Careys Civil Engineering has extensive experience in pouring, curing and forming varying concrete finishes on projects across the UK. As a material, concrete is often deployed on projects for its versatility, strength and aesthetic beauty. Our teams can provide a range of concrete elements including beams, slabs, stairs and street furniture, designed and installed to exact specifications.
The most basic type of concrete finish requires our teams to shape the material using formwork, then utilise screed to level the surface. The process of screeding entails the use of long pieces of wood or metal being pulled across the surface to smooth it. Once this process is completed, our teams can use trowels to further smooth and level the surface to a finer degree.
If required, our teams can create smoothed edges to the finished surface and create joints to mitigate surface cracking.
To improve the slip resistance of concrete surfaces, our teams can apply a 'broom finish', which is undertaken after pouring, levelling and trowelling. Once the surface has been created, a broom is drawn across the surface, creating small ridges to improve grip.
Our teams can also create exposed aggregate finishes by washing away the top layer of concrete to expose the natural stone aggregates, salt finishes (often found by the edge of pools), stamped concrete (to create inlaid designs) and various types of concrete pigmentations, stains and polishes.
Creating Beauty in Challenging Conditions
Clients often see exceptional levels of architectural concrete and want the same for their projects. From polished columns to exposed stairwells, numerous architects and developers specify the use of high-quality, exposed concrete.
At Kings Gate House, London, our team made extensive use of pre-tensioned concrete slabs to form floors and two basement structures. To form a sample of the top-down, load bearing slab for the client, our team utilised plywood formwork, coated with a release agent to aid striking after excavation was completed for the floor below.
The project also entailed the formation of 'fine finish' columns which were formed with a proprietary plywood column box. Bolt holes were filled as a recess to create a feature and corner champers made from plastic to eliminate and splitting. In addition to this, the ply joint was centralised to create an additional visual feature.
On another project at the International Quarter London, our team installed circular columns with an exposed finish, working on an extremely tight site to create an architectural finish. Our extensive pre-construction planning and in-house specialist plant and fleet played a key part in both of these projects by enabling our teams to undertake work safely, quickly and to the highest standards of quality.