Case Studies

Nova Victoria

Victoria’s super Nova

9 Oct 15 | By Andy Pearson

The £2.2bn Nova Victoria scheme was always going to be a star project. But, on a hemmed in space, it needed some special solutions to make it shine

Birmingham New Street station

Birmingham: New Street cred

28 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

It was never going to take a lot to improve on the squalid eyesore of the 1960s incarnation of Birmingham New Street Station. Shame though about the whiff of fakery

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London City Cruise Port

London City Cruise Port: In at the deep end

22 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Greenwich looks set to be home to a cruise ship terminal big enough to compete with New York’s and Sydney’s and which will be part of a much larger commercial and residential development. But its relatively shallow, narrow river setting makes the project an ambitious undertaking

3d printed glass

3D-printed glass: Print me off another Shard

16 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Glass has resisted the technological advancements in 3D printing, but now a team from MIT has invented a technique for printing fully transparent glass. The breakthrough, says Ike Ijeh, could revolutionise the way we make windows, cladding and even full facade systems

Walkie Talkie

Tall buildings: Height vs heritage

9 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

London’s lack of a coherent tall buildings policy has led to controversial ‘carbuncles’ such as the Walkie Talkie crowding its skyline

Staircases are configured as bold single flights to aid legibility and accessibility

The Plimsoll Building: Close encounters

2 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The incorporation of two schools into a residential building is an example of school designers becoming more responsive to the changing physical and political environment

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Project news

GMFR fire Hanover Building Noma Manchester

Fire engulfs Manchester city centre Co-op scheme

13 Oct 15

Fire damages building under rennovation by Wates as part of £800m Noma development

Arnold House Shoreditch

Shoreditch building set for vertical extension

9 Oct 15

Three floors are to be added to Arnold House in Shoreditch in extensive refurbishment

M+W manufacturing plant

Winner revealed for £55m gene therapy centre

9 Oct 15

M+W appointed to deliver a £55m specialist cell and gene threapy centre in Stevenage

The Gates Durham

Durham £30m retail scheme green lit

8 Oct 15

Redevelopment of the city’s The Gates shopping centre green lit

Luton hospital 1

Galliford Try lands £150m hospital

8 Oct 15

Galliford Try has been awarded the £150m redevelopment of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

College Green Croydon

Plans unveiled for Croydon cultural quarter

8 Oct 15

Regeneration of Croydon picks up pace as revamp of Faifield Halls concert hall and surrounding area unveiled

West India Quay Tower Greenland Group

Chinese developer puts in 67-storey Docklands tower plans

8 Oct 15

Plans have been submitted for a 67-storey residential tower by Greenland Group

Beacon Heath

Countryside JV bags East London regeneration project

8 Oct 15

Barking and Dagenham council selects partner for Becontree Heath regeneration project

The Royal Academy has launched the Urban Jigsaw competition to find ingenious architectural ideas for London's brownfield sites

ISG lands £29m City tower

7 Oct 15

Contractor wins £29m scheme on London’s Lombard Street for client McKay Securities


Date set for key Palace of Westminster tender

7 Oct 15

Palace of Westminster to invite firms to tender for advisory service contracts in December



What to specify: Healthcare

7 Oct 15

Hospitals and healthcare facilities make very particular demands of products specified in their buildings


What to specify: Doors and windows

15 Sep 15

This week’s residential products include timber sliding sash windows for Alain de Botton’s A House in Essex project, and an external wall insulation that better suits the Georgian and Victorian brickwork often found in northern cities

Mumford Wood

What to specify: Residential

21 Aug 15

This week’s residential products include timber sliding sash windows for Alain de Botton’s A House in Essex project, and an external wall insulation that better suits the Georgian and Victorian brickwork often found in northern cities

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Sketch of the week

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

Sketch of the week: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

9 Oct 15

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Gian Kundi, partner in The Tooley and Foster Partnership


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

Who are we building for?

19 Aug 15 | By Nicholas Boys Smith

London property should be open for international purchasers but the balance now is wrong