Concrete Surfaces, Textures and Finishes

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, pigmented and textured finishes plus guidance on achieving a fine concrete finish with minimum blemishes, common concrete defects and how to cure them. A detailed case study of a recent major project will be highlighted.

The speakers are experts in their field of specialisation and have a wealth of knowledge and practical experience they will share with you.

David Bennett, Architectural Concrete Consultant
David Watson, Rick Mather Architects

The course will cover:
Essentials of the Visual Concrete Specification
Face Materials, Pigments and Aggregate Colour
Formwork Support Systems for Fine Finishes

Case Study: Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne

The Building is a new home for a highly regarded local and international art collection. It is a Tate Connect Gallery and has the largest exhibition spaces in the South outside London. It is an in-situ concrete building largely clad in white external, insulated render which helps to address the key environmental requirements of a contemporary art gallery. Inside, sharply detailed light grey “supersmooth” concrete is used to give this very public building a sense of solidity and permanence.

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

The course will be of benefit to architects, structural engineers, project managers and construction specialists who wish to be updated and briefed on architectural site cast concrete.

Cost: £125 + VAT

Further courses in the series:

Concrete Short Course: Handcrafted Concrete - worktops, floors, and landscape projects on 15 November

Concrete Short Course: The C02 Construction Audit & Concrete Architecture on 7 December

More details to follow, please contact our events team if you are interested in these courses.