Case Studies

One Carter Lane

Europe's first WELL Building

19 Jul 16 | By Ike Ijeh

There is now an international standard for measuring how a building impacts on its users’ health and wellbeing. Ike Ijeh looks at how Studio Ben Allen Architects’ One Carter Lane will become the first European project to receive the accreditation


Housing design awards

12 Jul 16 | By Ike Ijeh

This year’s entries reveal some interesting trends in housebuilding in the UK such as a reduction in common space, urban design principles being applied to greenfield sites and the successful use of custom build

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre: Hit or myth

5 Jul 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens puts the Ancient Greek concept of an ‘agora’ or meeting place at its heart

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V&A: Underground art

30 Jun 16 | By Andy Pearson

The V&A’s £49.5m subterranean extension had to be built without closing the main museum and without damaging the listed facades of the surrounding buildings. Building reports on how Arup, AL_A and Wates made it without a wobble


Offices of the future: Where now for Don Draper?

22 Jun 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The office has come a long way since the days of Mad Men, but what could it look like in 10 or 20 years’ time? Well, hot-desking, wellbeing measures and remote working will all flourish. But alas, there’ll be no return of the drinks cabinet


Cut to the chase: Rebuilding the Daytona International Speedway

15 Jun 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The Daytona International Speedway was the first motor sports stadium in the world when it was built in 1959. This year, a British-led team helped tear it down and rebuild it

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Project news

Brent Cross

JV inks deal for £4bn Brent Cross regen

21 Jul 16

Barnet Council and development partners ink deal

Sheffield retail

Chinese builder to invest £1bn in Sheffield

21 Jul 16

A Chinese construction company has agreed to invest an initial sum of £220m

Sheppard Robson’s Chrisp Street proposals

Sheppard Robson submits 650-home east London scheme

20 Jul 16

Proposals would update Festival of Britain Exhibition of Architecture-era east London precinct

Wilkinson Eyre's Crown Sydney scheme for Barangaroo

Height-busting Sydney skyscraper gets green light

20 Jul 16

City approves 275m casino and hotel tower

1 Undershaft

Square Mile tower decision delayed until after summer

19 Jul 16

The proposed tower, if approved, would become the tallest in the City of London

One Nine Elms new thumb

Balfour Beatty confirmed on £1bn One Nine Elms

15 Jul 16

The Chinese developer has also secured the bulk of the financing for the project

Paddington Cube thumb

Sellar lops 58 storeys off Paddington Pole

15 Jul 16

The new £775m plans have turned the pole into a cube

QPR wins planning for £175m Old Oak scheme

15 Jul 16

Genesis Housing and QPR football club have won approval for 605 new homes in the West London regeneration area

Ashley Road Tottenham Hale

Argent Related inks deal for £1bn Tottenham regen

14 Jul 16

The Brent Cross developer is to help Haringey Council create a new town centre

Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie ‘no Trojan horse’ says City design boss

14 Jul 16

Tower cluster could be extended



What to specify: Off-site

19 Jul 16

This week Tonbridge Grammar School gets a new sixth form study area, Essex County Cricket Club gets 36 balconies and a dementia care home with a clover leaf layout is given a new exterior finish


What to specify: Roofing

5 Jul 16

This week’s products for specification include PV roof tiles, a new non-combustible stone wool core and natural slates used on the first purpose-built gym in England


What to specify: Commercial

23 Jun 16

This week’s products for specification include anti-slip decking tiles, a fire protection coating system to protect steel structures, and sound-absorbing acoustic tiles


What to specify: Cladding and curtain walling

7 Jun 16

High-performance aluminium curtain walling, solar control facade and high-strength laminated safety glass (the latter for a lion enclosure) are some of the products for specification featured

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Sketch of the week


Sketch of the week: Rural Devon

22 Jul 16

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Joe Copp of Hilton Barnfield Architects


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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Richard Blair

Brexit could move Scotland's economy forward

6 Jul 16 | By Richard Blair

We are seeing more enquiries from the public and the private sector north of the border, so perhaps we have reason to be optimistic