Concrete innovations

essential projects, inspiring techniques

Hear from nine expert speakers in this unique half-day workshop exploring developments in architectural and structural concrete. Discover how trial assemblies can inform your work, communicate ideas prior to construction, iron out construction defects and help to deliver an outstanding finish.

In a small group you will gain first-hand knowledge from architects, craftsmen, manufacturers, designers and material specialists who have helped to create thousands of innovative projects worldwide. Our experts will share examples of successful modern prototypes, and perhaps most importantly, help you to learn from their mistakes. Attendees will be challenged to think about new concepts in both prototyping and trialling, ensuring successful practical design outcomes.

What will be covered:

Materials: Self-compacting, pigmented, sprayed, rammed and stratified concrete.

Architectural: Formliners, prepared natural timber, CNC-routed MDF, film-faced plywood, glass fibre reinforced concrete (GRC), self-climbing, grit-blasted and seeded concrete surfaces, zero carbon blocks.

Structural: Spun columns, ultra-high strength, hand-built staircases, big arches and precast composites.


1.30pm Introduction and overview: spun concrete, sprayed concrete, rammed concrete and seeded concrete explained
- David Bennett, Architectural Concrete Consultant

Session 1: Innovative materials

1.50pm CNC moulds, GRP and formliners for concrete
- Mike Arms, 3D Pattern and mouldmakers ltd

2.10pm Liquid pigments for ready mix concrete  
- Andrew Bourne, SIKA

2.30pm Carbon eater aggregates and zero carbon blocks 
- Giles de Lotbiniere, Lignacite

Session 2: Prototyping, testing, making

3.00pm One Blackfriars Road - high strength concrete with SCC
- Andy McConachie, SimpsonHaugh and Partners

3.20pm London Bridge redevelopment – board-marked concrete arches
- Rick Roxburgh, Grimshaw Architects

3.40pm Thin cladding panels and a very slender staircase
- Duncan MacKellar, Armourcoat-Ductal

Session 3: Case studies and projects

4.10pm A superfine concrete table  
- Andy Keel, Dade-Design, Switzerland 

4.30pm The House at 34 Downshire Hill - revealing a perfect finish
- Luke McLaren, McLaren Excell Architects

5.00pm Glebe Place and the Redruth Crushed Wall
- David Bennett, Architectural concrete consultant

5.20pm Q&A 

Time: 1.30pm - 5.30pm

Cost: £128 + VAT

Please note that places on this seminar are limited.