Concrete Quarterly magazine was first published in 1947 and this year marks its 70th anniversary. To celebrate there is a an exhibition and season of events at The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT. The activities reflect the magazine’s content, encompassing:  inspiration, vision and design guidance for concrete in architecture, engineering and design.

The Exhibition
The exhibition explores the social and architectural history of concrete architecture and engineering over the past 70 years, through a selection of images and editorial of iconic and interesting projects from the CQ archive. Digital access to the entire archive will be provided and early original editions will be on display. Each month the contemporary section of the exhibition will be replaced with a new topic of focus. These include samples and guidance related to innovative and clever forms of concrete, guidance on achieving visual concrete and concrete engineering. This exhibition is presented by The Concrete Centre in partnership with the Built Environment Trust, and is supported by Aggregate Industries and Graphic Relief. 

The exhibition runs from 9 August – 31 December 2017 in the Lower Ground Floor Gallery, The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT. It is free to attend, with a complimentary exhibition guide and magazine.

The Events

30 August - Visual and Decorative Concrete
Join Aggregate Industries & The Concrete Centre for a CPD on the applications and options for Visual and Decorative Concrete. This session will explore the various decorative concrete applications and considerations for achieving a successful outcome for visual concrete projects. More details and booking.

7 September - CQ 70th Launch Night
We are celebrating Launch Night with a drinks reception and lecture by Rab Bennetts from 6.30pm on Thursday 7 September 2017. As well as being the formal launch of the exhibition the new book The World Recast will also be hot off the press. More details and booking.

14 September -  Building High, Digging Deep
This evening seminar will cover the design and construction considerations for tall buildings and deep raft foundations. More details and booking.

20 September – Concrete Quarterly Lecture
The work place, past and present: Centre Point to White Collar Factory.
Rick Mather Architects provide a preview of the remodelling and refurbishment of Centre Point to give this iconic concrete structure a new lease of life.
AHMM architects and AKT II present the design and collaboration behind the newly completed White Collar Factory office development at City Road – a new concept in work place environment featuring exposed concrete, core cooling and smart technology. More details and booking.

3 October – Cafe Concrete @ Store Street
The event is a full day of free, back-to-back CPD sessions and exhibition, providing guidance and insight related to visual and innovative concrete. Delegates can stay for as many sessions as they like, with the formatting encouraging visitors to drop in or stay for a while. More details and booking.

30 October – Resilient Housing Conference 2017
The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry Alliance will present the 2017 Housing Conference discussing building more homes and a long-lasting housing stock. The conference will offer guidance, best practice and debate on topics related to housing in UK. More details and booking.
Concrete Conversations
Concrete conversations is a series of informal lunchtime talks (starting at 1pm) that aim to provide an extra insight to the 70 years of Concrete Quarterly Exhibition. These talks are free to attend and no registration is required. Grab a coffee from the cafe and join us in the Lower Gallery exhibition space at the Building Centre for a unique insight into the exhibition and the featured projects. 
  • 31st August - Pete Wilmslow, Expedition Engineering discusses the largest ferrocement span in the world at the Renzo Piano designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens.
  • 1st September - Guy Thompson, current editor of Concrete Quarterly and co-curator of the exhibition will guide a personal tour of the exhibition.
  • 4th September - Samples and case studies of innovative concrete presented and explained by Elaine Toogood, senior architect, The Concrete Centre.
  • 22nd September - Exhibition guidance for specifying visual concrete brought to life by Elaine Toogood, The Concrete Centre.
The Book
The Concrete Centre has also published a new book ‘The World Recast: 70 buildings from 70 years of Concrete Quarterly’ authored by Nick Jones.
Just some of the buildings featured include: Royal Festival Hall (1951); UNESCO headquarters (1959); Elephant House, London Zoo (1965); Liverpool Cathedral (1967); Sydney Opera House (1973); National Theatre (1977); Barbican Centre (1982); Grande Arche, Paris (1989); New Street Square (2006); Sainsbury Laboratory (2010); Aquatics Centre (2012); and Blavatnik School of Government (2016).
The book is being distributed globally by partnering publisher Artifice. To order a copy, visit the Publications Library.