As part of its UK expansion program, Aldi was building a new £59 million regional distribution centre and offices at Wentloog near Cardiff. Due to unforeseen circumstances, £4.5 million was offered by the Welsh Government to assist the project. Aldi’s design team were keen to see Tarmac’s offering and understand the process of adding the fibres.
When completed the building would include a 3,000m2 office complex, 250 car parking spaces, 100 loading bays, gate house and access roads. The designs specified an enhanced concrete mix with a FibrinXT fibre. Over 10,000m3 was required for external floor slabs.
TOPFORCE concrete is a product Tarmac regularly produces and, as such, the fibre addition Aldi wanted was well known. A system of addition that combined the fibre manufacturer’s recommendation and Tarmac’s experience was offered and following a plant visit and trial, was accepted by the client. During the contract the client’s designers carried out spot visits to make sure addition was being carried out correctly.
10,400m3 of TOPFORCE concrete with FibrinXT fibre was successfully supplied over a period of 13 months and the finished product was exactly as expected. The TOPFORCE concrete reduced the effects of plastic shrinkage and plastic settlement cracking, whilst enhancing the surface properties and durability of the hardened, cementitious product. This mix was used as an alternative to air entrained concrete (AEA). The contractor, Moortown, commented that they were impressed with the consistency of supply and quality of the product and would recommend Tarmac as a preferred supplier in future.
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