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Concrete Quarterly

Concrete Quarterly (CQ) is produced by The Concrete Centre four times a year and is free to download.

First published in 1947, CQ continues to champion iconic concrete projects.

CQ encompasses design guidance, aspiration, inspiration, vision and latest projects. It is aimed at all members of the project team and demonstrates the potential of concrete in terms of architectural vision, structural solutions, best practice and performance.

The following page showcases the best of concrete design and construction, alongside new videos and project studies from every issue of Concrete Quarterly.


Featured Projects

London's concrete quarter

London's concrete quarter

The transformation of King’s Cross includes some of the UK’s most sustainable office buildings - and concrete is key to all of them

The concrete balconies are shaded with bronzed aluminium louvred screens

Aires freshener

Foster + Partners brings something new to Buenos Aires, with an apartment block that uses fair-faced finishes to redefine the Argentinian capital’s idea of luxury living

St Paul’s School, London

St Paul's School, London: Best days of its life

Architectural standards were slipping at the 500-year-old St Paul’s School in London, but the elegant exposed interiors and concrete colonnades of Nicholas Hare’s new science building augur well for the future

Invisible touch

Co-op’s Manchester HQ: Invisible touch

Hidden within its structure and deep underground, concrete has played a central role in turning the Co-op’s new Manchester HQ into the UK’s greenest office

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University

The Sainsbury Laboratory - winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2012

Stanton Williams, AKT II and Kier discuss the design, specification and construction of this world class laboratory. Produced in association with Concrete Quarterly.

The six boards were all based on a single original mould

Star jumps: how the diving boards took shape

Variously likened to the stamens of an exotic flower, a splash or even poised cobras, the dramatic lines of the aquatics centre’s six diving boards have attracted much interest – not only as a natural centre of attention during the Games, but because they are visually fascinating in themselves.

CQ video

The Gateway Buildings - St Antony's College Oxford

Bennetts Associates Architects, Buro Happold and Kingerlee discuss the benefits concrete brings to the design and build of The Gateway Buildings, St Antony’s College Oxford. Produced in association with Concrete Quarterly.

Queen of the desert

Foster + Partners' Queen Alia airport

Foster + Partners’ new airport in Jordan uses a mix of in-situ and precast concrete techniques to create a mesmerising pattern of shallow domes, curving beams and tapering columns

Zaha Hadid's Pierresvives council building, Montpellier

Joie de vives

Zaha Hadid’s Pierresvives council building in the French city of Montpellier relies on concrete to solve a range of structural and environmental challenges, as well as providing a spectacular geometric facade

Whirl pool

Whirl pool

From the swirling, curving walls and diving boards to the pools themselves, concrete makes a big splash at Zaha Hadid’s awe-inspiring aquatics centre

The walls have been left exposed and uncoated

Wall-to-wall coverage

The curving concrete walls of the aquatics centre are one of its defining characteristics. They are first seen in the centre’s welcome area and provide a top and tail to the competition pools, as well as a stylish backdrop to television coverage of the diving.

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