Case Studies


Horizontal lifts: A sideways move

25 Nov 15 | By Ike Ijeh

ThyssenKrupp has come up with a lift that not only functions without cables, but is also able to move horizontally as well as vertically. So what might this mean for the future of building design?

The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex: The second act

18 Nov 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

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School building: Top form

13 Nov 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Sheppard Robson and Willmott Dixon have teamed up to create a new model of school that aims to be economic, quick to build and flexible enough to be used for multiple alternative uses. Key to all this is the structurally independent, over-sailing glulam roof

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Van Gogh Museum: Going Dutch

6 Nov 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Hans van Heeswijk Architects has used pioneering techniques in structural glass to build a new entrance to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum


Recycling timber: Wasting away

28 Oct 15 | By Ike Ijeh

We recycle just one-tenth of our waste wood - the rest ends up in landfill, meaning we lose out on the huge economic and environmental benefits of using the wood again

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Los Angeles: That's sprawl, folks

23 Oct 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The city is undergoing its biggest construction boom since the 1980s but regeneration has to battle suburban spread, and economic and racial segregation

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Project news

The Factory Manchester by OMA

OMA wins Manchester's £110m The Factory contest

26 Nov 15

Rem Koolhaas himself to lead architect’s first significant public project in UK

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Final approval for Lord's cricket ground expansion

25 Nov 15

Mayor of London approves scheme that will increase ground’s capacity to 29,500

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First market homes at NW Cambridge get go-ahead

24 Nov 15

Planning approval has been given to the first phase of market housing at the North West Cambridge development

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Spurs appoint Mace on £400m stadium

23 Nov 15

Tottenham Hotspur has appointed Mace as its main construction partner for state-of-the-art new stadium

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Mayor gives final green light to Greenwich Peninsula

20 Nov 15

Boris Johnson has given the final approval required for Knight Dragon’s revised Greenwich Peninsula masterplan

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Plans in for Wales' tallest building

20 Nov 15

Plans have been submitted by Watkin Jones for a 42-storey student accommodation tower in Cardiff

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Derwent primes 620,000 sq ft of schemes

12 Nov 15

Developer confrims starts for two major projects within eight months

Intu's Watford shopping centre extension

Laing O'Rourke and Keltbray bag roles on £148m mall

10 Nov 15

Laing O’Rourke replaces Bam on Intu’s Watford shopping centre revamp

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Lendlease begins work on world's largest nursery

9 Nov 15

Bogle Architects-designed pre-school in Singapore will provide places for over 2,000 pupils

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Garden Bridge given until 2068 to pay back TfL loan

6 Nov 15

£20m loan sees negotiations resume with Lambeth over land needed for project



What to specify: M&E

23 Nov 15

This week’s M&E products include the replacement of an underfloor air conditioning system for a Gatwick Airport building, and an upgrade to fire protection systems at the Edinburgh College of Art


What to specify: Roofing

10 Nov 15

This week’s roofing products include roofing membranes chosen for an extension of the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London, and a replacement waterproofing system at California House in Birmingham


What to specify: Sustainability

26 Oct 15

In Goudhurst, Kent a new fascia and soffit system has been specified for the renovation of an old Methodist chapel, while the 16th century Tudor Kirtling Tower switches to a biomass heating system


What to specify: Healthcare

7 Oct 15

Hospitals and healthcare facilities make very particular demands of products specified in their buildings

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Sketch of the week


Sketch of the week: River Thames property concept

27 Nov 15

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Lesley Helly, principal architect at LA Hally Architect


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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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John Assael

Nice work

24 Nov 15 | By John Assael

The chairman of the first company to top Building’s Good Employer Guide two years running encourages the industry to do more to attract new talent

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Ike Ijeh

Stirling prize: An underwhelming choice

16 October 2015 | By Ike Ijeh

This year’s Stirling prize proved an unusual choice. Is it a political one too?