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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.
22 Jul 2019
Tom de Saulles, Building Physicist, The Concrete Centre discusses the new planning tool to inform planners about early considerations for overheating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 Jun 2019
Climate change is looming over policy and public opinion like never before, but not everyone has been paying attention to Greta Thunberg’s stark warnings.
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.
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.
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.