Case Studies

York House

A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness

26 Aug 15 | By Ike Ijeh

How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce.

The proposed ‘road’ elevation after refurbishment

Wilmcote House: Thermal vision

19 Aug 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The flaws of Portsmouth’s Wilmcote House may have been indicative of 1960s social housing, but now its mass adoption of Passivhaus principles could see it used as a model for sustainable retrofit


Heathrow: Growing Pains

5 Aug 15 | By Ike Ijeh

As Heathrow’s controversial third runway tries to chart a route through the political turbulence ahead, does it have anything to learn from its expanded international rivals?

York Art Gallery: A new mezzanine level reveals the once secret gallery

York Art Gallery: Show time

28 Jul 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Architects working on the £8m refurbishment of York Art Gallery have peeled away decades of callously inappropriate interventions to unlock a wonderland of architectural secrets

Gatwick airport

Gatwick: Ground control

22 Jul 15 | By Ike Ijeh

BIM is central to the success of Gatwick airport’s massive £1.2bn capital investment programme

Bradbury Place, Andover, Hampshire

Housing design awards: Winners

15 Jul 15 | By Ike Ijeh

This year’s Housing Design Awards show that the sector’s return to strength has brought with it bold and experimental design, with council housing and housing for older people in particular taking some unexpected forms

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Project news

King's Cross

Buyers wanted for Government's Kings Cross stake

17 Aug 15

The government has started the process of selling its 36.5% stake in King’s Cross developer King’s Cross Central Ltd Partnership

Jestico & Whiles Edinburgh hotel

Jestico & Whiles 'coiled ribbons' Edinburgh hotel approved

17 Aug 15

Edinburgh job is part of £850m mixed-use scheme

Grafton's Kingston University Town House project - detail of colonnade facing Surrey County Hall

Green light for £55m Kingston uni building

14 Aug 15

Councillors drop objections to Kingston University scheme they once likened to a ‘WWII flak tower’

Meridian Water Angel Bridge

Five developer shortlist for £2bn north London scheme

11 Aug 15

Big names in the running for Meridian Water development

St Johns

Final plans in for Allied London's huge Manchester scheme

11 Aug 15

Allied London has completed its planning submissions for the entire St John’s masterplan in Manchester

AMC Extended Street View

Brookfield Multiplex lands £275m Abu Dhabi mall contract

10 Aug 15

Brookfield Mulitplex has won the £275m contruction contract for a new shopping centre in Abu Dhabi

Earls Court

HSE asked to 'urgently' investigate Earls Court asbestos claims

10 Aug 15

London Assembly members have requested the HSE “urgently” investigate the Earls Court redevelopment over asbestos concerns

Dirty Lane

Major £300m scheme next to London's Borough Market

10 Aug 15

Developers plan ‘Covent Garden style’ retail and office scheme

Phase 4a Battersea

Battersea Power Station developer relocates affordable homes

5 Aug 15

Developer submits proposals relocating affordable homes to outskirts of main development over concerns of delays from infrastructure projects

Gascoigne Estate, Barking

Bouygues UK bags £42m Barking regeneration scheme

4 Aug 15

Bouygues UK wins first construction contract from Gascoigne Estate regneration masterplan


Mumford Wood

What to specify: Residential

21 Aug 15

This week’s residential products include timber sliding sash windows for Alain de Botton’s A House in Essex project, and an external wall insulation that better suits the Georgian and Victorian brickwork often found in northern cities


What to specify: Roofing

6 Jul 15

Green roofs, clay roofs and even BIM-ready roofs. Whatever you’ve currently got in mind for roofing solutions, these manufacturers can top it

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Sketch of the week

Longcross Pedestrian route

Sketch of the week: Longcross

28 Aug 15

This week’s sketch is by Jonathan Hill, chairman of Scott Brownrigg


Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Wonders & blunders with Gill Parker

12 Sep 14

London resident Gill Parker thrills to the Sackler Gallery’s contemporary spirit but is less than charmed by a sixties housing estate that has ghettoised its residents

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Nicholas Boys Smith

Who are we building for?

19 Aug 15 | By Nicholas Boys Smith

London property should be open for international purchasers but the balance now is wrong