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Battle of the BIM

25 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Building Information Modelling is seen by many as the future of the industry, but who has made it to this year’s Building Awards BIM Initiative of the Year shortlist?

The new purpose-built pool incorporates original features such as the ‘slipper bath’ cubicles

Poplar Baths: Pooling resources

19 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PFI agreement


Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Part 2

12 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

In this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year category, old and new meet in a cornucopia of diverse projects


Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Part 1

11 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

In this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year category, old and new meet in a cornucopia of diverse projects

New Science Building

New Science Building: Unsolved mysteries

5 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Laboratories are most often architecturally dull affairs but not Sheppard Robson’s New Science Building

Mersey bridge

Building a bridge across the Mersey

30 Sep 16 | By Andy Pearson

Constructing a six-lane road link across the River Mersey involved several challenges

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Norfolk Park PRS scheme Keepmoat

Keepmoat starts on first PRS scheme

26 Oct 16

Scheme is part of the £800m PRS inestment plan the regeneration specialist has with investor Sigma Capital Group

Floating parliament terrace

Gensler fleshes out floating Parliament idea

25 Oct 16

Design firm offers peek inside scheme endorsed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

The "living bridge" proposed for the redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Designs revealed for £1.4bn Brent Cross mall revamp

24 Oct 16

Public consultation begins next week

Bournemouth Winter Gardens - concept by BrightSpark Architects

Morgan Sindall unveils £150m Bournemouth plans

24 Oct 16

Winter Gardens site has been derelict for 10 years

Edinburgh St James

Laing O'Rourke confirmed for £1bn Edinburgh job

21 Oct 16

Demolition work begins to pave way for massive retail and leisure scheme

Allied London tower Manchester

Green light for 51-storey Manchester tower

21 Oct 16

Allied London scheme at old Granada Studios approved

Aukett Swanke's proposal for Pimlico Road shops and Newson's Yard

Green light for last timber yard in England and Wales to be demolished

19 Oct 16

Westminster Council has approved Grosvenor’s plans to redevelop part of Pimlico Road

Rivierstaete in Amsterdam BDG for WPP

Advertising giant WPP unveils Amsterdam office plans

17 Oct 16

Architect BDG picks up third project for the advertising giant

Spray Street Quarter Woolwich

St Modwen snaps up Woolwich's old market

14 Oct 16

Deal part of £200m regeneration plan in Greenwich area

Park Hill by Hawkins Brown Studio and Egret West image by Daniel Hopkinson

Urban Splash to restart work on Sheffield's Park Hill

7 Oct 16

The regeneration specialist hopes to complete the scheme in five years



What to specify: Sustainability

18 Oct 16

Buildings that will harvest light, help grow silvergrass, test environmental credibility and power TV broadcasters feature among this week’s crop of product news


What to specify: Healthcare

4 Oct 16

This week Alder Hey Children’s Hospital gets lots of natural light, dementia patients at Woodlands in Rotherham get murals to serve as memory joggers, and a health centre in Llangollen gets stone walls that blend in with its surroundings


What to specify: Doors and windows

12 Sep 16

This week The Book House offices’ conversion sees the placement of period-style timber windows, four London fire stations get a thermally insulated suite and PC Henderson releases a rustic door kit ideal for a barn


Brick giant could bring back mothballed factories

7 Sep 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Forterra said it may bring two kilns back online within weeks

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Sketch of the week

Battle, Sussex, sketch by Mette McLarney

Sketch of the week: Battle, East Sussex

21 Oct 16 | Updated: 21 Oct 16

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Mette McLarney


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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Nigel Ostime

The Farmer Review overlooks architects' role

21 Oct 16 | By Nigel Ostime

Reforming construction is a must, and designers have a vital part to play in improving the delivery of building projects

Rab Bennetts

The Farmer Review is a call for re-education

19 Oct 16 | By Rab Bennetts

This fragmented industry needs to reform for sure, but more than that we need to fundamentally change our attitudes to how we work together

Rab Bennetts

Construction has reverted to its bad old ways

13 Oct 16 | By Rab Bennetts

Since the recession contracts are tougher, lawyers dominate tendering, project risk is dumped on the weakest - in short the adversarial approach is back

Ike Ijeh

Newport Street Gallery is streets ahead

7 Oct 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Building’s architecture critic Ike Ijeh says this year’s Stirling Prize is a victory for the street as well as architecture


Online poll: Heathrow expansion

23 Sep 16

Will the government opt to expand Heathrow when it finally announces its decision on airport capacity? Results are in

Tpkyo stadium

Online poll: Tokyo 2020

15 Sep 16

Will Tokyo be better prepared for the 2020 Olympic Games than Rio was this year? Results are in

Joseph Infante

Is land around transport hubs too difficult to develop?

12 Sep 16 | By Joseph Infante

The short answer is no, but it’s not easy aligning the priorities of rail infrastructure with property developers…

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