Framed Buildings and Fine Concrete Finishes


This course will cover the key requirements of visual concrete at the design stage. It includes:

- choosing concrete colour and tone
- selecting form face materials - smooth ply, board-marked, chipboard, corrugated metal and other surfaces
- detailing of sheet layouts for walls and soffits, shadow gaps and recesses
- staircases, balustrades and landings
- shaping curved walls and the benefits of column formers
- off site joinery and special features

Practical guidance will also be provided on placing and compacting concrete for no blemishes, how to assess sample panels, when to judge the concrete finish for colour and what to do if there are surface blemishes.

A detailed case study of a recent Building Project will be highlighted.

What you will learn:
- the essentials in selecting materials for a fine concrete finish
- sheet layouts, tie holes and how to detail concrete
- common surface defects and how to avoid them

Speaker: David Bennett, Architectural Concrete Consultant and Low Carbon Advisor. David is an expert in visual concrete construction and has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to share with you.


2.00 - 2.30pm Registrations

2.30 - 3.10pm The Concrete Mix and The Colour
What colours concrete? Understand the influence of water content, pigments, fillers and high stone content mixes.

3.10 - 3.50pm Face Material Selection and Detailing Tips
The difference between form face material: the numerous wood types and grains, corrugated metal, flat sheet metal. Understand standard site assembly v bespoke off site fabrication.

3.50 - 4.00pm Tea and Coffee

4.00 - 4.30pm Practical Construction Tips: Care in Construction and Workmanship

4.30 - 5.15pm Common Surface Defects: How to avoid them and to repair them

5.15 - 5.45pm Judging a Good Concrete Finish (with examples)
How much variation could we accept in the surface finish? What tolerances can be permitted and how much ‘making good’ is acceptable?

5.45pm 6.00pm Questions and Close

Cost: £100+VAT or £75+VAT to students