Case Studies

Jerome L. Green Science Centre

By the people: Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus

24 May 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus has championed a policy of inclusiveness not only for its students but also in the construction teams that built it


A stage for three stars: Chester's Storyhouse

15 May 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The Storyhouse in Chester is a daring construction of opposites, with a theatre, cinema and library brought together in a space that combines new-build and the spirit of the orginal 1930s picture house

22 Bishopsgate from the Thames

BIM: Are you ready for the fourth dimension?

11 May 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The team behind 22 Bishopsgate has created a complex 4D virtual reality model intended to optimise every aspect of delivery. Is the industry at large prepared for this new reality?

Berlin concert hall

Melody & harmony: Berlin's new concert hall

5 May 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Frank Gehry’s £28.5m Berlin concert hall is an unusual building for this celebrated creator of the unusual. Ike Ijeh finds that through its sharp contradictions of age, shape and material, it achieves a kind of peace

The medical centre is scheduled to be finished in June

Notes from a small island: Tristan da Cunha's medical centre

27 Apr 17 | By Andy Pearson

Building a medical centre is all in a day’s work for Galliford Try. But it’s a different matter when the work takes place on a volcanic island 2,000km from the nearest inhabited land. This is a prefab new-build with a difference


Floating ideas to tackle flooding

20 Apr 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The severe flooding of winter 2015/16 has put a focus on normalising water-resistance measures in houses in areas prone to flooding

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Project news

Grimshaw Miami thumb

Grimshaw’s Miami science museum opens doors

26 May 17

Four-building Florida complex includes conical aquarium and planetarium

Tower Bridge Road First Base

Green light for £137m scheme near Tower Bridge

25 May 17

The scheme will provide a landscaped public square and walkway linking Bermondsey to the river

Bracken House

McLaren to fit-out Financial Times' return to old City HQ

23 May 17

The revamped building will include a 150 metre running track


Legendary London music venue KOKO set for remix

23 May 17

Archer Humphryes Architects proposals will upgrade Grade II building and deliver new hotel

AHMM Croydon scheme for HUB

Go-ahead for AHMM homes at former Croydon council HQ

22 May 17

Work on Taberner House to start later this year


Leeds uni unveils £75m arts building plans

22 May 17

Leeds Beckett hopes centre will become ‘iconic home’ for cultural activities

Brent Cross shopping centre aerial at night

Detailed plans in for £1.4bn Brent Cross mall revamp

19 May 17

The scheme will see the shopping centre double in size

Family room at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

8build joins team building new children's hospice

19 May 17

North and Central London’s first children’s Hospice Noah’s Ark moves closer to breaking ground with main contractor appointment

Neubau 2

Ex-OMA architects' 'pixelated tower' gets nod

19 May 17

Barnet block will feature ‘landmark’ clock face

Whiteleys Foster's

Fosters' £1bn Whiteleys mall plans rejigged

19 May 17

Meyer Bergman wins planning for west London scheme tweaks


Virtual reality

What to specify: BIM

12 May 17

A range of BIM objects have been released including an update on a sketching app that allows customers to pan and zoom simultaneously, and the completed range of Rhinoceros software


What to specify: Walls, ceilings, partitions

4 May 17

Reindeer moss makes an appearance in one building, while glass took centre stage at a rejuvenated office in Slough and cherry wood veneer panels were the attraction at the University of Birmingham


What to specify: Water

20 Apr 17

Solutions this week are the very pinnacle of products for all water applications, from a drainage solution for an alpine lodge to an axially split pump range


What to specify: Residential

6 Apr 17

Specifier this week has products to use from top to bottom of residential schemes, from lintels to drainage, a hot radiator solution and even a digital shower

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Sketch of the week

Sketch of commercial new-build in London by Jo Palma

Sketch of the week: Commercial new-build

26 May 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Jo Palma of Perkins+Will


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

Housing: Great shakes

23 May 17 | By Jack Pringle

If you look hard enough, something positive has come out of this turbulent world politics and frenzy of electioneering

Vick Webb

Untapped technology

25 Apr 17 | By Vicki Webb

Brexit and the skills crisis could be what the construction industry needs to make some really innovative break-throughs that will improve efficiency and productivity

Jack Pringle

Brexit: Small world

29 Mar 17 | By Jack Pringle

London - a global city with top-calibre international architectural staff - is about to feel the effect of Article 50 and all that follows. Can the profession maintain standards in a newly constrained landscape?

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Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17 | By Félicie Krikler

Too often developers and architects are accused of alienating people by imposing insensitive designs on their communities

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