Concrete at Ecobuild - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Date:Wednesday 07 March 2018
Time:09:00 - 17:00

Concrete District - Stand E80
Excel London 

Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway,
E16 1XL


Come and visit the Concrete District, one of the futurebuild districts, at Ecobuild 2018. This district will deliver inspiration and information to enable designers to realise the potential of concrete as a sustainable material and discover the range of construction solutions for housing, building and infrastructure.

The Concrete Centre and This is Concrete are working with Ecobuild to deliver three-days of practical guidance on concrete and masonry. Each day will feature a morning and afternoon session comprising a series of short seminars that all address a common theme. Each theme tackles a key sustainability issue and provides practical guidance and case studies for designers and the wider project team through a series of short, focused seminars, there will also be opportunity to ask questions of all the session speakers in a panel Q&A. 

Seminar Programme - Wednesday 7 March

11:00 - 12:30

Offsite and Hybrid Solutions for Housing

This series of presentations explores the virtually unlimited application of offsite concrete for single and multi-storey housing. Offsite concrete construction ranges from building elements to whole building solutions and this session explores their benefits, application and recent case studies. 

Chair: Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, MPA The Concrete Centre

  • Concrete Offsite Solutions - Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, MPA The Concrete Centre
    An overview of offsite concrete solutions and the benefits for designers, contractors and occupants. 
    Design guidance to optimise cost and speed of construction.
  • ‘Rapidres’: the whole building system - Mark Gilliland, Sales & Estimating Manager, Creagh Concrete
    ‘Rapidres’ is a precast modular system for residential builds recently used to provide 276 new homes in Aberdeen. The system features pre-installed windows and doors, cast in services, bathroom pods and pre-finished internal walls, as well as a range of external finishes. The external wall construction is a sandwich panel construction with coloured exposed aggregate options or a brick finish.

    The presentation will focus on the completed structures in Aberdeen and a 2nd project under construction in Birmingham. Arena Central is a PRS development being constructed by Galliford Try for Dandara. The two towers, one 22 storeys and the other at 17 storeys house 331 apartments.
  • Architectural & Structural Precast Building Solutions - Neil Magner, Architectural & Structural Precast Sales Manager, FP McCann
    FP McCann’s structural solutions have been used successfully for over 25 years and in excess of 63,000 bedrooms have been completed to date in hotels, student accommodation, secure accommodation as well as private and social housing. 

    The presentation will illustrate modular solutions as well as offsite elements including crosswall construction and the recently- completed University Locks in Birmingham By Glen Howells Architects. FP McCann companies have been pioneering offsite structures since the first project in 1992 and now offer the total solution incorporating the full structure together with external insulated elevations, windows fitted at factory and bathroom pods installed.
  • ‘I house’ using panelised aircrete - John Churchett, Director of Social Housing and Construction, H+H UK
    H+H UK are collaborating with SIG Offsite to deliver a unique housing solution that promises a watertight shell for a standard-sized house design on-site in one week using large format masonry panels. The presentation will explain how the system works as demonstrated by recent housing developments. 
  • Precast innovations from Tarmac - Ignacio Escobar, National Engineering Manager, Tarmac
    Ignacio will present the latest developments in offsite manufacture including, precast concrete garages, homes and cladding panels. The offsite manufactured garage is built using Tarmac's Trufinish technology that can match a required brick colour and texture. Tarmac manufacture the panels, deliver them to site and erect them taking only 4 hrs to complete a single garage.

Speakers will be available to answer any of your questions at the end of this session.


Top Ten Tips for: Specifying sustainable concrete

An insight into the design and construction considerations for buildings with low whole-life carbon. It includes responsible sourcing, low carbon cements, recycled aggregates and tips for achieving material efficiency. 

Speaker: Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, MPA The Concrete Centre

14:30 - 16:00

Tall buildings: Structural strategies and construction solutions

This series of talks explores the range of structural and construction solutions, their benefits and impacts on early design decisions.

Chair: Andrew Minson, MPA The Concrete Centre

  • Designing tall buildings – structural strategies - Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, MPA The Concrete Centre
    The structural strategy for a tall building, more so than other building types, has a fundamental impact on layout, appearance and servicing strategy. 
    This presentation will provide key considerations when designing tall buildings.
  • Creating quick cores: Top tips from a contractor - Don Houston, Project Director, Byrne Brothers 
    Slipform and jumpform techniques are fast and efficient systems for constructing cores and shafts in high-rise structures. The concrete requirements of the systems are, however, quite different from each other.
    This presentation will explain slipform and jumpform and provide insights from a contractor for building tall. 

  • Highpoint, London: A new high rise typology - Rob Partridge, Director, AKTII
    Rob will describe how this project pushed the boundaries of integrated design and construction to achieve a lean, material-efficient, robust design that was repetitive and fast to construct. The 45-storey tower uses concrete elements consisting of solid wall panels to the perimeter and twin wall panels internally.
  • Post-tensioned flat slabs for tall buildings - Matt Gilliver, Technical Director , CCL Ltd
    Post-tensioning of flooring elements is a popular choice for tall buildings due to the reductions it brings to overall floor thickness and weight, while speeding up construction. Matt will present the benefits, process and key design considerations when using PT slabs.

Speakers will be available to answer any of your questions at the end of this session.