Are you a main contractor in search of reliable precast concrete companies in the UK for your below-ground substructure?
Regardless of why you need a substructure (be it a cellar, lift pit, machine base sump, vehicle maintenance pit, machine pit etc.), precast concrete can be a good alternative to in situ; when the conditions are right and on the right project.
Whether this is your first time constructing below-ground, or you’ve had a bad experience with a previous company, finding a reliable experienced subcontractor is absolutely vital. That’s why I wanted to compile this handy list. I’ve looked at 7 of the most popular precast concrete companies in the UK, so you can decide which one is right for you.
So, without further ado, here’s an overview of the 7 best precast concrete companies in the UK (in no particular order).
Banagher Precast Concrete describe themselves as the “leading precast concrete manufacturer and supplier of precast concrete products to the civil Engineering and construction industries throughout the UK and Ireland”.
They specialise in providing the most advanced precast concrete products and solutions currently available on the market. You can take advantage of a complete service, that includes everything from value engineering, right through to the design, manufacture and installation of your precast concrete substructure.
It doesn’t seem like there’s many projects Banagher won’t take on, so they’re definitely worth checking out.
Phone (Head Office – IR): +353 (0)57 9151417
UK contact number: 0161 300 0513
Opening hours: 8am – 5:30pm
Based in Essex, and with a trading history of over 70 years, Milbank is one of the leading precast concrete manufacturers in the UK. At its heart, their service is dedicated to helping customers achieve the success they need from their projects.
They employ highly experienced team members to ensure every project is carried out professionally and to a high standard. I also like how responsible their web content is, with information on vital aspects such as health and safety and environmental being covered.
The company is committed to reducing their energy consumption (and have by investing in a new plant and machine), as well as having invested in renewable energy technology.
Contact number: 01787 223931
Opening hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm
3. Longley Group
A family-run, private business, Longley Group has been precast concrete since it was founded by Charles Longley in 1947. They offer a competitive and dynamic service, and reliable products, at realistic prices. Their company places a strong focus on building lasting relationships with their customers.
Longley places itself at the forefront of the UK’s precast concrete suppliers, and supply to quite a varied range of different industries and applications. So, it might be worth getting in touch with them to see if they can help with your project.
You can read some customer testimonials on their ‘About’ page, or just general learn more about the company.
Contact number: 01924 464 283
Opening hours: 8:30am – 5pm
4. SpanWright UK
Spanwright is a leading manufacturer when it comes to supplying precast concrete solutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Based in Swindon, they specialise in the design, manufacture, supply and installation of precast concrete flooring, concrete stairs, agricultural precast and bespoke concrete solutions.
They’re getting a mention of this list due to the fact they have 65 years’ experience, and cater for projects of all scales. So, there’s a good chance they might be a good bet for your project. In fact, they’re the preferred supplier of concrete products for many UK and Irish building contractors.
Contact number: 0179 344 1474
Opening hours: unavailable
First established back in 1972, Coltman is another to make my list. Now one of Britain’s largest independent supplies of precast concrete products to the construction industry, their experience includes many bespoke projects.
Even better, they offer a complete package for clients, covering every aspect of precast concrete products, including design, manufacturing, testing and delivery/installation on-site. Over the years, they’ve built up a great name and reputation for themselves, and have been involved in many multi-million pound projects.
It’s worth saying Coltman is now registered for quality administration and environmental management systems, standards and guidelines, BS EB ISO9001:2000 and BS EN ISO 14001:1996 respectively.
Contact number: 01543 480 482
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
6. Creagh Concrete
With the claim of being one of the largest and most innovative producers of concrete products covering a diverse range of market sectors both in the UK and Ireland, Creagh concrete has bases in Hoveringham, Edinburgh, and their head office in Toomebridge.
Specialist in precast concrete, Creagh has a number of specialist divisions spanning each sector of the construction industry. Their website includes brochures, videos, company values and news.
Their values spell out ‘CREAGH’ and stands for:
- Help each other
Contact number: 028 7965 0500
Opening hours: unavailable
7. Amber Precast
Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, the final stop on our list doesn’t have quite as much industry experience as some. However, they do offer an extensive range of standard and bespoke precast concrete, with a highly experienced team. Not to mention the in-house capabilities to manufacture standard and bespoke products to exact specifications.
Calling themselves a leading manufacturer in the UK, they supply products to an extensive range of different sectors. These include Housing and Commercial Development, Construction, Hard Landscaping, Civils, Rail, Utilities, Offshore, Retail and Flood Defence.
Amber Precast pride themselves on being able to work closely with clients and designers in the early stages of a project to ensure all expectations are met, using the best manufacturing methods available. The benefits of this are value-added engineering, a good quality of work and general ease of installation.
Contact number: 01773 540707
Opening hours: 8:30am – 5pm
Advice from a specialist subcontractor
If you’re looking for the best precast concrete company for your project, my advice would be to contact them in plenty of time and ensure they can meet all of your requirements. It may also be worth discussing with a structural engineer whether precast is the right route to go down for your project.
TIP: Did you know there’s another alternative to precast concrete? Check out our blog: ‘What is Steel Prefabrication Below-Ground and How Does it Work?’ to learn more.
A good precast concrete company (or subcontractor) should be able to talk you through all of your options, provide a detailed quotation based on your requirements, and show you previous examples of their work when constructing below-ground substructures.
Asking the right questions and doing a bit of research into the company will help ensure you’re choosing the best subcontractor for the job.
So, there we have it; 7 of the best precast concrete companies to consider in the UK! If you’re looking for a below-ground concrete substructure, these guys may be some of the best for job, and can tackle bespoke designs. Just be sure to check client testimonials and ensure they take the time to understand your needs and requirements.
Do you have any questions about choosing a subcontractor for below-ground construction? Just pop me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.