Delivery and Lead Times
Why lead time is important
Here at All Brick and Stone, we understand the adage ‘service is king.’ Our business is built on relationships – it is these relationships, with you the customer and also our suppliers that we value more than anything else.
Construction project lead times typically refer to the amount of time that passes between placing an order for an item and its delivery to site, but they can also refer to the time required for necessary approval processes or plant hire to be completed. Lead times can be affected by other variables, such as market conditions or shortages of materials.
We believe we provide an unrivalled level of commitment to our customers. We manage this by partnering with the best manufacturers and hauliers in the industry to achieve lead times and deliveries in line with your requirements.
We transport bricks, blocks and building materials to any location in the UK. Due to the size and weight of masonry products, essential planning needs to be taken into account to ensure there is no damage to property or materials in the process. The choice of delivery vehicle is vital. Here are some top tips to think about when having materials delivered:
- Are the roads to the property narrow or is there any restriction to access?
- Is the road a dead end?
- Can the delivery vehicle make a safe turn on the road?
- Are there any low bridges to go through en route?
- Are there any restricted routes en route?
- Are permits required for offloading?
- Do you require the delivery vehicle to have mechanical offloading capability?
Here is a guide to help decide which delivery vehicle may be most suitable for your site.
Artic Crane Vehicle – Carrying capacity: approx 24 tonnes
This vehicle is used when there are no restrictions en route to site or onto site.
This vehicle has a crane to offload materials onto site
Has a large capacity
Draw Bar – Carrying capacity: approx 28 tonnes
Large Carrying Capacity
Has a tighter turning circle than an artic vehicle
If the site has access restrictions, then it has the ability to drop the trailer away from site and deliver with the front end of the vehicle only, then returning to the parked trailer to load the balance of goods.
Used if site access is tight, but a full artic load of materials is required.
Artic Moffitt – Carrying Capacity: approx 27 tonnes
This vehicle is used when access routes to site are clear, however access onto the site itself is restricted.
The Moffett forklift can carry materials on to site from the road.
Moffett offload is also used when a customer requires materials to be delivered to an awkward part of the site.
Moffett offload is often used when there is no customer forklift onsite.
Has a similar capacity to articulated vehicles.
Flat Bed Artic – Carrying Capacity: approx 27 tonnes
This vehicle is used to deliver when there are no restrictions en route to site or to access.
This vehicle has no offload capability so is only used when a site has mechanical offloading facilities (such as a forklift).
It is usually the most cost effective method of transporting goods to site and has a slightly larger weight capacity than other vehicles
Has no offload facility so the site MUST have forklift
Six Wheeled Rigid – Carrying Capacity: approx 16 tonnes
It is essentially a drawbar vehicle without a trailer attached (see above).
Smallest crane offload delivery vehicle available
Crane us typically mounted at the rear of the vehicle
Used for sites with tight access and also in situations where a larger vehicle is not required.
Eight Wheeled Rigid – Carrying capacity: approx 18.5 tonnes
Slightly larger than a 6 wheeled rigid vehicle so can carry more material
Normally a crane for offloading is mounted at the front of the vehicle
8 wheelers are typically the size of vehicle builders merchants use.
Used for sites in tight access situations.
Courier Delivery – Differing carrying capacity depending on weight
Courier deliveries are used when a site needs a small amount of materials.
They can also be utilised when a site needs a very quick delivery – usually within 1-3 days.
They can offload small pallets (usually under ¾ tonne) via tail lift and pallet truck.
Anything over ¾ tonne site would often require offloading by site.
The size and type of vehicle used for delivery cannot always be guaranteed.
Couriers normally deliver anytime between 8am-6pm.
Timed/AM deliveries are often available with this service.
If any of the above methods of transport would not suit your requirements, then speak to one of our sales team – we will find a solution that works for you! It is also possible for customer collections but not guaranteed.