This new process represents an evolution in RCC pavements and results in an engineered pavement that is fast to lay with the appearance and durability of a conventional concrete surface.
Over 44,000 tonnes was laid on a 30 acres site for a purpose-built storage area on behalf of GPS PE Pipe Systems for storing pipes with main contractor, Fox Contracting.
The extremely hard wearing surface is produced by spraying a specially designed admixture onto the roller compacted concrete before power floating and curing. This creates a more closed, even surface rather than the more textured appearance of a natural RCC. The smooth cement paste created during this process offers increase abrasion resistance making it attractive for high stress areas.
“This contract was a great achievement for us – it was the largest area we have laid in the UK with RCC and it was an opportunity for us to use power floating for the first time. For the customer it gives a pavement which combines the strength and durability of concrete with the ease of construction of an asphalt. RCC alone can provide significant cost savings, up to 30% over traditional pavements and now with power floated RCC it offers a significantly harder wearing surface that’s more aesthetically pleasing” comments Garry Gregory, Director Asphalt and Paving Solutions, CEMEX UK.
GPS PE Pipe Systems is a market leading manufacturer of high performance pipe products for gas, water, sewage and industrial applications.
CEMEX R&D, Innovation and Business Development projects are part of the global R&D collaboration network, headed by CEMEX Research Centres, based in Switzerland.
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