Huge Turn Out for the Second Concrete Elegance Lecture of 2018

15 Jun 2018

Tuesday 12th June saw the second Concrete Elegance lecture of the year held by The Concrete Centre which took place at the Building Centre on Store Street in London. Another fantastic turnout with over 200 industry related, like minded individuals in one room; the focus for the evenings lecture was Texture & Context. 

Join us at the CIH Housing 2018 - Europe's largest housing event

24 May 2018

Come and see us on: Stand G53. The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry are exhibiting and supporting CIH's Housing Conference 2018, taking place at the Manchester Central on 26 – 28 June 2018. Housing 2018 is the leading event for housing industry professionals to meet industry contacts, gain industry insight and conduct business deals. 

For more information visit:

The Concrete Centre shares Hackitt’s commitment to Building a Safer Future

22 May 2018

The Concrete Centre welcomes recognition in the final report of the Hackitt Review ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report’ that the use of non-combustible materials “inherently provides higher levels of protection” and the call for a “focus on reducing ongoing building risks during the occupation and maintenance phase”.   

Concrete: The Non-Combustible Material for Structures

16 May 2018

Concrete does not burn – it cannot be ‘set on fire’ unlike most other materials in a building and it does not emit any toxic fumes when affected by fire. It will also not produce smoke or drip molten particles, unlike many plastics and metals. Designing with a non-combustible material results in a structure needing simpler fire detailing and therefore having quicker construction programmes. 

Ronan Point remembered

16 May 2018

Fifty years ago, at about 5.45am on the morning of Thursday 16 May 1968, Miss Ivy Hodge went into the kitchen of her new 18th storey flat to make herself a cup of tea. She lit a match to light the gas stove, the gas leak exploded, and the side wall of the flat was blown out. This caused the whole of the corner of the apartment block to collapse, killing four people and injuring 17, including Miss Hodge.

It was a watershed moment. The flat was in a new housing development called Ronan Point, and the inquiry that followed led to significant changes in the Building Regulations for structural design which still stand today.

Looking Forward to the Hackitt Review

15 May 2018

If there is one lesson from Grenfell, it is the danger of complacency to the risks from our built environment.  Dame Judith Hackitt will publish her review in the coming days and reveal how her thinking has developed since her Interim Report in December 2017.  

The Concrete Centre Announces New Better Built Homes Seminar

02 May 2018

The Concrete Centre is pleased to announce a brand-new seminar to its annual calendar with the, Better Built Homes Seminar running for the first time this June. The event is now live so confirm your spot early.
This is another of our free events and will be taking place on Friday 22 June, from 09:15 – 15:00 at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Swindon. 

Another Successful Show for The Concrete Centre at Materials for Architecture Show

01 May 2018

The Concrete Centre were back for a second year since the launch of the event in 2017 and it proved to be another successful two days.  

Taking place at the ILEC Centre in West London, Materials for Architecture embraces the event’s ethos of innovation in the development and specification of materials for architecture, construction, and design.

Reflections on Concrete Elegance

12 Apr 2018

Concrete Elegance is a great lecture series to be a part of. Researching the projects to feature and hosting the evening is always a pleasure, and you never know quite what insights will be revealed about designing in concrete. Concrete is an amazing and versatile material so observing the similarities and differences of approach and the design teams’ experiences is always a highlight. 

For more information and to read the relating case studies, visit Garden Halls & Simon Sainsbury Centre.

Join us at the next Concrete Elegance lecture, taking place on the 12th June, visit

CQ Blog: Post-Modern Buildings in Britain

20 Feb 2018

The Concrete Quarterly team have reviewed Geraint Franklin and Elain Harwood’s new book, Post-Modern Buildings in Britain, and reflects on just how wide-ranging the movement was.

Eurocode 2 update in progress

05 Jan 2018

The Concrete Centre are UK representatives on committees that are currently updating the structural design standard - Eurocode 2. This article provides an update on the latest progress.

Recruitment: Structural Engineer

24 Oct 2017

The Concrete Centre is looking for a Structural Engineer to join our multi-discipline team.

With offices in London and Leicester, the role is based from the London office, or working from home within a commutable distance from London.

The applicant must be a chartered structural engineer with experience of design and construction with concrete and other materials, with a minimum of 10 years' experience in the UK construction industry. The candidate would ideally be active within the IStructE, have experience in presenting technical presentations to large audiences of construction industry professionals and be able to represent the concrete sector on national and international committees.

The role is a unique experience to contribute to the development of best practice guidance for structural engineers and make a difference to the UK construction industry.

Structural Concrete 2017 competition winners announced

13 Sep 2017

The Concrete Centre’s annual student competition, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke has been won by a team from Imperial College. The 2017 competition brief for teams of engineering students was to design a theatre in the round around a number of difficult design constraints.

Concrete and Fire safety

20 Jul 2017

The Grenfell tragedy is rightly making all parties involved in design, construction management and fire safety of the built environment reflect and consider what needs to be changed. We will be making our fire expertise available to the public inquiry, all professional bodies and regulators to help reduce risks from fire.    

The Concrete and Masonry roadshows in Glasgow & Manchester

15 May 2017

The Concrete Centre Roadshows provide best practice guidance for the design and construction of Concrete and Masonry. The full-day events are delivered in partnership with product and project specialists, who will also be a part of an exhibition.  

Concrete and Masonry Pavilion at Ecobuild 2017

14 Feb 2017

The Concrete Centre are pleased to annouce The Concrete and Masonry Pavilion will return to Ecobuild 2017. Coming together with manufacturers, solution providers and industry bodies, the Pavilion will offer a wealth of expert advice, seminars and practical demonstrations showing the many ways in which designers can use concrete and masonry construction to achieve true sustainability, long term performance and aesthetic goals.

CQ Blog: Lessons from a brutal age

21 Nov 2016

For the love of concrete, I spent the night of my thirty-second birthday on the floor of an Inverness youth hostel day-room

Structural Concrete 2016 competition winners announced

16 Sep 2016

The Concrete Centre’s annual student competition, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke has been won by a team from University of East London. The 2016 competition brief for teams of engineering students was to design a roof-top swimming pool around a number of difficult design constraints.

Zaha Hadid: Ahead of the curve

16 May 2016

Few architects have graced the pages of Concrete Quarterly more over the past decade than Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly in March. But then few architects have done more to push concrete to the limits, showing what often seemed like a wilful disregard both for the laws of gravity and the sound sleep of structural engineers.

Zaha Hadid 1950 - 2016

01 Apr 2016

It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning. Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today. The Concrete Centre remember her outstanding contribution to Architecture.

CQ Blog: Buildings are not coke cans

21 Mar 2016

As we gear up for Ecobuild, I can’t help wondering where the next game-changing idea will come from, with sustainability now such a confirmed part of the mainstream. A burning issue being discussed in Europe is the “circular economy”, the ideal of a world in which everything is recycled and nothing is wasted. For construction, this would be a seismic change.

Concrete Considerations for Offsite Construction

01 Mar 2016

The versatility of concrete means that it can be designed and constructed to deliver high performance buildings through a spectrum of solutions ranging from onsite cast concrete,  onsite build using factory made blocks, through to offsite manufactured two dimensional panels and volumetric units. When considering offsite solutions there are additional benefits offered by the use of precast concrete for offsite construction compared to other systems. 

Concrete and the Carbon Challenge

20 Jan 2016

Guy Thompson explains how The Concrete Centre responds to the challenges and many enquiries about the sustainability performance of concrete and how the industry is committed to a holistic measure of sustainability thus enabling designers and specifiers to produce evermore sustainable solutions.

CQ Blog: Food for thought

11 Nov 2015

Elaine Toogood compares environmental product declarations (EPDs) to food labelling. If only establishing environmental impact was as simple and irrefutable as analysing salt or calorie content.

CQ Blog: What about the last-time buyer

27 Aug 2015

The need for more housing is unquestionable and the shortage of housing for the over 50s is equally so, especially as it is forecast that the amount of over-85s is set to double by 2030.

Concrete Gravity Foundations - Achieving more for less with gravity

17 Mar 2015

A number of independent reports have stated that there are significant benefits to be gained from using concrete gravity bases; in construction, installation and in use. Andrew Minson discusses if the latest installation in the English Channel will be the turning point for this technology in the UK

New Guidance - Concrete and BREEAM

20 Feb 2015

Elaine Toogood explains some of the revisions in BREEAM New Construction and how the new credits for material efficiency and adaptability to climate change are an opportunity to score credits for concrete and masonry buildings.

CQ Blog: Long view of sustainability

10 Feb 2015

Tom De Saulles considers the words ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’. Often used in the same context, but recently with a subtle divergence in their implied meaning