Andy Pearson

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    Projects: Tales from the riverbank


    On a tight site whose logistical challenges include four London Underground tunnels, the £1.5bn Southbank Place is rapidly taking shape, using BIM and prefabrication to push the project along

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    Temporary school for Grenfell won planning after it opened


    Project completed in just nine weeks, opening three weeks before planning approval was given

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    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

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    London's High Point: Race to the top


    In creating the UK’s tallest build-for-rent development – Highpoint in London’s Elephant and Castle – flexibility, efficiency and speed were key concepts for contractor Mace and structural engineer AKT II

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    Project: Designer dome - the O2's recreation transformation


    The original Millennium Dome’s latest incarnation is as a destination for recreation. Andy Pearson finds out how to build a retail outlet village in a tent

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    Projects: Grenfell - how to build a school in nine weeks


    At the base of Grenfell Tower sits a state-of-the-art secondary school – now lying empty. The Education and Skills Funding Agency had a single summer to find 960 pupils a temporary new home

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    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

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    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

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    Building a bridge across the Mersey


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

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    Taking off into BiMSpace


    Balfour Beatty has been co-ordinating the National Automotive Innovation Centre project from its digital modelling powerhouse hut, developed by Cullinan Studio. We took a look into BiMspace, winner of BIM Initiative of the Year

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    King’s College Hospital: Surgical precision


    Inserting a new intensive care ward above the live theatre block of King’s College Hospital required meticulous planning, an ingenious solution to hoisting steelwork and a steady nerve

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    One Blackfriars: Second time around


    Three years after completing One St George Wharf in London’s Vauxhall, St George is well on its way to the top of a striking residential skyscraper on the South Bank

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    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

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    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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    Drivers of eco design


    What will drive sustainable construction in 2012? Early indications suggest that regulations, corporate responsibility and energy consumption will all play major roles - and that this could be the year that the gap between a building’s predicted and actual performance is scrutinized. Andy Pearson reports

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    Geoengineering: Space age solutions


    Governments admit they have failed to reduce our co2 emissions, so now geoengineering could be our only option to counteract climate change. Andy Pearson explains how this could involve anything from covering deserts with reflective surfaces to putting a shield for the earth in space. Illustration by Philip Veall

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    Ecobuild 2012: Spotlights


    From solar powered transport to timber structures and the latest in urban design, Ecobuild is showcasing the very best in sustainability. So what’s taking centre stage this year? Andy Pearson reports

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    Special report: Building envelopes


    Upgrading a facade not only brings aesthetic benefits, it can help extend the building’s life and improve environmental performance. Here we look at facade systems that can be installed with minimal disturbance and, crucially, do not require a building to be vacated. Andy Pearson reports

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    Special report: M&E on BIM


    Mott MacDonald has set itself a tough 2013 deadline for using BIM on all its projects, so it simulated a sports venue project to test out its skills

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    The Regs Files: Energy perfomance in homes


    With the energy performance of new homes proving far worse in practice than in theory, the government has been spurred into action - but its proposed quality assurance process for Part L compliance has not met with universal approval

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