George Demetri

  • Seen from across the canal, the Brindley comprises an interplay of complex forms

    Runcorn’s Guggenheim


    Okay, so it’s not Gehry, and this isn’t exactly Bilbao … Nevertheless, Runcorn’s sensational Brindley Arts Centre, designed by John Miller + Partners, could well have comparable regenerative properties – and it looks great.

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    No place like home


    How Brady Mallalieu's award-winning St Catherine's Foyer has used warm brick to create a homely and welcoming place that helps give Dublin's homeless youngsters a better start in life.

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    Panic over


    Manufacturers are confident that the new Part L will not spell the end for brick-and-block construction. Here's how they and their timber-frame producing rivals are gearing up for the change

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    Radiating wisdom


    Construction firms don’t have to keep their employees in the dark or bury them under paperwork. They can disseminate vast quantities of information via intranets.

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    The Appliance of science


    London's Science Museum has a new eco-friendly way of generating electricity. But instead of being hidden in a dark basement, it's on show for all to see. How does it work?

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    Board talk


    The timber industry has been losing out to concrete in the domestic floors market, but is fighting back with prefabricated structural kits for faster and cheaper installation.

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    The root pile man


    Technical innovations have given ground engineering specialist Fondedile an enviable reputation, but, as managing director Ian McKenzie says, that doesn’t protect it from the abuses of an industry that still finds it difficult to work with itself.

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    Secret services


    How did architect Hawkins/Brown and services engineer Atelier Ten install cabling and ducting in a listed Victorian manor house without ruining its character?

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    Net asset


    Internet: Company web sites Want to get your business on the web? Building looks at how to develop a web site and talks to some construction firms that took the plunge.

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    Race to the top


    How long does it take four men to fit a roof? If they use prefabricated roofing panels imported from The Netherlands, just two days.