Concrete at Ecobuild - Thursday 8 March 2018

Date:Thursday 08 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 - Thursday 8 March


Fabric First approach to health & wellbeing

Concrete is an inert material which, unlike other forms of structure does not require a coating or other treatment to achieve protection from fire or maintain durability performance. But supporting internal air quality is not the only contribution concrete structure can make to the health and wellbeing of occupants. This series of talks goes behind the surface to explore fundamental design decisions and the relationship between healthy homes and workplaces and their forms of construction.

Chair: Guy Thompson, Head of Architecture, Housing and Sustainability, MPA The Concrete Centre

  • Designing healthy and resilient homes - Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, MPA The Concrete Centre
    The resilience of a new home can be enhanced through quite simple, low cost, early design decisions, making significant potential improvements to health and wellbeing and long term performance. The presentation explores how.
  • Reducing impact of noise in housing - Nick Gorst, Engineering Technical Manager and Product Officer, Precast Flooring Federation
    This presentation explores ways to improve the sound insulation between floors within a property using concrete floors. 
    It will provide guidance on key details to consider and where to get further guidance.
  • Delivering thermal comfort in summer - Tom De Saulles, Building Physicist, MPA The Concrete Centre
    • Making use of concrete and masonry in buildings to help deliver a comfortable summer-time environment and reduce the growing risk of overheating.
    • The method for using thermal mass found in heavyweight materials will be outlined, along with some practical design considerations.
  • Designing work spaces for people, Hiscox HQ – Jason Parker, Make Architects
    Jason will speak about the importance of creating good work places by considering how good we feel at the work space. He will explain some of the key features incorporated into the design of the new Hiscox HQ in York and its spaces designed for people.

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


Top Ten Tips for: Energy efficient design using concrete and masonry

A roundup of the top ten design considerations that will collectively deliver excellent year-round thermal performance in concrete and masonry buildings.

Speaker: Tom De Saulles, Building Physicist, MPA The Concrete Centre


Visual concrete – Getting the know how

This series of talks provides essential guidance for specification and detailing to achieve good looking concrete, whether precast or cast in situ.

  • Visual concrete – essential guidance - Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, MPA The Concrete Centre
    This session provides essential guidance on key issues to consider when designing and specifying visual cast in situ and precast concrete. 
  • Setting the standard - Paul Toplis, Partner,  Price & Myers Structural Engineers
    Paul provides an engineers’ perspective with particular reference to standards of finish described in the National Structural Concrete Specification and recent projects including Juergen Teller’s photographic studio, London.
  • Case study: Simon Sainsbury Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School - Stephen Hadley, Associate, Stanton Williams Architects 
    Stephen will give an insight into the design and construction processes employed to create the smooth, cast in situ concrete surfaces and precast concrete facade elements of Stanton Williams’ most recently completed project in concrete.
  • Collaboration- a cast study:  Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion - Darren Bray, Technical Director, PAD Studio
    Specifying and designing visual concrete requires close collaboration to align structural performance, aesthetic requirements and the practicalities of construction. Darren explains how this was successfully achieved in PAD Studios latest project using cast in situ and precast concrete.

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