Concrete Canvas Shelters appeared in April's edition of Wired Magazine. Click here to read the article.
Concrete Cloth featured in the April edition of External Environment Product Review. Click here to read the article.
Concrete Cloth featured in an online article for "Building Talk", which features news, product and technical information for building and construction professionals. Read the article at www.buildingtalk.com.
Both Concrete Cloth and Concrete Canvas Shelters recently featured in a new publication called Design Futures. Written by design expert Bradley Quinn, Design Futures is a wide-ranging survey of the revolutionary materials, technologies and products shaping the future of design. Please visit Merrellpublishers.com for further info or click here to see the Concrete Canvas entry..
Concrete Canvas Shelters featured in the 2011 edition of Alex Steffen's Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century. Alex and Worldchanging promote the idea that the means for building a better future lie all around us and his book, first published in 2006, provides the tools, resources, and information to build a bright green future. Visit Abramsbooks.com, for further info.
Concrete Canvas has launched a French website, www.concretecanvas.fr, following increased levels of interest in Concrete Canvas products from France and is actively seeking distributors in the region. Please firstname.lastname@example.org if this is of interest.
Concrete Cloth can be used as architectural building cladding for new builds or to refurbish existing buildings. CC has a unique, tactile, textured top surface and allows for bespoke mouldable panels with double degrees of curvature. It offers UV, weathering, pollution, impact and chemical resistance and is suitable for a wide range of surface and colouring treatments. Click here to download a PDF of the key features of CC Building Cladding.
Concrete Canvas was cited as an example of British manufacturing success in a speech made by the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk. The speech, given at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London, highlighted Concrete Canvas as an innovative UK manufacturer leading the way in new sectors, developing frontier technologies and finishing ahead of fierce global competition. Click here to see the entire speech.
Concrete Canvas has launched a German website, www.concretecanvas.de, following increased levels of interest in Concrete Canvas products from Germany and is actively seeking distributors in the region. Please email@example.com if this is of interest.
Concrete Cloth was the Expert's Choice Winner of most Innovative Product 2011 at this years World of Concrete Event in Las Vega, USA. Click here for details.
Concrete Canvas will be exhibiting Concrete Cloth at the first UK Concrete Show, held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK. The specialist concrete trade show will be held 23rd to 24th February and Concrete Cloth will feature on the Innovation Stand. Click here for details.
Concrete Cloth has been nominated and reached the second round of the INDEX Design to Improve Life 2011 awards. Click here to see the nomination entry.
Concrete Canvas have made significant improvements to the production process of our thinnest Concrete Cloth material CC4, and are pleased to announce the launch of CC5. CC5 now replaces our CC4 material and is 5mm thick and has a nominal weight of 7kg/sqm. Click here to download the latest CC Brochure covering the new range and updated applications of Concrete Cloth.
Concrete Canvas have recently developed improved methods for the jointing and sealing of Concrete Cloth using cement grouting compounds and bonding sealants. Click here to download the latest CC User Guide which covers both methods.
Concrete Cloth’s cementitious fabric properties provides a new solution to Mines and Mining operation both above and below ground. It can be used as an alternative to poured or sprayed concrete or as a quick way of erecting strong permanent or temporary blast and vent structures. Concrete Cloth’s fabric roll form provides a fast alternative that solves the logistical difficulties associated with these methods. Click here for further information.
In December 2010, ADIF, the Spanish authority responsible for railway infrastructure management, specified Concrete Cloth (CC) to be used as slope stabilisation to protect a railway station in Madrid. CC was chosen to address years of erosion and instability issues affecting the entrance of Alcobendas tunnel station. Erosion of the steep railway slope trenches had caused silting at the drainage pumps in the tunnel entrance. Shotcrete has long been the traditional solution, but presents several problems with installation and durability. CC8 was specified and 2500sqm of material was delivered on site in bulk rolls. Using a crane mounted with a spreader beam to position the CC, the project’s first phase of 800sqm in under 3 days. Click here to download the CC Slope Stabilisation Case Study PDF.
Miller Capilano Highway Services were commissioned via our Canadian distributor, Nuna Innovations, to trial the use of Concrete Cloth (CC) to repair damaged curbs. The void in the curb was first filled and then lined with CC8. The CC was wrapped around the curb and fixed into position using standard concrete anchor screws before hydrating. Following the success of the trial, which was completed in under two hours, a number of other curb sites are being considered for refurbishment using CC. Click here to see the case study.
Iberdrola, an international energy company, commissioned Doha Engineering Services Co. to provide protection for a 1200m shallow water pipeline carrying water and chlorine for their facility in Qatar. CC13 was specified to provide impact protection and negative buoyancy to the 6” diameter PVC pipe. CC can be hydrated using seawater, so the Cloth set underwater providing a durable and impact resistant protection. Click here to read the case study.
Concrete Canvas Shelters and Concrete Cloth were featured on the regional news programme, Wales Tonight, broadcast on ITV Wales. Aired on Wednesday 19th January, the programme highlighted Concrete Canvas's nomination for the Design of the Year Award as well as the key applications for Concrete Cloth. Click here to watch the news item.
As a key part of the Design Museum’s annual programme the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year awards recognises the best in international design from the last 12 months. Concrete Canvas is delighted to announce that Concrete Canvas Shelters have been nominated in the Architecture category. Click here for further information about the awards and other nominees.
Concrete Cloth was trialled to inhibit weed growth beneath a set of steel seawall steps by the EA (Environment Agency UK) with great success. Strimming equipment and herbicides couldn't be used and CC5 provide a rapid means of making the steps safe in the long term. Click here to read a case study of the project.
Concrete Canvas is proud to announce that Concrete Cloth was awarded the MTP GOLD Medal prize at the BUDMA International Construction Fair. BUDMA was held during 11-14 January 2011 in Poznań, Poland and is the largest construction fair in Central Europe.
Concrete Cloth has been entered into the Most Innovative Product competition as part of the World of Concrete Exhibition in January. Please click here to vote for Concrete Cloth.
Enterprisemouchel is the UK Highways Agency Managing Agent Contractor for Area 3 which includes the M4 motorway. As part of an ongoing programme Enterprisemouchel needed to clear and repair an interceptor drain adjacent to the M4, with a key project requirement to introduce a series of cascades in order to reduce the water flow rate. Originally a series of pipes and headwalls were considered but concerns over pipe blockages meant an alternative design was sought. Concrete Cloth (CC) provided a solution that prevented erosion, suppressed weed growth and eliminated the maintenance issues associated with blocked pipes. Click here to see the case study
Concrete Cloth featured in the first issue of Building Tomorrow, a new magazine for the construction industry with one simple focus: driving innovation for the built environment. Click here to read the article
Concrete Canvas will be exhibiting Concrete Cloth products at World of Concrete, January 18-21, 2011 (Booth space N462). World of Concrete is an annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. The event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada, USA. Visit www.worldofconcrete.com for further information.
Network Rail contracted Murphy Group to clear and line an open drainage ditch that had been clogged by growth and was at risk of destabilising the railway embankment. Concrete Cloth (CC) was specified to line the cleared ditch to prevent further growth and to stabilise the bank. The access to the site was poor, across farm land and located within a copse on a steep bank that ran along a high speed rail line. The use of CC allowed Murphy group to line the 120m long ditch in just 1.5 days. Click here to see the case study.
Erasmus Scherjon, a design student studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven, used Concrete Cloth to create a two person outdoor bench as part of his 2010 graduation project. CC8 was draped around a steel frame and set underwater, creating a piece of furniture which exhibits the hardened properties of concrete, whilst retaining a soft, fabric like aesthetic. Click here to see the finished design.
Concrete Canvas Shelters featured on www.dailytonic.com, the blog for Architonic. Architonic is an online research portal for architecture and design. Visit www.dailytonic.com to see the article.
Concrete Cloth and its many applications in erosion control were showcased at the Fifth Ibero-American Congress of Erosion and Sediments Control (V CICES), which took place from 13th to 15th of October in Panama, Republic of Panama. The congress dealt with issues on erosion and sediment control in slopes, waterways and coastal zones. Image 1, Image 2
Concrete Cloth featured as part of the Future skin exhibition at the Surface 2010 Fair in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The exhibition took place 12-14 October 2010. Future Skin focused entirely on specialist surfaces and surface treatments for the creative and technical departments of architects and designers.
Concrete Canvas Shelters were recently featured in Cool Hunting, a website publishing news and features on design, technology, art and culture. Click here to see the article.
A demo CCS25 unit has been deployed in Pennsylvania with our US shelter distributor. This is available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Concrete Canvas for further details. Click here to see a photo of the deployed shelter.
Concrete Cloth was exhibited at Construtec 2010, the biannual exhibition for construction, architecure and design, held this year at IFEMA, Madrid, Spain, 5-8th October. Click here for a picture of the stand.
Concrete Cloth was briefly mentioned in the editorial section of October's RIBA journal, highlighting the materials recent allocation of Class B Reaction to Fire. Click here to read the editorial.
Concrete Canvas has released a new comprehensive user guide for Concrete Cloth. The guide provides useful information for installers, customers and specifiers of CC, giving an overview of useful data and techniques that can be used across a wide range of applications. Click here to download the document.
Concrete Cloth featured in Construction Portal, which publishes news, in-depth case studies, research articles and market reports for the general construction, civil engineering, mining and road and bridges building industry. Click here
From 26-29 August, Materia will present 600 materials including Concrete Cloth for the CODE10 exhibition at the BC Design Center – a new permanent design exhibition centre in Denmark, located in Bella Center, Copenhagen. The gallery of materials at the Center will be continued once CODE10 has finished. For further information, click here
Concrete Cloth featured on Palm Breeze CAFE, a weekly 60min educational video podcast. Click here to see the piece. Concrete Cloth features at 3:52.
Concrete Cloth featured in Futur(s) 10; a book focusing on design trends and innovations. Click here to see the feature. Alternatively, the book will be available at the following tradeshow; Maisons & Objets in Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte from the 3rd to 7th September 2010.
Concrete Canvas will be exhibiting Concrete Cloth products at FRM (Flood Risk Management) 2010 on stand number 48. Flood Risk Management 2010... an Association of Drainage Authorities Exhibition, 22-23 September 2010, East of England Showground, Peterborough. Please visit www.adafrm2010.co.uk for more details.
Concrete Canvas was the lead feature in the Summer 2010 issue of Innovate Magazine. The magazine is produced by InnovationRCA, the innovation centre for business partners of the Royal College of Art. Click here to read the article.
Concrete Cloth featured in the July edition of Railway Engineer Magazine. Click here to read the article.
David Teager-Portman, at Newcastle University, used Concrete Cloth as part of his scuplture for the Newcastle Fine Art Degree Show 2010. Click here for an image of his work.
Concrete Cloth featured in the Summer 2010 edition of Concrete Quarterly (CQ). First published in 1947, CQ champions iconic and innovative concrete projects. To see the feature, click here.
Concrete Cloth was featured on The Culture Show, a UK Arts, Science and Media television programme. The episode was dedicated to the relationship between science and art and showed Tom Dyckhoff visiting the world's first materials library, housed at King's College in London. The programme can be seen on BBC IPlayer until Friday 18th June 2010. Click here to view.
A CCS25 and a range of CC applications were exhibited at this years Dutch Engineers Open Day in Vught, Holland. Similar to last year's show, the open day was attended by key technical and senior engineering staff as well as military representatives from the Belgian and Polish forces.
Ditch section installed for Network Rail at Larpool Viaduct near Whitby in North Yorkshire by CML Ltd. The installation was completed using 2 widths of CC8 Concrete Cloth, supplied in man-portable rolls and pinned at the bank using soil nails. The flexibility of the Cloth allowed the ditch to be easily integrated with culverts at each end.
Concrete Cloth and Concrete Canvas Shelters are to feature in "Made of ... New Materials Sourcebook for Architecture and Design.". Written by Christiane Sauer and set to be published in early May, the book examines unconventional approaches to the use of materials in architecture and design. For further information or to purchase the book, visit www.gestalten.com/
Completed ditch section for Rhondda Cynon Taff, Parks in April 2010 by ARC construction. The installation was completed using a single width of CC8 Concrete Cloth, supplied in man-portable rolls and buried along its edges.
Concrete Cloth recently featured in in Costruire, the Italian monthly magazine about building, architecture and technology. Click here to read the article.
In February 2010, a section of the embankment along the high speed train line from Altringham to Chesterfield was at risk of destabilising due to surface water run-off from surrounding fields. Network Rail needed to resolve the issue quickly with minimum disruption of services and time on site for contractors. A further issue was the limited access due to the proximity of the train line and adjacent farmer’s field. Based on the success of previous ditching trials, Network Rail decided to utilise Concrete Cloth to upgrade and line an existing trench. Concrete Cloth minimised the time on site, saving cost and improving safety for personnel. Click here to download the case study.
In 2009, Costain were appointed as the main contractor for the £90M Church Village Bypass scheme in South Wales. This involved major ground works including the installation of holding ponds and an extensive surface drainage network. The location and nature of the works required the sensitive use of appropriate construction materials to minimise the impact on the local environment. Concrete Cloth provided a means of rapidly installing a concrete ditch whilst maintaining the natural aesthetic of the overall scheme. Click here to download the case study.
Concrete Canvas featured in ADVANCES, the journal for science, engineering and technology in Wales. Click here to see the article.
In September 2009, a 140m section of ditch was lined using Concrete Cloth by AMCO, (Amalgamated Construction). The project was commissioned by Network Rail to provide drainage at the top of a railway embankment in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. This was the first time AMCO had used CC for ditch lining and the project was heralded as a major success. CC was significantly quicker and easier to install than conventional concrete slab construction, reducing the project cost and time on site. The Concrete Cloth was supplied in man portable rolls for ease of use on a site with limited access. Click here to download the case study.
Global materials consultancy Material ConneXion announced today the launch of its first annual MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year, naming Concrete Cloth as the inaugural winner. The award recognizes materials juried into the company’s Materials Library within the past year that demonstrate outstanding technological innovation and the potential to make a significant contribution to the advancement of design, industry, society and economy. Click here for more information.
Concrete Cloth can be rapidly unrolled to form a hardened, water proof concrete ditch or tank lining. Click here for a video overview of the process.
Concrete Cloth has been accepted into Material ConneXion's library of innovative materials. CC will now be displayed in Material ConneXion's five locations; New York, Bangkok, Cologne, Milan and Daegu (S. Korea), with an entry on the online database. Visit Material ConneXion at https://materialconnexion.com
Concrete Cloth recently featured at IIDEX/NeoCon 2009 as part of THINK:Material. Making its debut this year, THINK:Material was a new interactive exhibit that showcased innovative materials from across the globe. IIDEX/NeoCon is Canada's largest exposition and conference for the design, construction and management of the built environment. The show attracted 400 exhibitors and 16,000 key decision makers from across Canada.
Concrete Canvas exhibited Concrete Cloth at DSEi 2009 (Defence Systems & Equipment International). Running from the 8-11 September, DSEi is the world’s largest fully integrated defence and security exhibition.
Concrete Canvas has made available a range of application specific instruction guides and promotional literature. These include : CC Civil Applications , CC Design Applications , CC Military Applications , CC Ditch Lining and CC Pipeline Protection . All Concrete Canvas literature is available from our Download page.
Due to increased demand for both Concrete Canvas Shelter and Concrete Cloth products, Concrete Canvas has taken on new premises, doubling the original size of the South Wales pilot plant site. This is in preparation for additional CC production and CCS assembly lines.
CCS structures are designed as part of a modular system; units can be easily docked together to create arrays of CCS to form larger structures specific to operational requirements. A CCS25 unit has been successfully docked to an existing CCS54 at the Concrete Canvas site in South Wales for demonstration.
Concrete Canvas displayed Concrete Cloth at the Eurocorps show in Burgos, Spain.
Concrete Canvas have deployed a new model CCS25 at the BEW (Battlefield Engineering Wing) training area in Gibraltar Barracks in Surrey. This was showcased at the Expeditionary/Humanitarian Operations Infrastructure (EHOISE) open day run by the UKTI which was attended by 70 Defence Attaches and UN personnel. The CCS25 will remain at the barracks and form part of the force protection training program.
Deployment of new model CCS25 and display of Concrete Canvas Sandbag reinforcement at the Dutch Army 'Business Day' held at Brederode Barracks in Holland. The 3 day event was attended by senior Royal Netherlands Army personnel and over 650 military engineers and civilian staff evaluating Force Protection Shelters.
Concrete Canvas are pleased to announce the launch of our new CCS25 units. These units feature several major improvements including the introduction of additional structural ribs which vastly improves the strength and loading characteristics of the shelters. Concrete Canvas has also made advances in our proprietary cement blend which has improved the strength of the base material as well as shortening setting times. The new CCS25's also feature higher performance inflator units, increased security steel door sets and integrated conduit ports for ECU’s and electrical supply.
Videos demonstrating applications of Concrete Cloth are now available
Concrete Canvas is exhibiting Concrete Cloth this year at IDEX, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s largest defence exhibition and conference. A Concrete Cloth reinforced sandbag wall is being demonstrated at the biannual event, and can be found at the UKTI DSO stand.
Live firing trials proved that under heavy and sustained fire, sandbag defenses survive much longer when protected by Concrete Cloth.Download an overview of sandbag reinforcement here.
Concrete Canvas have developed a thinner, lighter variant of Concrete Cloth, (CC4). Just 4mm thick, the material demonstrates similar fire and water proofing properties to thicker variants.Download a CC material datasheet here.
The UK MoD has just awarded a contract to Concrete Canvas to supply 5500sqm of Concrete Cloth for use with sandbag defences. This was based on successful field trials on the front line in Afghanistan to evaluate its performance.
A new CCS54 shelter has been developed featuring significant improvements over previous models including higher strength, reduced setting time (17hrs) and upgraded PE inner and security doors.
Production volume increases have enabled large reductions in Concrete Cloth prices.
Trials have been successfully conducted in conjunction with the British Army to assess the effectiveness and ease of reinforcing existing gabion defences with Concrete Cloth (CC)
Download an overview of gabion basket reinforcement here.
Concrete Canvas have joined the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) a UK Trade Association that represents all aspects of Defence and Public Security procurement covering land, sea and air interests for domestic and overseas markets. CC is also a member of the LANDing and Research and Technology special interest groups.
To better illustrate what the inside of a CCS54 looks like, Concrete Canvas completed a virtual tour of our onsite demonstration shelter which can be viewed here.
Concrete Canvas Shelters were recently featured as part of the Daily Planet programme, aired on the Discovery Channel. Broadcast both in Canada and South Africa, the programme featured both Concrete Cloth and Concrete Canvas Shelters.
Recent developments in the formulated dry cement mix of Concrete Cloth, now mean that sea water may be used to hydrate the material. More rapid setting Concrete Cloth variants are also in development. Download a material data sheet for Concrete Cloth here.
Concrete Canvas Shelters are to feature in Casa per tutti (A house for All): an exhibition shown at Triennale di Milano taking place from May to September in Milan. The exhibition centres around accommodation modules capable of providing a possible solution to emergency housing problems in metropolitan areas and areas affected by sudden natural catastrophes.
Visit http://www.triennale.it/ for further information. Click on the following links for photos of the exhibition. Image 1, Image 2, Image 3.
Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) which is part of the UK Ministry of Defence, recently exhibited Concrete Cloth at DEFEXPO, India 2008. The exhibition, which ran from 16th to the 19th of February was held in Pragati Maiden, India. Since it’s inception in 1997, it has since grown into one of the most internationally recognised defence exhibitions in the world.
The British Army has begun using Concrete Cloth to upgrade frontline sandbag defences in Afghanistan. The Cloth has been proven to prevent the degradation of sandbags from incoming fire, outgoing muzzle flash and environmental exposure. Ballistic testing has been conducted up to .50” caliber . It is important to note that CC is not applied to provide additional ballistic protection, but instead to protect the integrity and prolong the effective life span of existing defences.
A demonstration CCS54 has been deployed at the Concrete Canvas Ltd. factory site in South Wales. A video of the 10m x 5.6m variant deployment can be seen here.
Concrete Canvas is to feature as part of the D&AD exhibition held at Urbis in Manchester. The exhibition runs from October 22nd through to February 2008. "An exhibition of the most outstanding design and advertising from around the world bringing together award-winning work from the prestigious D&AD Global Awards 2007."
Concrete Canvas has recently taken on several new employees as the company grows to meet CCS and Concrete Cloth volume production requirements. Concrete Canvas is continually expanding and new positions will be posted on this site as and when they are required.
Concrete Canvas reached the final ten of it’s product category in the 2007 INDEX: AWARD. INDEX is the biggest design award of its kind in the world and is presented every two years in Copenhagen, Denmark. Concrete Canvas reached the final via an international jury consisting of leading designers, researchers, writers and thinkers from Europe, Asia and the U.S. This year’s theme, “Design to Improve Life”, differentiates INDEX from other design awards, as design is evaluated in a much broader sense than traditionally. It focuses not only on form, but also on the context of the design, ethical and cultural considerations, impact, number of people affected, sustainability and level of innovation. Concrete Canvas and the other final nominees were exhibited for six weeks in an array of large acrylic spheres in Kongens Nytorv square in central Copenhagen. These have since relocated to Korea, featuring in the 2007 Gwangju Design Biennale, where they will be exhibited from October 5 & November 3. Visit http://www.indexaward.dk for further information.
Concrete Canvas’s new website is launched, updating the company’s progress. If you have any comments on the site, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concrete Canvas has moved premises from Northampton to a larger site in Pontypridd, Wales, where we are setting up the volume production facility to manufacture Concrete Cloth and Concrete Canvas Shelters. The new factory site is Unit 3, Block A22, located in the Treforest Industrial Estate, in Pontypridd, approximately 15 minutes outside Cardiff in Wales and 5 minutes off J32 of the M4. (see 6.0 Contact for details and directions).
Concrete Canvas won a prestigious yellow pencil award for Outstanding Achievement in 3D Product Design at this year’s D&AD ceremony based in London. Over 25,000 designs were attracted to enter the competition. We received one of the 59 Yellow Pencils awarded for outstanding innovation.