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The role of the Concrete Repair Association in ensuring excellence

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Concrete is the backbone of modern infrastructure, providing strength, stability, and durability to countless structures. Like any material, it is subject to wear and tear over time, necessitating repairs to maintain its integrity. 

Concrete repair is a sustainable practice that aligns with principles of environmental stewardship, resource conservation, and economic efficiency. By prioritising the repair and protection of existing concrete assets, the industry contributes to sustainable development goals: minimising waste generation, reducing energy consumption, preserving cultural heritage, and optimising infrastructure investments. 

As society continues to focus on sustainability and resilience in infrastructure development, concrete repair has emerged as a crucial component of sustainable construction practices. Entrusting the task of concrete repair to a qualified professional is paramount to ensure the longevity and safety of the structure. 

 

This is where the Concrete Repair Association (CRA) comes into play, offering a roster of UK members who exemplify excellence and expertise in the industry.

Who are the CRA?

Established in 1989, the CRA is a trade body dedicated to fostering the growth and enhancement of concrete repair and related fields. We strive to promote education, provide technical training and promote health and safety initiatives within this specialised sector of the construction industry.

At the heart of the CRA's mission is a commitment to upholding technical standards, promoting innovation, and driving continuous improvement within the concrete repair industry. Members of the CRA are not only well-versed in established best practices but also actively engage in advancing the field through research and development. By choosing a CRA member for concrete repairs, clients can be assured of receiving services that meet the highest standards of quality and reliability.

More than just a badge

One of the hallmarks of CRA members is their unwavering adherence to the association's codes of practice and bylaws. These guidelines serve as a benchmark for ethical conduct and professional integrity, ensuring that members operate with transparency and accountability in all endeavours. By aligning themselves with these standards, CRA members demonstrate a commitment to excellence that sets them apart in the industry.

As a requirement of membership, all contractors, manufacturers, and distributors within the CRA hold certifications in quality management, environmental management, and occupational health and safety. These certifications, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001, are issued by UKAS-accredited bodies, underscoring the rigorous standards to which CRA members adhere. Such certifications not only attest to the competence and proficiency of members but also underscore their dedication to upholding the highest standards of quality, environmental stewardship, and workplace safety.

Here today – and tomorrow

Financial stability is another crucial criterion CRA members must meet, verified through thorough credit checks. This ensures that members have the resources and stability to fulfil their obligations and deliver quality outcomes without compromising on integrity or reliability. By entrusting concrete repairs to a financially stable CRA member, clients can mitigate the risk of project delays or disruptions due to financial constraints.

In addition to meeting stringent criteria for technical competence and financial stability, CRA members boast a proven track record of performance, supported by job references and testimonials. These testimonials showcase the quality of workmanship, professionalism and reliability that clients can expect when engaging a CRA member for concrete repairs. By leveraging CRA members' collective expertise and experience, clients can rest assured that their projects will be executed to the highest standards of excellence.

Given the rigorous criteria and stringent requirements for membership of the CRA, it is no surprise that organisations across various sectors – be it professional, commercial, or governmental – are encouraged to specify CRA members for concrete repair projects as a condition of their tenders. By doing so, clients can ensure they are partnering with contractors who have undergone rigorous vetting and demonstrated their commitment to excellence in every facet of their operations.

The benefits of choosing a CRA member for concrete repairs extend beyond the assurance of technical competence and adherence to standards. In the unlikely event of any difficulties arising during a project, clients can take comfort in knowing that the CRA stands ready to assist and support them. Whether it involves resolving disputes, addressing technical challenges, or providing guidance and expertise, the CRA is a valuable resource for clients and members alike.

Part of the Structural Concrete Alliance

The CRA is one of three member organisations within the Structural Concrete Alliance, the others being the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA) and the Sprayed Concrete Association (SCA). By bringing these entities together, the Alliance serves as a unified voice and central point of reference for the structural concrete refurbishment and repair industry, providing authoritative guidance on all aspects of asset protection and repair:

  • The repair, refurbishment, and renovation of concrete structures.

  • Cathodic protection methods for safeguarding steel and concrete structures against corrosion.

  • Sprayed concrete technology and application techniques for effective structural enhancement.

Comprising over 100 companies nationwide, the Alliance represents a diverse range of stakeholders, including contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, test houses, and equipment suppliers. By consolidating expertise from across these sectors, the Alliance offers a single point of contact for major clients. It serves as a definitive source of information and advice for anyone involved in the repair, refurbishment, and management of concrete infrastructure. 

In conclusion, the importance of choosing a CRA member for concrete repairs cannot be overstated. By selecting a contractor who embodies excellence, expertise, and integrity, clients can safeguard the integrity and longevity of their structures while enjoying peace of mind throughout the project lifecycle. From upholding technical standards to prioritising environmental sustainability and ensuring workplace safety, CRA members are synonymous with quality, reliability, and professionalism in the concrete repair industry. 

For more information, visit the CRA website.

 

Guest Blogger
Jonathan Thurlbeck
Chairman of the CRA

Jonathan Thurlbeck is in his second year as chairman of the CRA; he has been on the executive board of the CRA for over a decade. He has worked in the industry for over 22 years, 19 years of which have been with Remmers, where he is currently the division manager for Flooring and Concrete Repair for the UK and Ireland. A Yorkshire lad born and bred, he has been married to Sarah for over 26 years and has two adult daughters.

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