Concrete Elegance: World Class Performers

Concrete Elegance is a celebration of recent, exemplary, concrete architecture, chaired by Elaine Toogood and produced by The Concrete Centre and The Building Centre.

Concrete Elegance is an evening celebration of recent, exemplary, concrete architecture. Each project is presented by an architect and structural engineering team. Speakers will share design development and their construction experiences of creating fine examples of contemporary concrete architecture.

The projects featured at the Concrete Elegance that took place earlier this year (2020), included, the new English National Ballet and the Zayed Centre at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Both located in London and described as world-class facilities in their specialist fields of dance and medicine. The buildings also share an approach to the use of concrete structure, using its thermal mass to reduce energy use as well as using low carbon concrete.

Previous Case studies featured include: 

English National Ballet, London

Presented by Dan Mulligan, Associate, Glenn Howells Architects & Martin McGrath, Deputy Group Managing Director, OCSC Multidisciplinary Consulting Engineers.

The new home for the English National Ballet, located on London City Island, is designed by Glenn Howells Architects. The building is the ENB’s workshop, a place where it can rehearse in a production space on the scale of where it will perform, as well as providing seven further studios and medical facilities.

The in-situ concrete is a 50% ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS) mix and is in a mid-grey to match the colour of the precast concrete studio soffits. Three different finishes were used throughout the building to achieve the aesthetic, cost and performance requirements.

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Previous Case studies featured include: 

The Zayed Centre, London

Presented by Stanton Williams Architects (speaker TBC)

The Zayed Centre, at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital is the world’s first purpose-built centre dedicated to paediatric research into rare diseases. The new facility, designed by Stanton Williams Architects, is organised around two connected ‘hearts’, an outpatient zone and a research zone, each planned around a daylit atrium.

The clients wanted the Centre to be an ‘ideas factory’ and that helped inform the aesthetic – with plenty of exposed concrete and open spaces designed to encourage communication. The building was also designed with sustainability in mind and the use of post-tensioned slabs and exposed concrete walls and soffits is central to its BREEAM environmental rating of ‘Excellent’.

Speaking at the event will be the project engineers and architects who will shed light on the design and construction development, with a specific focus on the use of concrete, its specification and detailing.

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