Case Studies

Black-stained House

Wild imaginings: Beach huts, Part 2

14 Aug 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The humble British beach hut is being reconfigured for the 21st century, as Part 2 of our guide shows

Mirrored beach hut

Wild imaginings: Beach huts, Part 1

11 Aug 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The humble British beach hut is being reconfigured for the 21st century, as Part 1 of our guide shows


Talkin’ bout a revolution

27 Jul 17 | By Andy Pearson

Take some well-tested modern manufacturing techniques, add them to a radical streamlined procurement route that makes the supplier king and you have the beginnings of what could be a revolution in how we build. Ike Ijeh reports on the latest advances in off-site manufacture

Bracknell Regeneration birdseye view

Bracknell: Talk of the town

19 Jul 17 | By Andy Pearson

Bracknell is the first post-war new town to be comprehensively demolished and rebuilt - to the tune of £750m. Building visited just weeks before completion to see a scheme that hopes to get shoppers and visitors returning in droves

New Ground Cohousing

Housing Design Awards 2017: the winners

11 Jul 17 | By Ike Ijeh

It’s good to be reminded of the high quality that characterises much of the new work being produced in housing

The Sackler Courtyard

V&A extension: Culture shock

4 Jul 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Amanda Levete’s £48m expansion of London’s V&A connects the museum with the public realm through a superb porcelain-paved courtyard. But it’s the sheer immersive power of its vast subterranean exhibition hall that will make visitors stand and gawp

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Office building Newcastle Science Central designed by Ryder Architecture

Planners approve £65m office building at Newcastle's Science Central

17 Aug 17

Eight-storey building has been designed by Ryder Architecture

The Stage 2

Multiplex off £750m Shoreditch mixed-use scheme

17 Aug 17

Hunt for a replacement contractor for the commercial element of the scheme is underway

225 Marsh Wall 2017

Rejigged Docklands skyscrapper set for approval

17 Aug 17

Planners are backing the revised scheme after its height and footprint reduction

Golden Lane plans by Hawkins Brown

Plans for new residential block on Golden Lane take a step forward

16 Aug 17

Two London boroughs are behind the scheme to build 66 new flats and a new school on the site near the Barbican

Abcam interior

Life sciences firm's new HQ unveiled

15 Aug 17

Scheme in Cambridge is due to complete in late 2018

Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge Trust to be wound up

14 Aug 17

Charity behind controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed bridge to be wound up

Google Kings Cross HQ

Google's 'exciting' King's Cross HQ given go-ahead

11 Aug 17

Camden’s planning committee members at last night’s meeting all voted in favour of the scheme

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Derwent London reveals next project in the pipeline

10 Aug 17

Strong lettings period and half year results give developer confidence to proceed with a new scheme

Maritime buildings in Wick Scotland

Work underway on £10m renovation of Scottish maritime buildings

10 Aug 17

The buildings will service £2.6bn off-shore wind farm off the coast of Scotland

Adobe White Collar Factory office fit out

Mace's fit-out arm completes tech giant's new London office

10 Aug 17

Work on the fit out at the office located on Old Street’s roundabout began in March


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What to specify: Residential

4 Aug 17

Marley Eternit supplies tiles for a unique curved roof in Gloucestershire, Actis’ Hybrid range is certified for another year of local authority use, and Cupa Pizarras’ Thermoslate roof is used in the French Pyrenees

Case study Premier Modular

What to specify: Off-site solutions

28 Jul 17

Modular deals include the office space at Hinkley Point C and a quick solution for school classrooms, while a demountable bathroom pod and a solar-powered drying unit are among this week’s new releases


What to specify: Roofing

7 Jul 17

Roofing products and systems featured in this issue’s specifier section include information on Welsh Slate used in a heritage rebuild and a Center Parcs that is using JB Western Red Cedar Shingles to create four treehouses

St Andrew's Square

What to specify: Commercial/offices

22 Jun 17

A range of solutions for the fit-out of offices and commercial premises have been released by companies including Armstrong Ceilings, Mitsubishi Electric and Vent-Axia

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Sketch of the week: London regeneration project

11 Aug 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architect Patrick Spears of bptw 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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Michael Brennan

Large-scale recruitment should be phased, like any successful project

28 Jul 17 | By Michael Brennan

Employers need to recruit carefully to ensure that mass hiring of new employees does not dilute the company’s culture

Sadie Morgan

At what cost?

26 Jul 17 | By Sadie Morgan

It’s important to look at what is lost when competing design proposals are judged simply on how much money they will take to build out

Jack Pringle

Dreaming of Margate

19 Jul 17 | By Jack Pringle

On the run-down north Kent coast is a living example of regeneration in action. With its contemporary art gallery and now the revival of Dreamland amusement park, Margate has become a model for culture-led revival

Chloe McCulloch

After the fire

6 Jul 17 | By Chloë McCulloch

The traumatic experience at Grenfell Tower has understandably triggered a rush to find answers, but we also need to stand back and look at social housing in a holistic way

Dave Rogers

The government isn’t doing enough to prevent a mass exodus of EU workers

4 Jul 17 | By Dave Rogers

Brexit could be a spark for an exodus of EU construction workers and the government doesn’t seem to have a plan

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Earle Arney

London needs a housing reset

4 Jul 17 | By Earle Arney

The private rental sector could help the government tackle the housing crisis in the capital

Ike Ijeh

A view of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

21 Jun 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Natural simplicity forms an ode to the spirit of a modern city

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