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Beautiful Buildings

02 Aug 2019

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – a phrase that neatly sums up much of the debate centred around the work of the government advisory Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, The Concrete CentreConcrete, illustrates how concrete helps deliver a bespoke, natural aesthetic and superb structural performance.

Planning to Tackle Overheating Upfront

22 Jul 2019

Tom de Saulles, Building Physicist, The Concrete Centre discusses the new planning tool to inform planners about early considerations for overheating.

Style and Substance

10 Jul 2019

Basements are known for requiring technical expertise in engineering, waterproofing and material specification, but this does not need to limit the design and aesthetic of exposed concrete, as Claire Ackerman of The Concrete Centre and Basement Information Centre explores.

Barking Fire: What Can We Learn?

24 Jun 2019

The blaze at a Building Regs-compliant, timber-clad residential block prompts searching questions
Just a handful of days before the second anniversary of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, in which 72 people died, and another small fire at another block of flats in the capital got out of control, tearing across the outside wall of the building, and causing huge damage.

Contractors and Clients to Share Responsibility Under New Safety Regs

19 Jun 2019

Responsibility for a building's safety could be shared between at least five different parties working on the construction under new government plans. A new independent Building Safety Regulator will also be created in order to oversee compliance with regulations. The new proposals have been created following the Hackitt Review carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Precast Concrete House Open Day

17 Jun 2019

Cornish Concrete Products in conjunction with Jonathan Trenouth (Project Manager), Janie Airey and John Stewart are holding an Open Day at Killibury, near Wadebridge which is John and Janie’s new precast concrete house.

The Local Material with Offsite Credentials

11 Jun 2019

The drive for offsite methods of construction aims to increase UK Construction’s productivity, with factory-produced quality and speed on site. With concrete solutions this can be achieved, with the added benefits of a UK supply chain, proven structural performance and a versatile aesthetic.

Rib Slab Resurgence

06 Jun 2019

Ribbed slabs have started to be more popular again after many years when they were somewhat out of fashion. About fifteen years ago, I was working on a PFI hospital project where we, as the structural engineers, had proposed a ribbed slab.

Reflections on Concrete Elegance - Sustainable Education

14 May 2019

Two very different examples of educational buildings were featured in this year’s first Concrete Elegance lecture: Bobby Moore Academy Secondary School, Stratford is a new school with an ambitious programme on a tight site in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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