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Conference Programme

After conducting research with a database of 40,000 construction industry professionals we discovered there is a real need for an event entirely focused on materials, for the structures, facades, envelope and finishes of buildings.

An impressive 82% of survey respondents were keen to attend such an event and we have very much modelled the conference and seminar content in line with this detailed feedback, along with our 20 years’ experience with Architects Datafile.

We are looking at each individual material in depth with a real focus on innovation, performance and the latest trends by leading experts with a keen eye also on the future.

We hope you agree that we have assembled a top line-up of speakers and as we develop a 2nd seminar stream we welcome any new content ideas.

Tuesday 25th April

09:00 - 09:30

Registration

09:40 - 09:45

Introduction from Conference Chair

09:45 - 10:00

Keynote Speech: Opportunities to ease London’s housing crisis, Andrew Boff

Andrew Boff, Chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee and Member of the London Assembly Planning Committee will discuss potential opportunities to ease London’s housing crisis. London is delivering less than half (and maybe only a quarter) of the new homes needed annually. This is putting increasing pressure on affordability for many Londoners. There are numerous REASONS given as to Continue Reading »

10:00 - 10:20

Brick, 2017 and beyond with Andy Batterham, Ibstock Building Products

10:20 - 10:40

Brick, ceramics and future architecture

Architects are reinventing the language of brick, and architectural ceramics such as terracotta and faience.  Meanwhile, enlightened manufacturers are building on the resurgence in ceramic art, whilst digital fabrication and traditional crafts merge. When architects, artists, manufacturers and engineers combine, the synergy leads to an expansion of architectural creativity. Alexis has spent his career working at the sharp end of Continue Reading »

10:40 - 11:00

Brick & Ceramics Panel Debate

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:40

FRP Composites with David Kendall, Optima Projects

11:40 - 12:00

FRP composite materials in Architecture and Civil Engineering with Luke McEwen, Gurit

12:00 - 12:20
BFG, Composites UK, Optima Projects

Composites Panel Debate

12:20 - 12:40

Cross-Laminated Timber Modular Housing

A revolution in UK housing is underway with L&G’s CLT modular housing system.  The process will be a BIM-driven, highly-automated, truly modern, mass-production facility which will contain the UK’s first CLT manufacturing facility.  CADCAM technology will be embraced at a level yet to be seen on these shores to deliver timber homes, houses, apartments etc. from a factory in Yorkshire Continue Reading »

12:40 - 13:00

Timber structures for large buildings with Andrew Waugh, Waugh Thistleton

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 14:20
Legal & General, Timber Trade Federation, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Timber Panel Debate

14:20 - 14:40

Glass: the space and light continuum

Bruce Nicol of Dow Corning will be discussing glass in architectural terms. Space and light are the two vital ingredients utilised in creating great pieces of architecture. It is glass is the key material that allows other construction materials to be manipulated to suit the project’s requirements. Ultimately, the seminar will offer an answer to the question: what has glass meant and what Continue Reading »

14:40 - 15:00

Structural design innovation in glass architecture with Tim Mcfarlane, Glass Light and Special Structures

15:00 - 15:20
Dow Corning, GLaSS, Glass & Glazing Federation - GGF

Glass Panel Debate

15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00

Steel enabled applications in the built environment: a material for the 21st century with Jonathan Clemens, Tata Steel

16:00 - 16:20

Steel Buildings – Design & Construction

16:20 - 16:40
Peter Brett Associates, Steel Construction Institute, Tata Steel

Metal Panel Debate

16:40 - 17:00

Structurally integrating different materials to enhance functionality from Vladimir Marinov, Arup

As designers we have become adept at understanding and exploiting the primary characteristics of the materials we use. Traditional materials still form the basis of our toolkit but they have their limitations. New materials bring us new forms, strength and flexibility. So how can we refine our separate approaches to design combinations of materials that enhance each other’s fundamental qualities Continue Reading »

17:00 - 17:15

Constructing our future, by Vinesh Pomal

17:15 - 17:45

DEBATE: Article 50 and Architecture: how will you be affected?

The biggest meeting of architects since Article 50 was officially triggered will discuss the pro- and anti-Brexit arguments in a Question Time format.

17:45 - 20:00

Evening Networking Reception

Wednesday 26th April

09:00 - 09:30

Registration

09:30 - 09:40

Introduction from Conference Chairman

09:40 - 10:00

3D printing applications for the AEC market

Interactive 3D printed models are fast becoming common tools for the construction and architectural industry to help better describe their projects at design stage or to win competitions. In this interactive class we will pass around live 3D printed models and explain which technologies were used and how to ensure files are ready for 3D print. We will also touch Continue Reading »

10:00 - 10:20

Ductal, high performance cement composite material with Duncan MacKellar, Armourcoat Surface Finishes

The result of nearly 20 years of research and development, Ductal®, the product showcased in this seminar, is a revolutionary ultra-high performance cement composite material with outstanding characteristics that are unique in the world of mineral building materials. Ductal® is ideally suited to the manufacture of lightweight decorative building façades. It can be cast in large thin panels with an outstanding level Continue Reading »

10:20 - 10:40

Use of fabric formwork for reinforced concrete

Geoff Morrow will present a project StructureMode have completed in Cambodia that involved the use of fabric to cast reinforced concrete beams and columns of two 2-storey buildings in only eight weeks. The method deskilled the formwork installation process on site and allowed prefabrication of the fabric by local tailors, which made the site construction process faster. Geoff will also outline Continue Reading »

10:40 - 11:00
Armourcoat, The Concrete Centre, StructureMode

Concrete Panel Debate

What’s new in concrete? Concrete in a variety of forms has been used successfully in construction for thousands of years. The way in which concrete is made and used has evolved and innovated to meet contemporary building needs. This seminar explores some of the more recent developments in the composition, properties and performance of concrete and how it is evolving. Continue Reading »

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:40

The future of cavity wall construction with Paul Forrester, Recticel Insulation

Is the future of cavity wall construction already here? After considering the historical context of cavity wall construction, understanding the common existing solutions and why we build them, this presentation looks at design considerations and how innovation in cavity wall insulation addresses them. It also asks what the future holds, and whether that future might actually be here already…

11:40 - 12:00

A material world with George Adams, SPIE

12:00 - 12:20

Insulation Panel Debate

12:20 - 12:40

British stone paving – More variety and production capacity

Michael Heap will review the British materials now available for paving, with special attention to the new materials now being produced. Since the installation of the Geological path at the British Geological Survey in 2012 which showcased many stones that were unfamiliar to most, there has been a growing interest in the use of British stone for paving. York stone Continue Reading »

12:40 - 13:00

Innovation in Stone with Bruno Miglio, FMDC

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 14:20

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and a digitised approach to the material lifecycle

Lifecycle modelling, Asset Information Models, Totex, Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Big Data are all seen as future consumers of the Information element associated with Materials from within BIM. However, the AEC industry presently struggles to move from paper deliverables to the needs of delivering structured information in the form of Construction Operation Building information exchange (COBie). Whilst a Continue Reading »

14:20 - 14:40

Materials Review with Biomimetic Case Study

There are a vast range of simple and smart materials available for use in architecture. A brief review of these will be given and a case study using a moths eye inspired surface material will be described.

14:40 - 15:00

Bio-based materials – how renewable materials are smarter, Rachel Bevan Architects

Renewable, plant based, construction materials are often chosen for their environmental and health characteristics but they also can out-perform conventional materials. Insulation materials from wood fibre, wool, cellulose and hemp can improve air quality, reduce risks of damp and mould, and provide better energy efficiency through thermal storage. Prejudice against natural materials ignores the sophistication of modern manufacturing and the Continue Reading »

15:00 - 15:20
Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University, Rachel Bevan Architects

Smart Materials Panel Debate

15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:20

Low carbon materials for a healthier world

Interest in the use of traditional construction and natural materials, such as earth and crop based materials, has grown significantly in recent years as alternatives to energy intensive technologies are sought. Though there have been successes market development of these technologies have remained niche despite over 20 years recent promotion and development. The presentation presents a summary of recent developments, Continue Reading »

16:20 - 16:40

The chicken or the egg? Materials and Technology

This concluding talk for Materials 2017 is a cry to arms to encourage the specifiers , Architects and Designers, to be less risk adverse and actively specify new materials within their new projects in the same way they almost daily adopt new technology to support their personal and commercial lives. Using a few materials, Annabelle will illustrate what potential game Continue Reading »

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