Concrete is often described as a sculptural material, and there’s a wealth of obvious and not-so-obvious examples in this issue of CQ.

Features include:
- The Broad Museum, LA: illustrates an array of visual and structural wizardry.
- Home Arts Centre, Manchester: concrete provides excellent acoustics and raw, honest interiors.
- The Foundry, London: an ingenious, highly adaptable building.
- How to beat the big heat, with concrete.

Read more in Concrete Quarterly, winter 2015.


Ash Court, a new accommodation wing at Girton College, Cambridge is designed to Passivhaus standard with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and a 100-year design life. Max Kettenacker, Allies and Morrison, architect for the project, describes the strategies involved.

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The Structural Concrete competition supports the curriculum of civil and structural engineering departments of UK universities.

The 2016 project requires students to design a rooftop swimming pool over a car park forming part of a residential development.

Full brief, entry form and more details.

This course, to be held on 10 December, is for structural engineers with little or no experience in the design of post-tensioning and will cover the basics of design, the benefits of choosing post-tensioning, sizing of post-tensioned elements and the constructional aspects.

More information and booking.

The Concrete Centre is the central development organisation for the UK concrete industry. Our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the full potential of concrete.

The Concrete Centre is part of the Mineral Products Association, the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.

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