How Is Concrete Delivered?

The delivery of concrete is necessary when construction, landscaping or industrial sites require the use of this material in their projects. Luckily, many concrete providers have devised efficient ways of transporting concrete from location to location without issue, including Oxcrete. 

If you’re interested in the delivery process of concrete, allow us to guide you through the most popular methods of transportation used by concrete suppliers across the UK. 

Volumetric Mixer

The first main method of delivering concrete is through the use of a volumetric mixer. Volumetric mixers work in two ways, they can either mix concrete during the journey or mix the components upon arrival. It does, however, start off by transporting the ingredients, allowing the buyer to use only what’s needed as it is mixed on-site. 

Using a volumetric mixer is a more flexible way of delivering concrete, as the supplier isn’t left with excess materials and the buyer isn’t left paying for more than what they need. The volumetric mixer even has separate compartments for the concrete components, such as sand, water, aggregates etc. Because of this, the mix can even be adapted upon arrival.

Concrete Mixer

A concrete mixer, also referred to as the ‘transit mixer’, is the most popular method of concrete delivery. The truck either mixes the materials before arriving at the site or keeps premixed concrete constantly on the move with a revolving drum, to prevent it from hardening. This method allows the concrete to be immediately poured upon arrival, rather than waiting for the components to be mixed. 

This mixer is used for the delivery of ready-mix concrete and is perfect for short journeys, creating a quick and efficient way of delivering concrete. If you believe this method is better suited to your construction needs, please contact Oxcrete for more information. 

Concrete Delivery Within a Site

Once the concrete has been delivered to your location, you may need the material placed somewhere else within your site. Common delivery methods for these circumstances include the use of: 

  • Wheelbarrows 
  • Pumps
  • Chutes
  • Conveyor Belts

The internal delivery method may depend on the size of your construction site and how quickly you need the concrete. If the material has been premixed, you may benefit from methods such as pumps or chutes as they are quicker and prevent the concrete from drying out or hardening. But if you’re only planning to transport the concrete a short distance, you may benefit from using wheelbarrows or even shovels. 

However, there are certain factors that can affect your choice of transportation both externally and internally. The location of the pour site, its accessibility and the distance from the batch plant must all be considered before purchasing concrete. You may also need to note how many workers you have available, especially if you’re expecting a rather large concrete delivery. 

If you do have any concerns about your concrete delivery with Oxcrete, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to answer any questions and provide you with potential solutions. For efficient and reliable concrete delivery, choose Oxcrete every time. Visit our service page for more information, or get in touch.