Concrete Canvas Ltd was founded in 2005 on the back of incredible innovation; engineering students and co-Directors, William Crawford and Peter Brewin, had developed a concept for a rapidly deployable shelter for disaster relief as part of a university competition. They later discovered that the cement-filled geosynthetic that they had developed as the outer layer of the inflatable shelters could revolutionise civil engineering works across multiple sectors worldwide.
From the very start, innovation has been embedded in the heart of Concrete Canvas Ltd; from those initial product developments in university, to the design and construction of bespoke production machinery enabling manufacture, right through to ongoing investment in Research & Development. Today, over 20% of annual turnover is funnelled into R&D.
Not only does Concrete Canvas Ltd. look to promote and encourage innovation from within, but also aims to support and encourage talent outside of the company. The Directors discovered early on that the possibilities for the material are vast; while working on establishing Concrete Canvas® (CC) as a channel lining solution, they began receiving requests from creatives across the world for the opportunity to work with the unique material in design and art projects. Over ten years on, while the company is continuing to develop products and applications internally; several designers have found success with the use of CC. Designers including the UK’s Frances Richardson, Swedish student Nadia Zabihi and US-based designer Neal Aronowitz have won awards for their work using the material.