Sustainability Matters Update
02 October 2013
British Precast is pleased to announce the new Sustainability Targets for 2020. Despite the difficult times our sector continue to lead on sustainability. The precast Resource Efficiency Action Plan (REAP) has been developed and will be launched on 8 October 2013 along with the ambitious 2020 Targets.
Results from last year show that we have already achieved 12 out of our 14 targets for 2012. Please view the Sustainability Matters, October 2013 Update for the new targets and report on Key Performance Indicators.
Farewell to Charles Street
17 September 2013
After 40 years, British Precast say goodbye to our offices at 60 Charles Street as we relocate to Glenfield, Leicester. From 23 September 2013, we will be based at The Old Rectory.
The new offices will provide members and staff with a modern working environment in a more accessible location with plenty of parking.
Farewell to 60 Charles Street and hello to The Old Rectory!
From 23 September, our address and phone numbers are:
British Precast Concrete Federation
The Old Rectory
Telephone: 0116 232 5170
CBA line: 0116 232 5165
Interlay line: 0116 232 5191
Fax: 0116 232 5197
This is an exciting time for all at British Precast and we look forward to working with our members in the new offices.
Competition Law & Bribery Act Update
10 September 2013
Following on from the very well received Competition Law update in July, Susan Singleton, Vice Chairman of the Competition Law Association and owner of law firm Singletons, has been engaged to run the event again at British Precast on Thursday 24 October 2013.
This half-day seminar (including lunch), will give a comprehensive review of current legal updates in the field of competition and bribery making this Update vital to attend.
Please note, this seminar will be taking place at the new British Precast office in Leicester. For further information including the new address and to book, please click here.
British Precast Golf Day
09 July 2013
Our annual British Precast Golf Day was held on 25th June 2013 at the prestigious Hawkstone Park Golf Club in Shrewsbury. It was a greatly enjoyable day where members and guests played on the 18-hole championship course and prizes were presented at the three-course evening dinner.
For photos from the day, please click here.
Martin Clarke awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List
17 June 2013
We are delighted to announce that Martin Clarke, Chief Executive of British Precast has been awarded an OBE by the Queen in the Birthday Honours List 2013 for services to industry. Martin has worked tirelessly and made an immeasurable contribution to the concrete industry and it is fantastic this dedication has been recognised with the top-most honours.
A big congratulations to Martin Clarke, OBE!
Australian Little Book of 100 Advantages of Precast now available
13 June 2013
The Australian Little Book of 100 Advantages of Precast Concrete is now available; the tenth country to publish a national version of the 2007 British Precast book. Click on the image to download.
British Precast Annual Review & Safer by Competence
06 June 2013
The 2013 Annual Review booklet has been published by British Precast. This Review covers recent British Precast activities as well as achievements by ourselves and our members.
Please download a copy by clicking on the image to the left. To order a hard copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also released our latest Safer by Competence leaflet which covers the benefits of demonstrating competence for industry, employers and employees. Please click on the image to view.
Sterling Services' Rational House Project
06 June 2013
British Precast members Sterling Services have been busy completing a number of precast jobs with the Rational House product. Rational House is a combination of a modular design, off site manufacture of the precast facade and the inner pre-insulated, light gauge steel cassettes support structure which eliminates site scaffolding and enables a fast track site programme. For more information on Sterling Services' projects, please visit their website.
British Precast Golf Day
30 May 2013
British Precast will be holding our annual Golf Day for members and guests on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at the championship Hawkstone Park course in Shrewsbury. The day includes 18 holes with lunch, three-course evening meal and prizes for the competitions which will take place throughout the day. Spaces are limited so be sure to book now for a fantastic day out!
For more information please click here.
30 May 2013
British Precast held its annual exhibition and conference on Thursday 23 May 2013 at King Power Stadium, Leicester. It was a fantastic day with over 400 delegates in attendance. The event included external safety demonstrations by CEMEX & Linde, the British Precast AGM, PFF Code of Practice Launch and Best Practice Awards Lunch.
We welcomed a number of prominent and international guests, including Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of the Health & Safety Executive, who launched the Precast Flooring Federation's Code of Practice.
PRECAST2013 also celebrated the best of the industry with the Best Practice Awards. We congratulate the winners below and encourage even more entries next year:
- Concrete Targets Scheme: Stanton Bonna Concrete, H+H UK, Forticrete, Brett Landscaping, Marshalls PLC, Sandtoft Roof Tiles, Quinn Building Products
- Outstanding Contribution to Health & Safety: Glenn Regan (Forticrete), Stephen Carr (Spiroll Precast Services), Darren Palmer (CEMEX), Ian Kenning (CPM Group),
Gran Rowe (Stanton Bonna Concrete)
- Associate Member Sustainability Champions 2013: Lafarge Tarmac, CSM (UK), BASF
- Health & Safety Award 2013: Hanson Formpave
- Runner Up: Aggregate Industries
- Highly Commended: Stanton Bonna Concrete; Sandtoft Roof Tiles
- Sustainability Award 2013: Hanson Building Products
- Runner Up: Forticrete
- Highly Commended: Brett Landscaping; Sandtoft Roof Tiles
- Project Award 2013: Decomo UK, Thorp Precast
- Joint Runner Up: SCC & CPM Group
- Highly Commended: Sterling Services
- Innovation Award: Buchan Concrete Solutions
- Runner Up: PCE
- Highly Commended: Thorp Precast
We'd like to thank all those who attended and all of our supporters for making this day possible. We look forward to making PRECAST2014 on 1 May even bigger and better! For a full report of PRECAST2013, including more photos, please see click here.
Press pack available here.
PRECAST2013 - The Final Countdown
16 May 2013
With just a week to go to Britain's biggest precast concrete event, arrangements are well in-hand for PRECAST2013 which takes place on Thursday 23 May at King Power Stadium, Leicester. We have some great speakers and a record number of exhibitors lined up for the EXPO. There are a few delegate and Awards Lunch spaces still available (attending the exhibition and seminars is FREE) so register now to avoid disappointment!
For further information and booking details please see the latest BPCF Newsletter here.
100 Things You Didn't Know About Concrete
16 May 2013
Responding to a request from the Concrete Society Midlands group for a late replacement speaker , Martin Clarke of British Precast volunteered an off the cuff subject “One hundred things you didn’t know about concrete until tonight” and then spent the next 4 weeks at his busiest time of year wondering what to say to a group of well-informed concrete specialists. With the help of the ACI LinkedIn group, colleagues and forty years of experience he began to put together a compilation that seems likely to form the backbone of the next Little Book of Concrete, at least that’s the hope. In the hour available he reached the end of part 1 covering 20 topics and was delighted with the audience response. Parts 2-5 to follow. The presentation covers global and local topics and is made available here as a downloadable pdf.
If you have a contribution to make on little known aspects of concrete please send them to email@example.com
IOC drops 2012 marketing ban for British Precast firms
09 May 2013
British Precast welcomes the decision by the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne to allow precast suppliers to the London 2012 Games to promote their involvement under the Supplier Recognition Scheme.
Earlier this year, almost a fifth of firms who had made applications for Olympic marketing licences had been rejected. However, with the support of the British Olympic Association, licences have now been granted to eight British Precast member firms and they will now be allowed to promote their work on the London 2012 Olympic Games.
For further information on this decision please click here.
The fantastic contribution and work by our members can be viewed in our review.
Precasting the 2012 Olympics
07 May 2013
Precast concrete played a major role in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Martin Clarke, Chief Executive of British Precast, looks back on the versatility and various uses of precast at the Games in this article published in Concrete Magazine.
Besser Company at PRECAST2013
26 April 2013
British Precast Associate Members Besser Company will be exhibiting at our EXPO on May 23rd.
Mike Munro, recently appointed International Sales Manager at Besser Company will be at PRECAST2013 with the latest news and products. He commented “Besser recognize the value in supporting the associations that support our industry. Our commitment goes beyond a monetary investment, it involves Besser staff committing their time and talents to association activities”.
A letter from Kevin L Curtis, President and CEO of Besser Company can be downloaded here.
For further information, please visit: www.besser.com
BP Training Courses Update
26 April 2013
British Precast are pleased to announce the following courses taking place this year at our Leicester training centre:
The courses are run by G&S Training Services and offer IOSH approved health and safety qualifications.
See Events Calendar for further information and to book your place now.
Hope Construction Materials at PRECAST2013
18 April 2013
Hope Construction Materials are the latest company to sign up to the EXPO at PRECAST2013. Hope have also joined British Precast as our latest Associate member.
Hope Construction Materials MD for Cement Mike Cowell comments "Hope has an important part to play in the British precast concrete industry so becoming an associate member of the Federation is a natural choice. We look forward to meeting members and supporting British Precast on May 23rd”.
Martin Clarke of British Precast added “We saw Hope make a big and popular splash at The Concrete Show earlier this year so we are delighted that they have joined – we look forward to close ties with all their supplying businesses – cement, readymix and aggregates”.
Hope became Britain's leading independent cement producer in January 2013. For more information on Hope Construction Materials please visit their website.
100 Things About Concrete
17 April 2013
Martin Clarke, CEO of British Precast will be giving a talk for the Institute of Concrete Technology on '100 Things About Concrete You Didn't Know Until Tonight' on Tuesday 14 May 2013.
Martin will speak about little known aspects of concrete, including properties highlighted in the global best seller 100 Advantages of Concrete. He will also address issues on the future of the concrete industry.
Further information and booking details can be found here.
15 April 2013
Our annual exhibition PRECAST2013 is just over a month away. PRECAST2013 will take place on Thursday 23 May 2013 at King Power Stadium, Leicester. We have a busy schedule of events including the EXPO, safety demonstrations, seminars, the AGM and the Best Practice Awards Lunch.
We are also delighted to welcome Judith Hackitt CBE , Chair of the HSE, and Patrick Declerck, President of BIBM, who will be our key-note speakers and awards presenters at the Best Practice Awards Lunch. Judith Hackitt will also be launching our Precast Flooring Code of Practice on the day. For more details of PRECAST2013 please click here.
Attending the exhibition is FREE, simply register online. Tickets for the awards are only £30 +VAT so please book and help us celebrate the best of the precast industry. Fill in the booking form to at the link above or register online.
It is certain to be an exciting and fascinating day so be sure to visit us on Thursday 23 May!
BIBM Congress 2014
09 April 2013
An early reminder from our European Federation that the BIBM Congress 2014 will be held from May 21-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Congress will include an exhibition whilst the conference programme is scheduled to cover topics ranging from sustainability and fire to market developments and challenges for the precast concrete industry.
British Precast enjoys a productive and close alliance with our European counterparts BIBM and we look forward to strengthening our relations with the international precast industry at this event.
For more information on the BIBM Congress 2014, please visit the website.
Concrete Magazine Articles
04 April 2013
Concrete Magazine has published two articles by Cliff Billington of J & P Building Systems, British Precast Associate members.
The Olympics posed new challenges for the precast industry, for both large and small Companies. Cliff Billington offers a couple of examples of how such challenges were met to give improved efficiency and buildability, without making headlines.
A recent article in Concrete proposed a new method of supporting beam on columns, and suggested that the usual way of support was by corbels. The response from Cliff Billington confirms that the UK precast industry has come a long way since corbels were the norm.
Please click on the links above to view the articles.
Precast Flooring Federation Code of Practice
28 March 2013
The Precast Flooring Federation has published in March 2013 their latest Code of Practice for the Safe Installation of Precast Concrete Floors and Associated Components. This document and the mandatory site audit scheme linked to it, will be launched by the Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive at PRECAST2013 on May 23rd. All clients, contractors and designers choosing precast concrete floors should specify the use of the code of practice as a means of meeting their obligations under the CDM regulations. This audited code of practice is one of many Raising the Bar initiatives covering health and safety, sustainability and quality.
Please visit the PFF website to download the Code of Practice
27 February 2013
Ecobuild is nearly here! British Precast is hosting a Concrete and Masonry Village at the UK's most influential building exhibition which takes place from 5th to 7th March at the ExCeL Arena London.
Key themes of the Village this year will include the British Precast "Raising the Bar Scheme", Responsible Sourcing, and the 150 years lifespan of concrete and clay products. We are excited to be at Ecobuild alongside some of our member organisations and product association groups.
This year, Ecobuild features more speakers, attractions, conferences and seminar sessions than ever before. It is a fantastic opportunity for our organisations to showcase their latest innovations and developments. Visit British Precast at Stands N1440, N1540 and meet our members at the Concrete and Masonry Village. To register for your FREE ticket, please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk/register.html
eFurb article by Hafiz Elhag
27 February 2013
Hafiz Elhag, Sustainability Manager at British Precast has had an article published in the latest issue of eFurb Magazine. 'The Precast Concrete Sector and the Carbon Challenge' looks at the initiatives made by British Precast to address the increasing pressure on the concrete industry on carbon emissions and sustainability. To view the article, please click on the link above. For more information on the Sustainability Charter, visit www.bpcfcharter.com or contact Hafiz Elhag,
Raising the Bar Shortlisted for Climate Week Awards
25 February 2013
British Precast is proud to announce that our ‘Raising the Bar’ initiative has been shortlisted for the Climate Week Awards - Best Campaign Category. British Precast have worked hard to improve sustainability for the whole precast industry and we are delighted that the effort by us and of our members has been recognised by the ClimateWeek Awards.
‘Raising the Bar’ is going up against campaigns from The Times, Size of Wales and Zero Carbon Hero. The winners will be announced at Climate Week launch at the House of Commons, Monday 4th March 2013.
For more information on Raising the Bar and the Sustainability Charter, please visit www.bpcfcharter.com or contact Hafiz Elhag, Sustainability Manager at British Precast.
Find out more about Climate week at www.climateweek.com.
57th BetonTage - Anglo-German Summit
1 February 2013
British Precast - or Britische Fertigteile as we are now known in Germany - has published its firstbilingual publication to coincide with Britain being the 2013 guest country at next weeks 57thBetonTage in Neu Ulm, Germany. BetonTage is the biggest concrete event in Europe with 2000 delegates. BPCF President Andy Dix will be joined by Professor Jacqui Glass and Martin Clarke in showcasing the UK industry.
Full details at www.betontage.com.
The brochure can be downloaded here.
25 January 2013
British Precast are pleased to announce PRECAST2013 will be held on Thursday 23rd May 2013 at King Power Stadium, Leicester. The theme for this year will be ‘The Road to Sustainability – Safety, Environment and Skills.’
Last year's exhibition was a great success and we hope to build on this by making PRECAST2013 the best one yet. Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment!
Bookings are now being taken for the EXPO area at PRECAST2013 along with lunch places and speaking slots via our booking form.
The awards sponsors rosta is now complete. We thank them all for their support and look forward to a successful event.
British Precast Olympic Achievements
25 January 2013
The tremendous contribution of British Precast members to the 2012 Olympics is recorded in this new review . Free hard copies can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org or to download click here.
Creative Concrete design by British Precast members
2 January 2013
Happy new year from all at British Precast! We are pleased to start this new year with a story of an innovative use of concrete from our members Edenhall Concrete.
British Precast member Edenhall Concrete’s subsidiary Mass Concrete has created an unique design using concrete wall panels.
The vibrant design was cast into the textured concrete wall panels to varying depths, with some elements jet-cut and others debossed. The ornamental effect of blooming cherry blossoms was created in a pink Perspex to mirror the soft leather seating and to add a further punch of colour to the restaurant overall. Bespoke LED light fittings add sparkle and intensify the effect.
Mass Concrete cast and installed 30 panels in Portland mid-gray, sized 1,500 x 1,000mm.
Further information can be viewed here