Case Studies


Floating ideas to tackle flooding

20 Apr 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The severe flooding of winter 2015/16 has put a focus on normalising water-resistance measures in houses in areas prone to flooding

Albert Dock

The art of good conservation

12 Apr 17 | By Ike Ijeh

As conservation areas turn 50, they are coming under increasing pressure in major cities. Ike Ijeh looks at the battle between heritage enthusiasts and developers, and asks experts if they think the areas have reached a tipping point

Future Greenwich Peninsula

Greenwich Peninsula: In the docks

5 Apr 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Knight Dragon’s £8.4bn redevelopment of Greenwich Peninsula will be one of the biggest regeneration projects by one developer that the capital has ever seen and has attracted some top architectural talent. But will the result stand the test of time? Ike Ijeh reports


Bush Theatre: Open audition

29 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns

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

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Hay Castle

Mott MacDonald to renovate 800-year old Hay Castle

26 Apr 17

The £5m renovation will transform the currently derelict building into a culture, arts and education centre


T&T picks up trio of Microsoft projects

24 Apr 17

The firm is to work on three projects for tech giant in Scandinavia

Canal Reach Kings Cross Bennetts Associates

Bennetts unveils King's Cross HQ building images

21 Apr 17

Architect releases new visualisations of 55,525 m² office building


Raft of new Liverpool towers gets green light

20 Apr 17

City council approves five new towers at latest planning committee meeting

New metal clad building housing damaged Chernobyl reactor

Solar plant to start close to Chernobyl nuclear disaster site

20 Apr 17

The site is now considered safe after a new steel building was moved into place encasing the damaged reactor

Heathwick Studio Vessel Hudson Yards New York

Heatherwick's 2,500-step sculpture rises in New York

19 Apr 17

The interactive sculpture is the centrepiece of the 28 acre Hudson Yards scheme in Manhatten

Modular tower, Wembley

Europe's tallest modular tower tops out

19 Apr 17

The 29-storey structure is a student accommodation scheme in north London

Crosslane Coventry development

Green light for 600-bed Coventry student flats

18 Apr 17

Completion of the Crosslane scheme is expected in time for the 2019/2020 academic year

Centenary Square Birmingham

Bouygues wins trio of Midlands jobs

13 Apr 17

The latest wins follow the French-owned contractor’s appointment to build a new tower in Salford


Mace confirmed on £1.3bn new build prisons programme

12 Apr 17

Building revealed last month that the firm had bagged the delivery partner role on the scheme to build six new prisons



What to specify: Water

20 Apr 17

Solutions this week are the very pinnacle of products for all water applications, from a drainage solution for an alpine lodge to an axially split pump range


What to specify: Residential

6 Apr 17

Specifier this week has products to use from top to bottom of residential schemes, from lintels to drainage, a hot radiator solution and even a digital shower


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

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Sketch of the week


Sketch of the week: 40 front doors in Frome

21 Apr 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architectural designer and illustrator Michael Paul Lewis


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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Vick Webb

Untapped technology

25 Apr 17 | By Vicki Webb

Brexit and the skills crisis could be what the construction industry needs to make some really innovative break-throughs that will improve efficiency and productivity

Jack Pringle

Brexit: Small world

29 Mar 17 | By Jack Pringle

London - a global city with top-calibre international architectural staff - is about to feel the effect of Article 50 and all that follows. Can the profession maintain standards in a newly constrained landscape?

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Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17 | By Félicie Krikler

Too often developers and architects are accused of alienating people by imposing insensitive designs on their communities

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

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