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LATEST SPECIFIER CASE STUDY

Heneghan Peng’s new Department of Architecture and Landscape for the University of Greenwich

Up where the air is clear

20 May 14

Heneghan Peng’s new Department of Architecture and Landscape for the University of Greenwich will host 14 roof gardens, including ponds, teaching spaces, beehives and even a couple of vineyards

MORE SPECIFIER CASE STUDIES

Cromford Mill in Derbyshire

Building 17: Refurbishing Cromford Mill

26 Mar 14

The historic but neglected Victorian factory buildings at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire were overdue a refurb. But decontaminating the timber from chemicals used in industrial dyeing proved a test of modern ingenuity

Newington Butts Elephant and Castle

Cladding for the private rental sector

21 Jan 14

Could fundamental changes to the cladding industry be the key to providing cost-effective, high-quality private rental accommodation?

Part L

Understanding the changes to Part L

10 Dec 13

The new Part L Building Regulations come into force in April and while they may not be as rigorous as some would like, the emphasis on fabric efficiency will still put pressure on housebuilders

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New Victorians

22 Nov 13

A 19th-century primary school in Dulwich came with the usual set of problems associated with old buildings. To solve them, Edward Cullinan Architects took a pragmatic and piecemeal approach

Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre roof, Athens

7 Nov 13

Athens’ vast £500m Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is being crowned with a 10,000m2 ferrocement canopy, designed by Expedition Engineering. Why did the UK practice settled on this unusual choice of material?

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Cladding at Birmingham New Street

24 Oct 13

Birmingham New Street station is being transformed by a curving steel cladding system, but attaching such an instantly iconic facade to an existing frame has thrown up a variety of structural challenges

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Housing a nation

9 Oct 13

Nobody has yet come up with a convincing way to solve the housing crisis, and now the problem has got so big we need a plan on a national scale to tackle it

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The timber trail

20 September 2013

As the EU cracks down on illegally harvested timber, what are the industry’s responsibilities?

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Choosing low-carbon windows

4 Sep 13

There is more to a low-carbon window choice than whether you opt for double or triple glazing

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Trowbridge County Hall: Walking on air

19 July 2013

Stride Treglown Architects needed a ventilation solution for a covered courtyard and it found one in a new type of raised access floor

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Debenhams Oxford Street: Time to shine

05 July 2013

Debenhams’ Oxford Street store is ready to come out of the shadows with an innovative cladding concept

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New Trafford

12 Jun 13

Architect 5plus breathes new life into Trafford Town Hall

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The daylight factor

24 Apr 13

Is it possible to increase daylight without raising costs and lowering energy efficiency?

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House of straw

17 Apr 13

An affordable co-ownership scheme made of straw is proving highly energy efficient

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Royal Marsden Hospital: The X-factor

2 Apr 13

MRI scanners weigh up to 7 tonnes each. So adding an X-ray and scanning suite to the top of a Victorian hospital in a west London conservation area required some creative thinking

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Care homes: The new way to get old

28 Feb 13

According to a Dutch idea, older people need on-site restaurants, bars, village squares and beauty parlours. Is the UK is ready for a revolution in care home design?

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Lessons in sustainability

12 Feb 13

With schools responsible for 50% of local authority carbon emissions, Matt Fulford looks at how simple measures can produce big savings

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Glass: Which is the fairest of them all?

23 Jan 13

Glass may have been about for thousands of years but in future its applications will extend well beyond glazing. Here are some innovative uses to look out for

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Rooftop agriculture

11 January 2013

Building looks at a relatively new movement using green roofs to plant our food

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Carbon monoxide: The silent killer

14 December 2012

Northern Ireland has taken decisive action to reduce carbon-monoxide related deaths by making alarms that detect the gas compulsory

PRODUCTS

St Andrew's Square

What to specify: Commercial/offices

22 Jun 17

A range of solutions for the fit-out of offices and commercial premises have been released by companies including Armstrong Ceilings, Mitsubishi Electric and Vent-Axia

Panel Systems

What to specify: Cladding

9 Jun 17

Cladding is designed to provide architects with creative flexibility. Here are the latest cladding and curtain wall products from Schueco, Wienerberger, Panel Systems and Glassolutions

Virtual reality

What to specify: BIM

12 May 17

A range of BIM objects have been released including an update on a sketching app that allows customers to pan and zoom simultaneously, and the completed range of Rhinoceros software

COMMUNITY OPINION

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

    

Vick Webb

Untapped technology

25 Apr 17

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

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?

Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17

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

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

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

Developing a brand is becoming ever more important, both for developers and occupiers