Case Studies

Birmingham New Street station

Birmingham: New Street cred

28 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

It was never going to take a lot to improve on the squalid eyesore of the 1960s incarnation of Birmingham New Street Station. Shame though about the whiff of fakery

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London City Cruise Port

London City Cruise Port: In at the deep end

22 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Greenwich looks set to be home to a cruise ship terminal big enough to compete with New York’s and Sydney’s and which will be part of a much larger commercial and residential development. But its relatively shallow, narrow river setting makes the project an ambitious undertaking

3d printed glass

3D-printed glass: Print me off another Shard

16 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

Glass has resisted the technological advancements in 3D printing, but now a team from MIT has invented a technique for printing fully transparent glass. The breakthrough, says Ike Ijeh, could revolutionise the way we make windows, cladding and even full facade systems

Walkie Talkie

Tall buildings: Height vs heritage

9 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

London’s lack of a coherent tall buildings policy has led to controversial ‘carbuncles’ such as the Walkie Talkie crowding its skyline

Staircases are configured as bold single flights to aid legibility and accessibility

The Plimsoll Building: Close encounters

2 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The incorporation of two schools into a residential building is an example of school designers becoming more responsive to the changing physical and political environment

York House

A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness

26 Aug 15 | By Ike Ijeh

How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce.

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Project news

Earls Court

HSE finds no asbestos issues at Earls Court

6 Oct 15

No evidence found to back up concerns over handling of asbestos at the redevelopment of Earls Court

Four Pancras Square Kings Cross

Universal Music to become King's Cross resident

6 Oct 15

Universal Music is leaving its current home in Kensington for Argent’s King’s Cross development


Deal struck to unlock £180m of east London schemes

5 Oct 15

GLA and investment trust Sergro have agreed to develop 86 acres of industrial land

Great Charles Place Birmingham

£100m Birmingham PRS scheme unveiled

1 Oct 15

Joint venture partners Sterling Property Ventures and Long Harbour have revealed plans for a £100m PRS scheme in Birmingham

Regent's Park Estate - HS2 replacement homes by Matthew Lloyd Architects - Hampstead Road

Go-ahead for HS2 replacement homes

1 Oct 15

Architects designed 116 homes across eight sites near Euston station

RSHP's winning proposal for the LSE's Global Centre for Social Sciences - Team E

LSE launches design competition for £100m building

25 Sep 15

RIBA run competition will pick winner next April

Granada TV

Consultants vie for £110m Manchester arts venue

24 Sep 15

Heavyweight architects, QSs and engineers shortlisted for the Factory scheme

Crawley Westrock resi

DBK lands £25m of office-to-resi schemes

24 Sep 15

Consultant DBK has picked up four residential projects from developer Westrock

Cardiff thumb

L&G buys into £400m Cardiff regeneration scheme

22 Sep 15

Legal & General enters joint venture to deliver £400m Cardiff Central Square masterplan

Medlock Walk Manchester

Plans unveiled for £750m Manchester scheme

18 Sep 15

Plans have been submitted for a £750m new neigbourhood scheme on the former BBC site in Manchester



What to specify: Doors and windows

15 Sep 15

This week’s residential products include timber sliding sash windows for Alain de Botton’s A House in Essex project, and an external wall insulation that better suits the Georgian and Victorian brickwork often found in northern cities

Mumford Wood

What to specify: Residential

21 Aug 15

This week’s residential products include timber sliding sash windows for Alain de Botton’s A House in Essex project, and an external wall insulation that better suits the Georgian and Victorian brickwork often found in northern cities

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Sketch of the week

Sketch London

Sketch of the week: Sky Garden view

2 Oct 15

This week Philip Buckingham sketches a view of London from the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden


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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Nicholas Boys Smith

Who are we building for?

19 Aug 15 | By Nicholas Boys Smith

London property should be open for international purchasers but the balance now is wrong