Concrete Elegance: Buildings for Concerts and Council Tax

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Concrete Elegance brings together architects, engineers, developers and designers to share first hand experiences and design ideas. Join us on 9 April to hear about two recent projects - gain a project overview from the designers involved and understand why concrete became an integral part of their designs.



Paul Norbury of 5 Plus Architects will discuss the provision of the new council offices and the full refurbishment of the existing Grade 2 listed Town Hall at Old Trafford, Manchester. The new building is an exposed concrete frame with post tensioned concrete floors, circular columns and stair cores. This works very well as a durable monochrome backdrop to the interiors.

David Walker of David Walker Architects will discuss Milton Court, Barbican London. A new world-class performance facility for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama - including a new 625 seat concert hall which is clad in polished white concrete, 225 seat theatre, 120 seat studio theatre, and associated rehearsal, administrative and teaching spaces. The residential tower provides 295 apartments over 36 storeys.

James Armstrong of Concrete Bloc will give an insight into the concrete balustrade made using rubber moulds and reinforced with metal at Tate Britain.

The Concrete Elegance series are chaired by David Bennett in association with The Concrete Centre and The Building Centre.