Concrete Perspectives May 2014

Internal News

BIBM Congress 2014

BIBM held its 21th Congress on 21-23 May 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Congress had more than 500 participants and provided the latest news, trends and developments in the precast concrete industry. At that occasion, Mr. Jaime Delclaux (working in Northen PH and representing ANDECE, the Spanish precast concrete association) is elected president for the period 2014-2017.

Please find here the Press Release about the congress and the election of the new BIBM President

Construction Sector

The Concrete Initiative launched

An initiative of CEMBUREAU, BIBM and ERMOC, The Concrete Initiative was launched on 27th May.

Please find here the Press Release.

Further information is available on The Concrete Initiative website.

Implementation of the Services Directive in the construction sector

In order to get a better understanding of the implementation of the Services Directive, the Single Market Observatory (SMO) in cooperation with the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) prepared a pilot study in several Member States. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) delivered a series of interviews with national interlocutors and with Brussels-based European social partners, institutions and think tanks which resulted in a set of recommendations.

The Workings of the Services Directive in the Construction Sector – report

EU manages stress campaign

As it was reported in our previous edition, The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work launched a Healthy Workplaces campaigns in April. The latest news is available on the following website: .

Live from the European Union

European Parliament election

On 22-25 May, the elections of the European Parliament took place. There were no major changes when it comes to the biggest groups. The centre-right European People’s Party won the most seats, while the Social Democrats are the second biggest group. The third biggest party is the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

The recent elections witnessed the increased scattering of the citizens’ preferences, votes being granted to small parties, being them Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant, populist, reactionary and even neo-Nazi parties in several EU member states.

For further details please follow this link.

News in brief

Graph May 2014

National Award Winner

Best practice award – DECOMO UK

The British Precast Concrete Federation’s (BPCF) Project Award winner was a project of DECOMO UK, called The Forum, Elmer Square. It is situated in Southend-on-Sea and project was finsihed in August 2013.

The £27 million project was funded by a unique threeway client share arrangement with Sea Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College.

The forum represents the centre of Southend’s edicational quarter. the building provides a modern academic and municipal library, learning facilities, a café, an arts venue and a new home for the Focal Point Gallery.

In addition to shared use of the library, the College and University have alos aquired modern research and eductaion facilities including a lecture theatre, teaching areas, seminar rooms and administration offices.

Material: Light coloured precast architectural concrete with an acid etched finish.

The building is currently under BREEAM assessment, awaiting final BRE approval, it will receive a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.




2 June 2014

ECP Board and General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium

10 June 2014

Environmental Commission

Brussels, Belgium

11 June 2014

CPE –General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium

12 June 2014


Brussels, Belgium

16 June 2014

CEN TC 104 TG20

Brussels, Belgium

17 June 2014

Masonry Alliance meeting

Brussels, Belgium

18 June 2014

CEN Construction Sector Network

Brussels, Belgium

18 June 2014

NEPSI Council

Brussels, Belgium


17 September 2014

BIBM Board

Brussels, Belgium

30 September 2014

BIBM Communication Commission

Brussels, Belgium


7 October 2014

ECP Task Force Fire and Eurocodes

Brussels, Belgium

9 October 2014

SG13 Notified Bodies


10 October 2014

Technical Commission

Brussels, Belgium

14 October 2014

H&S Committee and webinar

Brussels, Belgium

29 October 2014

Environmental Commission

Brussels, Belgium

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