Structural Waterproofing Conference

13th September 2018

The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7SH

This will be the third annual PCA Structural Waterproofing conference, which will take place at The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry.

All with an interest in structural waterproofing are invited to attend, including PCA members, non-members, contractors, surveyors, lawyers, public authorities and academics alike to benefit from valuable insights across a range of topics from a packed programme of knowledgeable speakers.


Outline of Conference Programme

As further details are confirmed they will be posted on this page so do keep checking back.

Session 1

Chair: Cormac Rooney

Topics will include:

a)  Effects of adjacent properties by Basement construction
– Basement popularity is on the rise, but what are the effects and implications to the adjacent properties?

b)  Failures in basement waterproofing
– Basement waterproofing failures can be costly and stressful. Where are mistakes still being made, and how can these be addressed?


Session 2

Chair: Gordon Sprouse

Topics will include:

a)  Considerations for recycling and sustainability
b)  The history, evolution and capabilities of pumping stations in basement construction
c)  Liability and responsibilities in waterproofing
d)  “The efficacy of crystalline waterproofing additives for basement concrete: an industry   perspective of the literature”
e)  Post construction repair strategies


Session 3

Chair: Ben Hickman

Topics will include:

a) Contractors View
– Assessing for contractors working in underground spaces and pinpointing what techniques and skills will be in demand 2017-2022.

b) Gas control and waterproofing in basement construction
– Basement waterproofing and Gas protection often ‘overlap’. What are the benefits and challenges of approaching both as one and dealing with conflicts in British Standards.

c) Building basements under exiting properties
– Excavating under existing properties is a growing market. What are the challenges faced when carrying out such works?


Panel Debate

The day will finish with an interactive Panel Debate and ‘Closing Thoughts’


Delegate prices

PCA Members
£100 +VAT

£150 +VAT

There will also be a Pre-Conference Dinner on the evening of 12th September and will cost £27.50 +VAT per head.


** Booking form to follow **

You can register your interest in attending by sending an e-mail to so we can send you a booking form directly once available.


Call for Papers

We will be issuing a call for papers shortly – please check back here for details

Not been to a PCA conference before? Read about last year’s structural waterproofing conference to see what you can expect in terms of a comprehensive programme and leading speakers.

Review of 2017 Conference