Britpave, the British Cementitious Paving Association, is an independent body established to develop and forward concrete and cementitious solutions for infrastructure.

Please note, Britpave Trade Association has no commercial interest in or trading association with Britpave concrete step barrier. For contact details see:

It is active in the development of solutions and best practice for roads, rail, airfields, guided bus, drainage channels, soil stabilisation and recycling. As such, the Association is the focal point for the infrastructure industry.

The broad membership of Britpave encourages the exchange of pan-industry expertise and experience. Members include contractors, consulting engineers and designers, specialist equipment and material suppliers, academics and clients – both in the UK and internationally.

The Association works closely with national and European standards and regulatory bodies, clients and associated industry organisations. It provides a single industry voice that facilitates representation to government, develops best practice and technical guidance and champions concrete solutions that are cost efficient, sustainable, low maintenance and long-lasting.

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Contact Info
  • Address:

    Indigo House
    Unit 10
    Mulberry Business Park
    Fishponds Road
    Berkshire RG41 2GY

  • Phone:
    +44 (0)118 4028915
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Slipform paving

Unless specifically requested for a hand lay process, Pavement Quality concrete is optimised for paving via slipforming. Placement timing is critical and delivery rate should be calculated to minimise waiting time on site. The rate of supply must match the placing rate to ensure consistency in the timing of placement, compaction and finishing processes as well as joint sawing.
Where problems occur on site plant or in transit to site, good communication and feed back between site and supply plant is essential.

Hand lay

Where it is proposed to hand lay Pavement Quality concrete, some adjustments to the concrete mix design may be necessary to assist the laying gang:

  1. An increase in the level of consistence
  2. An increase fines content

In addition it is essential that the delivery rate is reduced to match the rate of production and laying of the hand laying gang. It may also be necessary to assess the type of delivery vehicle, where a tipper vehicle may be more suitable for a slipforming process; a ready mixed concrete mixer truck may be more suited to the hand lay process as the placement of the concrete discharge may be more accurately controlled.


All the cements and combinations require effective curing to develop optimum properties in the hardened concrete. Abrasion resistance is particularly sensitive to the early drying of the surface that may occur if curing is inadequate. The early strength development of concrete containing PFA or ggbs is slower in colder weather, so proper curing is important to prevent moisture loss, which may result in surface dusting and poorer abrasion resistance. It is therefore important to apply appropriate curing techniques as soon as practical after finishing is completed.