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TECHNICAL CASE STUDIES

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

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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

London

Under a cloud

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

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

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

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

Catnic

What to specify: Roofing

7 Jul 17

Roofing products and systems featured in this issue’s specifier section include information on Welsh Slate used in a heritage rebuild and a Center Parcs that is using JB Western Red Cedar Shingles to create four treehouses

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

COMMUNITY OPINION

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

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?