Case Studies

One Blackfriars from level 41

One Blackfriars: Second time around

24 Feb 17 | By Andy Pearson

Three years after completing One St George Wharf in London’s Vauxhall, St George is well on its way to the top of a striking residential skyscraper on the South Bank

Street detail

Live Works: As you like it

15 Feb 17 | By Ike Ijeh, Ike Ijeh

Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

Burntwood School

A question of priorities

8 Feb 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The government’s flagship programme to regenerate the schools estate has just seen the start of its second phase. Ike Ijeh assesses what the Priority School Building Programme has offered pupils and the construction industry so far

Swansea Bay

Bay watch

1 Feb 17 | By Ike Ijeh

With the government-commissioned review into the cost-effectiveness of tidal lagoons giving Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon the thumbs up last month, could this be a watershed moment for tidal energy?

The new facade; the team created a thermally broken extrusion 119mm wide with the glazing fixed in with structural silicone.

Great Arthur House: Colourful character

25 Jan 17 | By Thomas Lane

The grade II-listed Great Arthur House in the City of London urgently needed a new facade that stopped its leaks and improved its thermal performance, but double glazing was too heavy for its structure

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai


18 Jan 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Donald Trump’s architecture talks louder than the man himself, with its gaudy interiors and unashamed excess. But what do his developments reveal about the man who promises to transform America?

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Project news

angel court

Stanhope's London tower first to complete in 2017

24 Feb 17

Angel Court in the Square Mile achieves practical completion


Lendlease set to land £500m City tower

23 Feb 17

Scheme at 150 Bishopsgate will be 43 storeys high

Earls Court site Capco

Brexit and stamp duty blamed as value of Capco's Earls Court scheme slides

22 Feb 17

West London development now worth £300m less than 2015 figure

Glasgow Uni masterplan aerial

Green light for Glasgow uni masterplan

17 Feb 17

The masterplan is part of a £1bn investment plan to revamp the University’s estate

Paramount London

Boss behind £3.2bn Kent theme park project departs

17 Feb 17

David Testa has stepped down as chief executive of London Resort Company Holdings

Westferry Printworks south view

WSP latest to land role on 700-home Docklands scheme

17 Feb 17

Demolition works have started on site for the scheme from Northern & Shell

Goldman Sachs HQ

ISG bags £130m Goldman Sachs London HQ fit out

16 Feb 17

The firm is to start pre-construction services immediately with a view to starting the fit out onsite by the end of the year

Old War Office hotel

£1bn Old War Office hotel gets go-ahead

16 Feb 17

Plan at historic Whitehall site will include apartments

West Bar Square

Green light for £175m Sheffield West Bar plans

16 Feb 17

Blueprint backed for mixed-use regeneration of riverside business district

Paradise job

Birmingham's Paradise moves forward

16 Feb 17

Contractor Bam has won the regeneration scheme’s second building


John Lewis

What to specify: Off-site

21 Feb 17

Manufacturers offer a range of off-site solutions to suit projects of every size, from the modular building complexes at Hinkley nuclear power station to luxury bespoke panels featuring gold-printed wool


What to specify: Education

7 Feb 17

There’s lots to learn this week about the new products for schools and universities, from hard landscaping for a primary school to Portakabin modules and floor screed


What to specify: Cladding

24 Jan 17

This week, cladding systems are bolstered by heavy duty bonding for natural stone and a windproof membrane, and given a makeover with translucent panels and a traditional red brick finish


What to specify: Roofing

5 Jan 17

Manufacturers are keeping on top of roofing trends with products to suit all projects, from glass roof glazing to a Building Award-winning innovation

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Sketch of the week

Bluecoat House

Sketch of the week: Bluecoat House

24 Feb 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Martin Douglas, associate director of Bristol-based Pad Design


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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Big data and virtual reality in architecture

20 Feb 17 | By Phil Bernstein

By combining big data and VR, architects can significantly improve design


Why have EU workers' pensions become a tax target?

13 Feb 17 | By Claire Palmer

HMRC must lift its block on French and Italians in the UK transferring their pension pots tax free, or risk losing the benefits their professional expertise brings to construction

Jack Pringle


1 Feb 17 | By Jack Pringle

Smart technologies could allow us to turn cities such as London into more healthy and less frustrating places to live. One Asian state has an app for that

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Claire Wansbury

How green space can pay its way in garden villages

9 Jan 17 | By Claire Wansbury

Cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the natural environment on people could be used to plan the proposed wave of garden villages

Alan Shingler

Prefabrication can have a positive impact on architecture

3 Jan 17 | By Alan Shingler

Let’s remain open-minded about the architectural quality modular construction can deliver

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