Case Studies

JTI Building

Skin deep: SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

22 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements

Lydia Eva

Designing for dementia

13 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

A pioneering scheme in Norfolk shows how care homes can be adapted to the complex needs of people with dementia

Heathrow Schools

Schools under the flight path: A breath of fresh air

10 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Hounslow’s £150m school rebuilding programme aims to give children under Heathrow’s flight path quieter classrooms and better ventilation

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute's All-weather Lifeboat Centre

Shored up: The RNLI's lifeboat centre in Poole

1 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Before the Royal National Lifeboat Institute could begin construction on its All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole Harbour, Dorset, it first had to find a way to manage the flood risk of its quayside location

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

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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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Levitt Bernstein's Granada Studios plan for the Manchester Grande

Levitt Bernstein to transform Granada Studios into hotel

23 Oct 14

TV studios where Coronation Street was filmed to become an “event hotel”

Wright + Wright Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum seeks fresh funding for revamp

23 Oct 14

£15m scheme by Wright & Wright sweats on decision next spring

Make scheme for Derwent in Charlotte Street

Derwent dusts off £150m Saatchi building revamp

9 Oct 14

Exclusive: Three contractors in the running for Derwent’s redevelopment of the Saatchi & Saatchi office building in central London

240 Blackfriars - incident

Pane of glass falls from London office building

7 Oct 14

Pane of glass falls several stories onto pavement from office construction site, but fortunately no one injured

Theatr Bryn Terfel

Further woe for Miller's problem theatre

7 Oct 14

Opening show at Bangor University theatre cancelled after being pushed back five months

Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant site

Boris gives go-ahead to Mount Pleasant scheme

3 Oct 14

Mayor of London approves controversial development on site currently occupied by Royal Mail sorting office in Farringdon


Developer warns over viability of Ebbsfleet garden city

3 Oct 14

Developer of government-backed garden city says it is “struggling” to make 15,000-home scheme viable

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


Curtain walling - Wicona

What to specify: Cladding

21 Oct 14

This week’s cladding products include the refurbishment of a high-rise building at the Darmstadt University in Germany, and wall cladding for a home on the banks of the River Tay

Lighting accessories

What to specify: M&E

6 Oct 14

This week’s M&E products include a video fire detection system that has been installed at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar, and a new heating system for the Humberside Police HQ in Hull

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 …

watertight concrete sika

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

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Sketch of the week

Chatsworth House

Sketch of the week: Chatsworth House

24 Oct 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Paul Holden, director at Peak Architects.


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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Roger Hawkins

China deserves better architecture

24 Oct 14 | By Roger Hawkins

China’s president recently called for an end to ‘weird architecture’ resulting from the construction boom, which could be good news for British designers

Ike Ijeh

Stirling Prize winner harnesses new city pride

17 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Ike Ijeh on what the victory of Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre in Liverpool means for architecture

Mike Hall

What makes a healthy city?

6 Oct 14 | By Mike Hall

The vitality of our cities is the theme of this week’s World Architecture Day and one area we can make a difference as a profession is in the quality of elite and community sports venues

Iain Withers

Singapore is running hot

3 Oct 14 | By Iain Withers

The gateway to booming South-east Asia, Singapore also has a thriving construction market in its own right

John Deasy

Engineers do Stirling work too

1 Oct 14 | By John Deasy

The RIBA Stirling prize is the UK’s highest award for architects. But perhaps it’s time to acknowledge the other people who have a hand in making buildings work effectively

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

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