Case Studies

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

Last month saw the completion of Crossrail tunnelling

Crossrail: Service update

7 Jul 15 | By Ike Ijeh

As Crossrail celebrates a trio of significant milestones, Ike Ijeh takes a look at the current state of play

Crane on the crane

BAR yachting HQ: At the rate of knots

3 Jul 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Ben Ainslie Racing’s Portsmouth HQ embodies the bold spirit of the yacht teams it will house

The new block features a translucent facade faced with polycarbonate sheeting

Graveney School: Shining example

24 Jun 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Tooting’s Graveney School teaches architecture to its schoolchildren, invites architects to lecture, and counts architects among its alumni

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Project news

Intu's Watford shopping centre extension

Cost of Watford mall revamp jumps 48%

30 Jul 15

Client Intu says cost of mall refurbishment and extension has soared following Bam’s departure

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Galliford Try inks £48.5m Lincolnshire schools deal

28 Jul 15

Contractor to build two secondary schools and six primary schools in north of county

Future Croydon

Savills plots £40m Croydon scheme

27 Jul 15

Savills’ investment management arm has purchased an industrial site in West Croydon

Bishopsgate Goodsyard

Hammerson posts 9.2% drop in profit

24 Jul 15

Hammerson has reported a drop in its pre-tax profit for the first half of 2015.

FCBS Birmingham Conservatoire

Galliford Try lands £46m Birmingham Conservatoire

21 Jul 15

Contractor wins contract to build new Conservatoire for Birmingham City University

Chelsea FC Herzog

Engineer picked for Chelsea FC's 'gothic skin'

21 Jul 15

SME appointed as facade engineer on high profile project

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Plans in for major Mayfair hotel

17 Jul 15

Hopkins submits plans for client Grosvenor for Hyde Park Corner hotel

Shaftesbury win planning for Chinatown scheme

16 Jul 15

West End developer to reconfigure retail and refurbish block in Chinatown in advance of Crossrail opening

Shell Centre

All clear for Shell Centre as appeal deadline passes

10 Jul 15

The joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar is free to begin its development plans for the Shell Centre after the passing of appeals deadline

Granada Hotel, Manchester

Sweett wins Granada Studios contract

9 Jul 15

Allied London has awarded Sweett the cost consultancy contract on the conversion of Granada’s Manchester Studios



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


What to specify: Commercial

23 Jun 15

This week’s commercial products include bespoke ceiling panels for the 47 floors of The Leadenhall Building

Pilkington Glass for council office

What to specify: Cladding

8 Jun 15

This week’s cladding products include a ventilated facade, a ballistic protection system and eco-friendly cladding

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Sketch of the week

63 Compton Street sketch

Sketch of the week: 63 Compton Street

31 Jul 15

This week’s sketch is by architect Richard Doone


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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Judit Kimpian

When buildings perform as designed

15 Jun 15 | By Judit Kimpian

Detailed evaluations of the performance of buildings are essential if we are to improve their design and operation in the future

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