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Khan gives green light to two London high-rises

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given go-ahead to two high-density residential schemes in London. Khan approved Allies and Morrison’s previously rejected Hale Wharf scheme in Tottenham Hale as well as Moss Architecture’s Palmerston Road develop- ment in Harrow and... View Article

BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ for new Bristol office scheme

A speculative office building designed by Bush Consultancy has achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ design stage certificate – the highest rating for sustainability. Aurora, located in Bristol’s central business district, was benchmarked on the latest BREEAM assessment guidance. The project team... View Article

Closing the gap

Acoustic and fire safety standards must be adapted to meet modern product requirements, argues Kye Edwards of partitioning firm Ocula Systems. Commercial working spaces seem to be continually evolving and numer- ous workplace studies have been carried out to assess... View Article

Materials 2017 promises a convincing debut

Materials 2017 will debut this month in London, as an event with a comprehensive approach to materials for architecture, construction and design. Materials 2017 arrives in London on 25 and 26 April, transforming the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court into... View Article

Plan early for the finish

Richard Besant is Sales Director at Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, the architectural metal finishing company. Powdertech was established in 1988 and is a leading industry supplier. Over the next few months Richard will share his views on current metal finishing issues.... View Article

Composed of sustainability

Alex Collins from Ecodek says that wood polymer composites present a new world of sustainable, durable construction materials. Wood Polymer Composites (WPCs) were first developed in the US in the early 1990s as an alternative to timber used in applications... View Article

Under the skin

As well as aesthetic and performance requirements, the need for more sustainable envelopes is influencing architects’ choice of materials when it comes to facades, says Simon Wild of Formica Group. Architecture has been described as “a visual art where buildings... View Article

Designing-in the benefits of UFH

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit looks at some of the key design considerations for modern house design when it comes to underfloor heating. Housebuilders are fast realising the benefits of underfloor heating solu- tions (UFH), prompting architects to give more... View Article

Practice Profile – Märraum Architects

James Parker spoke to an emerging young practice to find out how they got off the ground in Cornwall, including putting a focus on using virtual reality to give clients exactly what they want. Märraum Architects is an exciting new... View Article

Viewpoint – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins/Brown

Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown gives his views on the barriers to quality in the planning and procurement process, and how they could be broken down. Architects will tell you there is intrin- sic value in good design. Quality is delivered... View Article

Eating on the dock of the bay – Wapping Wharf, Bristol

Bristol’s Wapping Wharf is being revamped into a new food hub for the city, echoing the area’s historic past with a bustling new street plus a restaurant yard made of shipping containers. Teodora Lyubomirova reports. Bristol’s vibrant food and drink... View Article

Editor’s Comment – April

The launch of Herzog & de Meuron’s major new 58-storey apartment block in Canary Wharf, One Park Drive, was somewhat overshadowed by some fairly stark words on Brexit from Sir George Iacobescu, chairman of developer Canary Wharf Group. Speaking after... View Article

Steyn Studio’s Bosjes Chapel

The new chapel, set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African born Coetzee Steyn of London based Steyn Studio. Its serene sculptural form emulates the silhouette of surrounding mountain ranges, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch... View Article

A home-made in a generic environment

Studio RHE has completed a unique four bedroomed villa  in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche in the heart of Yvelines, a house and plot of 400 m2. Its immediate surroundings consist of homes from different periods, stone or plaster, roofing slate. This house is confronted... View Article
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