Case Studies

Adobe Great Kneighton

Housing Design Awards: Addresses to impress

17 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

From radical warehouse conversions to art deco elderly care, this year’s Housing Design Awards show an industry emerging from the recession with a spring in its step and unafraid to experiment

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Rogers Stirk Harbour's British Museum

14 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

RSHP’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum strives both to harmonise with its neoclassical context and set itself in contrast to it. But does it succeed?

One Brighton

One Brighton: Five years on

11 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

One Brighton, the UK’s largest private car-free development, was built as a model for sustainable living. Now, five years on, Ike Ijeh visits to ask whether it has lived up to its green promises


Review of 2014's Serpentine Pavilion

25 Jun 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Architect Smiljan Radic’s design is perhaps one of the most whimsical Serpentine Pavilion ever commissioned

Southmead Hospital

Southmead: The UK's greenest hospital

19 Jun 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Carillion’s new £430m super-hospital in Bristol can lay claim to being the greenest hospital in the UK - and it’s all thanks to some fresh thinking on ventilation.

Estadio Beira-Rio

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Estadio Beira-Rio, Part 12

12 Jun 14 | By Ike Ijeh

In the final part of our series on World Cup stadiums in Brazil, we look at the biggest venue in the south of the country, Estadio Beira-Rio

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Richard Blakeway

Ecobuild interview: Richard Blakeway

12 Jun 14

Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing, land and property at the Greater London Authority, discusses the regeneration of the Docklands


Style Partitions Moveable Walls

What to specify: refurbishment

This week’s refurbishment products include the installation of an aluminium windows and doors system in Hackney, moveable walls in Manchester, and a wood canopy for a campus at Edinburgh University

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Baca's losing proposal

Team picked for Royal Docks floating village

23 Jul 14

Architect DRMM with developer Carillion Igloo Genesis and engineer Buro Happold propose Dutch-inspired custom-build community

Golders Green Synagogue

Styles & Wood completes Golders Green synagogue refurb

22 Jul 14

Fit-out contractor completes rennovation of historic London building

Wood Wharf - Allies Morrison master plan

Go ahead for Canary Wharf's massive Wood Wharf scheme

22 Jul 14

Tower Hamlets gives outline permission to 30 new buildings in London’s Docklands, including over 3,000 homes

Swansea Tidal Lagoon

Concerns over £850m Swansea tidal project

22 Jul 14

Experts raise concerns over environmental credentials of the £850m Swansea Tidal Lagoon green energy project

Stratford City Aerial View

Plans for Olympic Park cultural hub launched

21 Jul 14

An international design competition has been announced for a major new cultural and educational district in the Olympic Park

AstraZeneca's Cambridge HQ, designed by Herzog & de Meuron: View from piazza

AstraZeneca unveils plans for £330m Cambridge HQ

21 Jul 14

Architect Herzog & de Meuron reveals first concept images for new HQ that will include global R&D centre

Old Vinyl Factory

Green light for next phase of £250m Old Vinyl Factory scheme

18 Jul 14

Housing developer Hub strikes deal to build 213 homes on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory development in west London

Steven Holl's design for the Maggie's Centre at St Barts Hospital

St Bart's Maggie Centre wins planning

17 Jul 14

Steven Holl-designed Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre for St Bart’s hospital has been narrowly approved by City of London planners

Peter Amato

Dalian Wanda eyes up Brent Cross Cricklewood development

17 Jul 14

Chinese developer sizing up bid for 7,500-home regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood in north London

Tottenham Hot Spurs Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur makes new stadium breakthrough

14 Jul 14

Government gives Haringey council permission to compulsory purchase necessary land for new stadium and wider development


Linoleum flooring Gerflor

What to specify: Flooring

21 Jul 14

This week’s flooring products cover everything from a range of decorative designs with safe features to thermally-efficient foundations for a student Passivhaus project

Garden Studio

What to specify: Cladding

9 Jul 14

This week’s cladding products range from insulated wall panels for the new Aldi distribution centre in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, to a fibre cement Equitone facade being installed at the Festival Hall in Erl, Austria

John Brash Shingle cladding

What to specify: Housing

27 Jun 14

This week’s housing products include aircrete blocks used in five luxury apartments in Kent and the transformation of shipping containers into student accommodation in Norway

Style Partitions Moveable Walls

What to specify: refurbishment

13 Jun 14

This week’s refurbishment products include the installation of an aluminium windows and doors system in Hackney, moveable walls in Manchester, and a wood canopy for a campus at Edinburgh University

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Sketch of the week

John Roycroft sketch

Sketch of the week: Structural concept sketches

18 Jul 14

This week’s sketch of the week is “structural concept sketches for a perspective office development” by John Roycroft, civil and structural engineering director at BDP.


Florey building, Oxford

Wonders and blunders with Nicola Rutt

13 Jun 14

Nicola Rutt finds Oxford University’s Florey Building ‘brave and beautiful’, but thinks more recent student accommodation, Unite’s post-Olympic Stratford development, is ‘overbearing’ and ‘confused’

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Ben Derbyshire

Why I'm running for RIBA Council

1 Jul 14 | By Ben Derbyshire

Architect Ben Derbyshire on why he and fellow architects Andy von Bradsky and John Assael are aiming to reform the RIBA

Robert Klaschka

We must deliver BIM Level 2 before moving on

27 May 14 | By Robert Klaschka

We need to start treating the government’s 2016 deadline with the urgency it requires