Case Studies

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

Sea Containers House

Sea Containers House: Ahoy there!

12 Nov 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Chosen as a Building ‘blunder’ more times than any other building, Sea Containers House has undergone an extensive salvage operation by TP Bennett. So, how successful is it?

Pheonix Island

Horrific architecture: Part 3

31 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the third of our three part mini-series

JTI Building

Skin deep: SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

22 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements

Lydia Eva

Designing for dementia

13 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

A pioneering scheme in Norfolk shows how care homes can be adapted to the complex needs of people with dementia

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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



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

Lighting accessories

What to specify: M&E

6 Oct 14

This week’s M&E products include a video fire detection system that has been installed at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar, and a new heating system for the Humberside Police HQ in Hull

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Sketch of the week

Avery Gehry

Sketch of the week: Gehry buildings

21 Nov 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Bryan Avery, princpal of Avery Associates 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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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

Ike Ijeh

Stirling Prize winner harnesses new city pride

17 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Ike Ijeh on what the victory of Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre in Liverpool means for architecture

Mike Hall

What makes a healthy city?

6 Oct 14 | By Mike Hall

The vitality of our cities is the theme of this week’s World Architecture Day and one area we can make a difference as a profession is in the quality of elite and community sports venues

Iain Withers

Singapore is running hot

3 Oct 14 | By Iain Withers

The gateway to booming South-east Asia, Singapore also has a thriving construction market in its own right

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