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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.
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.
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.
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.
28 Aug 2018
The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry have joined with UK Construction Week to host a Better Built in Housing Hub. This new feature for UK Construction Week features a seminar theatre and exhibits.
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.
21 Aug 2018
The process to update the Eurocodes is underway. Earlier this year some 1800 ‘informal’ comments were made across Europe on a 2nd draft of a revised EN 1992-1-1. A 3rd draft was delivered by Project Team I in May 2018.
16 Aug 2018
It’s hard to ignore the recent press that this topic has been generating in response to one of the hottest summers that Europe has experienced in decades. Buildoffsite have hit back at challenges to the performance of lightweight modular homes.
09 Aug 2018
This will be the third annual PCA Structural Waterproofing conference, which will take place at The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry.
27 Jul 2018
Responding to calls from the Environmental Audit Committee for the introduction of tougher rules to ensure homes can deal with extreme heat, representatives from The Concrete Centre said:
"The Environmental Audit Committee warns of 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 and also complains about a lack of regulation to prevent overheating in buildings.