Main contractor, Winvic, asked Elite to provide over a thousand 2,400kg Legato™ interlocking concrete blocks for the construction of a huge retaining wall as part of the development of a £multi-million 310,000ft2 distribution centre in Dunstable.
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 compared to the standard gabion baskets which had been originally specified.
Winvic was working to a tight timeframe and in turn they contracted PNR Construction, who are specialist contractors, to prepare the foundations and install the blocks. The project involved the very highest level of team working between all the companies and the result was that, in just 10 working days, over a thousand Legato™ blocks were delivered and installed.
Owen Batham, Sales & Marketing Director at Elite Precast Concrete, explained: “We were delighted to support Winvic and PNR with this project, and offer 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 of time so the easy installation of the blocks was a huge safety advantage. The streamlined collaboration between Elite Precast Concrete and PNR Construction who installed the blocks was also a huge benefit."