Concrete is one of the oldest and widely used of construction materials and possesses many inherent qualities which can be used to benefit the client, designer and contractor.
Variety of Specification
Concrete can be manufactured to an inexhaustible range of specifications to suit all applications. This is possible by using different proportions of the natural ingredients or by the use of different materials.
Variety of Surface Finish
Building in concrete provides an extraordinary range of surface finishes that can be applied either when the concrete is still wet or once it has hardened, providing the opportunity for architectural expression to go hand in hand with structural integrity.
Flexibility of Shape and Form
Concrete can be moulded into any shape by using appropriate formwork. This capability can be used to provide aesthetic design solutions to specific problems and also aesthetically pleasing finishes which often eliminate the need for additional decorative materials.
Well designed and well placed concrete offers exceptional durability and long life in any structure. Concrete structures built over 100 years ago, indeed as long ago as the Romans, are still in active service today.
Concrete consists of naturally occurring materials, produces no emissions and needs no toxic preservatives. This is becoming an increasingly important issue.
Concrete is naturally and inherently fire resistant and needs no additional application of fire protection.