Case Studies

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

Zaha Hadid Softbridge project

Zaha Hadid: Softbridge Project, Oxford

30 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

The groves of academe have been buzzing with debate about Zaha Hadid’s Softbridge project, now on site at St Anthony’s college, Oxford. But for Bam’s engineering team constructing its cylindrical form in a desperately constrained site was an education in itself

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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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Project news

Heygate AHMM and Panter Hudspith

Lend Lease submits Heygate Estate plans

16 Sep 14

AHMM and Panter Hudspith design redevelopment of Heygate Estate, part of Lend Lease’s £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant & Castle

Everton - Goodison

Everton secures council backing for new stadium

16 Sep 14

Liverpool council and football club agree plan for new stadium development at Walton Park in the north of the city

Fire Engine

Blaze rips through Morgan Sindall's Nottingham lab project

15 Sep 14

University determined to rebuild £16m chemistry lab

london skyline thames

Government gives green light to £4bn Thames 'super-sewer'

12 Sep 14

Government gives development consent for 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel, with construction due to start in 2016

Principal Place, Hammerson

Amazon confirms move to Brookfield's Principal Place

12 Sep 14

Move set to kickstart development of stalled Foster + Partners scheme in Bishopsgate

Westfield - west London

Westfield primed to start work on £1bn west London expansion

11 Sep 14

Developer given final planning approval for expansion of its shopping mall in west London

Tottenham Hot Spurs Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur delays stadium project

10 Sep 14

Ongoing wranglings over compulsory purchase order delay move to new stadium by a season

Science Museum Mathematics Gallery

Zaha Hadid to design Science Museum's maths gallery

10 Sep 14

Architect beats Carmody Groarke and Hugh Broughton to the job to design the Science Museum’s new mathematics gallery

Battersea Power Station

Skanska wins £600m Battersea Power Station job

10 Sep 14

Exclusive: Contractor sees off three big name rivals to take £600m job to redevelop the Battersea Power Station

Prince Charles

Prince Charles backed move to scrap Smithfield

10 Sep 14

Future king ‘cheered’ decision by Eric Pickles to throw out McAslan proposal for Smithfield market


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


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

Linoleum flooring Gerflor

What to specify: Flooring

21 Jul 14

This week’s flooring products cover everything from a range of decorative designs with safe features to thermally-efficient foundations for a student Passivhaus project

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Sketch of the week

Mike oades

Sketch of the week: Almaty

12 Sep 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architect Mike Oades at Atomik Architecture.


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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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