Case Studies

London skyline

Architecture in a time of austerity

29 Apr 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Ike Ijeh assesses the impact the coalition has had on architecture and how design has fared through the years of budget tightening


Water usage: To the last drop

22 Apr 15 | By Ike Ijeh

With every person in the UK using an average of 150 litres of water per day, the country’s water usage needs tempering. Ike Ijeh investigates the domestic inventions that could prevent us from running dry

Massing options for the East India Dock residential project in Tower Hamlets

BIM: Early adopters

14 Apr 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Ramboll has developed an early stage modelling process that combines the qualitative capabilities of parametric design with BIM’s algorithmic, analytical strengths. Ike Ijeh wonders where this leaves designers

Belgravia 1

119 Ebury Street: Cleaning up the neighbourhood

8 Apr 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Belgravia is one of London’s most genteel quarters, but its Georgian homes are among the UK’s least energy efficient. Now, David Morley’s BREEAM ‘outstanding’ renovation of a grade II property has shown that heritage doesn’t have to mean high emissions

The ‘floating’ bookstack structure is suspended over the new entrance hall

Bodleian library: The new edition

2 Apr 15 | By Ike Ijeh

As custodian of millions of precious books and manuscripts, Oxford’s Bodleian library needed a much bigger - and safer - building to house its collection. With the new Weston Library, Wilkinson Eyre provided this and much more

Maggie's Oxford

Preview: Building Awards Small Project of the Year shortlist

25 Mar 15 | By Ike Ijeh

From swimming pool to school, court to chapel, the architectural gems up for this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year prove that size isn’t everything

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Alistair Campbell

Ecobuild 2015 video: Alastair Campbell

6 Mar 15

Former Labour party communications director on the government’s track record on green building policy

Project news

Peter Amato

Amato exits Dalian Wanda after 10 months in role

1 May 15

Development director departs Chinese property firm before work starts on £900m One Nine Elms scheme

HTA Aylesbury

Green light for 3,500-home south London scheme

28 Apr 15

HTA Design, Hawkins\Brown and Mae buildings given go-ahead at Aylesbury Estate

silvertown quays

London's £3.5bn Silvertown Quays wins planning

23 Apr 15

Massive scheme in east London given the green light

Theatr Bryn Terfel

Galliford Try theatre eight months late and still no opening date

15 Apr 15

Theatr Bryn Terfel in Bangor scheme was inherited with acquisition of Miller Construction

Stanton Williams, Shell Centre

Shell Centre challenge to go to Court of Appeal

13 Apr 15

Campaigner files papers seeking permission to take case against £1.2bn development to Court of Appeal

Barnet Chase

Sweett lands key role on huge London hospital

13 Apr 15

Consultant to act as programme manager and director on redevelopment of Chase Farm hospital

One Nine Elms

Chinese giant and Interserve JV pick up One Nine Elms

10 Apr 15

World’s largest contractor picks up major UK double tower contract

Design for the Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge Trust hits back at critics

10 Apr 15

Scheme’s backers produce fact v fiction cribsheet to counter opposition to £175m project

DSDHA Greenwich Peninsula

Kier replaces GB Building on £27m Greenwich scheme

9 Apr 15

Knight Dragon appoints Kier over rivals Ardmore and Wates

Hawkins Brown Norwich

Hawkins Brown Norwich university lab completes

7 Apr 15

Scheme built by RG Carter for University of East Anglia cost £12.5m


Electric showers

What to specify: Water

20 Apr 15

This week’s water-based products include a limescale-reducing electrical shower, brass tap designs for The Ampersand hotel in London, and cast aluminium rainwater systems for two luxury Hertfordshire homes

Bespoke heat pump

What to specify: Residential

9 Apr 15

This week’s residential products include a penthouse suite’s cantilever staircase, a bespoke heat pump for a luxury new build on the Wentworth Estate, and a whole house mechanical ventilation system


What to specify: Flooring

24 Mar 15

A range of flooring styles is demonstrated this week, from a resin floor used to direct passengers at a refurbished bus terminal to the striking design feature made from rubber floor tiling at SAP’s office reception

Wood floor patterns

What to specify: Refurbishment

11 Mar 15

It’s in with the old, in with the new, as manufacturers offer a range of products to revamp diverse properties ranging from hotels to offices

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Sketch of the week

Peckham coal line sketch

Sketch of the week: High level park, Peckham

1 May 15

This week’s sketch is part of a proposal for a high level park in Peckham, south London


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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Robin Cross

There’s nothing natural about the disaster in Nepal

30 Apr 15 | By Robin Cross

This week’s tragedy stems from man-made problems: it’s poorly designed and built buildings in earthquake zones that kill people

Tony Burton

How to assess the coalition's legacy

27 Apr 15 | By Tony Burton

The impact of the coalition’s policies on towns, cities and countryside appears to be random, and maybe that’s the intention behind mixing free market ideology with community localism

Victoria Thornton

Design priorities for 'Starter Homes'

13 Apr 15 | By Victoria Thornton

Do we really need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to designing sustainable homes that first time buyers can afford?

Mike Hall

The making of Derby Arena

8 Apr 15 | By Mike Hall

The architect behind the futuristic looking cycling venue explains some of its stand out features

Richard Blair

Mipim blog: Do Scotland's cities get the profile they deserve?

10 Mar 15 | By Richard Blair

The power of cities to drive economic growth is a big theme at Mipim this year, let’s not forget those north of the border

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