How Concrete Became the Ultimate Lifestyle Concept

Love it or loathe it, concrete is everywhere. It is not only under our feet and above our heads, forming the background infrastructure of buildings and cities, but it has infiltrated every aspect of our lives.

Bookshelves groan under the weight of hefty volumes celebrating the beauty of concrete, tomes as heavy as the material itself. Homes are adorned with concrete plant pots, concrete worktops and concrete hi-fi speakers, while gift shops brim with tea towels, crockery and cushions celebrating heroic concrete building at les om det på denne siden.

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Road safety talks being given to construction workers

‘Safe Driving in the North’ is a health and safety focused-event, organised by the Highland Construction Training Group (HCTG) and funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The event being hosted today and tomorrow will raise awareness and provide practical training on how to deal with potentially hazardous conditions on major roads like the A9 and the A82.

Numerous serious road traffic incidents including fatalities have been reported on these roads, and associated rural roads, due to a combination of speeding and environmental factors over the years.

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Yes, concrete is harmful but it also has huge benefits for mankind

First and foremost, concrete enables prosperity. Through its affordability and availability, concrete creates the infrastructure that has allowed millions to live safe, sanitary and prosperous lives.

While it is easy for wealthy countries who have benefited from concrete to now condemn it, concrete remains a vital means of social and economic transformation for developing nations. To limit the development of these nations is unethical.

The key is to ensure that this development is sustainable. Fortunately, when considering its long-term and systematic impact, concrete becomes a sustainable solution.

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