Concrete Mon Amour

Writer and critic Ian Sansom grew up with concrete.

His father worked for forty years for a firm that made and supplied concrete, cement and gravel throughout LONDON and the South East.

From childhood weekends in the quarry - a bit like an adventure playground, only with more heavy machinery - Sansom moved on to a job as a weighbridge clerk before turning to a more domestic love affair with a concrete mixer and a batch of ready-mix in the back garden.

He explores the noble past and the future promise of this most unromantic of building materials.

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20040130

Writer and critic Ian Sansom grew up with concrete.

His father worked for forty years for a firm that made and supplied concrete, cement and gravel throughout LONDON and the South East.

From childhood weekends in the quarry - a bit like an adventure playground, only with more heavy machinery - Sansom moved on to a job as a weighbridge clerk before turning to a more domestic love affair with a concrete mixer and a batch of ready-mix in the back garden.

He explores the noble past and the future promise of this most unromantic of building materials.

20040130

Writer and critic Ian Sansom grew up with concrete.

His father worked for forty years for a firm that made and supplied concrete, cement and gravel throughout LONDON and the South East.

From childhood weekends in the quarry - a bit like an adventure playground, only with more heavy machinery - Sansom moved on to a job as a weighbridge clerk before turning to a more domestic love affair with a concrete mixer and a batch of ready-mix in the back garden.

He explores the noble past and the future promise of this most unromantic of building materials.