Case Studies

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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Adobe Great Kneighton

Housing Design Awards: Addresses to impress

17 Jul 14 | Updated: 5 Aug 14 | By Ike Ijeh

From radical warehouse conversions to art deco elderly care, this year’s Housing Design Awards show an industry emerging from the recession with a spring in its step and unafraid to experiment

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Rogers Stirk Harbour's British Museum

14 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

RSHP’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum strives both to harmonise with its neoclassical context and set itself in contrast to it. But does it succeed?

One Brighton

One Brighton: Five years on

11 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

One Brighton, the UK’s largest private car-free development, was built as a model for sustainable living. Now, five years on, Ike Ijeh visits to ask whether it has lived up to its green promises

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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

Lafarge freight rail link in Kent

Network Rail awards £250m of contracts

28 Aug 14

Balfour Beatty and Miller Construction among the winners on building and civils frameworks


Unite adds four major schemes to its pipeline

28 Aug 14

Client commits to student halls projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Portsmouth

Three Pancras Square small

Bam lands £40m King's Cross office scheme

26 Aug 14

Contractor will build 160,000 sqft office building, which won planning last week

King's Cross gasholders

King's Cross gasholder park wins planning

26 Aug 14

Structure will house new park and events space

Atkins Easter Bush

Atkins wins planning for £25m Edinburgh campus scheme

26 Aug 14

Planning approval will see work start next year

Perth Stadium

John Laing closes on 60,000-seat Aussie stadium

26 Aug 14

Team on Perth Stadium project includes Arup and Turner & Townsend

Worcester Cathedral Plaza

Green light for £24m Worcester town centre scheme

26 Aug 14

Revamp of Worcester’s Cathedral Plaza centre will begin early next year

Aberdeen exhibition centre - Henry Boot

Henry Boot’s profit soars 81%

22 Aug 14

Firm reports fall in revenue, but profit up 81% to £13.4m

Tate Modern

Mace and G&T under pressure over Tate Modern extension

21 Aug 14

Mace and Gardiner & Theobald under pressure on £215m job, as Stanhope takes on troubleshooting role

battersea power station - phase 2

Race for £600m Battersea job hots up

20 Aug 14

Four contractors still in the race as they fly out to Kuala Lumpur to pitch for prestigious job



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

Garden Studio

What to specify: Cladding

9 Jul 14

This week’s cladding products range from insulated wall panels for the new Aldi distribution centre in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, to a fibre cement Equitone facade being installed at the Festival Hall in Erl, Austria

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Sketch of the week

Roger Fitzgerald sketch

Sketch of the week: South Bank

22 Aug 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Roger Fitzgerald for charity Article 25’s annual 10x10 event


Florey building, Oxford

Wonders and blunders with Nicola Rutt

13 Jun 14

Nicola Rutt finds Oxford University’s Florey Building ‘brave and beautiful’, but thinks more recent student accommodation, Unite’s post-Olympic Stratford development, is ‘overbearing’ and ‘confused’

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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

Ben Derbyshire

Why I'm running for RIBA Council

1 Jul 14 | By Ben Derbyshire

Architect Ben Derbyshire on why he and fellow architects Andy von Bradsky and John Assael are aiming to reform the RIBA