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East Midlands: High Early Strength Concrete Cube Competition 2024

Event organised by ICE

11 March - 12 March 2024
17:30 - 20:30 GMT
University of Nottingham
L2 Concrete Lab and Design Studio L2-182
L2 Building, University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

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The ICE Early Careers Network for the East Midlands are excited to host the fourth High Early Strength Concrete Cube Competition, hosted by the University of Nottingham and sponsored by Morgan Sindall Group. Continuing from the previous three successful competitions, the competition aims to:

  • Encourage students, apprentices and graduates to use their creativity and technical skills to produce the highest early-strength concrete. 
  • Serve as a networking opportunity for early career professionals in the East Midlands area.
  • Offer an excellent opportunity to showcase presentation skills and share innovative ideas relating to concrete additives. 


Open to ICE members who are students, apprentices or graduates.


  • Participants may register up to a maximum of three members.
  • Cement, aggregates (20 mm maximum size) and water will be provided.
  • Participants are allowed to include additive(s) in the concrete mix, but this must be disclosed prior to the event 
  • The maximum cementitious content allowed to be used is 500 kg/m3. 
  • Participants are required to mix/cast the cubes on Monday 11 March 2024 and test the cubes on Tuesday 12 March 2024, meaning the cubes will be tested after 24 hours of casting/curing. 
  • Participants will be required to prepare a three-slide digital presentation to explain materials used and mix design. 
  • Judging will take place on 12 March and will be based on: creativity, economy, sustainability and concrete preparation.
  • Full rules and competition details will be shared with your team leader.
  • Teams that do not comply with the competition rules will be disqualified.

For specific rules, regulations and judging criteria please read the competition rules.


  • Highest Early Strength Concrete: £150
  • Best Presentation: £150

How to sign up: 

To participate please register (team leader only) via the book now button and email your entry form to the ICE East Midlands regional support team by 13:00 on Friday 01 March 2024 at [email protected] 

In partnership with

University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

We empower and support students and staff to collaborate in learning, scholarship and discovery across all realms of knowledge, solving problems and improving lives.

Morgan Sindall Group

Morgan Sindall Group

We are a group of specialist businesses, delivering construction and regeneration across the UK for the public, commercial and regulated sectors. We operate through six divisions.


Monday 11 March 2024

17:30 - 18:00

Opening ceremony

18:00 - 18:15

Talk by Dr Georgia Thermou from University of Nottingham

18:15 - 18:30

Safety Induction

18:30 - 19:30

Concrete mixing and clean up

Tuesday 12 March 2024

17:30 - 17:45

Judges introduction

17:45 - 18:30

Concrete Cube Testing

18:30 - 19:10

Presentations by teams

19:10 - 19:25

Talk by Fouad Makdici from Morgan Sindall

19:30 - 19:45

Closing ceremony and awards


For more information please contact:

Rachel Campbell

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