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Welcome to the reinstated published version of Concrete Quarterly.Back in printed form by popular demand and issued as part of the launch of The Concrete Centre, the new UK development organisation for concrete, CQ will act as a conduit for concrete excellence. It will highlight both design vision and construction flair, supported by technical know-how. In addition, there will be opinion pieces by key industry figures on successful concrete projects and a round-up of news and events.For all you techies, CQ will still be available online at www. concretecentre. com.

The launch of The Concrete Centre is one of the most important events of the year for the construction industry. It provides a new focus for excellence in concrete design and construction that will allow designers and constructors to realise the full potential of this versatile and highperformance material. It will achieve this by enabling all members of the project team to learn about the concrete options available through a reservoir of information on the material.This will help them improve their design and construction efficiency, effectiveness and profitability.

Established as a result of the Concrete Thinking initiative, The Concrete Centre embraces all the principles of the Rethinking Construction and Accelerating Change reports: reduction of costs, improvement in design and construction efficiency, assistance with innovation and integration of the supply chain.Embracing these principles means The Concrete Centre will take concrete forward via inspiration, innovation and information.

The centre provides a range of services, including a national telephone helpline, worldclass education and training programmes, a national network of regional offices and advisers, provision of a strategic focus for dissemination of research and information, and a programme of industry events.

The Concrete Centre is not a trade association but a professional body that acts as a focal point for concrete collaboration and partnership, and will benefit both those who specify and use concrete and those who supply cement and concrete products.

Enjoy this issue of CQ, freed from the restraints of your PC.

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