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important work we are doing in spearheading the UK's Batched on Site Association.

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Batched on Site Association Announces Industry Charter

  • Aug 20

The Batched on Site Association today announced the launch of its first ever Industry Charter, including a Declaration of Adherence to be signed by all members. 

 
The Batched on Site Association (BSA) is the self-regulating body representing the UK’s Mobile Batching Plant operators, colloquially known as ‘volumetrics’. These vehicles provide a critical service to the UK Construction Sector, delivering on-site materials quickly, and flexibly, often to sites with limited access where other vehicles cannot get in. 
 
With 700+ volumetric trucks now in operation throughout the UK, the sector represents about 200 UK businesses and contributes approximately £170m to the UK economy.  
 
Transport Select Committee
Due to the specialist nature of Mobile Batching Plants, these vehicles operate outside a small number of regulations which apply to HGVs. With the intention to pro-actively increase road safety, the BSA has implemented a number of new obligations on its members. Earlier this year, the Association appeared before Parliament’s Transport Select Committee to discuss its contribution to improving the standards of cycling safety on Britain’s roads.  
 
The new Charter
The new Charter, which was originally handed out to BSA Members in May, represents an evolution of the Association’s original Code of Practice, which has been maintained and updated since the BSA’s formation in 2007. 
 
The Charter clearly sets out the legal status of volumetrics and provides good practice guidance in a number of areas including vehicle maintenance, safe loading, and driver training. It also provides specific guidelines on the introduction of under-run bars to increase cycle safety.
 
The Declaration, which all BSA Members must abide by, confirms that members will, amongst other requirements:

• Undertake regular maintenance safety inspections
• Daily pre-use inspections
• Will not operate vehicles over design weight
• Operatives will be HGV qualified and receive annual refresher training.
 
Chairman’s Comments
Chris Smith, Managing Director of Mixamate and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, recently met with Andy Love, Labour Co-op Member of Parliament for Edmonton, to discuss sensible regulation and safety in the building and logistics industries: 
 
“The Mobile Batching Plant sector has come together to promote high standards of operation and safety in our area of the industry,” said Smith. “Our new Industry Charter lays down a clear marker to those operating mobile batching plant vehicles, putting safety and accountability high on the agenda. We will continue working closely with our Members to evolve and improve safety standards within the industry, and the launch of our first official Charter marks a significant step in a move towards clearer guidelines.”
 
About the Batched on Site Association
The BSA was established in 2007 with the objective of representing the interests of operators of Mobile Batching Plants (MBP). 
 
MBP machines come in a variety of specifications but their fundamental distinguishing characteristic is their ability to batch produce products such as screed, foam, ‘trench fill’, concrete, ‘cold tarmac’ and mortar on demand at the point of delivery.  As the products are batched on site the customer receives exactly the amounts they require, meaning zero waste. Multi drop routes can be scheduled, reducing the miles travelled. These characteristics distinguish the MBP from drum-mixer heavy goods vehicles that haul pre-mixed product from the batching plants to points of delivery. 
 
The Batched on Site Association is committed to promoting high industry standards and providing the latest information within the UK Mobile Batching Plant sector. For more information visit www.batchedonsite.org.
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Mixamate Launches Concrete Calculator App

  • Aug 19

Mixamate has launched a brand new Concrete Calculator App. The FREE app is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and facilitates calculations for screed as well as concrete. 

On-site Tool
The app has been developed by as a tool for on-site use both on and offline, so you don't need to be connected to the internet or your phone network for it to work!  This makes it perfect for use in areas of low connectivity, such as when calculating the materials required for a basement job.
 
It also allows users to call Mixamate from directly within the app, immediately placing an order with a member of their dedicated team based on the calculations they have just made. 
 
“Reassurance in your measurements is very important when you’re running around on site overseeing a thousand things at once,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “Because of our heritage and brand reputation, our customers trust us on a daily basis to help them with their concrete and screed calculations. We therefore wanted to develop that concept further and give them a real working tool that they could take with them onto a site, supported by the Mixamate name and with a direct line into our dedicated team. The Mixamate branded concrete and screed calculator app does just that.”
 
Exact Proportions 
The Mixamate Conqueror Mixing Truck has evolved beyond volumetric concrete to provide weigh-batched materials with every pour, administered via the machine’s unique on-board computer system. With the launch of its new app Mixamate has extended this accuracy directly into the hands of the people who are ordering it, providing precision and accountability through every step of the mix on site delivery phase. 
 
A beta version of the Concrete Calculator App was launched earlier this year, and has already achieved achieved 6,000+ downloads. We have now tweaked and refined the App to make it even more user-friendly for our customers, so please feel free to download now. 
 
To view the Concrete Calculator App online simply type ‘Mixamate’ into Google Play here.
    • Mixamate Concrete Calculator
    • Concrete Calculator App

Mixamate Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

  • Aug 4

Mixamate was recently featured in Professional Builder Magazine, who were reporting on the launch of our brand new Concrete Calculator App. 

The app has been developed exclusively by Mixamate as a tool for on-site use both on and offline. This allows it to be used in areas of low connectivity, such as when calculating the materials required for a basement job. It also allows users to call Mixamate from directly within the app, immediately placing an order with a member of their dedicated team based on the calculations they have just made.

“Reassurance in your measurements is very important when you’re running around on site overseeing a thousand things at once,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “Because of our heritage and brand reputation, our customers trust us on a daily basis to help them with their concrete and screed calculations. We therefore wanted to develop that concept further and give them a real working tool that they could take with them onto a site, supported by the Mixamate name and with a direct line into our dedicated team. The Mixamate branded concrete and screed calculator app does just that.”

You can view the full Professional Builder Magazine article online here

    • Mixamate Concrete Calculator
    • Professional Builder Magazine

Mixamate Introduces New Delivery Mechanism

  • Jul 22

Mixamate – the UKs leading provider of mix on-site concrete and screed – today announced an innovation to its straight-pour delivery method, adding an enclosed auger to its traditional Conqueror Mixing Truck. 

The new 3.5 metre long auger replaces the open conveyer-belt technology that had previously been used, enabling the company to discharge mixed concrete from the mixing pan more quickly and cleanly than in previous incarnations of the truck.
 
Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate, said: “Mixamate is always looking for ways to improve our current servicing and equipment, and the new auger represents a natural evolution of the previous conveyer-belt system. This will allow us to deliver materials more quickly and efficiently from truck to trench for our customers, reducing working time and mess on straight-pour jobs.”
 
Having proved successful in field trials, the new auger is now being rolled out across the entire Mixamate fleet. 
 
In addition to straight-pour, Mixamate can also deliver concrete via barrowing, mini dumper, and concrete pumping services. In 2013 the company launched its unique Concrete Pumping Truck – a single truck that provides the delivery, mixing and pumping of concrete in a single vehicle. 
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    • Auger Shot

Mixamate and Limecrete work on Crossrail Project

  • Jul 16

Last month Mixamate was called in to help on a Crossrail project being carried out by sustainable construction supplier, The Limecrete Company Ltd

The job took place at London Bridge, where the old Victorian railway arches needed reinforcing with a new round of concrete. The specialist job was carried out by Limecrete, as the requirements of the work meant that lime concrete was required, allowing for some movement and being less restrictive than traditional mix. 
 
Limecrete required a local operator that was capable of carrying out work on this scale, and Mixamate delivered 60 cubic metres of concrete to a tight site in the heart of London with limited access.
 
Mixamate’s unique Concrete Pumping Truck rose to the challenge, providing an all in one solution for Limecrete that includes the delivery, mixing, and pumping of concrete from a single vehicle and without the need to hire a separate pump. 
 
Miles Yallop, Managing Director of the Limecrete Company Ltd., said: “Our Mixer truck is great! For this particular job however we needed something bigger and faster and with Mixamate we got it!”
 
The job was a huge success and you can view further images from the project on the Limecrete Facebook page here
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    • Limecrete Mixamate
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Andy Love MP meets with Mixamate Managing Director Chris Smith

  • Jul 5

Mixamate was on Friday paid a special visit by Andy Love, Labour Co-op Member of Parliament for Edmonton since 1997. 

The two met to discuss the promotion of sensible regulation and safety in the building industry. High on the agenda was a series of new legislative changes being proposed for the owners and operators of batched on site vehicles. Mixamate Managing Director, Chris smith, is also the Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, who's mission is to ensure high standards of self-regulation and operation through the batched on site industry. 

The meeting proved to be a huge success and stay tuned to our blog for information to follow. 

    • Chris and Andy Love MP

Mixamate Lays the Foundations for New Lego Displays at LEGOLAND

  • Jan 23

Mixamate – the UK’s leading provider of mix on site concrete and screed – this week began work on-site at the official LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. 

LEGOLAND is busy preparing new displays for its forthcoming visitor season, and the huge larger than life Lego blocks displays at the park require solid concrete foundations to ensure that they remain safely in place.
 
This specialist job requires direct and often awkward on-site access that only our unique All-in-One Concrete Pumping Truck can provide. There we are laying foundations in the middle of a drained artificial lake, where a brand new Lego attraction will make up the centre-piece. 
 
The job requires 50m+ of mix on site concrete, which is being mainly delivered by the Concrete Pumping Truck’s 80 metre pumping hose. 
 
In addition by sending in a second Mixamate Conqueror vehicle, we are able to deliver up to 24 metres of concrete per delivery from truck to trench, administering two full lorry load’s in a single delivery using just two trucks with two drivers. This removes the need to hire a separate Concrete Pump, or indeed additional labour to barrow the materials into the trench. 
 
For more information on the unique Mixamate All-in-One Concrete Pumping Truck simply click here, and in the meantime we have managed to snap a couple of images of the park for you to have a look at!
 
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    • Mixamate Legoland 2

BSA Releases Updated Code of Practice Manual

  • Dec 13 '13

London UK, Friday 13 December 2013: The Batched on Site Association (BSA) – the trade association for the Mobile Batching Plant (MBP) industry – today released an updated edition of its Code of Practice Manual, aimed at increasing safety standards throughout the batched-on-site industry. 

With 500+ vehicles on the road, the batched-on-site sector accounts for 25% of the total concrete batching plant industry in the UK. The Batched on Site Association (BSA) was set-up in 2007 to help the MBP industry regulate the operation of these vehicles.  
 
Safety Enhancements
The update follows the Association’s AGM earlier this month, where the BSA Committee and its wider membership passed a motion to amend the current documentation. The updated edition of the BSA Code of Practice Manual has been specifically designed to increase the safety standards within the industry. 
 
With an increasing number of cyclists on Britain’s roads, particularly in London, the key change to the code of practice is the mandatory introduction of Under-Run bars to all Mobile Batching Plant vehicles, in-line with the current legislation for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). These crucial safety additions are designed to protect cyclists and other road users from coming into contact with vehicle wheels in the eventuality of an accident.  
 
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Official Comment

BSA Chairman and Managing Director of Mixamate, Chris Smith, said: “On behalf of the entire Batched on Site Association, I am pleased to release the new and updated BSA Code of Practice. Since 2007, we have sought to regulate and represent the activities of the owners and operators of mobile batching plants. The new update to the Code of Practice has been specifically designed to bring the sector’s safety guidance up to date in light of the increasing number of cyclists on our roads, who need to be protected.”
 
The BSA meets on a quarterly basis to discuss the key points of the industry.  
 
About the Batched on Site Association
The BSA was established in 2007 with the objective of representing the interests of operators of Mobile Batching Plants (MBP). This characteristic distinguishes the MBP from drum-mixer heavy goods vehicles that haul pre-mixed product from the batching plants to points of delivery. The Batched on Site Association is committed to promoting high industry standards and providing the latest information within the UK Mobile Batching Plant sector, and you can view our latest newsletters, information, and technical documents on the resources section of our site. For further information please visit: http://www.batchedonsite.org/.
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Mixamate Night Job Produces Spectacular Scenes

  • Nov 12 '13

Unlike large ready mix concrete delivery firms, one of the advantages of using Mixamate’s nimble mix on site delivery service is that we are able to provide flexible delivery times. This includes night jobs, which are often essential for some of our customers, especially when emergency concreting work needs to take place. 

On a recent night job earlier this month our driver, Terry, snapped some spectacular images, which you can see below. 
 
With the new Mixamate Concrete Pumping Truck we are able to provide delivery, mixing, and pumping of concrete from an all in one single vehicle. And because with Mixamate you only pay for what you take, there is no waste – ideal for those hard to reach emergency jobs where you are never quite sure exactly how much you might need. 
 
Night jobs are a rarity and we try to limit them wherever we can, but if you do have a concrete emergency and this is the only time we can gain access to site then we would be delighted to help. Contact us here for further information.
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Mixamate is King of Concrete

  • Oct 29 '13

This month Mixamate was called out to jobs on not one but TWO of the UK’s most prestigious castles. 

 
In a month when Prince George – now third in line to the throne – was Christened, the mix on site concrete and screed providers were called on-site to assist in maintenance work on the grounds of both Windsor Castle and Leeds Castle.
 
There must have been something in the water in the Moat’s of these castles in October, because these were two separate jobs for individual contractors at separate Castle locations! 
 
We’d like to crown ourselves King of Concrete for the Royal Realm, and should the Queen or any of her immediate family be reading our blog (we know that they are regular readers) then we’d like to extend a warm thank-you for having us along!
 
    • Leeds Castle Image
    • Leeds Castle Image

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