Case Studies

Singapore National Stadium

Singapore National Stadium: Breaking new ground

24 Sep 14 | By Ike Ijeh

It isn’t so much the Singapore National Stadium’s vast steel dome that sets it apart, as the pioneering cooling system that might just come to the rescue of the 2022 Qatar World Cup

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower: Coming out on top

16 Sep 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower have found a way to extend its height without additional foundations or a dramatic redesign

RSHP's Leadenhall Building

Thin end of the wedge

11 Sep 14 | By Ike Ijeh

The Cheesegrater does more than any other skyscraper to open itself up to the public, but it’s shame it merely adds to the chaos of London’s skyline

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Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus

Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus: Down on the farm

4 Sep 14 | By Ike Ijeh

The Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus accommodates on one site both special educational needs and mainstream schooling and is the culmination of a radical programme of inner-city renewal

Lime pozzolan

The advantages of lime pozzolan

19 Aug 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Lime pozzolan concrete’s environmental and flexibility advantages could make it a revolutionary replacement to conventional concrete types. But the foundations of this ‘new’ material can actually be traced back to ancient history

Shenzen International Airport

Airports: Flights of fancy

8 Aug 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Airports have become air-conditioned nightmares beset by security checks and endless queues. But some designers, intent on reviving the Golden Age of Aviation, have let their imaginations fly. Building looks at five of the newest terminals

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Style Partitions Moveable Walls

What to specify: refurbishment

This week’s refurbishment products include the installation of an aluminium windows and doors system in Hackney, moveable walls in Manchester, and a wood canopy for a campus at Edinburgh University

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South shields

Green light for £100m South Shields scheme

30 Sep 14

Muse Developments and South Tyneside council searching for contractor

Tottenham stadium - hew homes

Fresh plans for Tottenham stadium homes unveiled

29 Sep 14

Haringey council unveils plans for 1,200 new homes, a park and public space next to Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium development


Bam to develop £100m Glasgow office scheme

26 Sep 14

Bam to jointly develop £100m office scheme in the centre of Glasgow designed by architect Cooper Cromar

05 FleetHouse

Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will's City office wins planning

25 Sep 14

Scheme in London’s Square Mile gets the go-ahead

Chester Cultural Centre - Bennetts Associates

Green light for £37m Chester cultural centre

22 Sep 14

Bennetts Associates-designed £37m Cultural Centre in Chester wins planning permission

Sheffield - new Era

Plans unveiled for new tower in Sheffield

19 Sep 14

Chinese backed-scheme to provide student accommodation and business space is designed by architect Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson


Southbank Centre strikes deal with skateboarders

19 Sep 14

Skateboarders will continue to use undercroft and in return all parties agree to drop legal action to wider £120m revamp

Brighton Sign

Go-ahead for £100m Brighton Circus West scheme

18 Sep 14

Development Securities and McLaren get green light for redevelopment of city centre market

Theatr Bryn Terfel

Miller’s problem theatre job months behind schedule

18 Sep 14

Contractor’s delayed Bangor theatre job now set to complete “by the end of November”

southampton docks

Southampton pressing ahead with major schemes

18 Sep 14

City council leader reveals progress on long-awaited developments


Sliding door

What to specify: Doors and windows

19 Sep 14

As one door closes, another opens - or call it a window of opportunity: this week we offer an abundance of products to brighten up your outlook on life …

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What to specify: Regulations

3 Sep 14

This week’s regulations products include the installation of Taraflex flooring in a Stockport gym to match sports surface regulations, and ensuring that the Library of Birmingham meets watertight requirements


What to specify: Housing

7 Aug 14

This week’s housing products include the installation of Redland 49 roof tiles to prevent the vortex effect for homes under the Heathrow flight path and a 150 window replacement job for Kirklees council

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Sketch of the week

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Sketch of the week: City scape

26 Sep 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Lauren Cordeiro, a year 10 work experience student who spent a week at bptw partnership this summer


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

Scotland's Aladdin

23 Sep 14 | By Jack Pringle

Alex Salmond and the yes campaign lost their battle for an independent Scotland - but by letting the genie of devolved powers out of the bottle, they did us all a favour

Julia Parks

Housing standards review: Highs and lows

17 Sep 14 | By Julia Park

The government has unveiled national space and security standards – but things remain to be done

Nick Offer

Can building services continue to serve?

2 Sep 14 | By Nick Offer

As the market comes out of recession building services teams need to be vigilant

Pete Baxter

Why it's time to go green, and how BIM can help

14 Aug 14 | By Pete Baxter

BIM can help us embed sustainable principles into building design

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David Cash

City planning in the Middle East

4 Aug 14 | By David Cash

These vast cities rising from the sand can’t just be about bling

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