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Concrete yard with good drainage & non slip surface

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

We’ve been helping farmers to construct farm buildings for over 30 years and have built up a reputation for the quality of our work. Here is an example of a project we recently undertook to install a concrete yard with gentle gradients, good drainage & non-slip surface.

About the business

Kingsbury Pallets Ltd is a very successful midland based pallet recycling company. They collect, sort, repair, disassemble, heat treat, recycle and distribute 40,000 units per week.

The challenge

As a fast-growing business they needed more space to operate in. In 2012, they decided to acquire a new site on Lichfield Industrial Estates. The site covered almost 5 acres and included large industrial unit space, car parking, and an external storage yard.

The external storage yard covered almost 2 acres. It had a non-bound stone surface that had been fine for its previous use as a vehicle rental company depot. But going forward Kingsbury Pallets would be using forklift trucks on small solid wheels. What they needed was a perfect concrete yard with gentle gradients, good drainage, and a non-slip surface.

Jon Towers, Managing Director of Kingsbury Palletts, approached Cotterill Civils having already used them to work on another of the company’s sites. Cotterill Civils liaised directly with its structural engineers who designed a concrete slab and drainage system to suit.

The results

The work started in January 2013 and was completed in April through very challenging weather conditions. Cotterill Civils installed a crated surface water attenuation system which minimised surface water runoff from the site and reduced Kingsbury Pallets sewerage rates significantly. Cotterill Civils managed to keep the job progressing through a difficult winter with the use of mobile tents to protect the work from the elements.

Jon Towers commented: “I needed a good contractor that I knew I could trust to deliver this project on time and within budget. Having had previous experience with Cotterill Civils I knew they were perfect for the job. They are a very hardworking, honest team. Nothing is too much trouble and Andy Cotterill looked after us impeccably. I recommend them wholeheartedly and will be calling on their services again in the future.”

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