Date:Thursday 19 May 2016
Time:08:00 - 17:30

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre
108 Stamford St, South Bank, London, SE1 9NH


Cafe Concrete is a pop-up event from The Concrete Centre that will provide inspiration and information on the design and construction of visual concrete. Our temporary home for this exciting new event is the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on the Southbank, with its exposed concrete interiors designed by Haworth Tompkins.

The event will feature:

  • Presentations from designers of high quality visual concrete exemplars.
  • Best practice guidance on the specification of visual cast in situ concrete and precast concrete.
  • Seminars from technical experts and specialist product manufacturers on performance, concrete and design.
  • Pop-up exhibits and samples of products essential for visual concrete.
  • A relaxing, informal environment, with a constant supply of refreshments. 

So whatever the time of day, drop in for a cuppa, pick up breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea – meet the exhibitors, take a seat for a seminar, or meet up with colleagues to discuss a project and access the latest guidance. Our opening night is on Wednesday 18 May. On Thursday 19th May we will be open for breakfast from 8am and closing time is 5.30pm - so don’t miss it.

Cafe Concrete is free to attend for visitors. We encourage prior registration, so that we can keep you up-to-date with the detailed programme and menu for the day. Please click on the seminar programme and exhibitor links below to uncover more about Cafe Concrete.

Seminar Programme - Thursday 19 May 2016


At home with concrete

Speaker: Luke McLaren, McLaren Excel Architects

Luke McLaren, of Mclaren Excel architects presents the process and results of the practices’ recently completed and current domestic concrete interiors using smooth and board marked cast in situ concrete and featuring a magnificent cantilevered concrete worktop.


Good-looking architectural and structural precast concrete
David Moses, Cornish Concrete

David Moses of Cornish Concrete Products provides an insight into the manufacturing and finishing processes for architectural and structural precast concrete, with specification tips for achieving a range of finishes. Case studies include the award-winning Hill Top House by Adrian James Architects. 



Mineral coatings and design effects for concrete
Speaker: Hannah Maiden, Keim Mineral Paints Ltd

Keim Mineral Paints are pleased to present a seminar introducing the concept of mineral coating for concrete. Mineral paints provide a varied and appropriate solution utilising the inherent compatibility between minerals in the paint and concrete substrate. The presentation will look at the technical aspects of mineral materials and application as well as case studies and project examples.


Specifying visual concrete: CPD from The Concrete Centre

Speaker: Elaine Toogood, The Concrete Centre

This presentation will provide guidance for specification and design for architectural precast elements and in-situ concrete. The Concrete Centre guide ‘Visual Concrete’ and the latest issue of Concrete Quarterly will be available to all delegates at Cafe Concrete.


Concrete innovation from Aggregate Industries 
Speaker: David Porter, Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries are exploring current trends in concrete innovation and will present on some of the key headlines of the moment including porous concrete and self-compacting concrete.


Photographic and permanent patterns in concrete
Speaker: Tim Brookfield, Chryso UK

Tim Brookfield of CHRYSO UK will showcase the amazing patterns and images that can be produced on prefabricated concrete surfaces using Graphic Concrete; providing designers with a freedom of expression for architecture and design projects. This seminar will explain the existing technologies used to achieve the Graphic Concrete process and provide case study examples. 


Lunch will be available from 12noon

Hot drinks and snacks will be available all afternoon.


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Speaker:  Geoff Morrow, Structure Mode

Geoff Morrow, Director at StructureMode engineers presents their research and design development of casting concrete into fabric on site to create an unusual but functional concrete frame.  Local seamstresses were employed to make the fabric formwork providing a textured, cost and material efficient solution for this community project.


Rammed concrete at the Secular Retreat
Ian Bramwell, Mole Architects

The Living Architecture home designed by Peter Zumthor is currently on site. In this seminar Ian Bramwell, Senior Associate at Mole Architects, the executive architects for the project, describes progress on this extraordinary concrete structure in Devon, and gives an insight into creating textured layers using rammed concrete.


Coloured concrete
 Jasen Gauld, Hanson UK

Hanson’s Colourcrete range of coloured concretes can add a whole new dimension to your project. It can be used wherever conventional concrete is specified and is available in a range of standard colours, or a bespoke mix colour-matched to exact requirements. Coloured concrete brings colour and texture to a wide range of structures including footpaths, flooring and facades.



Specifying cast in situ concrete frames
Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre and Construct Council Member

This presentation will provide insights into the information needed by the structural engineer and contractor to deliver visual concrete. Based on the structure of the National Structural Concrete Specification (NSCS), guidance will be provided on a creating a specification that facilitates construction and explains project tolerances and finishes.


Aesthetic and efficient precast cladding and structural solutions
 Elaine Toogood, The Concrete Centre on behalf of FP McCann

This presentation explores the FP McCann range of precast concrete construction and cladding solutions and their associated finishes. Crosswall, hollowcore and precast sandwich cladding panels will be discussed with particular reference to brick-faced cladding panels.  Case studies include Motel One in Manchester and Withington Girl’s School.




Afternoon Tea is served


Integrated post finishing – improving the look of concrete
Speaker: Jonathan Reid, Grey Matter

Jonathan Reid, remediation consultant and practitioner from GreyMatter Concrete considers the requirements necessary to achieve a high quality concrete finish, including techniques for improving the look of new concrete once cast on site.


Formwork and finishes
Speaker: Elaine Toogood, The Concrete Centre. 

The selection of a formwork facing material has a significant impact on finish, consequently an understanding of formwork is essential when specifying exposed cast in situ concrete. The inner surface of formwork dictates the texture, surface and even the tone of the ‘as struck’ concrete and this webinar explores the properties of a range of different formwork facing materials and the finish of concrete that they produce.


Cafe Concrete is closed



Aggregate Industries is one of the leading manufacturers of ready mixed concrete in the UK, supplying a full range of quality concrete products to satisfy the needs of the construction

CHRYSO UK is a specialist chemical supplier to the construction materials industry. Chryso can provide solutions for concrete to enhance urban and landscaped environments through its range of aesthetic products, for both precast and in situ concrete.

The Concrete Centre’s vision is to make concrete the material of choice. We provide material, design and construction guidance. Our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the potential of the material.

The Concrete Centre is part of the Mineral Products Association.

CONSTRUCT is the trade association for those working in the Concrete Structures industry. 

The National Structural Concrete Specification (NSCS), published by CONSTRUCT provides guidance on creating a specification that facilitates construction and explains project tolerances and finishes. Copies of the NSCS will be available at Cafe Concrete.

Cornish Concrete Products Ltd is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of architectural and structural precast concrete products, and utilises its considerable knowledge base and experience to meet the challenging and varied demands of the construction industry.

CCP will be highlighting the range of precast solutions that it offers as well as physical samples of materials to view.

FP McCann is the UK’s market leader in the manufacture, supply and delivery of precast concrete solutions. FP McCann manage projects from conception to completion and handover by providing facilities and general management throughout the build programme.

Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry. Hanson produce aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, cement and cement-related materials.

Keim Mineral Paints offers a full range of Keim products encompassing pre-treatments, external and internal paints, renders, concrete repair systems, and mineral restoration materials, Keim Mineral Paints are experts in mineral paints, renders and repair systems.

PERI provide the right formwork solution for every architectural concrete surface, from standard designs to special designs. The best results arise from the close cooperation between architects, contractors and PERI engineers, such as the new Dundee V&A Museum currently under construction.

PERI experts will be at Cafe Concrete to discuss any aspect of architectural concrete using expertise from projects including the Angel Building and London Aquatics Centre.