All Case studies articles – Page 2

  • 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

  • Flooding

    Floating ideas to tackle flooding


    The severe flooding of winter 2015/16 has put a focus on normalising water-resistance measures in houses in areas prone to flooding

  • Albert Dock

    The art of good conservation


    As conservation areas turn 50, they are coming under increasing pressure in major cities. Ike Ijeh looks at the battle between heritage enthusiasts and developers, and asks experts if they think the areas have reached a tipping point

  • Future Greenwich Peninsula

    Greenwich Peninsula: In the docks


    Knight Dragon’s £8.4bn redevelopment of Greenwich Peninsula will be one of the biggest regeneration projects by one developer that the capital has ever seen and has attracted some top architectural talent. But will the result stand the test of time? Ike Ijeh reports

  • Entrance

    Bush Theatre: Open audition


    In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns

  • Carrowbreck Meadow

    Carrowbreck Meadow: Passivhaus rules


    A settlement of 14 Passivhaus homes, designed by Hamson Barron Smith, has been built in a Norfolk woodland. Ike Ijeh explains why observing this small project could provide the key to a scheme of nationwide significance

  • St Peter’s Seminary

    The resurrection of St Peter’s


    St Peter’s Seminary near Glasgow is a brutalist ruin that is being given new life as an arts venue. What makes the refurb really unusual is that the crumbling decay, instead of being covered, will be used as a central feature

  • One Blackfriars from level 41

    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

  • Street detail

    Live Works: As you like it


    Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

  • Burntwood School

    A question of priorities


    The government’s flagship programme to regenerate the schools estate has just seen the start of its second phase. Ike Ijeh assesses what the Priority School Building Programme has offered pupils and the construction industry so far

  • Swansea Bay

    Bay watch


    With the government-commissioned review into the cost-effectiveness of tidal lagoons giving Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon the thumbs up last month, could this be a watershed moment for tidal energy?

  • The new facade; the team created a thermally broken extrusion 119mm wide with the glazing fixed in with structural silicone.

    Great Arthur House: Colourful character


    The grade II-listed Great Arthur House in the City of London urgently needed a new facade that stopped its leaks and improved its thermal performance, but double glazing was too heavy for its structure

  • Trump International Golf Club, Dubai



    Donald Trump’s architecture talks louder than the man himself, with its gaudy interiors and unashamed excess. But what do his developments reveal about the man who promises to transform America?

  • King’s College Hospital, London

    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

  • Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

    Elbphilharmonie: Crown jewel


    Hamburg wanted the Elbphilharmonie to be an instantly discernible architectural symbol to lift the city’s prestige but got a faceless glass block sitting on top of a brick one

  • 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