How to build a step

How to build a step with Blue Circle Cement

When building a step using Blue Circle Cement, we recommend the following steps. This advice is designed to offer a general guide to help you create a step.


2+ hours


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Safe working

Working safely on any project is the most important thing. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

Ensure you have the 'hands-on' skills to take on the project

Always read the label on the product packaging before starting

Always follow the product safety guidance before starting

Ensure you have the correct protective clothing for the job

Always be visible in your workspace

Materials and tools required for this job:



Wood for formwork

Wooden stakes

Spirit level





Plastic sheeting

Safety gear

Online guide: How to build a step

Remember to follow safety guidelines and wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves and safety glasses, when working with cement. Additionally, always check and follow the specific instructions provided by the Blue Circle cement manufacturer. Using our guidance is your own responsibility.

Step 1

Plan and Design
Measure and mark the location and dimensions of the step. Consider the rise (height) and run (depth) of the step.

Step 2

Prepare the Area
Prepare the area for the step. If building the step on soil, dig out the required area and use the tamper to compact the soil to ensure a stable foundation.

Step 3

Add a Gravel Base
To improve drainage and stability pour a layer of gravel into the foundation area. Level and compact the gravel using the tamper.

Step 4

Install Formwork
Set up the formwork for the steps using wooden boards. Ensure the formwork is securely in place and follows the planned dimensions for the steps.

Step 5

Mix the Concrete
Follow the instructions on the Blue Circle High Strength Concrete (40N) bag to mix the contents with sand and water. Aim for a concrete mix that is workable but not too wet.

Step 6

Pour and Level the Base
Pour the concrete into the formwork. Level the surface with a trowel or straight edge, ensuring it is even and at the desired height for the step.

Use concrete finishing tools to smooth and shape the surface of the step. This includes edging and texturing to ensure safe grip in wet or icy conditions.

Clean your tools promptly after finishing to prevent any material from hardening on them.

Step 7

Cover the concrete with sheeting and allow to cure for at least 7 days before use.

Step 8

Remove Formwork
Once the steps have cured, carefully remove the formwork.

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