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Concrete sector fights back on cost

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THE CONCRETE Centre has fought back in the battle between concrete and steel to establish which is the most cost-effective.

It has commissioned its own cost comparison, asking consultants to consider both steel and concrete designs to the same level of refinement.

Ian Cox, Concrete Centre chief executive, said: 'This will ensure unbiased assessment, unlike the steel industry report, which uses different levels of refinement to massage the figures.

'The professional team need the full cost picture.This should go beyond the initial cost of frame and examine the cost implications of fire protection, robustness minimal vibration and high thermal mass - all of which are provided free by concrete.'