Case Studies

Tate Modern extension, London, by Herzog and de Meuron

Tate expectations

23 May 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Herzog and de Meuron’s much-delayed extension of the Tate Modern saw the architect handed the rare opportunity of returning to a project having worked on the original

European Council, Brussels, Belgium

Here’s looking at EU

18 May 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Building’s backing the campaign to remain in the EU, but that doesn’t stop architectural correspondent Ike Ijeh having mixed feelings about the standard of the administration’s architecture

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David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

David Attenborough Building: Second nature

13 May 16 | By Amanda Birch

Nicholas Hare Architects’ refurbished David Attenborough Building preserves the integrity of the original design while ensuring the radical remodelling works well for its new users

At 284m the Westonbirt Treetop Walkway is the longest in the UK

Treetop walkway: A walk on the wild side

4 May 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Glenn Howells’ treetop walkway snakes its way through the forest at Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds, using form, structure and materials to lift visitors to a heightened communion with nature

London Wall Place development

London Wall Place: High suspense

29 Apr 16 | By Andy Pearson

The construction team working on London Wall Place have extended the usable space of one of the buildings by cantilevering 15 floors of offices out over the pavement by a breathtaking 11 metres

Contrioversially, the plumes of the world-famous Trafalgar Square fountains have now been significantly reduced from this height to minimise water evaporation

Water features: Making a splash

20 Apr 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Technological advances mean we can now enjoy the spectacle of water without any of the misgivings about waste

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Project news

Kingston revamp 2

British Land's £400m Kingston scheme gets go-ahead

27 May 16

Kingston council have approved plans for the redevelopment of Eden Walk shopping centre


Consultants vie for £500m Whitehall revamp job

25 May 16

Arcadis and Turner & Townsend among firms vying for major upgrade programme

Denham studios thumb

Famous film lab set for residential makeover

24 May 16

John Pardey is architect on revamp of early modernist film lab

Marble Arch Place

Multiplex starts on Marble Arch Place

23 May 16

Work begins on long-planned Almacantar scheme in London’s West End

Science Hub Harlow Cambridge

Sweett lands role on major Essex lab

23 May 16

The consultant will provide a range of programme management support services

Intu Watford

O'Rourke confirmed on £178m Intu Watford mall

20 May 16

The contractor is already on site at the shopping centre redevelopment

Design for the Garden Bridge

Four in ten Garden Bridge donors are anonymous

19 May 16

£44m given by ‘confidential’ or ‘anonymous’ companies, trusts and individuals


Unite acquires £40m Birmingham site

19 May 16

The developer plans to provide accommodation for 600 students at the city centre site

South Bank Tower thumb

Mace's South Bank Tower completes

19 May 16

Firm worked with KPF and AKT II to extend tower by 11 storeys

Overview  of UCL Stratford

Design teams shortlisted for UCL Stratford campus

16 May 16

Hawkins Brown, McAslan and Grimshaw shortlisted for UCL East



What to specify: BIM

24 May 16

The latest software tools and building products with BIM objects to help integrate data as part of the construction process featured in this week


What to specify: Walls, ceilings and partitions

3 May 16

This week’s products cover all wall, ceiling and partition projects, from a ceiling suspension system used in a large hospital building, to glazed partitions for Bath University


What to specify: Water products

20 Apr 16

This week’s products include an indoor terrazzo fountain designed for an Italian restaurant in London, and Westminster City council installs a shower pump in an apartment block designed for the elderly and less able


What to specify: Residential

4 Apr 16

This week’s residential products include aluminium rainwater products on a major regeneration project in Sheffield, and ready mix plaster for a ‘superhome’ that was showcased on Grand Designs

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Sketch of the week


Sketch of the week: Visitor centre, Druzhba Park Moscow

27 May 16

This week’s sketch is by architect David Roden


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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Jack Pringle

Picking teams

19 Apr 16 | By Jack Pringle

The Brexit referendum could transform the UK from a cultural and economic global focal point to a recession-wracked pariah