Is concrete the answer to flood-proof buildings?

Architects and builders are developing ways to protect homes and commercial buildings from floods, including using concrete flooring. The UK Climate Projections, published in 2018, warned that in the next few years, Britain is likely to experience higher summer temperatures, the sea levels will rise, and there will be more extreme weather, including flash floods. […]

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Researchers develop salt-resistant concrete

Researchers believe they may have found a way to make concrete flooring more resistant to damage from salty water. In icy weather, tons of salt (sodium chloride) is spread on concrete flooring, roads and walkways to prevent people and vehicles from slipping on ice. Most of the salt is washed away after the cold spell, […]

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Biggest ever UK concrete pour completed

A whopping 9,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured and reinforced with 5,000 tonnes of steel at the new Hinkley Point C nuclear electricity generating plant. This breaks a previous UK record set during the construction of London’s Shard skyscraper. The Hinkley Point C plant is the UK’s biggest engineering project. Expected to be completed […]

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New concrete captures carbon and is stronger and lighter

New developments in concrete production have made concrete that is stronger and lighter than conventional concrete and has carbon capturing properties. According to the Whole Building Design Group, the goals of sustainable building design are: “To reduce, or completely avoid, depletion of critical resources like energy, water, land, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused […]

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Concrete flooring a key part of flood defence, says property expert

Jason Taylor, writing for PropertyRoad.co.uk, has recommended that property owners should upgrade their properties to protect them from storm and flood damage. These improvements can be costly but can prevent loss and lower insurance premiums. Climate change fears have prompted many areas to spend money on flood defences. Floods Minister Therese Coffey has recently opened […]

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Nearly 700 trucks used in 34-hour continuous concrete pour

10th April 2019 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

The construction of the new 56-storey City Tower in London required 5,000 cubic metres of concrete for its basement raft. This was done in a continuous pour using 680 trucks. The pour was managed by Careys Civil engineering over a weekend 34-hour period. The operation was planned over three months in consultation with Transport for […]

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Recycled tyres can protect concrete from damage in fires

University of Sheffield researchers have found that recycled tyres can be used to prevent protect concrete from a fire. Concrete flooring is the main type of flooring used in industrial premises because it is both cost effective and hard wearing. If the building catches fire, concrete does not burn but tends to spall, surface layers […]

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Concrete floor coating market set for growth

According to Global Market Insights, the concrete flooring market has increased considerably during the last few years and is expected to have rapid future growth.   By 2024, the total value of the worldwide concrete floor coating market is forecast to be $1.5bn, a yearly growth of 6.5%, This growth is fuelled by increased commercial construction, […]

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Concrete flooring features in top reuse buildings of 2018

The architecture and design website Spaces has listed its top reuse buildings of 2018, and an important feature of many of the buildings on the list is concrete flooring. Renovating a derelict industrial building is costly but this has not stopped architects creating innovative designs that reuse these structures. Buildings such as factories, schools and […]

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New York skyscraper features green concrete flooring

A new skyscraper in New York designed by Foster + Partners is a luxury apartment building that features concrete flooring. This not only looks good, but is environmentally friendly too. The building in Midtown Manhattan is thin and referred to as “super-skinny”. It has 63 storeys that contain 94 luxury apartments. Luxury natural materials feature, […]

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