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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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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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3D printing used to fabricate concrete slab

4th August 2018 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

Researchers at ETH Zurich University have fabricated a lightweight concrete slab using 3D printing, which is the first time 3D-printed concrete has been used in a full scale architecture project. The 80 square metre slab is only 20mm thick at its thinnest point and forms a concrete ceiling with decoratively ribbing. The slab is the […]

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How the concrete industry is helping reduce CO2 emissions

With scientists reminding us that CO2 emissions are contributing to global warming, any reductions in emissions are welcome. The cement and concrete industries are finding ways to tackle this problem. The major ingredient of concrete is cement, and a lot of CO2 is produced during the manufacture of it. Major cement producers such as Heidelberg […]

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RIBA award nominees find innovative uses of concrete

There were six nominees for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best of British architecture, which was handed out at the end of October. The winner, Hastings Pier, is notable for its imaginative use of wood, but many of the nominees for the prize relied on concrete to create stunning visual effects. This year’s […]

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University builds environmentally friendly concrete house

8th September 2017 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

Students and researchers at Washington University have constructed an eco-house built mainly from concrete to demonstrate that the material can be used in sustainable ways. Crete House is a solar-powered building constructed almost entirely from precast concrete. Water coils embedded in the concrete flooring and ceiling provide heating and cooling. Large gutters provide shade and […]

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3D print experts experiment with concrete

Research is currently being undertaken to print 3D objects in concrete, perhaps literally paving the way for concrete flooring to be produced in an entirely different way. The building contractors Skanska is working with a number of partners to develop 3D printing of concrete. Loughborough University started researching 3D concrete printing in 2007 a year […]

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‘Thirsty’ concrete developed to absorb water

13th October 2015 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

Tarmac, a building materials and solutions firm based in the UK, has created a new type of concrete that has the ability to soak up a copious amount of water. This type of porous concrete is able to take in around 4,000 litres of water within the first 60 seconds, with an average intake of […]

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Mersey Gateway ready for next phase

24th August 2015 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

Construction teams from the Merseylink Consortium have completed the most recent phase of building the Mersey Gateway Bridge, and have marked the occasion with a 24-hour concrete pour. The construction team saw a total of 1,400 cubic metres being poured during this timeframe, with the concrete acting as part of three pylons being installed to […]

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