As a building contractor or site manager, you know the importance of having a reliable source of concrete for your construction site projects.

Whether it’s a small repair project, foundational work or a multi-property build, when you’re responsible for sourcing materials on-site, you need to make sure you find the best concrete for the job.

It’s essential that concrete for any construction site work is:

  • High quality
  • Delivered on time
  • Fit for purpose
  • Readily available

And of course, you also want it as easy to use as possible and as cost effective as you can get it.

So what’s the best type of concrete to get for your construction site? And where can you get it from in Greater Manchester?

concrete poured on construction site Manchester

Choosing the right type of concrete

There are many different grades and types of concrete available for a range of different uses. What you need will ultimately come down to the type of project you’re doing.

But, how and where you get those different grades of concrete from is what matters most.

There are three main types you might be considering:

1. On-site mixing
2. Batched concrete
3. Ready mix concrete

One of these is a clear winner in our books.

1. On-site mixing


On-site mixing does what it says on the tin. It involves the use of traditional concrete mixing equipment to mix concrete directly on your construction site. Your order the mix, bags are delivered to your site, and you add water to mix as and when you need it.

If you only need small amounts at different times it can be a good option, but it’s not efficient for large construction sites.
This method is labour-intensive and time-consuming.

You’ll need manpower (and some skill) to operate any equipment if you want enough for large projects (as opposed to just buckets at a time). You’ll also need to measure the correct proportions of water, cement, sand, and aggregates.

It might seem like a cost-effective solution at first, but in reality, the quality of the concrete produced is inconsistent, and there’s always the potential for error because of the manual mixing process.

It’s not a reliable option.

concrete mixer drum on-site in Manchester

2. Batched concrete


With batched concrete, again the clue is in the name. You order pre-mixed concrete in set amounts (batches) from a batching plant.

This concrete is mixed to the required specifications and delivered to the construction site when you request it. Because it’s pre-mixed to your specs, it needs to be ordered in advance.

It’s more efficient than on-site mixing as it’ll reduce your labour and equipment costs, so your team can focus on the actual construction work rather than prep work.

However, there is some risk of concrete quality deterioration during transit, which can affect the strength and durability of the final product. You also have to order set batches – which can prove costly if you over (or under) estimate what you need.

If you’re accurate and organised, knowing exactly when you’ll need your concrete, this could be an option for you… but there is a better one.

3. Ready mix concrete


Ready mix concrete – often known as poured concrete – is a highly versatile type of concrete that’s pre-mixed and delivered to your construction site in a large volumetric mixer truck.

It’s easily the simplest, most convenient type if you need concrete on your construction site in Greater Manchester.

Why? Because it’s quick, it’s high quality and it’s flexible.

It saves you time, labour and equipment costs and delivers exceptional value for money.

Ready mix concrete is also consistent in quality, as it’s produced in controlled conditions using computerised batching plants. You can precisely customise it to meet any specific needs you might have on your construction site.

Goodmix Manchester pouring concrete at construction site

Need ready mix for your construction site in Manchester?

Call Goodmix.

At Goodmix, we specialise in the supply of high quality ready mix concrete to construction sites all around Manchester and the North West.

We offer next day delivery, so you don’t need to worry about ordering in advance – we know how fast things change on site.

 We deliver in our state-of-the-art volumetric mixers that can mix concrete to your spec on site – so you always get the best, freshest concrete that’s always fit for purpose.

And, most importantly for site management costs – you only ever pay for what you use.

Keep your construction project on schedule and to budget, with the easiest, most effective type of concrete from a trusted supplier – Goodmix.

Call us today on 0161 711 1165

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