Elite partnership tackles flood water
One of the UK’s largest precast concrete firms has joined forces with a specialist hire company to create a long barrier wall to protect and defend a small village in Oxfordshire from flood water
Telford based Elite Precast Concrete has supplied 55 of its Temporary Vertical Concrete Blocks (TVCBs) in partnership with Marwood Group Ltd, to create a lengthy 600metre wall in South Hinksey, Oxfordshire, as a proactive measure to protect the picturesque village from rising flood water.
Working in partnership with Marwood Group Ltd, a specialist non-mechanical hire company, Elite Precast Concrete was called upon by Lee Copping and the barriers were delivered and installed the following morning at the location almost two hours from its site in Telford, Shropshire.
Owen Batham, Sales and Marketing Director at Elite Precast Concrete, explained: “Recent flooding has caused massive devastation and disruption across the UK, and sandbags have been in extremely high demand to help people prevent any damage, or further damage, to their homes and properties. Our Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers can be delivered and installed anywhere in the UK on next-day delivery, with no minimum order requirement, so they’re a hugely useful product in the event of a natural disaster like this. Best of all, they can be uninstalled just as easily!
Over 80 soldiers, as well as personnel from Elite Precast Concrete and Marwood Group Ltd themselves, were on hand to help install the wall which was made from a range of Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers and limited sandbags. As many as 18 out of the village’s 80 houses were flooded last month and a speedy solution was needed.
“We’d urge anyone interested in finding out more about the TVCBs to get in touch 01952 588885, visit the Security Barriers tab on our home page www.eliteprecast.co.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org,” Owen concluded.
Lee Copping, Stock Controller of Marwood Group Ltd, commented: “We’re thrilled to have worked in partnership with Elite Precast Concrete and were delighted to show our support by getting the blocks delivered and installed so quickly. Local residents were really pleased with the effectiveness of the wall and they have been eager to make the barriers a permanent fixture for each winter.”
The TVCBs are cast from the firm’s premium quality, high-strength (50N/mm2) concrete and measure 800mm in height, 450mm in width, 3,000mm in length and 2,500kg in weight. The barriers meet the full requirements of EN 1317 ‘’Compliant Road Restraints Systems for Temporary Safety Barriers’’.
Founded in 2008 by a team with more than 40 years industry experience, Shropshire-based Elite Precast Concrete Limited is the UK market leader in manufacturing and supplying free standing interlocking concrete blocks. By adopting an innovative and forward-thinking approach, both in its production processes and sales and marketing strategy, the company’s precast concrete products are now used by a wide range of UK and international clients including local authorities, recycling businesses, and waste management firms, to build durable waste storage bays. The blocks are also heavily used in industries such as outdoor hospitality, transport, and construction, where they are utilised as kentledge – a form of temporary counterweight – to hold scaffolding, security fencing, and marquees in place.