Reflections on Concrete Elegance

12 Apr 2018

Concrete Elegance is a great lecture series to be a part of. Researching the projects to feature and hosting the evening is always a pleasure, and you never know quite what insights will be revealed about designing in concrete. Concrete is an amazing and versatile material so observing the similarities and differences of approach and the design teams’ experiences is always a highlight. 

For more information and to read the relating case studies, visit Garden Halls & Simon Sainsbury Centre.

Join us at the next Concrete Elegance lecture, taking place on the 12th June, visit

Another successful year for Concrete at Ecobuild 2018

04 Apr 2018

The Concrete district curated by The Concrete Centre provided 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. Feedback from visitors and exhibitors was extremely positive.

2018 Offsite Awards - Winners Announced

04 Apr 2018

Held during Ecobuild on 06 March – it really was standing room only at the annual Offsite Construction Awards. With the heightened interest in new and innovative building methods. The annual Offsite Construction Awards, which are rapidly being established as a highlight of the construction calendar - are a platform to showcase innovation, celebrate best practice and recognise overall expertise in offsite construction. The Awards feature a shortlist of exceptional landmark projects, influential people and manufacturing excellence in the dynamic arena that is offsite construction.

CQ Blog: Post-Modern Buildings in Britain

20 Feb 2018

The Concrete Quarterly team have reviewed Geraint Franklin and Elain Harwood’s new book, Post-Modern Buildings in Britain, and reflects on just how wide-ranging the movement was.

Eurocode 2 update in progress

05 Jan 2018

The Concrete Centre are UK representatives on committees that are currently updating the structural design standard - Eurocode 2. This article provides an update on the latest progress.

Recruitment: Structural Engineer

24 Oct 2017

The Concrete Centre is looking for a Structural Engineer to join our multi-discipline team.

With offices in London and Leicester, the role is based from the London office, or working from home within a commutable distance from London.

The applicant must be a chartered structural engineer with experience of design and construction with concrete and other materials, with a minimum of 10 years' experience in the UK construction industry. The candidate would ideally be active within the IStructE, have experience in presenting technical presentations to large audiences of construction industry professionals and be able to represent the concrete sector on national and international committees.

The role is a unique experience to contribute to the development of best practice guidance for structural engineers and make a difference to the UK construction industry.

Structural Concrete 2017 competition winners announced

13 Sep 2017

The Concrete Centre’s annual student competition, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke has been won by a team from Imperial College. The 2017 competition brief for teams of engineering students was to design a theatre in the round around a number of difficult design constraints.

Concrete and Fire safety

20 Jul 2017

The Grenfell tragedy is rightly making all parties involved in design, construction management and fire safety of the built environment reflect and consider what needs to be changed. We will be making our fire expertise available to the public inquiry, all professional bodies and regulators to help reduce risks from fire.    

The Concrete and Masonry roadshows in Glasgow & Manchester

15 May 2017

The Concrete Centre Roadshows provide best practice guidance for the design and construction of Concrete and Masonry. The full-day events are delivered in partnership with product and project specialists, who will also be a part of an exhibition.  

Concrete and Masonry Pavilion at Ecobuild 2017

14 Feb 2017

The Concrete Centre are pleased to annouce The Concrete and Masonry Pavilion will return to Ecobuild 2017. Coming together with manufacturers, solution providers and industry bodies, the Pavilion will offer a wealth of expert advice, seminars and practical demonstrations showing the many ways in which designers can use concrete and masonry construction to achieve true sustainability, long term performance and aesthetic goals.

CQ Blog: Lessons from a brutal age

21 Nov 2016

For the love of concrete, I spent the night of my thirty-second birthday on the floor of an Inverness youth hostel day-room

Structural Concrete 2016 competition winners announced

16 Sep 2016

The Concrete Centre’s annual student competition, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke has been won by a team from University of East London. The 2016 competition brief for teams of engineering students was to design a roof-top swimming pool around a number of difficult design constraints.

Zaha Hadid: Ahead of the curve

16 May 2016

Few architects have graced the pages of Concrete Quarterly more over the past decade than Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly in March. But then few architects have done more to push concrete to the limits, showing what often seemed like a wilful disregard both for the laws of gravity and the sound sleep of structural engineers.

Zaha Hadid 1950 - 2016

01 Apr 2016

It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning. Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today. The Concrete Centre remember her outstanding contribution to Architecture.

CQ Blog: Buildings are not coke cans

21 Mar 2016

As we gear up for Ecobuild, I can’t help wondering where the next game-changing idea will come from, with sustainability now such a confirmed part of the mainstream. A burning issue being discussed in Europe is the “circular economy”, the ideal of a world in which everything is recycled and nothing is wasted. For construction, this would be a seismic change.

Concrete Considerations for Offsite Construction

01 Mar 2016

The versatility of concrete means that it can be designed and constructed to deliver high performance buildings through a spectrum of solutions ranging from onsite cast concrete,  onsite build using factory made blocks, through to offsite manufactured two dimensional panels and volumetric units. When considering offsite solutions there are additional benefits offered by the use of precast concrete for offsite construction compared to other systems. 

Concrete and the Carbon Challenge

20 Jan 2016

Guy Thompson explains how The Concrete Centre responds to the challenges and many enquiries about the sustainability performance of concrete and how the industry is committed to a holistic measure of sustainability thus enabling designers and specifiers to produce evermore sustainable solutions.

CQ Blog: Food for thought

11 Nov 2015

Elaine Toogood compares environmental product declarations (EPDs) to food labelling. If only establishing environmental impact was as simple and irrefutable as analysing salt or calorie content.

CQ Blog: What about the last-time buyer

27 Aug 2015

The need for more housing is unquestionable and the shortage of housing for the over 50s is equally so, especially as it is forecast that the amount of over-85s is set to double by 2030.

Concrete Gravity Foundations - Achieving more for less with gravity

17 Mar 2015

A number of independent reports have stated that there are significant benefits to be gained from using concrete gravity bases; in construction, installation and in use. Andrew Minson discusses if the latest installation in the English Channel will be the turning point for this technology in the UK

New Guidance - Concrete and BREEAM

20 Feb 2015

Elaine Toogood explains some of the revisions in BREEAM New Construction and how the new credits for material efficiency and adaptability to climate change are an opportunity to score credits for concrete and masonry buildings.

CQ Blog: Long view of sustainability

10 Feb 2015

Tom De Saulles considers the words ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’. Often used in the same context, but recently with a subtle divergence in their implied meaning