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Sourcing done right

Jane Buxey from the stone industry’s trade body speaks to Hutton Stone’s Marcus Paine about what the sector’s focus on ethical sourcing means in practice. Stone Federation Great Britain is the official trade association for the natural stone industry, which... View Article

Will brick facades slip up?

Arup’s Alexis Harrison says that while the bricks sector has responded to increased demand from architects seeking to use the material in highly crafted exteriors, they still have questions about the long-term performance of brick slips. When I joined the... View Article

How architectural lighting can enhance buildings

Why incorporating architectural lighting in your building planning and design is crucial. Contemporary architecture and planning relies so heavily on the use of lighting for so many varied functions that it has become a design feature and architectural element in... View Article

The top five properties most in need of crash barriers

You will often see products from Armco Barrier Supplies used on crash barriers on roadways without actually knowing that you are seeing the UK’s leading supplier of products that keep vehicles safe from oncoming collisions. You will also see them... View Article

The different types of temporary structures

When it comes to temporary building structures, this term doesn’t mean that the building is fragile or even short-lived. Many of these temporary structures have lasted for months or even years and are used for a variety of purposes. A... View Article

RIBA responds to the Government’s Spring Statement

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) responds to the Spring Statement in which the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, gave an update on the UK economy. Speaking today, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “We welcome positive news on the British economy, but to... View Article

Future Watch – Embracing density

James Parker looks at how the new London Plan could transform the capital, as it puts high-density housing high on the agenda. London’s planning decisions, is still in draft form. When finally published next year it could have big repercussions... View Article

Editor’s Comment – March

developers’ and NIMBYs’ parallel aims to only build when and where viable. However Theresa May, no doubt I n this issue of ADF we focus on the issue of the moment – housing. It is the biggest political football imaginable,... View Article

Site Lines: Designing envelopes for Passivhaus townhouses

Architect Gavin Finnan describes the design of Passivhaus townhouses in a south London regeneration project, focusing on how their external envelope was fundamental to performance. South Gardens is the first phase of Elephant Park, a major regeneration project that sits... View Article

Meeting brick aspirations

Andy Batterham of Ibstock looks at the ongoing renaissance in brick, and how providing for increasing demand for colours, as well as the trend for grey brick, is helping architects and specifiers reinvigorate this traditional building material. It is fair... View Article

Cladding: is our response to tragedy adequate?

FunderMax’s Paul Hughes questions whether the UK is doing enough to prevent further disasters following the Grenfell fire, and suggests where improvements should be made. In the early hours of 14 June 2017 Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey social housing tower... View Article

Editor’s comment – February

Now that spring is finally rearing its head, the events season is upon us. If you are attending ecobuild which is fast-approaching at the start of March, you may well be hoping for a newly-invigorated set of debates and exhibitors... View Article

Repurposing your shed for the 21st Century

Sheds today are used for more than just garden storage. In fact, sheds are now more likely to have Wi-Fi access than a wheelbarrow, with many people using the, for hobbies or work as opposed to gardening. The flexibility of... View Article

Why historical repair is needed

Many historical buildings have stood for hundreds of years and are marked as a listed building not only because they are remarkable in general but are also a great tourist attraction and an important monument to our history. However, without... View Article
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