Case Studies

Carrowbreck Meadow

Carrowbreck Meadow: Passivhaus rules

22 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

A settlement of 14 Passivhaus homes, designed by Hamson Barron Smith, has been built in a Norfolk woodland. Ike Ijeh explains why observing this small project could provide the key to a scheme of nationwide significance

St Peter’s Seminary

The resurrection of St Peter’s

8 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

St Peter’s Seminary near Glasgow is a brutalist ruin that is being given new life as an arts venue. What makes the refurb really unusual is that the crumbling decay, instead of being covered, will be used as a central feature

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?

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Project news

Ponteland school and leisure centre scheme

Willmott Dixon bags £46m school and leisure centre job

23 Mar 17

The firm has been named as the preferred bidder for the project north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Wandsworth homes

Redrow wins 1,000-home London estate overhaul

22 Mar 17

Housebuilder has been picked to transform the Alton estate in Roehampton

Landmark House

Rogers unveils Hammersmith tower plans

21 Mar 17

Mixed-use scheme would double height of 70s blocks on prime west London site

HSBC retail quarter

Bam wins Sheffield retail quarter first phase

20 Mar 17

Contractor to build six-storey office block for banking giant HSBC

Paddington Cube

Javid decides not to call in Sellar's Paddington Cube

16 Mar 17

Decision clears way for Renzo Piano-designed £775m scheme

Liverpool Waters

Peel unveils latest phase of £5bn Liverpool Waters

15 Mar 17

Mipim latest: Central Docks plans boast 1,000 homes and 186,000m2 of mixed use floorspace


Derelict Manchester buildings in line for £250m revamp

13 Mar 17

Once restored the buildings will provide 59 loft apartments along with around 14,000ft² commercial space


'Get on with it', say MPs on £4bn Parliament revamp

10 Mar 17

Public accounts committee gives full backing to six-year long move-out of MPs and peers

Trinity Islands Day

Manchester's 'vertical village' goes in for planning

10 Mar 17

Allied London development comprises five towers rising to 66 storeys in height

Barnsley's Glass Works

Barnsley revamp gets £70m funding boost

10 Mar 17

Town council commits extra cash to Glass Works scheme



What to specify: Flooring

21 Mar 17

This week, new flooring solutions include a vinyl range targeting the education market, Forbury Place’s choice of access flooring in Reading and an aluminium decking system at Manchester’s XYZ building

Sika flooring

What to specify: Refurbishment

6 Mar 17

If you are looking to breathe fresh life into an old building, this issue’s Specifier features the latest products for replacing roofs, ceilings, floors and interiors, including rooflights and internal screens

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

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Sketch of the week

Barbican sketch

Sketch of the week: Barbican Centre

17 Mar 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architect Benjamin Wall at LSI 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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Dominic Thasarathar

Six trends that will define design for contractors

21 Mar 17 | By Dominic Thasarathar

Advances in technology will lift many of the constraints currently faced by contractors and it will pay to keep up to speed with the changes

Philip Watson

How smart buildings will boost our productivity

21 Mar 17 | By Philip Watson

If we give office workers the means to control their environment we will be contributing to a healthier, happier and more productive population

Tal Donahue and Matthew McGuinness

Branding a building

16 Mar 17 | By Tal Donahue, Matthew McGuinness

Developing a brand is becoming ever more important, both for developers and occupiers

Helen Gough

The need for International Women's Day

7 Mar 17 | By Helen Gough

Gender equality in the workplace is not a ‘women’s issue’, the fact that it is still an aspiration has huge economic implications for us all

Richard McCarthy

We need a boring Budget

2 Mar 17 | By Richard McCarthy

Next week the chancellor will unveil his spring Budget, let’s hope he uses it to strengthen existing policies and provide certainty rather than unleash any big surprises


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

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