RSG choose Elite Legato blocks to build better bunkers
Hard-wearing, high-strength blocks from Elite Precast Concrete used for new bunker facility in Stoke
RSG Structures Ltd have recently constructed a new bunker facility for a client in Stoke, as part of a larger contract involving demolition and rebuild.
The bunker needed to have very durable 6.4m high walls and was to be built on an existing yard with an undulating concrete surface. Not wanting to break through this concrete and create additional issues, the solution was an in-situ plinth with concrete blocks sitting on top, a method that RSG have used many times before.
The plinth acts in two ways; it spreads the load of the walls above and evens out any changes in ground level, so the walls sit straight and true. Elite Precast Concrete’s hard-wearing Legato blocks were regarded as the perfect choice for this type of construction, being cast from high-strength concrete and fast to build.
RSG director Gareth Neale explained why RSG always choose to use Legato blocks: ‘We know what we are working with when we use Legato blocks from Elite. There are other block manufacturers out there, but personally I wouldn’t touch them, as you don’t know what’s arriving on site.
‘Legatos don’t have any recycled materials in them, which is critically important because when I’m building 6–7m high walls and then sticking a building on top, I want to know what the blocks are made of and what strength the concrete is. Everything we build is fully engineered, so and we need to know what we are working with and my engineer needs to know what he is designing with.
‘With a build like this, the timing of deliveries is critical, as is having the right blocks on each load, otherwise we can end up with a site full of blocks we can’t use yet. We had just under 600 blocks of varying sizes to install in many different positions, but as always, working with Elite was simple and easy. The loads arrived when we wanted them and with the blocks we wanted on them.’