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Reflections on Concrete Elegance - Attention to Detail

06 Dec 2018

‘Attention to detail’ was the title given to our most recent Concrete Elegance lecture, featuring projects by architectural practices well versed in detailing concrete. Tom Herre and Matt Ball of David Chipperfield Architects (DCA) presented Inagawa cemetery chapel and visitor centre, a thoughtful series of structures and spaces embedded into a Japanese hillside.

Government Bans Combustible Materials in External Walls of Tall Buildings

05 Dec 2018

The Concrete Centre’s principal structural engineer and expert on fire, Tony Jones, clarifies the Government’s combustible materials ban and its impact on construction.
On 29 November the Government announced details of the changes to the Building Regulations, and associated guidance, that bans the use of combustible materials in the external walls of the relevant buildings.

Window Shopping

03 Dec 2018

This winter Rodić Davidson Architects is hosting a collection of concrete in its window exhibition in central London. The Concrete Centre is delighted to have been given the opportunity to curate this display, entitled #thisisconcrete, which illustrates different visual properties of concrete including black, white and textured concrete.

Thermal Mass the Key to Healthy and Sustainable New Housing

31 Oct 2018

Following the Government’s Budget announcement this week, The Concrete Centre is calling for joined up thinking that responds to proven research from Government bodies and beyond to ensure that performance and quality are criteria for securing funding.

Basements; Part of Better Built Housing Hub at UK Construction Week

03 Oct 2018

The Basement Information Centre is delighted to be supporting the Better Built Housing Hub at UK Construction Week. This new feature developed by The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry for the Build Show includes a seminar theatre and exhibits. Come and visit the Basement Information Centre on stand B255.  

RIBA proposed “Fire Plan of Work”

27 Sep 2018

On the 18th of September RIBA launched a consultation on their proposed Plan of Work for Fire Safety. The RIBA plan of work is used throughout the construction industry to define the various stages of a project and to describe the deliverables expected from the various members of the design and construction team at each stage. The inclusion of fire safety is therefore a logical addition to the Plan of Work.

Reflections on Concrete Elegance - V&A Dundee

26 Sep 2018

On the 15th September the V&A Dundee opened its doors for the first time to the public. Reportedly around 10,000 people visited the building in the first three days. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them, but I was privileged to be able to help organise and host an evening lecture about the building as part of our Concrete Elegance lecture series here in London.

Structural Concrete 2018 Competition Winners Announced

07 Sep 2018

The Concrete Centre’s annual student competition, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke has been won by a team from the University of East London. The 2018 competition brief for teams of engineering students was to design a new office building with a basement car park in a city centre in the North West of England.

The Impact of Hackitt on Concrete Frames

21 Aug 2018


On the 14th of June 2017 the Grenfell Tower caught fire. The fire spread exceptionally quickly through the external cladding system. In addition to the unanticipated fire spread a number of other fire safety features did not perform as intended.