The company was formed in the August of 1982 acquiring their first mobile truck mounted concrete pump which was prepared and ready for work in the September of that year. A second quickly followed and the Limited Company was registered in the May of 1985. Having evolved as a Concrete Pump Hire Company, it did not change direction until late summer in 1989.
It was in this year it that the first Bunyan Striker Rollerscreed was introduced radically altering the way contractors had previously laid down and levelled fresh concrete. It was to acquire an exalted mantle such as had been achieved by the ‘Hoover’ within the vacuum cleaning market. Such was demand, despite the recessionary time of 1990-1993 that the Company scaled back on their Concrete Pumping activities, finally retiring their last truck mounted pump in 1995.
The company was to concentrate solely on the concrete finishing an area which previously had remained all but neglected. Innovation was to be the name of the game and the ‘Vibra Strike’ powerscreed quickly followed which enable contractors to all but eliminate the onerous task of setting down and subsequently removing screedrail in favour of the ‘flood pour’.
Many Innovations followed particularly in the concrete hand tool sector and in the specialist areas such as High Tolerance Flooring tools where Speedcrete remain market leaders.
Distribution of the very best available product as it relates to Concrete Finishing is the Company’s main aim and it is where its primary effort is conducted. When it was found that certain imported product did not entirely fulfil the demands of the UK Construction sector, it was decided that an Engineering and Manufacturing facility to be set up to address these issues.
Accordingly, the Terrington St Clement Kings Lynn Branch was opened in the early 2005 acting not only as a Manufacturing facility but also as an outlet for both the sale and hire of the range of concrete equipment offered by the Company. It is here that in-house manufacture takes place of Concrete Curing Sprayers, Concrete Topping Spreaders and a range of Concrete Finishing Hand tools.
Mainline screeding machine include the supply of the Bunyan Rollerscreeds, Multivibe Powerscreeds, Terramite Triplerollerscreeds and tradition Razorback Powerscreeds. Alongside such machines, mainstream manufacturers are represented such as Allen Engineering from the USA with their pedestrian and Ride-on Powerfloats as well as similar equipment from Barikell in Italy as well as a similar range of equipment from Barikell in Italy, Masterpac in China and Germany as well as many other suppliers. This all provided the Customer with consummate choice.
Contributory equipment in the form of Vibratory Concrete Pokers both electric and air operated are offered from Technoflex, Spain and an especially useful handheld petrol-powered unit from Multivibe USA Corporation as well as a backpack model from the Oztec stable.
Husqvarna Construction Equipment, Blastrac cutting and grinding equipment, steel roadforms as well as plastic formwork, a range of lighting tower, work bridges and even large paving machines complement the Company’s Offerings.
Ancillary equipment by way of chemicals for the cleaning of concreting equipment, Concrete Test Equipment, Concrete Curing Tanks and a huge range of Bullfloats and Handfloats can all be obtained from this one source.
Latterly, a Midlands Depot based at Stafford and in a prime location close to the M6 Motorway was acquired in late 2013 and formerly opened in the January of 2014. An extension was finally completed in August 2018 which now doubles the size of the facility. It is anticipated that this be the main hub and distribution point for Company product looking to the future.
In August of 2018, Speedcrete was fortunate enough to obtain the moulds and manufacturing ancillaries of a market favoured Hand tool and within a month these hand tools were made readily available and were, as predicted very popular. Other objectives have been achieved whereby designs have been produced in-house and moulds created in China where product is being manufactured for the Company.
At Speedcrete, we are proud to have been involved in some way with almost every large construction project undertaken in the UK within the last 20 years as indeed they are equally proud to be able to assist the smallest contractor or those undertaking the construction of a patio home. Special projects are undertaken involving specialist design and manufacture and work has recently been completed on project such as High-Speed Rail contract in Holland/Belgium as well as canal ditch projects in the mountainous areas within Pakistan.
Selling both Nationally and Internationally and maintaining a Scottish Branch facility in Glasgow has broadened the Company’s customer base and enabled it to survive, and stay ahead of the game in these very difficult economic times. Current high-profile projects that the Company have been engaged upon include, the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland as well as the construction of the Nuclear Power Plant at Hinckley in Somerset.
We look forward to the future and the opportunity to serve with the industry by promoting and investing in innovations for many years to come.