Cafe Concrete @ Store Street

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Date:Tuesday 03 October 2017
Time:09:30 - 19:30

The Building Centre, 26 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BT


Thank you for attending our Cafe Concrete event on 3rd October 2017. Please find below presentations we are able to make avaliable.



Upper Street: A monolithic terracotta monument to the past

Speaker: Amin Taha, Director, Amin Taha Architects Ltd

Amin Taha provides an insight into the creation of the extraordinary, sculptural and pigmented cast in situ concrete in this new addition to the Islington streetscape.



Specifying visual concrete: CPD from The Concrete Centre

Speaker: Elaine Toogood, senior architect, The Concrete Centre

Elaine will explain the fundamental design decisions and give specification guidance for achieving visual concrete. The Concrete Centre guide Visual Concrete and the latest issue of Concrete Quarterly will be available to all delegates at Cafe Concrete.


Visual and sustainable concrete
Dr James Branch, Hanson Concrete

This seminar provides specification guidance for the use of Regen (ground granulated blast-furnace slag/ GGBS)  to create low carbon concrete and to influence the visual appearance of the concrete.


Good-looking architectural and structural precast concrete

Speaker: David MosesCornish Concrete Products

David will present a number of recently completed projects to illustrate what is achievable with the range of manufacturing and finishing processes available with architectural and structural precast concrete. 


Victoria Gate: The craft of concrete facades

Speaker: Friedrich Ludewig, director, ACME

Friedrich will describe the design evolution and the making of the dramatic precast concrete facades for Victoria Gate, Leeds. The project pushed the boundaries of manufacture and developed through early collaboration with the specialist precasters and was delivered using 3D modelling.


Creating photographic and permanent patterns in concrete

Speaker: Tim Brookfield, Chryso

Tim explains the existing technologies used to create patterns and images in the surface of pre-fabricated concrete. He will also provide case studies of how this technique has been used in the UK and worldwide.


Getting the formwork right for visual concrete  

Speaker: Neil Butlin, PERI

The selection of a formwork facing material has a significant impact on finish, consequently an understanding of formwork is essential when specifying exposed cast in situ concrete. This presentation explores the properties of a range of different formwork facing materials and the finishes they produce.


Specifying cast in situ concrete frames to the NSCS

Speaker: Jenny Burridge, head of structural engineering, The Concrete Centre

Jenny will provide guidance on the concrete standards for the structural design of visual concrete frames, with reference to the National Structural Concrete Specification (NSCS). The presentation will provide insights into the information needed by the structural engineer and contractor to deliver visual concrete.


Protecting and enhancing concrete with mineral coatings

Speaker: Anton Boekhoudt, Keim Mineral Paints

Anton will provide technical guidance on mineral coatings and how they can enhance and protect concrete surfaces. Case studies and product samples will also be referred to.


Quadripartite arches at London Bridge Station

Speaker: Rick Roxburgh, Grimshaw Architects

The recent remodelling of London Bridge station includes the creation of a dramatic, new arcade of board-marked concrete quadripartite arches. Rick, project architect at Grimshaw Architects, describes the processes and challenges of their exposed concrete creation. 


Integrated post finishing: improving the look of concrete

Speaker: Jonathan Reid, GreyMatter Concrete

Jonathan considers the requirements necessary to achieve a high quality finish, including techniques for improving the look of new concrete once cast on site.


The applications, benefits and limitations of inorganic pigments when used to through-colour architectural concrete

Speakers: Matthew Brookes, Lanxess

The use of inorganic pigments in architectural concrete to add colour is an essential design feature that integrates harmoniously into the surroundings, adding aesthetic appeal and value. Whilst there are certain guiding principles to consider, for nearly a century the use of Bayferrox® pigments have been used successfully across the world. 


Innovative concrete solutions

Speaker: David Porter, Aggregate Industries

David will explore some of the high performance products Aggregate Industries offers including decorative concrete, porous concrete, self-compacting concrete and heavyweight concrete. The presentation will provide insights into Aggregate Industries’ aim, which is to be leaders in innovation, supported by a wealth of knowledge and resource at the LafargeHolcim research and development centre in Lyon. Case studies will be featured, demonstrating Aggregate Industries' commitment to working with customers to evolve and develop innovative concrete for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s aspirations.


Photography Studio for Juergen Teller

Speakers:  Carlos Sanchez, 6a Architects and Will York, Price & Myers

The RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlisted Photography Studio for Juergen Teller will be presented by the architects - 6a Architects and the structural engineers - Price & Myers. Their presentations will reveal the design and construction processes employed to create the various concrete elements from fair-faced blocks, smooth and board-marked self-compacting cast in situ concrete.

The project features three buildings containing offices, an archive, a top-lit studio space, a kitchen, a library and an ensemble of ancillary rooms. Daylight pours through a grid of concrete ceiling beams and poured concrete external walls mesh the new building into the residual fragments of existing brick boundaries. Externally the sawn-timber shuttering that marks the concrete surfaces matches the height of a London brick, while inside white concrete blocks and lime mortar form the load bearing walls. Two raked concrete stairs lead to darkrooms above whilst also bracing the studio space.

Event Partners


Aggregate Industries is one of the leading manufacturers of ready-mixed concrete in the UK, supplying a full range of quality concrete products to satisfy the needs of the construction industry.

CHRYSO UK is a specialist chemical supplier to the construction materials industry. Chryso can provide solutions for concrete to enhance urban and landscaped environments through its range of aesthetic products, for both precast and in-situ concrete.

The Concrete Centre’s vision is to make concrete the material of choice. We provide material, design and construction guidance. Our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the potential of the material.

Cornish Concrete Products Ltd is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of architectural and structural precast concrete products, and utilises its considerable knowledge base and experience to meet the challenging and varied demands of the construction industry.

CCP will be highlighting the range of precast solutions that it offers as well as physical samples of materials to view.

Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry. Hanson produce aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, cement and cement-related materials.

Keim Mineral Paints offers a full range of Keim products encompassing pre-treatments, external and internal paints, renders, concrete repair systems, and mineral restoration materials, Keim Mineral Paints are experts in mineral paints, renders and repair systems.

LANXESS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of inorganic pigments including Bayferrox®, Colortherm® and Bayoxide®, the iron- and chromium-oxide pigments are characterized by their outstanding lightfastness, weather stability and chemical resistance. Bayferrox® synthetic iron oxides are available as powder, micronized powder, granules and compact pigment.

PERI provide the right formwork solution for every architectural concrete surface, from standard designs to special designs. The best results arise from the close cooperation between architects, contractors and PERI engineers. PERI experts will be at Cafe Concrete to discuss any aspect of architectural concrete using expertise from projects including the Angel Building, London Aquatics Centre and V&A Dundee.

CQ Special Issue - Visual Concrete Focus

Since Autumn 2015, Concrete Quarterly’s Focus section has included a series of articles to aid project teams in the specification and delivery of visual concrete. This compendium brings all of them together in one place.