Chronolia Weathermix can tolerate far colder conditions than standard concrete and its accelerated setting time allows construction to continue even in wintry weather.
Nick Yell, product development manager in the Readymix division at Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, said: “The idea is Weathermix is less sensitive to cold weather conditions than conventional concrete.
“While it is not an anti-freeze concrete, because of its mix design it sets more quickly and produces its heat much better than conventional concrete.
“This means it can be used in winter weather situations where conventional concrete would struggle to set.”
Chronolia Weathermix can be placed in temperatures between 3 and -7 degrees centigrade.
The concrete is mixed at a Lafarge plant and the temperature monitored so it is more than 5 degrees centigrade before it goes out to the customer.
With the mixing of the readymix truck while it is transported and the heat generated naturally from the mix itself, the concrete can be placed and as long as it is protected overnight should achieve sufficient maturity by the next day to resist ongoing winter conditions.
Yell said: “It is imperative the customer protects the concrete – it is all about trapping the heat in so it will cook and gain strength quickly.
“This is the benefit of Chronolia Weathermix, as conventional concrete would actually struggle to set sufficiently in colder temperatures.”