All Concrete articles

  • Hope cement plant

    Breedon to offload 14 plants to smooth Hope merger


    Competition and Markets Authority says plan could avoid in-depth probe of £336m buyout

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    Government-commissioned report backs 'wood first' rule


    Independent Panel on Foresty back councils’ use of planning law to drive increase in timber buildings

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    UK aggregates markets: Fault lines


    The UK aggregates, cement and concrete market is creaking under pressure, as regulatory inquiries intensify. Is dominance by the five major players damaging competition or are there other factors causing cracks in the system? Building reports

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    C&G Concrete in administration


    Midlands aggregates firm C G Concrete has fallen into administration after more than 50 years of trading.

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    Specialist costs: Steel and concrete


    Steel and concrete subcontractor turnovers have taken a double hit as the price of raw materials has surged and work dried up. Despite no improvement to the short-term outlook, Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon, an Aecom company, sees a glimmer of hope from 2013

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    Mainstream green: Brighton belle


    One Brighton is the brainchild of the team behind super-green development BedZed. But although sustainability is at the heart of the scheme, it’s going to do it its own sweet way

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    The Shard: Foot of the mountain


    The Shard had already climbed to 21 storeys by the time 700 truckloads of concrete were poured to create its foundation. So what was stopping it from falling down?

  • Features

    Green cement: reforming the carbon criminals


    Examining the latest attempts to find greener formulas for one of the world’s biggest carbon criminals – cement

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    Building pathology: Screeds


    A problem with a cement-sand screed can put an entire floorspace out of action. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance examines how it happens – and how it can be put right

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    Whole-life costs: Concrete vs steel


    What are the environmental, capital cost and lifetime cost differences between a building with a steel frame and one built using concrete? David Weight of cost consultant Currie Brown applies the firm’s Live Options modelling system to find out

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    Costs: Concrete repairs


    The concrete repair sector is big business, but work is often done haphazardly, causing worse problems. Anthony Waterman of BRE examines repair options and their whole-life costs