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.
15 Aug 2016
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.
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.
06 Apr 2016
On behalf of UWL we would like to make you aware of two PhD research topics relating to reinforced concrete. The duration of the position is 3 years, with a start date of May or September 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.
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.
14 Mar 2016
The Concrete Centre's new website is live, using a best in class content management system.
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.
10 Feb 2016
The Concrete and Masonry Pavilion at this year’s Ecobuild, will host a comprehensive seminar and event programme, providing guidance to specifiers on design and construction with concrete and masonry.
05 Feb 2016
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.
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.
13 Jan 2016
The Concrete Centre has come together with manufacturers, solution providers and industry bodies to 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.
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.
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.
17 Mar 2015
With the Government’s first agreements under the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Scheme awarded and the latest report from MEC Intelligence, yet again demonstrating superior cost and engineering performance - the forecast is set fair for concrete gravity bases
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
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.
20 Feb 2015
Concrete Industry Commitment REAPs Benefits
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