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Case Studies

Enterprise Centre

Enterprise Centre: A plan is thatched

20 May 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The £11.6m Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia is one of the most innovative green buildings in the UK. But for its prefabricated cladding, it relies on the region’s most traditional building method

Believe in Better Building, Sky office

ICE 2015 London Engineering Awards

15 May 15

This year’s awards showcase the diverse and innovative nature of projects taking place in the UK’s capital

Houses of Parliament, London, UK

Parliamentary renovations: Houses of cards

6 May 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The Houses of Parliament are in desperate need of repair. With just 20 years of life left within their crumbling walls, proposals for renovation are being drawn up

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

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

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Project news

International Quarter FCA building

Lend Lease secures second occupier for Stratford International Quarter

21 May 15

Land Lease and London & Continental Railways have secured their second tenant for The International Quarter

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

PRODUCTS

Integrated service modules

What to specify: Off-site manufacture

20 May 15

This week’s modular products include a stylish services solution at David Chipperfield’s One Pancras Square, a nanotechnology lab, and a school sixth form centre constructed in just 14 weeks

SFS panels

What to specify: Walls, ceilings & partitions

7 May 15

This week’s walls, ceilings and partitions products include curtain walling for an Eiffel-tower inspired building in Singapore and external wall insulation for a residential estate in Clackmannan

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

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Sketch of the week

Sketch cr st

Sketch of the week: Cross Street, Medway

22 May 15

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Matt Brown at bptw partnership

WONDERS & BLUNDERS

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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Nicholas Boys Smith

Why can't we build homes people actually want to live in?

20 May 15 | By Nicholas Boys Smith

We have a housing crisis not just because we are building too few homes - it’s also because the ones we have already built are just not popular

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

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