Printed Precast Concrete
Introducing a revolution in architectural precast concrete
Townscape’s printed precast concrete uses a pioneering casting method that gives architects and designers carte blanche to emboss designs, textures
and even images into the surface of walls and pavements.
Printed precast concrete was created to save time and reduce cost when casting bespoke prefabricated concrete sections. The technology is primarily
used to manufacture wall sections, paving slabs, facades and barriers.
What is printed precast concrete
Very simply – printed precast concrete is the latest and greatest method of making concrete surfaces visually interesting.
Using either a standard design or by working to create something that is artistic and project specific, you can achieve a striking look for your
project that will help it stand the test of time.
As such, printed precast concrete is ideal for creating community engagement and lifting the impact of concrete surfaces at hospitals, schools
and colleges, workplaces, residential environments, retail, transport hubs and many more public spaces or locations.
Printed precast concrete can be used to create:
- Patterned concrete wall sections
- Decorative concrete facades
- Textured concrete walkways
- Concrete barriers
- Building components
- Photographic concrete
Benefits of printed precast concrete
Designed with simplicity and versatility in mind, printed precast concrete enables architects, designers, landscapers and planners to lift projects
by giving them a signature look or real local significance.
Beyond this, printed precast concrete has all of the economic advantages of pre-formed concrete and is as functional and durable as you’d expect
of a premium precast concrete product.
Advantages of precast printed concrete:
- It gives concrete unlimited artistic and creative potential
- Cost effective – precast concrete is cheap and sections are easy to deliver
- Otherwise plain walls and floor panels can now visually lift projects
- Walls are less prone to graffiti
- Surfaces are highly durable
- Acoustic benefits depending on specification
Printed precast concrete is:
- Ideal for facades, partition walls and paving slabs
- Suitable for concrete elements and slabs of all sizes
- Easy and versatile to use
- Highly durable
The design and manufacturing process
Townscape works in partnership with architects, designers, landscapers and contractors to develop a pattern or design for your concrete structure.
Bespoke and standard designs are available. You can select from a range of ready-made design patterns or design your own unique pattern.
So why not work with a designer, artist, or illustrator to create an entirely unique, locally relevant design that lifts the look of your project?
Or why not make your project really standout by transferring photo images to the concrete surface?
HQ Patterns: This collection covers our own range of ready-made design patterns as well as the ability to handle unique
design patterns created by architects and designers to enhance a specific project.
HQ Images: This facility enables the Client to transfer unique artwork or photographic images to concrete surfaces to
enhance a specific project.
Printed precast concrete is the ideal design solution for any urban area that features concrete - so the benefits for hospitals, schools and colleges,
workplaces, residential environments, retail, transport hubs and other public locations are endless.
Townscape is one of the UK’s leading street furniture and concrete manufacturers. Because it casts its own concrete in its Nottinghamshire-based
factory, Townscape can work with you to create your own design templates for a bespoke finish.
The patented technology was invented by interior architect Samuli Naamanka and is marketed by Townscape. The inspiration behind this Finnish design
solution was to create real industrial product for large-scale surfaces. Empowering designers and architects to be more visibly creative.
How graphic concrete is manufactured:
- The desired image or pattern is printed on a membrane with a surface retarder, after which the membrane is sent to Townscape to cast.
- The concrete is cast on the membrane and when the retarder is washed away the image is revealed. The degree of chemical ‘etching’ can be varied, from a superficial textural change to deep sculpting of the surface, to a depth up-to-and-including the revealing of the aggregates beneath.
- During this process the structural integrity of the components is not affected.
If you have any queries about what you're trying to achieve and how the benefits of printed precast concrete align - simply pick up the phone and
give us a call on 01623 513 355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org where one of our team will be happy to help.
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