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Concrete firm delivers for distribution centre project

Legato interlocking concrete blocks

Elite Precast Concrete meet demand for speedy supply of concrete blocks for huge retaining wall

A LEADING precast concrete company has supplied more than 1,000 of its innovative Legato interlocking blocks for the construction of vast retaining wall at a multi-million pound distribution centre in Dunstable.

West Midlands-based Elite Precast Concrete were called upon by construction firm Winvic to provide their 2,400kg Legato blocks to build a retaining wall as part of the development of the 310,000 square foot Prologis distribution centre.

The project saw the blocks used to create a 220m long x 5m high retaining wall at the new facility, providing a quicker, better-value and more space-efficient solution than the standard gabion baskets which had originally been specified.

Working to a tight time frame, main contractors Winvic contracted specialist contractors PNR Construction to prepare the foundations and install the blocks. The project involved the highest level of team work between all the companies and resulted in over 1,000 Legato blocks being delivered and installed in just 10 working days.

Owen Batham, sales and marketing director of Elite Precast Concrete, explained: ‘We were delighted to support Winvic and PNR with this project, and offered a suitable solution to aid the project’s fast turnaround time.

‘Our blocks are all stock items ensuring an instant response and a quick and hassle-free build. The Legato blocks are ideal for constructing retaining walls and incorporate their own cast-in lifting pins, which mean they are extremely quick and very safe to install.’

Scott McDermott at Winvic said: ‘The construction project was particularly time-sensitive and the Legato blocks were the perfect option, not least because they could be delivered and installed within a very short period of time.

‘Due to the speed of the build, the site excavation was only accessible for a limited period so the easy installation of the blocks was a huge safety advantage. The streamlined collaboration between Elite Precast Concrete and PNR Construction was also a huge benefit.’

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