Tales of collaboration and concrete in historical urban context

Concrete Elegance brings together architects, engineers, developers and designers to share innovative ideas on contemporary concrete design. Join us on 28 January to learn about inspirational, world class, concrete architecture.


Paul Mullin of Rick Mather Architects 
Steve Haskins of Engineers HRW 
(Customer Service Centre and Library, East Ham)

Roisin Heneghan of Heneghan Peng Architects 
David Lankester of Alan Baxter Associates consulting engineers 
(New library and School of Architecture & Construction, Greenwich University)

Customer Service Centre and Library, East Ham 
Requiring civic presence befitting the client's brief, whilst being a natural fit with the neighbouring Edwardian buildings that front the busy Barking Road, the Customer Service Centre & Library (CSC+L) is an exercise in scale, materiality, and rigorous detailing. This is the first project of a multi-phased regeneration project of a listed Edwardian town hall complex in East Ham, London. The CSC+L brings together a range of services for local people, combining a library and local service centre. The project will reinvigorate town centre of East Ham by Newham council's decision to return its core team back to their original home after years of relocations elsewhere in the borough. The siting of the CSC+L was carefully considered to become the catalyst for a host of new routes and interlinked public spaces across the wider campus. The building knits together the wider site by emphasising the relationship between the Civic Campus and Town Centre.

New University Library and School of Architecture & Construction, Greenwich University 
The new library and School of Architecture & Construction is located along an approach from Greenwich town to Greenwich Park within the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. A place where “the conversation of all (can be) a series of lectures to each” where students can see and learn from each other. The studio space is designed as the heart of the academic building creating an educational space of production and discussion. The library is organised to create a space that visually & spatially interconnects the diverse activities within. The building has the dual role of having to both embed itself as a piece of urban fabric to the south while making itself recognisable as a civic entity to the north. Its expression shifts in response to its context, revealing the activity within and establishing the university's presence within the town as a space of academic excellence and urban connectivity.

Please note that this event is free to attend but booking is essential. When booking, your contact details will be shared with the Concrete Centre.

Chaired by Elaine Toogood 
Produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre

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