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TECHNICAL CASE STUDIES

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

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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

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

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 

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?

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

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

Mottisfont-Abbey

What to specify: Walls, ceilings, partitions

4 May 17

Reindeer moss makes an appearance in one building, while glass took centre stage at a rejuvenated office in Slough and cherry wood veneer panels were the attraction at the University of Birmingham

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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

COMMUNITY OPINION

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

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