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Bennetts Associates and Ramboll’s latest King’s Cross office block is an important milestone in the measurement of embodied carbon. 

Thames Tideway Tunnel


The mammoth Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km, 7.2m-diameter addition to London’s Victorian sewage network to make it fit for the 21st century. 

Inverness Justice Centre


Reiach and Hall’s Inverness Justice Centre combines the honesty of an exposed in-situ structure with the civic dignity of a glistening precast colonnade.

Space House


Space House is a 255,000 sq ft brutalist masterpiece restored into a state-of-the-art smart building with unsurpassed amenities and designed to BREEAM Outstanding and Fitwel certification. 

Application: How to cut carbon in reinforcement

Steel contributes around a quarter of a concrete slab’s embodied carbon. Fortunately, there is much designers can do to reduce this often overlooked environmental impact, says Emily Halliwell

Futurebuild 2023

The Concrete Centre and UK Concrete took a stand at Futurebuild 2023. Our presence on the Innovation Trail enabled visitors to pick up copies of the latest guidance, see real-life examples of the innovations available for low carbon concrete and speak to technical staff who answered queries on the latest advancements. 


Futurebuild 2023: Specifying Low Carbon Concrete

The standard for concrete, BS 8500, is about to be revised and this update will considerably increase the range of low carbon concrete available for all concrete applications. Gareth provided guidance on how to specify low carbon concrete, including the use of multi-components cements using limestone.  

Research, development and innovation into new low carbon cements and concretes is also prevalent. Noushin discussed recovered fly ash, calcined clays, optimisation of binder content, performance specification and the BSi Flex standard project as well as an overview of other binder technologies. 

For the Q&A Gareth and Noushin were joined by Jenny Burridge, Director, Structural Design at The Concrete Centre, who brought expertise in material efficient design to the panel.

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Futurebuild 2023: Innovations in Precast Concrete

Precast concrete is simultaneously at the cutting edge of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and utilising the inherent, proven performance benefits of concrete. These benefits can be relied on to deliver safe, sustainable buildings that are resilient to fire, flood and protect occupants from the impacts of climate change, such as rising temperatures. This session featured a case study, and also looked at the latest innovations in production, digitisation and product development.

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Futurebuild 2023: Resilient and Low Carbon Masonry Homes

The majority of new housing in the UK is constructed using brick and block. Detailed design and specification continues to evolve to meet Building Regulations and the carbon reduction requirements of the Future Homes Standard 2025.

In this session the speakers explained how, and also took a look at some of the innovative products and construction techniques to deliver greater energy efficiency and low embodied and whole life carbon performance. 

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Concrete Futures Sample Guide

Download the Concrete Futures exhibition guide that provides details of all of the samples that were on display at Futurebuild 2023. 

Concrete Futures Spring 2023

Specifying Sustainable Concrete

CQ Winter 2022