Case Studies

Holy Trinity Primary School, Dalston

Holy Trinity Primary School: Dual distinction

1 Dec 16 | By Ike Ijeh

A lack of space means that many new schools in London are built within residential schemes and lack a visual expression of their own

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New Design Museum: Raising the roof

18 November 2016 | By Ike Ijeh

The former Commonwealth Institute has been resurrected as London’s new Design Museum. But how do the new interventions match up to the original 1960s architecture and that memorable roof? Ike Ijeh finds out


Carbon Neutral Laboratory: Out of the ashes

16 Nov 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Catastrophe struck the construction of GlaxoSmithKline’s Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry when, at nearly two-thirds complete, it was burnt to the ground

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Taking off into BiMSpace

10 Nov 16 | By Andy Pearson

Balfour Beatty has been co-ordinating the National Automotive Innovation Centre project from its digital modelling powerhouse hut, developed by Cullinan Studio. We took a look into BiMspace, winner of BIM Initiative of the Year

A deep canopy and colonnade are wrapped around the new museum

Voorlinden museum: A light touch

4 Nov 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The Voorlinden museum in Holland wanted naturally lit gallery spaces full of light. But how to do that while protecting the superlative art collection on display? Arup came up with a highly imaginative solution. Ike Ijeh reports

One Place

Battle of the BIM

25 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Building Information Modelling is seen by many as the future of the industry, but who has made it to this year’s Building Awards BIM Initiative of the Year shortlist?

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Project news

60 London Wall

Green light for London Wall office block revamp

1 Dec 16

Former HQ of Dutch bank ING to be given additional four storeys

Wilkinson Eyre's Paris Gardens development

More major towers planned for London's South Bank

29 Nov 16

Southwark scheme features 52-storey resi block and sister office tower

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Mace confirmed on £500m One Crown Place

28 Nov 16

The project is due to start enabling works in March next year with completion due in 2020

PRS scheme at Finzels Reach Bristol for Grainger

Willmott Dixon bags £46m Bristol PRS scheme

28 Nov 16

Grainger development comprises 194 homes

David Adjaye's proposals for 5 Strand

Plans in for major mixed-use scheme on London's Strand

28 Nov 16

Adjaye Associates showcases stone and bronze mixed-use development

Foster & Partners Madrid

Foster's lands major Madrid museum job

25 Nov 16

Beaten firms include OMA and Chipperfield

BW office

BW wins RICS’ sustainability gold standard

25 Nov 16

Contractor’s fit-out of new office praised under surveyor body’s SKA accreditation system

St Regis in Maldives

Gleeds completes paradise island resort

24 Nov 16

St Regis resort in the Maldives opens to punters, as consultant also picks up two major jobs in India

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Google to pick King’s Cross HQ builder by end of year

24 Nov 16

Lendlease, Mace, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine all in the running for £650m contract

TP Bennett Architects - Rochdale Riverside

Plans in for £60m Rochdale makeover

22 Nov 16

Practice puts forward plans for retail and cinema town centre complex



What to specify: M&E

22 Nov 16

This week, Google gets an airflow system that uses technology developed for Hong Kong’s underground railway, a guide on floor plenum airtightness can be downloaded free, software maps moisture levels in projects and fans get bionic over blades


What to specify: Sustainability

18 Oct 16

Buildings that will harvest light, help grow silvergrass, test environmental credibility and power TV broadcasters feature among this week’s crop of product news


What to specify: Healthcare

4 Oct 16

This week Alder Hey Children’s Hospital gets lots of natural light, dementia patients at Woodlands in Rotherham get murals to serve as memory joggers, and a health centre in Llangollen gets stone walls that blend in with its surroundings

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Sketch of the week

Residential building in conservation area

Sketch of the week: Residential building in conservation area

2 Dec 16

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Chris Robinson, partner at Aldington Craig + Collinge


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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Chris Liddle

A chance to rehabilitate our prisons

30 Nov 16 | By Chris Liddle

The Autumn Statement recognised the importance of safety in our prisons, but we need a bigger commitment to overhauling the spaces for prisoners and prison officers

Alex Ely

The secret to a great design brief from a client

23 Nov 16 | By Alex Ely

Suprisingly councils tend to be better at discussing ideas with architects at the briefing stage than commercial developers, why is that?

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Jack Pringle

It's immigration and jobs – stupid, not the economy

18 Nov 16 | By Jack Pringle

Brexit and Trump’s election victory are just the start, western democracies will have to rethink their policies and how they serve ordinary people

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Mark Leeson

Architects must improve relationships with contractors

15 Nov 16 | By Mark Leeson

A recent report found architects receive poor satisfaction ratings from contractors, which comes from a failure to treat contractors like an end-user client

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Philip Watson

How automated design can unleash creativity

11 Nov 16 | By Philip Watson

Automating the design process won’t take creativity out of architecture, but free us up to embrace a more human-centred approach

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How to avoid 'chaos' with shared space schemes

8 Nov 16 | By David Smith

Projects aiming to declutter our streets have come in for a bashing but with careful planning they improve the experience of all road users

Martin Wright

Innovation is the cure to construction's ills

28 Oct 16 | By Martin Wright

We cannot afford to ignore the Farmer Review and we should see Brexit as a catalyst for change

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