Cost and carbon are two key metrics for measuring a project and MPA The Concrete Centre’s seminar presented the latest guidance to assist engineers in designing with concrete. Launching the latest cost data for commercial buildings, head of structural engineering at MPA The Concrete Centre, Jenny Burridge said, “The latest cost data from Davis Langdon shows that the findings from our earlier cost model study for offices still stands and concrete flat slabs continue to be the most cost-effective solution for office buildings.”
As well as being a cost-effective solution, concrete can also be the most sustainable. Neil Mitchell, of Mitchellson, presented the BREEAM Outstanding Brent Civic Centre that is being labelled ‘the greenest public building’. The concrete specified for Brent Civic Centre used cement replacements in the concrete mixes for all foundations, slabs, columns and walls and recycled aggregates throughout the frame. 90% of the final structure was exposed concrete, which maximises the operational energy saving potential of concrete’s thermal mass. The building used precast concrete, post-tensioned concrete and in-situ concrete elements to deliver a total design that optimised requirements for programme, spans, finish, material efficiency and cost.
Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling
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