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What is the price of concrete per cubic metre?

Concrete is the cornerstone of many home improvement projects – whether that’s pouring a new driveway, or building a shed base. In the current economic climate, you’ll want to know roughly how much you can expect to pay for concrete and what factors will influence that price. 

In this article, we’ll explore the average price for concrete in 2022, along with how to purchase concrete in the most cost-effective way. 

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What is the price of concrete per cubic metre?

The average national price for concrete per cubic metre is around £85 – £120. However, you need to be aware that this cost will vary a lot depending on a few things. 

Some factors that influence the price of concrete include: 

  • Strength: Stronger concrete grades might cost a little more than mixes used for light domestic purposes due to the higher cement content. 
  • Speciality mixes: Certain types of project may require specialist mixes, for example, waterproof concrete or porous concrete. Sometimes, creating these bespoke mixes will need a little more investment to get the qualities you’re seeking. 
  • Access: Additional services and equipment will also influence the overall price of a concrete pour. For example, if your site is difficult to access, you may need to hire the services of a boom or line pump, which needs to be factored into the cost. 
  • Your location: Where you live will determine how far the concrete truck will have to travel, which could influence the cost. 
  • The company you choose: Shop around and select a company that has a good local reputation while also providing competitive rates, a range of bespoke mixes to suit your project and the capacity to also provide pump hire, if needed. 
  • Amount of concrete: A somewhat obvious point, but the amount of concrete you purchase will affect the price you pay. Therefore, accurately calculating how much concrete you need will help to prevent over-ordering, as will choosing a company who only charges for the concrete you actually use – such as the team here at Sussex Ready Mix Concrete. 

Now we’ve explored the factors that will play a part in the final total, let’s take a look at how you can keep your concrete costs at a minimum while still receiving a high-quality service. 

How to save money on your concrete pour

When it comes to saving money on a pour, there are certain elements of a project that are difficult to change. For example, achieving a safe structure that is fit for purpose will require a certain strength of concrete or the addition of admixtures. It’s also tricky to change your location or access requirements, meaning that pump hire is sometimes unavoidable. 

However, with effective pre-planning and wise selection of a concrete company, you can keep costs to a minimum. One step is to accurately calculate how much concrete you need to avoid over-ordering. Here at Sussex Ready Mix Concrete, we have a handy online concrete calculator available to help you estimate roughly how much you’ll need. 

It’s also advisable to choose a company that will not only help you calculate the right amount, but also won’t charge you for any excess. Our team mixes bespoke batches of any quantity and will only charge for the concrete you’re actually using, so you can be safe in the knowledge that any miscalculations won’t equal a costly mistake. 

Sussex Ready Mix Concrete is based in Wivelsfield, but offer concrete contractor services to customers in Haywards Heath, Brighton, Worthing, East Grinstead, Lancing, Uckfield & beyond.

For affordable and high-quality concrete, Sussex Ready Mix Concrete is here to help. We’re a family-run business who put our customers first, making sure to provide a cost-effective service to cater for any project. What’s more, we only charge for the concrete you actually use to ensure you stay on budget. Get in touch to find out more today. 

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