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APPOINTMENTS & COMPANY NEWS


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Sustainable Platform for 50 years T


he quickening pace of environmental awareness is leading architects, engineers and developers to look for


environmental products and one company has been endorsing environmental products for fifty years. Grass Concrete Limited, is celebrating its birthday on a platform of growth


50th


developed around its Grasscrete paving innovation. With a worldwide commitment to promoting change, this UK firm helped to shift thinking away from uncompromising hard engineering, moving instead towards more enlightened and truly greener solutions. Grasscrete was first introduced in 1970


as a unique permeable paving solution, the same system is still specified today


meeting demands for Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDS) best practice and is essential for any landscaping external works envelope for housing and commercial projects. Applications range from grassed car parks to driveways, highways hard shoulders and embankments, access roads and spillways as well as major flood defence schemes worldwide. With Grasscrete the benefits don’t just stop


with its impressive levels of permeability. With its promotion of a naturally grassed environment, Grasscrete is able to balance the need for increased urbanisation whilst at the same time helping to maintain a natural green landscape. In urbanised areas this crucially helps to sequestrate CO2


in enviro-friendly products including a range of Betoconcept vertical landscaped retaining walls and Grassroof products. Bob Howden Grass Concrete Limited’s


, within parking


areas, all of this taking place low down at exhaust emission level. The increased levels of greenspace help to elevate levels of evapotranspiration, leading to a cleaner more temperate climate condition. More recently Grass Concrete’s environmental contribution has matched the growing demands for greener urban landscapes. The company has invested widely


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Bosjes Chapel, Western Cape, South


Africa Steyn Studio’s sculpture in concrete echoes the surrounding mountains page 18


WAPPING WHARF, BRISTOL ADF reports on the lively independent food quarter created in Bristol’s transformed docks


AECOM HEADQUARTERS, LONDON The workplace leader puts its own ideas to work


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Wasl Tower, Dubai


UNStudio designs the world’s tallest ceramic facade See page 18


ADF NOVEMBER 2020


MD says: “Grass paving systems have an increasing role to play in the development and sustainability of a harmonised landscape. We are very proud of the role we have played and our achievements in helping to push away the traditional barriers to environmental change. Over these last 50 years, we’ve honed


an unparalleled level of expertise, which we commit to our clients in many construction sectors and in many locations throughout the world”


01924 379443 www.grasscrete.com/50


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ENERGY ACADEMY EUROPE Dutch academics collaborate towards a low- carbon future, in a carbon-neutral building


LA FUCINA RESTAURANT, LONDON Eating under bulging bricks in Marylebone


BLOOMBERG LONDON, CITY OF LONDON


How the world’s most sustainable office building was designed by Foster + Partners to be both a good neighbour and a box of surprises


BANG BANG ORIENTAL, COLINDALE A new London food hall offered a range of tantalising design challenges ARCHITECTSDATAFILE.CO.UK/ADF-DIGI


THAMES LIDO, READING


How an architectural practice dived into the restoration challenge of modernising a riverside lido while retaining its character


SUNBEAMS MUSIC TRUST, PENRITH, CUMBRIA The creation of the UK’s first purpose-built centre for music therapy – a rural retreat in the Lakes


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