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Plymouth trust project for Remix

West country contractor, REB South West, has chosen Remix Dry Mortar to supply dry silo mortar to the Thomas Pocklington Trust housing project for the partially sighted in Plymouth.

The scheme replaces existing buildings and includes sheltered accommodation, communal facilities, a restaurant and small retail units. The Remix technical department has worked closely with both the contractor and project architects, SP & A of Middlesborough, to ensure the right mortar colour selection to complement the masonry units being used. Remix has supplied two 35-tonne capacity mortar silos to site – one containing designation II, the other designation III natural light mortar – to cater for the site’s high strength 100 mm and lightweight 140 mm blocks, cropped Purbeck facing stone and Staffordshire blue facing bricks. Both mixes will be supplied to the requirements of BS EN 998-2 in accordance with the contract specification for mortar.

As well as being a striking new development, sensitive issues had to be taken into consideration during the construction phase which all played a significant part in the selection of factory- produced mortar as the preferred method of mortar procurement.

REB South West managing director, Ray Elliott, explains: ‘As well as meeting the architects requirements for aesthetic considerations we had to construct the new buildings whilst the partially sighted residents were occupying the original ones which were in close proximity.

This meant that traditional site mixing would create too much noise, waste and excessive traffic movements which would disturb the residents and also represent a potential safety hazard. The factory produced dry silo mortar system provided by Remix has enabled us to meet the design specification by giving us guaranteed mix proportions and colour consistency and enabled us to provide the mortar in a more efficient manner.’

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