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03Feb94 UK: BRE CONCRETE STRUCTURE MAY SECURE EURO FUNDS.

The concrete industry may look for European funding to help build a concrete-framed structure at the Building Research Establishment's Large Building Test Facility at Cardington in Bedfordshire.Martin Clarke of the British Cement Association said there was no difficulty in formulating ideas for a concrete structure to set alongside the steel one opened at Cardington last year.'The problem is who pays for it,' he said. 'There is still a fair way to go. We are not going to waste money.'A working group involving the BCA, the BRE and representatives from in situ and precast concrete organisations has been drawing up plans for the structure.The group is to talk to the Department of Trade and Industry about possible funding under the European Union Eureka programme, which funds collaborative research on a pan-European asis.Mr Clarke said: 'There has to be a European perspective in this as well. We are going to be attempting to persuade designers to work to Eurocode 2. It has to be of benefit to our European partners as well.'He added that the structure would need to reflect in situ and precast concrete frames. One idea is for two linked structures.He said: 'We won't put up a building for public relations purposes and then scratch our heads over what to do with it. There is an awful lot of academic projects which can be hung on it.'The aim, he said, was to put together a fully-costed project within six months.The eight-storey steel framed structure at Cardington is being used for fire tests to show the performance of complete structures, rather than single components. Other work has included static and dynamic loading tests. CONSTRUCTION NEWS