MPB bank on Aggregate Industries to deliver concrete for new HSBC HQ

Aggregate Industries has supplied more than 20,000m3 of ready mix concrete for 2 Arena Central – the new HSBC UK banking headquarters being built in the centre of Birmingham.


Aggregate Industries was awarded the contract to supply concrete for the 10-storey development by MPB, which required standard ready mix for slipform construction, ground works, concrete and steel frameworks and concrete decking slabs.

To meet MPB’s requirements, two of Aggregate Industries’ plants in Birmingham worked together to send deliveries to site every other day, equating to approximately 3,000 lorry loads of ready mix concrete delivered to the City centre in just over 18 months.

Aggregate Industries’ standard ready mix concrete is EN 206 and BS 8500 compliant, providing reassurance to architects and contractors that it’s concrete is produced to the highest standards and does not contain ingredients that could affect the durability of the concrete or corrode reinforcements.

As well as its standard ready mix, Aggregate Industries also supplied quantities of its Artevia concrete to MPB. With Artevia, it’s possible to create different design textures and colours, to create a contrast with other materials or surroundings. It is low maintenance, and naturally slip and skid resistant.

To help keep the construction programme on track, MPB took advantage of Aggregate Industries’ Strike Now technical service. Using a digital remote sensing system, which can measure strength gain in-situ, clients using the Strike Now service are able to effectively monitor striking time to help meet their timescales for delivery.

XX from Aggregate Industries said: “2 Arena Central will be a landmark building for Birmingham and it presented a huge requirement for ready mix concrete – with a strong local network already in place, we were able to respond to this enormous demand by using resources close to Birmingham to ensure speedy and efficient deliveries to site to keep the concrete element of the project on schedule.” 

The concrete aspects of the 2 Arena Central building programme will be finished by August 2017, and the completed building is set to be ready for HSBC UK to move its retail and commercial business operations in by early 2018.

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