All articles by Thomas Lane – Page 8

  • Farringdon station
    Features

    Farringdon station overhaul: Boring? If only!

    2011-12-09T00:00:00Z

    London’s Farringdon station has been given an overhaul and is ready for more passengers, bigger trains and Crossrail. But it hasn’t been an easy ride - and digging a 140m tunnel by hand was the least of it. By Thomas Lane. Photography by Colin Streater

  • Hydropower
    Features

    Hydropower: Water works

    2011-12-02T00:00:00Z

    With all the controversy over solar, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that hydropower produces a thousand times more electricity. Building investigates a power source that could light up the industry

  • Timber frame
    News

    Timber frame industry tackles fire safety

    2011-12-02T00:00:00Z

    UK Timber Frame Association and HSE have joined forces to promote more fire resistant time frame systems

  • Fancy a fourth layer?
    Features

    Quadruple glazing: Fancy a fourth layer?

    2011-11-25T00:00:00Z

    It’s winter and our thoughts turn to keeping warm by any means necessary. Is quadruple glazing the solution? Thomas Lane peeks out from behind his curtains to ask the experts

  • BIM
    News

    Arup to open BIM consultancy in UK

    2011-11-08T13:31:00Z

    Engineering giant has been offering BIM services in Australia for 12 months

  • BIM
    Features

    The rise of the BIM consultant

    2011-11-04T00:00:00Z

    With its clear government backing and success stories in the press, construction firms realise that BIM is a Very Important Thing. The question is, how to do it? Thomas Lane meets the new wave of BIM consultants who may have the answer

  • Free schools
    Features

    Free school conversions: Making the switch

    2011-10-28T00:00:00Z

    The government went out of its way to make it easier for free schools to be formed in non-school buildings by easing planning laws. So now that they’ve opened their doors, do they actually work? Take a look at two very different conversions…

  • specifier
    Features

    Cladding: Facing the future

    2011-10-28T00:00:00Z

    The cladding market is being tested by the influx of new regulations and cost pressures. The good news is that facades can now be designed on a more human scale, says Stephen Ledbetter, director of the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology

  • Specifier opener
    Features

    Zero carbon housing using underfloor thermal heat stores

    2011-10-14T00:00:00Z

    When you’ve got houses and flats on a tiny plot, no room to store fuel and little roof space, finding a zero-carbon heating solution is tricky. One team went underground to find the answer

  • Projects
    Features

    Laing O'Rourke and Atkins' standardised school: How's this for smart?

    2011-10-14T00:00:00Z

    Standardised doesn’t have to mean inflexible design - that’s the message from Laing O’Rourke and Atkins with their clever solution to cutting school building costs. Building reports on the surprising versatility of concrete

  • velodrome
    News

    Civil engineers launch 2012 London Engineering Awards

    2011-10-06T15:39:00Z

    The ICE are inviting entries for 2012 awards celebrating engineering excellence in London

  • Specifier opener
    Features

    Deptford: Mixed to the max

    2011-09-30T00:00:00Z

    On a single 7,000m 2 site in Deptford, architect Pollard Thomas Edwards has managed to fit a community centre, artists’ studios, flats, a school and two playgrounds. Building finds out how

  • orbit 3
    Features

    The ArcelorMittal Orbit: Twist and shout

    2011-09-30T00:00:00Z

    The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic park is being built to ‘arouse the curiosity and wonder of Londoners’. And the most curious thing of all is how this spiralling confusion of red steel actually stands up

  • Colchester Art Centre
    Features

    Rafael Viñoly's Firstsite centre: show time

    2011-09-23T00:00:00Z

    Rafael Viñoly’s latest UK building finally takes centre stage, but why was it nearly undone by delays, overspends and legal spats? Thomas Lane reports, while below Ike Ijeh asks if it was worth all the pain

  • BRE Innovation Park
    News

    BRE Group chairman Martin Wyatt steps down

    2011-09-23T00:00:00Z

    Move will happen in January

  • projects
    Features

    Tall building design: Is it safe?

    2011-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Ten years ago the world watched two of New York’s most iconic towers come crashing to the ground. Since then the industry has changed the way tall buildings are built in an attempt to make them terror proof. Building takes a look

  • solar panels
    News

    Only 31 homes reach code level 6

    2011-09-02T00:00:00Z

    However, 29,205 homes have been completed to level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes

  • Montgomery Passivhaus School
    Features

    Top of the class: Passivhaus school design

    2011-08-12T00:00:00Z

    A primary school in Exeter won’t win any architectural awards, but is earning gold stars in zero-carbon and Passivhaus design. Thomas Lane swots up on how to deliver a low-energy building on a budget

  • Housing Expert
    Features

    Brettstapel envelope: The natural choice

    2011-08-12T00:00:00Z

    Getting planning permission to build a house in the stunning Scottish Borders requires a sensitive design, which is why architect Gaia specified a wooden Brettstapel envelope for this project

  • news
    News

    BRE signs deal for innovation park in Brazil

    2011-08-12T00:00:00Z

    Scheme should help win work for UK companies