Case Studies

London Wall Place development

London Wall Place: High suspense

29 Apr 16 | By Andy Pearson

The construction team working on London Wall Place have extended the usable space of one of the buildings by cantilevering 15 floors of offices out over the pavement by a breathtaking 11 metres

Contrioversially, the plumes of the world-famous Trafalgar Square fountains have now been significantly reduced from this height to minimise water evaporation

Water features: Making a splash

20 Apr 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Technological advances mean we can now enjoy the spectacle of water without any of the misgivings about waste

Tall Buildings

Boris: For better or worse?

13 Apr 16 | By Ike Ijeh

As the eight-year tenure of the mayor of London draws to a close, many Londoners have mixed feelings about the changes he has wrought on their city

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The Heron tower, now home to ex-City planning chief Peter Rees, is the only residential tower granted permission during his 29-year tenure

City of London: Fair mile?

6 Apr 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The residential population of the City of London has dwindled but is it time to reverse that trend?

BIM was used to manage supply-chain contributions on the Francis Crick Institute

Who wins with BIM?

31 Mar 16 | By Ike Ijeh

If your firm isn’t using BIM level 2 by Monday, then it can’t be considered for public sector work. So what does the requirement mean for the industry - and who will be the winners and the losers?

Hiscox Building in York

Hiscox building: Makes you stare

24 Mar 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Make Architects’ Hiscox Building in York is a triumphant fusion of heritage and modernity that has at its heart a spectacular foyer of swirling concrete staircases and balconies - oh, and a rocket from the former Soviet arsenal

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Project news

Shell Centre

Work starts on £1bn Shell Centre

29 Apr 16

First of seven new towers set to rise from Waterloo site

Maggie's Manchester at the Christie Hospital - designed by Foster and Partners

Foster's Manchester Maggie's Centre opens

28 Apr 16

Norman Foster speaks of his personal connections

Zaha Hadid Architects - Sberbank Technopark at Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow

Zaha Hadid Architects picks up Moscow technopark job

28 Apr 16

Bank’s neighbours will include David Adjaye college

Kings Cross overview

Argent gears up for next King’s Cross schemes

28 Apr 16

The next slew of work at developer Argent’s King’s Cross scheme could go in for planning as early as next month

David Chipperfield Architects - Stockholm Nobel Centre

Green light for Chipperfield's Nobel Centre

27 Apr 16

Work on controversial project could start next year


FC Barcelona's new Nou Camp plans

25 Apr 16

Spanish football giant releases images of Nikken Sekkei-designed stadium extension

Barking station

Barking Riverside station designs unveiled

21 Apr 16

Project will connect new suburb to London Overground

PLP Architecture’s 235 Westferry Wharf

Tower Hamlets refuses PLP scheme

21 Apr 16

Final decision on 110m tower will be made by mayor of London

BBC TV Centre

Lendlease scoops up contracts worth £80m at White City

12 Apr 16

The contractor is to refurbish three buildings for commercial office space at the former BBC Media Village

North West Cambridge Development  - Hill second phase

Hill plans £60m second phase in Cambridge

12 Apr 16

The housebuilder is to submit plans later this year for 107 new homes at the North West Cambridge Development



What to specify: Water products

20 Apr 16

This week’s products include an indoor terrazzo fountain designed for an Italian restaurant in London, and Westminster City council installs a shower pump in an apartment block designed for the elderly and less able


What to specify: Residential

4 Apr 16

This week’s residential products include aluminium rainwater products on a major regeneration project in Sheffield, and ready mix plaster for a ‘superhome’ that was showcased on Grand Designs


What to specify: Flooring

22 Mar 16

Some big strides forward on flooring, from the latest recycled carpet tiles to low-energy underfloor heating and a fast-drying solution for Southend’s refurbished Cliffs Pavilion

Biomass heating

What to specify: Refurbishment

7 Mar 16

Specialist pipework is used for upgrading the heating system at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s old abode, while floor preparation products helped to create a professional floor finish at St John’s Hall in Cornwall

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Sketch of the week

Sketch High Court India

Sketch of the week: Law court in India

29 Apr 16

This week’s sketch is by Shashank Jain, senior environmental consultant at ChapmanBDSP


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

Picking teams

19 Apr 16 | By Jack Pringle

The Brexit referendum could transform the UK from a cultural and economic global focal point to a recession-wracked pariah

Neil Orpwood

The NHS working with developers? It'll be tough

23 Mar 16 | By Neil Orpwood

The ‘healthy towns’ initiative is welcome, but there will be challenges along the way