the mix on site screed in.

The job made for some fantastic photos, which you can view in full here, and highlights the ease with which our machinery is able to access and operate on site.  

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Batched on Site Association holds AGM as industry decision moves closer

  • Nov 26

The Batched on Site Association this month held its Annual General Meeting, which was attended by 65+ members and also saw a number of new members join. The Chairman of the Association is Chris Smith, the Managing Director of Mixamate, and as a company we are committed to improving industry standards and mobile batching techniques. 

Now in its tenth year, the Batched on Site Association (BSA) was set up to represent the interests of operators of Mobile Batching Plants (MBP) throughout the UK. In more recent years, new industry regulations have moved closer and the association has worked with the Department for Transport (DfT) and other government bodies to advise on best practice solutions for safety and commercial regulation.

After many years of consultation a decision on a new set of industry regulations is now very close to being announced, and the latest industry AGM was attended by Duncan Price of the Department for Transport. Price delivered a presentation and took questions from the floor, as his session was well received by the group.

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Chris Smith, Managing Director of Mixamate and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, said: “We’d like to thank all of the members who took the time to attend the meeting, and Duncan Price for his presentation. There is now a huge amount of enthusiasm amongst the sector and the 2017 AGM has undoubtedly been one of the most constructive we have ever held. I think that all members now have a much better grasp of some of the regulation updates that are likely to occur in 2018, and of course we remain in consultation with the DfT between now and then on any further amendments that need to be made.”

The Association now expects a formal decision regarding the future regulation of the Mobile Batching Plant industry to be announced at some point in the first half of 2018 by Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and a Minister for the Department for Transport. 

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Mixamate featured in Construction Plant News

  • Nov 15

Mixamate has this month been featured in Construction Plant News, in an article charting the arrival of our brand new All-in-One Liquid Screed Pumping Truck. The new machine is now out on the road, and is the latest in a series of new innovations that we have added to our fleet this year.

Speaking to the publication, Mixamate Managing Director and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, Chris Smith, said: “Liquid screed is something we have been asked for increasingly this year. It comes with certain advantages over sand and cement screed, particularly with the growing popularity of underfloor heating. If people want the option for liquid screed we can deliver any amount from as little as 2m3. Both this new product and our traditional screed mixes can be administered through our all-in-one pumping machines. This dramatically reduces the hassle associated with this type of work.”

The new machine removes the need for companies to hire a separate screed pump, reducing hassle and labour costs and greatly advancing traditional on-site screed pumping practices. The all-in-one truck simply drives to the required site, mixes the materials within the vehicle, and pumps the liquid screed directly into the required space via an 80 metre on-board pumping hose.

The article also highlights Mixamate’s admission to the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC) as an associate member, as the company plans to roll its new liquid screeding service out across the entire UK screed sector:

“Mixamate is extremely pleased to be a part of the ASUC,” added Smith. “A huge amount of the jobs we are called into now revolve around basement work and underpinning. As the Chairman of the Batched on Site Association and and the Managing Director of a firm that has taken significant steps in recent years to enhance the quality of its own in-house testing and service technologies, I am very pleased to be affiliated with an organisation that takes an equally thorough approach to high standards and quality control within the industry. We look forward to working with the ASUC as closely as possible.”

To read the full article click here

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Mixamate becomes ASUC Associate Member

  • Oct 25

Mixamate today announced that it has become an Associate Member of the ASUC – the official UK Association for the promotion of professional and technical competence within the subsidence industry.

The ASUC promotes the interests of specialist contractors providing services in underpinning and subsidence repair techniques, engineered foundation solutions and retrofit basement construction. Membership is subject to a strict vetting process and those wishing to join must first undergo a technical, health & safety, insurance and financial audit and make a commitment to prescribed safety procedures.

Speaking on the Company’s admission into the association, Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association said: “Mixamate is extremely pleased to be a part of the ASUC. A huge amount of the jobs we are called into now revolve around basement work and underpinning, and we are seeing a big influx in screeding work. As the Chairman of the Batched on Site Association and and the Managing Director of a firm that has taken significant steps in recent years to enhance the quality of its own in-house testing and service technologies, I am very pleased to be affiliated with an organisation that takes an equally thorough approach to high standards and quality control within the industry. We look forward to working with the ASUC as closely as possible.”

Mixamate has undergone significant expansion in 2017, increasing the size of its fleet with the addition of several new Concrete Pumping Trucks and Screed Pumping Trucks. Earlier this month, the company announced the launch of its new Liquid Screed service, allowing for the delivery, mixing, and pumping of screed from a single vehicle. The company looks forward to providing extended services to the underpinning, screeding, and basement sectors.

To learn more about the ASUC click here.

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Mixamate featured in Gypsol newsletter

  • Oct 17

Mixamate is this month featured in the Autumn edition of the Gyposl newsletter, which provides subscribers with a range of news and case studies from the UK's leading liquid screed provider. 

Flowing floor screeds offer a cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional, labour intensive sand & cement screeds. Mixamate has now officially teamed-up with Gypsol, one of the UK's leading liquid screed products, to provide our customers with a cutting edge and easy to use alternative to dry screed. 

Gypsol anhydrite flowing screed binder is manufactured by Francis Flower. Founded in 1953 as Gurney Slade Limestone Company, the company processes and manufactures a range of products including milled anhydrite, marble, bentonite, granulated and powdered minerals, as well as Gypsol anhydrite screed binder. Gypsol is produced from a specialist manufacturing plant in Runcorn, by the only UK-based producer of anhydrite screed binder with its very own manufacturing facilities.

We are delighted to have expanded our existing screed service in this way and you can find out further information in our dedicated screed section here. To read the full version of the latest Gypsol newsletter, click here. 

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Mixamate introduces Pumped Liquid Screed to its growing range of products

  • Aug 29

Mixamate – the UK’s leading and oldest provider of mix on site concrete and screed – today announced the launch of its brand new liquid screed service, providing direct screed delivery from truck to floor via pump. The new liquid screed product will be available through the company’s all in-one screed pumping truck – the unique machine that provides the delivery, mixing, and pumping of screed from a single vehicle. The vehicle produces the screed by weight thus ensuring a perfect mix every time.

“Liquid screed is something we are being asked for increasingly this year,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “It comes with certain advantages over sand and cement screed, particularly with the growing popularity of underfloor heating. If people want the option for liquid screed we can deliver any amount from 2m3. Both this new product and our traditional screed mixes can be administered through our all-in-one pumping machines, this dramatically reduces the hassle associated with this type of work.”

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 Advantages of using Liquid Screed

  • Can be administered more quickly than traditional mixes
  • Requires less labour
  • Offers thinner and more conductive making it perfect for underfloor heating
  • Additives like fibres can be added to the screed

Advantages of using the All-in-One Mixamate Screed Pumping Truck 

  • Delivery, mixing, and pumping of screed from a single vehicle reducing hassle and cost
  • 80m on-board pumping hose
  • Service currently available in and around the M25, and will be extended in 2018
  • With Mixamate, you only pay for what you use, so there is no waste
  • Mixamate can recommend professional screeders if you require assistance with the job

If you are interested in using Mixamate’s new Liquid Screed product, then simply get in contact with us directly on 0800 145 5282.

For further information on our wider product range, click here

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Concrete pumping machine

  • Jul 18

Mixamate is this month featured in Rail Professional magazine, in an article examining the applicability of our unique all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck to the rail sector.

“Mixamate is increasingly being called into railway jobs that require smaller amounts of concrete, but usually require greater flexibility,” said Chris Smith, managing director for Mixamate and chairman of the Batched on Site Association. “For signal boxes and level-crossings, our concrete pumping truck is perfect, because you don’t often know the exact quantities you will need and with Mixamate you only pay for what you take, so there is no waste.”

With 25 lorries already on the road and more in production, the Mixamate service is currently expanding. Each batch of our concrete comes with a computerised ticket, revealing – unlike traditional volumetric mixers – the exact strength and balance of the mix, and providing batching plant standard quality from a handy mix on site service.

To read the article in full, simply visit the Rail Professional website here

 

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Particle sized distribution testing

  • Jul 18

Mixamate’s expanded in-house testing lab is this month featured in Concrete Magazine, the official publication of the concrete society.

In an article highlighting the new developments that have been made to our in-house testing lab and on-site testing capabilities, the magazine looks at the intricacies that go into modern mix on site concrete testing, and how our scientific approach to material production helps us to produce batching plant standard mixes in a handy mix on-site service.

“There are a few mix on site companies that carry out the very basic testing measures,” said John Macleod, head of quality control for Mixamate. “We carry out a lot of in-depth testing such as air entrainment testing, slump testing, cube testing, cube testing and we are constantly carrying out trial mixes on a regular basis, whether it is to our new or existing admixtures, to try to help further improve the quality of product supplied.”

With the improved facilities, Mixamate can now turn around aggregate smaples within 24 hours, inclusive of particle sized distribution testing. The new set of measurements provides further quality to an already intensive amount of in-house testing.

The full article can be read exclusively in Concrete Magazine, which you can find out more details about here.  

 

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    • Concrete Cover July 2017

Mixamate helps out the Scouts

  • May 30

Mixamate recently helped out the 10th Fareham Scout Group with some free concrete and delivery. The group, based near Portsmouth, required the materials for the redevelopment of their compound activities area, and as a former Scout Member himself Mixamate Managing Director, Chris Smith, was more than happy to help out!

When Mixamate got the call, the Fareham based Scout Group were in the process of a large and exciting new redevelopment project. The design has revolutionised the the Group’s activities area, allowing the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who attend on a regular basis to practice outdoor activities including the likes of fire lighting, shelter building, and survival skills in a safe and secure area.

Part of this included a new campfire pit for larger events as well as some smaller fire pits for practice on a regular basis, which came to a concrete requirement of roughly 1.5m3. The delivery took place on Saturday and it was great to see all of the Scouts and volunteer workers pitching in to help barrow in the concrete, which is still a service that Mixamate is able to offer in addition to our unique Concrete Pumping lorries.

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“When Chris Clements, the Scout Leader, told us about the project we were more than happy to provide this amount of concrete to the group, as well as deliver it,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “Saturday delivery is also not a problem because we’re used to catering to jobs out of regular office hours for our other clients. Sometimes giving back a little to people who give a lot feels the right thing to do, and as an old Cub and Boy Scout myself it seemed like an interesting project – the pictures we saw of everybody pitching in on the day looked like a Scouts activity enough in itself!”

The Group was extremely pleased with the end result and posted some pictures to its main Facebook page, which we have also posted above. 

“On behalf of the 10th Fareham Scout Group we have to say a huge thank-you to Mixamate, who were brilliant to donate this concrete and deliver it to us,” said Chris Clements, Scout Leader for the 10th Fareham Scout Group.” We had a successful morning constructing out new fire pits, which will allow the group to practice some exciting survival skills in a secure area. Everyone both Scouts and adults alike were also very impressed with the Mixamate truck. We were so happy with this we posted It on our Facebook page, and it was great to see all the leaders and parents who came and pitched in on the day to help – a real team effort and a really kind gesture from the guy’s at Mixamate to help us out in this way.” 

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