If your job is to work with or specify materials such as concrete and steel on large construction projects, how do you avoid creating a huge carbon footprint every time you show up for work?

15 Clerkenwell Close by Amin Taha and Groupwork

Source: Tim Soar

At 15 Clerkenwell Close, a London mixed-use six storey building, Webb Yates used stone as a structural component. Groupwork and Amin Taha were the architects and it was was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2021.

That’s the dilemma facing professionals in the industry, and one that engineers Anna Beckett and Tom Webster at Webb Yates consider all the time. 

Here in an extended interview for our subscribers, they share their knowledge about construction materials and how to get the best out of them.

They are realistic about the challenges when trying to build to net zero targets, as Webster acknowleges: “If concrete was a country, it would be third place of all-time carbon emissions producers, after China and America”. But they also see huge potential to adapt, reuse, recycle and reinvent materials and products. 

Listen to how they believe construction firms can help work on innovations by developing “proof of concepts” - and to them talk about their own experience using stone as their prefered material on their well-known project 15 Clerkenwell Close. 

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This is an extended interview recorded for our Building Talks Net Zero podcast series, which you can also access via the main podcast providers such as Spotify and Apple.

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