Book content author for British Precast's 50th Anniversary Yearbook

Having spent the first 15 years of my career in the construction materials industry, much of it working with concrete products, I was thrilled when Martin Clarke OBE, the chief executive of the British Precast Concrete Federation, contacted me for help with a rather special project – being book content author for the trade body's 50th Anniversary yearbook.

As well as being a great opportunity to research and write case study articles about some of the last 50 years' most exciting precast concrete projects, I was excited to catch up with Martin, with whom I'd last worked when he was marketing manager at ARC Group in the 1980s. I've come a long way from writing reports on the UK pressure pipe market and concrete bricks to being a construction copywriter...

Celebrating 50 years of precast concrete

To celebrate precast concrete from the 1960s to the present, the British Precast Concrete Federation had commissioned a large format hard-backed, gold-blocked coffee-table book documenting use of this versatile material during the last five decades.

After taking Martin's brief (and borrowing 50 years' worth of Concrete Quarterly back issues) I researched and proposed a suite of project articles representing high-points in precast concrete design and construction.  I then researched and wrote the case studies before suggesting and helping to source accompanying images.

After minor edits, the results of my work (I was just one of many chapter contributors involved in the project) were sent to the publishers for incorporation into the 183-page full colour book.

The benefits for my client

The benefits to Martin and British Precast of using my writing skills and experience for the project included the following:

  • Industry knowledge meant I could get up to speed fast
  • High-quality research and writing with minimal supervision
  • Input into the selection of featured projects
  • As book content author, my input freed Martin to focus on other parts of the project as well as the rest of an exceptionally heavy workload.
  • A competitive fixed-fee quotation helped the BPCF budget for the project.

Personal thanks from the president of British Precast

With the content researched, written and delivered on-time, and accepted with minimal amends, the publication process went ahead. The next I heard was when a file copy of the finished yearbook dropped through my letterbox – accompanied by a very kind personal letter of thanks from Andrew R Dix FCIPS, the president of British Precast.

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