Concrete Surfaces, Textures and Finishes

This course has been postponed and will be run at a later date, to be confirmed shortly.

Buro Happold, Camden Mill, Bath BA2 3DQ

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 and defects. A detailed case study of a recent major project will be highlighted.

Course leader David Bennett is an expert on fine finishes and formed concrete surfaces; walls, floors, columns, whole buildings, hardscape, worktops and interiors. He advises on specification writing for fine finishes, formwork selection, concrete workmanship, architectural detailing, precast innovation and site supervision.

Case Study: Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne

Speaker: David Watson, Rick Mather Architects

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

Registration from 2.00pm

Further courses in the series:

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

Concrete Short Course: The C02 Construction Audit & Concrete Architecture