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Black-stained House

Wild imaginings: Beach huts, Part 2

The humble British beach hut is being reconfigured for the 21st century, as Part 2 of our guide shows

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Mirrored beach hut

Wild imaginings: Beach huts, Part 1

The humble British beach hut is being reconfigured for the 21st century, as Part 1 of our guide shows

Wikihouse_Consturction

Talkin’ bout a revolution

Take some well-tested modern manufacturing techniques, add them to a radical streamlined procurement route that makes the supplier king and you have the beginnings of what could be a revolution in how we build. Ike Ijeh reports on the latest advances in off-site manufacture

Bracknell Regeneration birdseye view

Bracknell: Talk of the town

Bracknell is the first post-war new town to be comprehensively demolished and rebuilt - to the tune of £750m. Building visited just weeks before completion to see a scheme that hopes to get shoppers and visitors returning in droves

New Ground Cohousing

Housing Design Awards 2017: the winners

It’s good to be reminded of the high quality that characterises much of the new work being produced in housing

The Sackler Courtyard

V&A extension: Culture shock

Amanda Levete’s £48m expansion of London’s V&A connects the museum with the public realm through a superb porcelain-paved courtyard. But it’s the sheer immersive power of its vast subterranean exhibition hall that will make visitors stand and gawp

National Gallery of Ireland

Windows of opportunity

Heneghan Peng’s £25m refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland is a sensitive and sometimes almost invisible intervention into an idiosyncratic building

Eugenie Bliah

How Brexit got personal

The focus of Brexit so far has been the possible impact on construction’s growing skills shortage. But how is the UK’s vote to leave affecting the EU nationals themselves and what can employers do to ensure that they stay?

London

Under a cloud

Commercial development in the City has had the shadow of Brexit looming over it for a year now

Supermarket

Sustainability: Sustainable retail

Sustainable retail buildings present a major opportunity to provide improved quality and a better experience for employees, shoppers and communities

Construction

Close to the edge

Kengo Kuma’s extraordinarily complex design for the V&A’s outpost in Dundee would not have been possible without 3D modelling and analysis tools, not to mention complex construction techniques, that have left the city with a building of true grit

Emerson College Little Building

BIM: Attention to detail

A Boston restoration project using advanced 3D-modelling and printing technologies could hold the key to a new age of decoration within contemporary design

432 Park Avenue

Residential towers: Through the roof

New York and London are both bristling with new residential towers, a boom driven by demand for housing and skyrocketing prices for luxury flats

Jerome L. Green Science Centre

By the people: Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus

Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus has championed a policy of inclusiveness not only for its students but also in the construction teams that built it

Office buildings

Wellness: WELL Building Standard

The WELL Building Standard focuses solely on a building’s impact on people

Storyhouse

A stage for three stars: Chester's Storyhouse

The Storyhouse in Chester is a daring construction of opposites, with a theatre, cinema and library brought together in a space that combines new-build and the spirit of the orginal 1930s picture house

BIM

BIM: ‘They just don’t get it’

The latest survey from NBS shows take-up is growing but raises concerns that private clients don’t understand BIM and that the government is failing to enforce its own mandate

22 Bishopsgate from the Thames

BIM: Are you ready for the fourth dimension?

The team behind 22 Bishopsgate has created a complex 4D virtual reality model intended to optimise every aspect of delivery. Is the industry at large prepared for this new reality?

Berlin concert hall

Melody & harmony: Berlin's new concert hall

Frank Gehry’s £28.5m Berlin concert hall is an unusual building for this celebrated creator of the unusual. Ike Ijeh finds that through its sharp contradictions of age, shape and material, it achieves a kind of peace

The medical centre is scheduled to be finished in June

Notes from a small island: Tristan da Cunha's medical centre

Building a medical centre is all in a day’s work for Galliford Try. But it’s a different matter when the work takes place on a volcanic island 2,000km from the nearest inhabited land. This is a prefab new-build with a difference

Flooding

Floating ideas to tackle flooding

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

COMMUNITY OPINION

Michael Brennan

Large-scale recruitment should be phased, like any successful project

28 Jul 17

Employers need to recruit carefully to ensure that mass hiring of new employees does not dilute the company’s culture

Sadie Morgan

At what cost?

26 Jul 17

It’s important to look at what is lost when competing design proposals are judged simply on how much money they will take to build out

Jack Pringle

Dreaming of Margate

19 Jul 17

On the run-down north Kent coast is a living example of regeneration in action. With its contemporary art gallery and now the revival of Dreamland amusement park, Margate has become a model for culture-led revival

Chloe McCulloch

After the fire

6 Jul 17

The traumatic experience at Grenfell Tower has understandably triggered a rush to find answers, but we also need to stand back and look at social housing in a holistic way

Dave Rogers

The government isn’t doing enough to prevent a mass exodus of EU workers

4 Jul 17

Brexit could be a spark for an exodus of EU construction workers and the government doesn’t seem to have a plan

Earle Arney

London needs a housing reset

4 Jul 17

The private rental sector could help the government tackle the housing crisis in the capital

Ike Ijeh

A view of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

21 Jun 17

Natural simplicity forms an ode to the spirit of a modern city

Anthony Thistleton

Modular housing can introduce choice

20 Jun 17

Modular housing doesn’t have to come at the expense of good architecture and could bring choice

Jack Pringle

Housing: Great shakes

23 May 17

If you look hard enough, something positive has come out of this turbulent world politics and frenzy of electioneering