Concrete Surfaces Short Course


This course will cover the key requirements of the visual concrete specification, the essentials of the concrete mix to ensure consistent colour, selection of form face materials, good formwork practice, site workmanship in handling and compaction of concrete. Additionally guidance on achieving a fine concrete finish with minimum blemishes and surface discoloration will be given as well as a case study.


David Bennett, Architectural Concrete Consultant

Nigel Fletcher, Peri (UK) Ltd

Andy Wakefield, Rick Mather Architects


4.00 - 4.30pm Registration and Coffee

4.30 - 5.10pm Essentials of the Visual Concrete Specification: David Bennett

A review of the requirements of the concrete mix, concrete workmanship, procedures on how to minimise blemishes and blow holes, formwork practice, surface treatments and the purpose of trial panels.

5.10 - 5.40pm Selection of Form Face Materials: David Bennett

The difference between film faced and paper faced overlays to ply, selecting the best materials for fine finishes, number of reuses possible, natural ply panels and the handling and care of formwork.

5.40 - 6.00pm Tea and Coffee

6.00 - 6.40pm Formwork Support Systems for Fine Finishes: Nigel Fletcher

Rigidity of assembly for minimum deflection, design for full hydrostatic pressure, grout tight joints, fixing of panel assembly, tie- bolt location, working to the architect layout drawings , wall panel systems.

6.40 - 7.30pm Case Study: Art and Design Academy, LJMU: Andy Wakefield

The case study will highlight communicating the design specification to the contractor, selecting form face material formwork layout, shadow gaps and detailing tips, site quality control, joinery and workmanship.

7.30 -7.45pm Open Discussion

8.00pm Summary and Close

All relevant course material and the book ‘Concrete Elegance Three’ published by RIBA Publications will be given to attendees.

The course costs £150+vat and includes course materials, a light meal and downloadable copies of the presentations. Booking is essential.