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TECHNICAL CASE STUDIES

Prefab Housing

2016: Back to the future - part two

A 1980s office went back to nature and housing went beyond postwar with 21st-century prefabs 

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

2016: Back to the future - part one

The Tate Modern extension provided a warped contrast against the former power station and the Design Museum gained a historically sensitive 1960s rebuild

New Science Building

New Science Building: Unsolved mysteries

Laboratories are most often architecturally dull affairs but not Sheppard Robson’s New Science Building

Mersey bridge

Building a bridge across the Mersey

Constructing a six-lane road link across the River Mersey involved several challenges

Glasgow College's new Riverside Campus

Glasgow College: Tales from the riverbank

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

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

Baylis old school

Baylis Old School: Brute strength

While many brutalist schools are being knocked down, one in south London is making a virtue of its architectural heritage and converting into housing. Photographs by Edmund Sumner

One Carter Lane

Europe's first WELL Building

There is now an international standard for measuring how a building impacts on its users’ health and wellbeing. Ike Ijeh looks at how Studio Ben Allen Architects’ One Carter Lane will become the first European project to receive the accreditation

hoUSe

Housing design awards

This year’s entries reveal some interesting trends in housebuilding in the UK such as a reduction in common space, urban design principles being applied to greenfield sites and the successful use of custom build

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre: Hit or myth

Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens puts the Ancient Greek concept of an ‘agora’ or meeting place at its heart

V and A 4

V&A: Underground art

The V&A’s £49.5m subterranean extension had to be built without closing the main museum and without damaging the listed facades of the surrounding buildings. Building reports on how Arup, AL_A and Wates made it without a wobble

The hoUSe concept is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional terraced house

Prefab housing: Here’s one we made earlier

A new range of low-cost prefabricated housing solutions is being rolled out across the country with the potential to help tackle Britain’s affordable housing crisis

TFL

Cycle lanes: On yer bikes

London’s £4bn Roads Modernisation Plan aims to radically redesign the way we travel through the capital’s streets

Thrale Almshouses

Almshouses: Charity begins at home

Renovating an almshouse site in Streatham, south London, meant a balancing act between upgrading outmoded 1930s housing and staying true to the Edwardian aesthetic

holycross

Holy Cross School: A class of its own

Cullinan Studio’s prefabricated school in Swindon extracts spatial and architectural delight from a lean, compact template and answers today’s challenge of how we can build more schools for less money, while maintaining design quality

The new Grande Stade de Lyon is encased in concrete walls with narrow openings to mimic a medieval fortress

Grande Stade de Lyon: Stadium Franglais

Olympique Lyonnais’ new £340m home, designed by Populous, will host Euro 2016 matches this summer. But is it more typical of English stadium design than its continental counterparts?

The last train carrying the general public left Aldwych underground station on the evening of 30 September 1994, 87 years after the station first opened to the public

Underground London: Secrets of the deep

Beneath the streets of London lies a little known world of labyrinthine tunnels, disused tube stations, underground rivers and even a Post Office railway

Dalston Lane project

Dalston Lane: Tall Timber

At 33m high, a Hackney apartment block is set to become the world’s tallest cross-laminated timber building

Frampton Park Baptist Church

Frampton Park Baptist Church

A long way to heaven: A Baptist church in Hackney, east London, has broken with the archetypes of church design to place community facilities, a cafe, creche and offices at the congregational heart of the building - prayers go on up on the third floor

Heathrow

Projects for 2016: Heathrow airport

The wrangling over a third runway is one of the longest-running farces in recent British political history

Elbphilharmonie? Concert Hall

Projects for 2016: Elbphilharmonie​ Concert Hall

This £617m Herzog & de Meuron project was originally costed at less than £60m and scheduled to complete in 2010

M&E features

John-Leach

Engineering the Serpentine Pavilion

8 Jun 16

Augmented reality helped unzip the designs for this year’s challenging build

M&E feature

Renewable Heat Incentive: The heat is on

2 Oct 13

Andrew Brister looks at plans to reignite the Renewable Heat Incentive and asks whether the moves will achieve the government’s targets

LATEST PRODUCTS

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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

John Lewis

What to specify: Off-site

21 Feb 17

Manufacturers offer a range of off-site solutions to suit projects of every size, from the modular building complexes at Hinkley nuclear power station to luxury bespoke panels featuring gold-printed wool

COMMUNITY OPINION

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

Helen Gough

The need for International Women's Day

7 Mar 17

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

Richard McCarthy

We need a boring Budget

2 Mar 17

Next week the chancellor will unveil his spring Budget, let’s hope he uses it to strengthen existing policies and provide certainty rather than unleash any big surprises

Phil-Bernstein

Big data and virtual reality in architecture

20 Feb 17

By combining big data and VR, architects can significantly improve design

Claire-Palmer---Symmetrys

Why have EU workers' pensions become a tax target?

13 Feb 17

HMRC must lift its block on French and Italians in the UK transferring their pension pots tax free, or risk losing the benefits their professional expertise brings to construction