Case Studies


Bush Theatre: Open audition

29 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns

Carrowbreck Meadow

Carrowbreck Meadow: Passivhaus rules

22 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

A settlement of 14 Passivhaus homes, designed by Hamson Barron Smith, has been built in a Norfolk woodland. Ike Ijeh explains why observing this small project could provide the key to a scheme of nationwide significance

St Peter’s Seminary

The resurrection of St Peter’s

8 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

St Peter’s Seminary near Glasgow is a brutalist ruin that is being given new life as an arts venue. What makes the refurb really unusual is that the crumbling decay, instead of being covered, will be used as a central feature

One Blackfriars from level 41

One Blackfriars: Second time around

24 Feb 17 | By Andy Pearson

Three years after completing One St George Wharf in London’s Vauxhall, St George is well on its way to the top of a striking residential skyscraper on the South Bank

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Live Works: As you like it

15 Feb 17 | By Ike Ijeh, Ike Ijeh

Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

Burntwood School

A question of priorities

8 Feb 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The government’s flagship programme to regenerate the schools estate has just seen the start of its second phase. Ike Ijeh assesses what the Priority School Building Programme has offered pupils and the construction industry so far

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Project news

Spurs stadium

Spurs reveal latest Mace stadium pics

29 Mar 17

The cost of the project has reportedly soared from £400m to £800m

Gehry — Prospect Place and The Flower

Carillion tipped to replace Bouygues on £1bn Battersea Power Station job

28 Mar 17

The contractor is already working on the £400m first phase of the scheme

Battersea thumb

Bouygues to be replaced on Battersea Power Station job

28 Mar 17

Exclusive: Client and contractor to part ways on Frank Gehry and Foster-designed third phase

Herzog One Park Drive

Herzog & de Meuron targets City tower scalp

27 Mar 17

Swiss practice unveils designs for 58-storey resi tower in London’s Docklands

21 Moorfields

Land Secs pre-let discussions could spark redesign of Moorgate scheme

24 Mar 17

The developer has confirmed that it is talks with Deutsche Bank over the firm pre-letting the space

The Post Building 21-31 New Oxford Street

Laing O'Rourke confirmed for New Oxford Street job

24 Mar 17

Contractor is redeveloping the former Royal Mail Sorting Office

Welsh hospital thumb

Gleeds and O'Rourke ink £350m Welsh hospital deal

23 Mar 17

Work is expected to start on the 55,000 m2 project this August

Everton - Goodison

Everton agree land deal for waterfront stadium

23 Mar 17

Premier League club has bought a site from Peel Holdings

Ponteland school and leisure centre scheme

Willmott Dixon bags £46m school and leisure centre job

23 Mar 17

The firm has been named as the preferred bidder for the project north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Wandsworth homes

Redrow wins 1,000-home London estate overhaul

22 Mar 17

Housebuilder has been picked to transform the Alton estate in Roehampton



What to specify: Flooring

21 Mar 17

This week, new flooring solutions include a vinyl range targeting the education market, Forbury Place’s choice of access flooring in Reading and an aluminium decking system at Manchester’s XYZ building

Sika flooring

What to specify: Refurbishment

6 Mar 17

If you are looking to breathe fresh life into an old building, this issue’s Specifier features the latest products for replacing roofs, ceilings, floors and interiors, including rooflights and internal screens

John Lewis

What to specify: Off-site

21 Feb 17

Manufacturers offer a range of off-site solutions to suit projects of every size, from the modular building complexes at Hinkley nuclear power station to luxury bespoke panels featuring gold-printed wool


What to specify: Education

7 Feb 17

There’s lots to learn this week about the new products for schools and universities, from hard landscaping for a primary school to Portakabin modules and floor screed

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Sketch of the week

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Sketch of the week: Homes at Dunstall Farm

24 Mar 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Niamh Hession, associate at Pad Design


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

Brexit: Small world

29 Mar 17 | By Jack Pringle

London - a global city with top-calibre international architectural staff - is about to feel the effect of Article 50 and all that follows. Can the profession maintain standards in a newly constrained landscape?

Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17 | By Félicie Krikler

Too often developers and architects are accused of alienating people by imposing insensitive designs on their communities

Dominic Thasarathar

Six trends that will define design for contractors

21 Mar 17 | By Dominic Thasarathar

Advances in technology will lift many of the constraints currently faced by contractors and it will pay to keep up to speed with the changes

Philip Watson

How smart buildings will boost our productivity

21 Mar 17 | By Philip Watson

If we give office workers the means to control their environment we will be contributing to a healthier, happier and more productive population

Tal Donahue and Matthew McGuinness

Branding a building

16 Mar 17 | By Tal Donahue, Matthew McGuinness

Developing a brand is becoming ever more important, both for developers and occupiers

Helen Gough

The need for International Women's Day

7 Mar 17 | By Helen Gough

Gender equality in the workplace is not a ‘women’s issue’, the fact that it is still an aspiration has huge economic implications for us all

Richard McCarthy

We need a boring Budget

2 Mar 17 | By Richard McCarthy

Next week the chancellor will unveil his spring Budget, let’s hope he uses it to strengthen existing policies and provide certainty rather than unleash any big surprises

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