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Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist: Part 2

21 Sep 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist puts the spotlight on transformative projects that have raised the bar for excellence

Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex

Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist: Part 1

20 Sep 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist puts the spotlight on transformative projects that have raised the bar for excellence. Here’s part 1

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo 2020: The recycled Olympics

13 Sep 16 | By Ike Ijeh

As the thrills of Rio slowly subside, attention turns to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where a virtue is being made of necessity by re-using some of the venues built for the 1964 games

GSK Compliance Building

Sustainability Project of the Year shortlist

7 Sep 16

The Building Awards shortlist for Sustainability Project of the Year highlights some exceptional schemes that have innovation at their core and keep a responsible eye on the future. Ike Ijeh takes a sneak peek

Glasgow College's new Riverside Campus

Glasgow College: Tales from the riverbank

31 Aug 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Caught between the River Clyde and the notorious Gorbals neighbourhood, Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus attempts to engage with both as part of a new wave of regeneration across the city

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard: Crime scene

26 Aug 16 | By Andy Pearson

In converting a 1930s police station into the Metropolitan Police’s new HQ, contractor Bam faced a difficult case. But noise reduction criteria, a cramped site and a high level of security were no match for Bam’s trusty team

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Bermondsey scheme

Plans in for £137m scheme near Tower Bridge

26 Sep 16

Silvertown developer aiming to build a mixed-use development on Tower Bridge Road

Manchester Kampus

Manchester £200m canal-side scheme gets go-ahead

26 Sep 16

Capital & Centric and Henry Boot get planning green light

Park Lane Hilton

Hopkins' Park Lane hotel plans approved

26 Sep 16

Architect wins planning for second luxury hotel scheme at Hyde Park Corner

Brum uni library 2

Carillion's Birmingham University library opens

26 Sep 16

Scheme for Birmingham University built at Edgbaston campus

Albert Square

BBC seeks contractor for Albert Square re-build

23 Sep 16

The infamous soap’s set is to be completely re-built at the corporation’s Elstree studios

Arena Central Make

Make behind latest building at Birmingham development

22 Sep 16

Arena Central scheme has £400m price tag

Herzog & de Meuron Chelsea

Chelsea FC to warn builders of bat threat

22 Sep 16

Premier League club’s plan for £500m new stadium threatened by endangered animals

Richmond College

Atkins wins planning for £100m college

20 Sep 16

New college in Richmond due to open by summer 2018

Riverwalk by Stanton Williams

Sir Robert McAlpine completes MI6 flats

19 Sep 16

Riverside flats are first venture by Gerald Ronson’s new outfit

Garden Bridge

Another Garden Bridge legal challenge thrown out

16 Sep 16

Opponents mull appeal against court decision



What to specify: Doors and windows

12 Sep 16

This week The Book House offices’ conversion sees the placement of period-style timber windows, four London fire stations get a thermally insulated suite and PC Henderson releases a rustic door kit ideal for a barn


Brick giant could bring back mothballed factories

7 Sep 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Forterra said it may bring two kilns back online within weeks


What to specify: Residential

10 Aug 16

This week One Lusty Gaze gets a soil and waste system, Orchard Village receives aluminium curtain walling and Hansgrohe releases its chrome plated overhead shower

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Sketch of the week

house sketch

Sketch of the week: Looking for a wife

23 Sep 16

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Mette McLarney, director of Bluepencil Designs


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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Online poll: Heathrow expansion

23 Sep 16

Will the government opt to expand Heathrow when it finally announces its decision on airport capacity? Vote here

Tpkyo stadium

Online poll: Tokyo 2020

15 Sep 16

Will Tokyo be better prepared for the 2020 Olympic Games than Rio was this year? Results are in

Joseph Infante

Is land around transport hubs too difficult to develop?

12 Sep 16 | By Joseph Infante

The short answer is no, but it’s not easy aligning the priorities of rail infrastructure with property developers…

Helen Gough

What can London learn from New York's skyscrapers?

9 Sep 16 | By Helen Gough

The Big Apple’s ‘trophy’ towers are able to secure premium rents, but the situation may be more complicated in London

66 Portland Place

Online poll: Ben Derbyshire’s RIBA presidency

9 Sep 16

Will Ben Derbyshire’s presidency of RIBA be good for the relationship between architects and the rest of the industry? Vote here

Anthony Langan

Designing schools in batches

1 Sep 16 | By Anthony Langan

Creating 12 schools on a tight budget requires a strategic approach to standardised design and a collaborative use of BIM

Philip Watson

Never stop learning: Springwell Academy

8 Aug 16 | By Philip Watson

Designing a series of schools for young people with social, emotional and mental health issues has been a chance to carry out indepth post occupancy evaluation

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