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OVER 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING
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Bridgeman Concrete reached a very significant milestone in 2017, celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Concrete Industry.
Bridgeman Concrete was started in Hawkes Bay in 1967 by John Bridgeman. From one plant in Hastings, we now have 8 plants across NZ, with over 70 trucks and 100 employees. We look to continue this growth into the future and look forward to the next 50 years of the business.
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BRIDGEMAN CONCRETE HASTINGS
The firm was first set up as Hastings Ready Mix Ltd on part of the Post Office lines depot site to supply concrete for that project. Two mixer-truck units were initially operated by the company, which moved later in the year to a site in Omahu Road. At this time bagged cement was still being used. A second move was made about 18 months later to the site owned by Johns father P. J. Bridgeman, after a huge amount of concrete had been mixed for the grandstand built by his fathers firm at the Tomoana showgrounds. The majority of John’s work was by that time moving more to the concreting business as it expanded, with less emphasis on his building firm.
On the site owned by P. J. Bridgeman, the company acquired its first bulk cement silo, with a capacity of 15 tonnes. However, soon afterward, with an expanding fleet and larger trucks carrying bulk cement, the silo proved inadequate and the company bought a bulk cement storage plant at Awatoto from Wilsons Cement company. The Awatoto silos were too big to transport out of the district, but were moved to the current Bridgeman Concrete Hastings site in Omahu Rd, to provide storage capacity of 200 tonnes of cement.
When a power line was being constructed between Bunnythorpe, Whakatu and the Turangi area, helicopters were used to supply concrete for the foundations of the electricity pylons
OHAAKI POWER STATION COOLING TOWER
In the mid to late eighties Bridgeman Concrete supplied concrete to the Ohaaki power project cooling tower.
This natural draft cooling tower is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. It stands 105 metres tall, 75 metres diameter at the base and 45 metres diameter at the top, It can be clearly seen on the trip from Rotorua to Taupo through Broadlands.
The reinforced concrete shell is only 160mm thick for much of its height. The distinctive hyberbolic shape gives both strength and increased thermal efficiency.
The design of seismic resistance, the detailed study of concrete technology and use of epoxy coated reinforcing were design features of the project.
This structure received the 1988 Concrete award.
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