Concrete Elegance: Texture & Context

Date:Tuesday 12 June 2018
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Venue:

The Building Centre
26 Store St,
Fitzrovia,
London
WC1E 7BT

Price:Free

This evening’s lecture features two buildings where the design and use of concrete is strongly influenced by the context of their location. Templeman Library will be presented by Penoyre & Prasad Architects and the structural engineers Price & Myers. The project is the refurbishment and extension to an existing brutalist building using exposed, cast-in-situ concrete and external architectural precast concrete fins.  The Yorkshire Sculpture Park Visitor Centre employs heavily textured and layered concrete walls to reflect its emergence from the earth in its rural setting and this will be explained by Feilden Fowles Architects and engineersHRW.

Each project will be presented by their architect and structural engineering team, sharing design development and their construction experiences of creating fine examples of contemporary concrete architecture.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park Visitors Centre, presented by Fergus Feilden, director and founder, Feilden Fowles & Greg Nordberg, structural engineer at engineersHRW

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.


© Feilden Fowles Architects

​Templeman Library, University of Kent, presented by Suzi Winstanley, partner at Penoyre & Prasad & Andy Toohey, partner at Price & Myers 

The University of Kent’s library was designed and constructed by Lord Holford in 1965. For its recent major extension and renovation Penoyre & Prasad Architects drew on ideas inherent in the Brutalist architecture – honesty of materials and the display of structural concrete as an architectural element.  External precast concrete fins on the façade pick up the vertical rhythm of the original buildings piers and internally the cast- in-situ, structural concrete frame is exposed. The use of concrete provides the structure for long spans, creating flexible internal spaces and is also an important component of the building’s sustainability measures, teaming high thermal mass with ground air-cooling and natural ventilation to avoid the need for air-conditioning.

    
©Tim Crocker

Seminar Programme

18.30 Welcome from The Concrete Centre, Elaine Toogood, MPA The Concrete Centre. 
18:35 Yorkshire Sculpture Park Visitors Centre, presented by Fergus Feilden, director and founder of project architects Feilden Fowles & Greg Nordberg, structural engineer at engineersHRW
19:20 Templeman Library, University of Kent, presented by Suzi Winstanley, partner at Penoyre & Prasad & Andy Toohey, partner at Price & Myers 
20:00 Q&A Session followed by drinks reception


The event is free but booking is essential. As this is a joint event between The Concrete Centre and The Built Environment Trust, your booking details for this event will be provided to both parties.