Case Studies

London sunset

How to be cool: Tackling overheating in UK homes

22 Apr 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Overheating in homes is set to become an increasingly urgent issue, especially in the capital, as global temperatures rise. With energy legislation demanding that buildings become ever more airtight, what is the best way for designers to respond?

Coming out of its shell

Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Maggie's cancer centre, Aberdeen

3 Apr 14 | By Ike Ijeh

With its streamlined, organic form enhancing its welcoming ethos, the latest Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Aberdeen, designed by Snøhetta, is a worthy winner of this year’s Small Project of the Year Building Award

Grand design

Creating the Design Museum's new home

27 Mar 14 | By Thomas Lane

The iconic Commonwealth Institute needed a new tenant - and the iconic Design Museum needed a new home. But adapting a fragile and low-spec sixties building to house a visitor attraction meant using some serious technical know-how

Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library: A modern classic

21 Mar 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Manchester’s thirties Central Library was a warren of rambling interiors and inaccessible book stacks. But then Ryder Architecture got to work on an edited version

Number 23

Building Magazine Small Project of the Year shortlist

13 Mar 14 | By Ike Ijeh

This year’s Small Project of the Year finalists include a private residence, a youth centre, a creative arts hub and an architect’s own office

Centre of Refurbishment Excellence

Building Magazine Project of the Year shortlist

12 Mar 14 | By Ike Ijeh

There’s a packed field for the Building Awards’ prestigious Project of the Year prizes, with museums and libraries jostling with the Baby Shard and London’s first inhabited bridge for 250 years

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Make's recycled pop-up cinema

Video: Make's recycled pop-up cinema

28 Mar 14

Watch how architect Make designed and built a recycled cinema at Ecobuild this year


Cromford Mill in Derbyshire

Building 17: Refurbishing Cromford Mill

The historic but neglected Victorian factory buildings at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire were overdue a refurb. But decontaminating the timber from chemicals used in industrial dyeing proved a test of modern ingenuity

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Project news

Brixton town centre regeneration - Muse / Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall inks £135m Brixton regeneration deal

16 Apr 14

Morgan Sindall’s regeneration arm has struck a deal with Lambeth council to develop a £135m scheme across three sites in Brixton, south London.

Red Road tower block

Commonwealth Games bosses ditch flat demolition plan

14 Apr 14

Plan to demolish Glasgow’s Red Road flats live during Games opening ceremony has been dropped after the idea sparked outrage

quintain wembley

Quintain inks deal for 475 Wembley homes

14 Apr 14

Quintain secures Swiss real estate backer for next phase of Wembley Park scheme

Coronation Street

Mace overcomes setbacks to deliver new Corrie studio

11 Apr 14

Contractor overcomes problems to deliver ‘Britain’s most famous street’

Lord's warner stand replacement

Mayor approves Bam’s Lord's stand project

11 Apr 14

Cricket ground’s £21m stand is the first stage of a £200m redevelopment of the facility

Watford Health Campus

Kier’s £260m Watford health scheme in for planning

10 Apr 14

Redevelopment to include housing, retail and business space as well as hospital space

Frank Gehry: eastern aspect of Phase 3.

Gehry and Foster unveil Battersea Power Station designs

7 Apr 14

Architects unveil designs for phase 3 of £8bn redevelopment of iconic power station

Planning Houses

Crown Estate's 5,000-home scheme wins planning

7 Apr 14

A 5,000-home scheme in Breckland, Norfolk, has been given the go-ahead by planners

Abderdeen Marischal Square

Muse unveils plans for £100m Aberdeen city centre revamp

7 Apr 14

Regeneration division of Morgan Sindall will submit plans for mixed-use scheme

Osborne fire in Southampton by Matthew_Myatt on Twitter

'Roofer's heat gun sparked blaze on Osborne site'

7 Apr 14

Contractor says roofer’s heat gun sparked major fire at its £50m student accommodation scheme in Southampton


Door suite

What to specify: Doors & windows

22 Apr 14

You can see clearly now with the latest doors and windows products. Innovations include automatic door operators, top swing reversible windows and electronic roof windows

Cavity lintels

What to specify: Housing

9 Apr 14

This week, we go through the keyhole at some of the UK’s most genteel new residences, including a Buckinghamshire country house with timber leaded windows and a rapidly rendered home in Poundbury

Armstrong Ceilings tiles and canopies for council office redevelopment

What to specify: Refurbishment

26 Mar 14

Renewing existing buildings from top to bottom is easier with innovative products to suit a range of projects, from cost-effective acoustic ceiling tiles to slip-resistant flooring

Raised hollow flooring

What to specify: Flooring

14 March 2014

This week, we tread over new ground, including heavy-duty entrance matting at the Birmingham New Street redevelopment, coloured concrete at the British Museum and a walnut finish at Corby Cube

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Sketch of the week

Milton Keynes gallery

Sketch of the week: Milton Keynes gallery

17 Apr 14

Smith and Wallwork provides this week’s doodle – a concept sketch for Milton Keynes gallery


Trellick Tower

Wonders and blunders with Carol Bailey

2 Apr 14

Carol Bailey plumps for two council estates which both tried to create a sense of community. One became a crime hotspot; the other a safe and desirable living environment

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Sarah Richardson

It's time for the construction industry to adapt to BIM

17 Apr 14 | By Sarah Richardson

The Dark Ages of BIM may be over, but many firms are still behind the times when it comes to implementing the technology

David Cash

Cultural coalescence in Christchurch

16 Apr 14 | By David Cash

In a corner of this remarkable rebuilding project, communities are coming together to design a new park

Vern Pitt

Farrell Review: Buried beneath the long grass

4 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Architecture needs the support of government to make the most of Sir Terry Farrell’s review

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Ike Ijeh

Peter Rees' City legacy

20 Mar 14 | By Ike Ijeh

The City’s head of planning has undoubtedly done some good for London, but he has failed to come up with a strategic vision for London’s skyline

Simon Allford

What is the 'office of the future'?

17 Mar 14 | By Simon Allford

A lot is changing in office development but then much remains the same as it always was

David Cash

Festival time in Abu Dhabi

12 Mar 14 | By David Cash

The Qasr al Hosn Festival demonstrates this glittering city is still connected with its roots

Jack Pringle

Anything you Cannes do ...

10 Mar 14 | By Jack Pringle

Forget festival fatigue - the south of France has lost none of its magic, and MIPIM is its networking capital. But what’s diffferent this year is that it will be the Brits who will be leading the way

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