Concrete Innovations<br>Lean Lightweight Cladding Solutions


From the new Zaha Hadid-designed Library in Vienna, to the first phase of an important addition at Oxford Brookes University, to the high-performance solution for a vital community centre... catch up on innovations in concrete cladding.

The Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University
Speaker: Richard Jobson, Design Engine Architects

The Abercrombie Building forms the first phase of the John Henry Brookes Building for Oxford Brookes University. It rehouses and consolidates the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, which includes the School of Architecture. The hybrid insitu and precast concrete framed extension runs to the south of the existing Abercrombie and engages with the main New Library and Teaching Building, helping to knit the new with the old. The building incorporates a gallery space as well as café, teaching accommodation, studios, offices and experimental social learning space.

TNG Youth and Community Centre, Lewisham
Speaker: Dieter Kleiner, RCKa Architects

The TNG Youth and Community Centre offers a safe and inspiring place for young people, some of whom are growing up in particularly challenging conditions. The building is conceived as an open and unpretentious piece of infrastructure for its users to take ownership of. A regular structural timber grid runs throughout the building, defining rooms, openings and informal spaces. At street level, precast concrete panels are made of Ductal - an ultra-high performance concrete used externally in the UK for the very first time. While incredibly robust the panels have a delicate, almost porcelain-like quality.

Technical expertise

Technical supporting presentations will be given by Rieder on 'Fibre C’, and Facade Concepts with Armourcoat on 'Ductal'. The new Zaha Hadid Library and Learning Center project in Vienna will also be presented by Rieder.

Chaired by David Bennett.
Followed by a drinks reception.

Free to attend. Booking essential