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Bracknell Regeneration birdseye view

Bracknell: Talk of the town

19 Jul 17 | By Andy Pearson

Bracknell is the first post-war new town to be comprehensively demolished and rebuilt - to the tune of £750m. Building visited just weeks before completion to see a scheme that hopes to get shoppers and visitors returning in droves

New Ground Cohousing

Housing Design Awards 2017: the winners

11 Jul 17 | By Ike Ijeh

It’s good to be reminded of the high quality that characterises much of the new work being produced in housing

The Sackler Courtyard

V&A extension: Culture shock

4 Jul 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Amanda Levete’s £48m expansion of London’s V&A connects the museum with the public realm through a superb porcelain-paved courtyard. But it’s the sheer immersive power of its vast subterranean exhibition hall that will make visitors stand and gawp

National Gallery of Ireland

Windows of opportunity

28 Jun 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Heneghan Peng’s £25m refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland is a sensitive and sometimes almost invisible intervention into an idiosyncratic building

London

Under a cloud

21 Jun 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Commercial development in the City has had the shadow of Brexit looming over it for a year now

Construction

Close to the edge

16 Jun 17 | By Thomas Lane

Kengo Kuma’s extraordinarily complex design for the V&A’s outpost in Dundee would not have been possible without 3D modelling and analysis tools, not to mention complex construction techniques, that have left the city with a building of true grit

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Project news

Earls Court thumb

Capco returns to the black

21 Jul 17

Earls Court developer posts half year profit

U+I Equipment Works Blackhorse Road

U+I gets green light for £130m Walthamstow scheme

21 Jul 17

337 new homes and over 18,000 sq ft of commerical space will be built on the site

60 London Wall

Skanska confirmed for revamp of 60 London Wall

20 Jul 17

Completion of the building designed by EPR Architects is expected by 2020

Photography studio for Juergen Teller, Ladbroke Grove, by 6a architects

Stirling Prize 2017 shortlist unveiled

20 Jul 17

6a, Amin Taha and Baynes and Mitchell join Stirling veterans RSHP, dRMM, Reiach & Hall and Michael Laird

Oldham town centre plans

Oldham outlines town centre revamp

12 Jul 17

Council plans to redevelop five sites

Dora House

Westminster planners bowled over by £150m resi scheme

12 Jul 17

Development planned a stone’s throw from Lord’s cricket ground

Manchester Town Hall entrance Hall

Manchester appoints team for £328m town hall upgrade

11 Jul 17

Originally designed by Alfred Waterhouse in the 1860s the 140-year old building is in need of repair

Westminster

CH2M bags role on £6bn revamp of Palace of Westminster

11 Jul 17

The restoration programme for the iconic grade I-listed building is still to be voted on by both Houses of Parliament

Templars Square Cowley

Green light for £60m Cowley scheme

6 Jul 17

Plans include a new hotel and housing for the Oxford town

Fresh Wharf  - Countryside and Notting Hill Housing

Countryside behind new homes in east London

6 Jul 17

Barking scheme being carried out in JV with housing association

PRODUCTS

Catnic

What to specify: Roofing

7 Jul 17

Roofing products and systems featured in this issue’s specifier section include information on Welsh Slate used in a heritage rebuild and a Center Parcs that is using JB Western Red Cedar Shingles to create four treehouses

St Andrew's Square

What to specify: Commercial/offices

22 Jun 17

A range of solutions for the fit-out of offices and commercial premises have been released by companies including Armstrong Ceilings, Mitsubishi Electric and Vent-Axia

Panel Systems

What to specify: Cladding

9 Jun 17

Cladding is designed to provide architects with creative flexibility. Here are the latest cladding and curtain wall products from Schueco, Wienerberger, Panel Systems and Glassolutions

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Sketch of the week

Australian Embassy, Washington

Sketch of the week: Australian Embassy, Washington

21 Jul 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Kristen Whittle, director at Bates Smart, Australia

WONDERS & BLUNDERS

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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Jack Pringle

Dreaming of Margate

19 Jul 17 | By Jack Pringle

On the run-down north Kent coast is a living example of regeneration in action. With its contemporary art gallery and now the revival of Dreamland amusement park, Margate has become a model for culture-led revival

Chloe McCulloch

After the fire

6 Jul 17 | By Chloë McCulloch

The traumatic experience at Grenfell Tower has understandably triggered a rush to find answers, but we also need to stand back and look at social housing in a holistic way

Dave Rogers

The government isn’t doing enough to prevent a mass exodus of EU workers

4 Jul 17 | By Dave Rogers

Brexit could be a spark for an exodus of EU construction workers and the government doesn’t seem to have a plan

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Earle Arney

London needs a housing reset

4 Jul 17 | By Earle Arney

The private rental sector could help the government tackle the housing crisis in the capital

Ike Ijeh

A view of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

21 Jun 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Natural simplicity forms an ode to the spirit of a modern city

Anthony Thistleton

Modular housing can introduce choice

20 Jun 17 | By Anthony Thistleton

Modular housing doesn’t have to come at the expense of good architecture and could bring choice

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