Case Studies

Whitmore Park Primary School

Projects 2014 review: part 3

19 Dec 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014

Heathrow Airport Queen’s Terminal 2

Projects 2014 review: part 2

18 Dec 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Two more completed projects that impressed in 2014 - the British Museum and Heathrow’s T2

Slackwood Farm

Slackwood Farmhouse: Ahead of the curve

9 Dec 14 | By Amanda Birch

Adjoining a 17th-century Lancastrian farmhouse, Paul Archer Design’s curved-glass pavilion is both strikingly modern and a discreet addition to the landscape


The rising: World Trade Center

5 Dec 14 | By Ike Ijeh

The completion of the £2.4bn One World Trader Center is a milestone in the painstaking redevelopment of the former Ground Zero site in New York. But with two towers and Santiago Calatrava’s vast station still under construction, there’s plenty of work yet to be done.

Magdalen College Library

Magdalen College Library: The great unknowns

26 Nov 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Refurbishment projects are infamous for their unforeseen difficulties - like the 100 bodies that had to be dug out of the ground before work could begin on the renovation of Magdalen College Library


BIM architecture: The vision thing

19 Nov 14 | By Ike Ijeh

BIM isn’t normally seen as a design tool but increasingly it can influence what a building looks like. We explore the possibilities and dangers of BIM-inspired architecture

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Style Partitions Moveable Walls

What to specify: refurbishment

This week’s refurbishment products include the installation of an aluminium windows and doors system in Hackney, moveable walls in Manchester, and a wood canopy for a campus at Edinburgh University

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Project news

Artist's impression of the Westgate scheme

Oxford's £500m Westgate mall wins final approved

26 Nov 14

Planners pave way for construction of Crown Estate and Land Securities joint venture

The Pinnacle

Lipton Rogers closes in on deal to revive stalled Pinnacle tower

7 Nov 14

Exclusive: Sir Stuart Lipton-led design team close to taking over mothballed tower, with “helter skelter” design to be scrapped

Centre Point

Brookfield Multiplex set for £350m Centre Point revamp

6 Nov 14

Exclusive: Developer Almacantar replaces incumbent pre-construction contractor Sir Robert McAlpine

Renzo Piano - Shardlette

Green light for Renzo Piano's residential tower next to Shard

5 Nov 14

26-storey residential tower by the Shard architect in London Bridge given the go ahead

The Pinnacle

Deal to revive Pinnacle tower draws near

3 Nov 14

French fund manager Axa leading a consortium that is in talks to takeover the development of the stalled City of London tower

Bishopsgate Goods Yard site, Shoreditch, London

Battle over Bishopsgate towers plan heats up

29 Oct 14

A dozen towers planned for Shoreditch site, with campaigners saying scheme is “big, ugly and not fit for purpose”

Brum retirement

Green light for 16-storey Brum retirement scheme

29 Oct 14

Developer Pegasus Life wins approval for five towers in Sutton Coldfield

Battersea Power Station

Skanska confirmed for iconic Battersea Power Station job

27 Oct 14

Contractor sees off three big name rivals to take £600m job to redevelop the Battersea Power Station

Levitt Bernstein's Granada Studios plan for the Manchester Grande

Levitt Bernstein to transform Granada Studios into hotel

23 Oct 14

TV studios where Coronation Street was filmed to become an “event hotel”

Wright + Wright Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum seeks fresh funding for revamp

23 Oct 14

£15m scheme by Wright & Wright sweats on decision next spring


Compact passenger lift

What to specify: Housing

11 Dec 14

The housing products in this issue’s Specifier include timber windows and doors, plant support systems for roofs, and external wall insulation. Plus there’s info on CPD, training viedeos and guides to Part L


What to specify: Roofing

18 Nov 14

This week’s roofing products include bespoke rooflighting for an RIBA award-winning house in Suffolk and a roofing system at a new care housing scheme in North Yorkshire

Single-Ply Membrane

What to specify: Education

6 Nov 14

This week’s education products include specialist paving, soil and waste products, and single-ply membrane roofing installations at schools in west Ireland and Poplar, and at the University of Plymouth

Cladding support systems - Nvelope

What to specify: Cladding

21 Oct 14

This week’s cladding products include the refurbishment of a high-rise building at the Darmstadt University in Germany, and wall cladding for a home on the banks of the River Tay

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Sketch of the week

Sketch 1912

Sketch of the week: library concept

19 Dec 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by structural engineer Nirlep Chhabra at SJIL


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

Building without prejudice

27 Nov 14 | By Jack Pringle

There are opportunities for British firms to aid in rebuilding countries with troubled pasts, such as Lebanon and Iraq, provided we leave any preconceptions at the door

Steve McIntyre

What makes a successful council building?

25 Nov 14 | By Steve McIntyre

Local authorities are complex organisations serving a huge range of community needs, so the buildings they use have to be ultra adaptable

Richard Blair

What now for Scotland?

17 Nov 14 | By Richard Blair

The ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum was supposed to have created certainty for business, but it seems to have only raised more, and very fundamental, questions about Scotland’s future

Roger Hawkins

China deserves better architecture

24 Oct 14 | By Roger Hawkins

China’s president recently called for an end to ‘weird architecture’ resulting from the construction boom, which could be good news for British designers

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