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Political uncertainty and cost rises hit construction outlook

In a quarter characterised by political uncertainty, the Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey shows that despite a strong Q2 the industry’s supply chain are more pessimistic for the year ahead. The survey of main contractors, SME builders, civil engineering... View Article

Should a firewall be for life?

It’s not just a wall, it’s a firewall and for such crucial protection the use of composite panels gives buildings a huge performance boost. But, Brett Harrington, Divisional Manager for the Firewall and Data Division of ISD Solutions, warns you... View Article

How to choose the right sealant for your industry

Every engineer, manufacturer, constructor or house builder needs the right sealant for their specific application needs. For example, only the right solution can provide complete safety to constructors and house builders against future problems such as leakages, seepage or cracks.... View Article

Construction product manufacturers pessimistic of growth

The CPA’s State of Trade Survey for 2017 Q2 reveals that UK construction product manufacturers experienced growth in sales and activity for the 17th consecutive quarter, but higher input costs and rising uncertainty has dampened manufacturers’ views for the near-term... View Article

View Point – Rory Bergin of HTA Design

In his second article on the subject for ADF, Rory Bergin looks deeper at the facets within ‘the ethics of development’ that architects should consider. Since ethics are primarily about how we deal with each other, architects might be forgiven... View Article

Ask the Architect – Glenn Swann of LK2

Glenn Swann, associate at sports & leisure specialists LK2, tells ADF about the firm’s aspirations and how technology is helping to shape the profession today. WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ARCHITECT? I’ve always been creative, so the idea of using... View Article

Editor’s Comment – July

This will long be remembered as the year when regeneration became devastation. Beyond the appalling human tragedy which the Grenfell Tower fire represents for the individuals killed and injured and families traumatised for life, is a wider shadow cast across... View Article
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Innovation – a shared responsibility

There is no doubting the fact that we are living in a global economy and that we are all going through an intense period of change. For many of us, our focus is on our immediate vicinity and surroundings and... View Article

Six key advantages of portable and modular building methods

Portable and modular buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings which are constructed off-site and delivered in modular sections. In other words, modular construction is an accelerated method of designing and constructing a building which is made of modules which are built... View Article

View Point – Rory Bergin of HTA Design

Rory Bergin examines ‘the ethics of development’ in the context of current practice. Last year I was asked to speak about ethics and architecture at the APRES 2016 conference and I had to consider what ‘ethics’ means in a professional... View Article

Editor’s Comment – June

While many practices have been expressing their fears over Brexit (not least on behalf of their EU staff) and the likelihood of a strengthened victorious Conservative government pushing through a ‘hard’ Brexit, the world will continue to turn following the... View Article

Practice Profile – Hogarth Architects

From radical refurbishments and modern extensions to ventures into housing development, Hogarth Architects has made a success of the residential sector, as Teodora Lyubomirova found out. Stick to what you’re good at – this has been the underlying notion underpinning... View Article

Bringing SKA back to school

Joe Croft, head of environmental and sustainability at Overbury, examines a challenging environmental assessment method for higher education fit-outs. There is a real desire for environmental sustainability within the higher education sector. To address that, the SKA for higher education... View Article

How will Brexit impact material costs?

Many questions were raised in the wake of the EU referendum, with key figures in every industry speculating about the potential impact on their sector in the months ahead. Since June’s Brexit decision, the UK economy has defied some analysts’... View Article

Rainwater harvesting – simply common sense

By Gary Wheatley, Training and Technical Manager, Wilo UK It wasn’t so long ago that the UK’s reputation for being the ‘rain capital’ of Europe made mention of rainwater harvesting the subject of mirth and jollity! The changing rainfall patterns... View Article

Editor’s Comment – May

Since the somewhat surprising (or not) announcement of a general election by Theresa May, unsurprisingly the debate and political sparring has mainly been around the subject of Brexit. This election, whether Labour likes it or not, is going to be... View Article
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