The Concrete Centre is part of the MPA and is dedicated to the design, use and performance of concrete and masonry in the built environment. It provides a unique connection between producers and manufacturers, designers and engineers, contractors and clients.
A wide range of resources and expertise is available from www.concretecentre.com including:
The Concrete Centre represents the UK and the concrete sector on standards committees including Eurocode 2 (design of concrete structures) and specialist groups on building safety; climate change mitigation and adaptation; thermal performance and overheating; fire design; resilience and flooding. There are also guidance documents available on how to best interpret codes and standards into real-life projects. Eurocode 2: concrete (concretecentre.com)
Concrete’s unique flexibility provides a wide range of construction options, including in-situ, precast and masonry, to suit the project’s exact needs.
The Concrete Centre provides guidance for building solutions and has a case study map that provides examples of tall buildings, visual concrete exemplar and award-winning projects. www.concretecentre.com/casestudies
To enable designers to use concrete and masonry, The Concrete Centre has produced a wealth of authoritative technical design guidance on a wide range of topics such as visual and structural design, thermal efficiency, sustainable construction, fire design and Eurocodes. www.concretecentre.com/publications
The Concrete Centre website hosts a hub containing a range of online, on-demand webinars, e-learning training and a calendar of live events to share knowledge on designing with concrete and masonry. Events also cover topical issues such as low carbon concrete; lean design and material efficiency; nature-based solutions, and there are short, concise videos on understanding the performance benefits of concrete. www.concretecentre.com/events
Much of The Concrete Centre's output is aimed at making it easier to design with concrete. These include computer programs and design tools including Concept (a comparative tool for carbon, cost and programme); RC Spreadsheets (to assist with structural design of concrete) and thermal performance tools, including a Passive Design Assistant and a Dynamic Thermal Properties calculator. www.concretecentre.com/software
Concrete Quarterly magazine has been published since 1947 It encompasses the latest technical design guidance, aspirational projects, inspirational insights from designers, and innovative concrete products and solutions. www.concretecentre.com/cq
On behalf of the UK concrete industry, The Concrete Centre provides the www.sustainableconcrete.org.uk website.
This website is home to information and updates on progress for the Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy and the annual industry performance reports are also available to freely download.
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.