Designing with Special Concrete seminar

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Date:Thursday 15 September 2016
Time:17:30 - 19:30

The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS

CPD:1.50 hours

Innovations in concrete technology mean that the performance parameters of concrete are no longer restricted just to the material’s compressive strength. This seminar will provide an introduction to special concrete and provide technical guidance on specification. Two case studies will be featured that showcase the use of lightweight and self-compacting concretes. 

The event will also announce the winners of the Structural Concrete Student Competition 2016, sponsored by Laing O’Rourke.


  • 17.30 Registration
  • 18.00 Welcome from The Concrete Centre, Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, The Concrete Centre
  • Structural Concrete Student Competition Prize-giving
  • Designing with Special Concrete, Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, The Concrete Centre
    This presentation will provide an overview of special concretes and their performance credentials. 
  • West Thames College and Lightweight Concrete, Russell Thomas, associate director, Symmetrys
    The West Thames College project was the redevelopment of the campus including three new buildings for teaching, administration and a performance space. Working with Mackenzie Wheeler architects, Russell, lead structural engineer, aimed to improve the environmental performance of the design by adopting a variety of concrete mixes and approaches to ensure a sustainable concrete frame was specified.
  • London Bridge Station and Self-compacting Concrete, Polly Bowman, senior agent, London Bridge Station Redevelopment
    The London Bridge station redevelopment is part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme that will improve travel across London. This presentation will explain why self-compacting concrete was specified, how it was used and share direct experience from the project, including the new concourse that features fair-faced self-compacting concrete.
  • 19.30 Questions & Close