Cafe Concrete @ Coin Street - This is Visual Concrete

Date:Tuesday 30 October 2018
Time:09:00 - 18:00

Coin Street Neighourhood Centre
108 Stamford St,


Our popular event Cafe Concrete returns on 30th October 2018.  This pop-up event will provide inspiration and information on the design and construction of visual concrete. Our venue this year is 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. 

Cafe Concrete is free to attend for visitors. Click 'Book now' to receive information on the seminar programme and more about Cafe Concrete once released.

Confirmed Projects so far are: 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Visitors Centre, presented by Fergus Feilden, director and founder of Feilden Fowles.

The new Visitor Centre at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is set into the hillside of a former quarry, a location that has informed and inspired the construction and appearance of its enclosing walls. Layers of concrete, with different pigments and aggregates were treated to create a heavily textured surface, reminiscent of geological strata. Inside smooth cast in situ concrete walls support a saw tooth roof, with a board-marked surface.  The building will accommodate a restaurant, shop, public foyer and gallery space and is due to open in September 2018.

Improving the look of concrete, Jonathan Reid, GreyMatter Concrete

Jonathan will draw on his wealth of experience and practical knowledge in the production of fair-faced bespoke concrete work, to provide guidance on the planning and consideration and post-finishing that visual in situ Architectural Concrete requires.

Specifying visual concrete: Key considerations, Elaine Toogood, The Concrete Centre

The use of fair faced concrete finishes is on the increase not only through aesthetic choice but also for the sustainability benefits of higher thermal mass and the savings from omission of additional finishing materials. 

Setting aside the composition of the concrete mix 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. 

Additional projects to be confirmed shortly.

Event Partners


CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. CEMEX is the largest producer of the second most consumed product in the world. CEMEX provides safe, sustainable, innovative solutions to tomorrow's building demands today.

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.

The International Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete Association (GRCA) was formed over 40 years ago in 1975, and it has an international membership coming from well over 20 countries. The International Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete Association has a long tradition of serving the GRC industry world wide.

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.