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Vision 2018

Vision 2018, the two-day conference and exhibition aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and clients, takes place on 21 – 22 June at the Business Design Centre in London Vision showcases the latest developments in materials, products and technology alongside a... View Article

Practice Profile: Saunders

With a pragmatic approach and a retail pedigree Saunders is broadening its horizons, with a newfound focus on the residential sector. Sébastien Reed spoke to the firm’s Martin Williams to find out more Saunders was established 30 years ago by... View Article

Creating a sound workplace

Poor acoustic performance can detract from an otherwise brilliant workplace design, so it needs consideration in the early planning stages of a project, explains Kye Edwards of Ocula Systems: People respond differently to design of their working environment – some... View Article

Zero VOCs or not?

Matthew Pemberton at Treatex wood finishes considers the key questions for architects around VOCs, including whether they can be a misleading factor when selecting products for the least environmental impact How can architects select an internal or external wood finish... View Article

“CDW Presents”

This month, east London’s design hub will reveal a new series of collaborations for the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) commissioned public installations, offering a fresh insight into design and materials. Integral to the festival’s unique structure, the... View Article

Clear innovation

Adrian Adams of Saint-Gobain Building Glass outlines the current and future ‘megatrends’ that are influencing architectural glazing specification: Architectural glazing is an exciting area, and there are always new trends and product developments. However, there are also a wide range... View Article

Delivering the vision

Bespoke brick making is undergoing a revival, as Michael Brown of Northcot Brick explains The architecture of many of our towns and cities still reveals diverse regional characteristics dating back to the days when clay was quarried locally and towns... View Article

Handrail compliance: Overcoming physical barriers

Disabled people continue to be affected by the lack of access into public and commercial buildings. Christian King of Kee Systems discusses the regulations around disabled access and explores how an upgrade in handrailing systems can ensure buildings are compliant... View Article

More bang for your buck

Providing the authentic Asian streetfood dining experience, a new food hall in north London was also an intriguing dish for the architects to try, as Roseanne Field reports Opening a new restaurant in London is never an easy task, particularly... View Article

An introduction to specifying self-cleaning glass

Phil Brown of Pilkington UK offers a guide to the benefits of self-cleaning glass, and the science behind the product: Glass is the one of the ‘go-to’ materials used to create modern commercial and residential developments. Its ubiquity is a... View Article

Eliminating the margin for error

Cath McLean from Promat UK explains the benefits of a whole-system approach for effective fire-resistant glazing Uncertainty and confusion still prevail in the market around the design and installation of passive fire protection measures, particularly fire- resistant glass and the... View Article

Industrial revolution

Ed Shearer from Arup reports on how a residential project has transformed Victorian gasholders in London to provide surprising luxury while embracing heritage The Victorian era left a long architectural legacy in London, with many examples of architecture and industrial... View Article

Finding the perfect match

Jason Hughes, managing director at Imperial Bricks, looks at the growing popularity of handmade, colour matched bricks for new build, period buildings and interiors One of the oldest building materials, the humble brick, is experiencing a fresh resurgence within architecture.... View Article

Facing the future

There are many benefits to building with Architectural Facing Masonry (AFM) blocks. as Steve Frost of Lignacite explains Designed for internal and external applications, Architectural Facing Masonry blocks combine an inherent decorative appeal with strength and durability. Used for many... View Article

Going below decks

Stefan Holmes of Millboard explains why plastic is fantastic when it comes to creating effective sub-frames for decking   The selection of materials for creating a deck is not just a choice between timber and composite surface materials: there is... View Article

Enhance a facade with cast stone cladding

Simon Scott of Haddonstone looks at the different options available when it comes to cast stone and its varied applications There have been more imitations of stone than any other natural building material. This persistent emulation has been for reasons... View Article

Brick slip cladding for modern construction

Richard Haines of Eurobrick outlines the benefits of specifying brick slip systems for today’s buildings A brick finish remains as popular as ever in British architecture, but as increasing numbers of projects are delivered using modern methods of construction, what... View Article

New angles on warehouse living – Krøyers Plads, Copenhagen

Located on the doorstep of Copenhagen’s Nyhavn tourist trap are a trio of desirable new harbourside apartment blocks which echo the area’s traditional brick architecture, but with a modern twist. Sébastien Reed reports. Probably the most immediately striking aspect of... View Article

Better ventilated homes mean a healthier future

Paul Croughan of EnviroVent looks at how the new build sector is meeting ventilation requirements and improving the air quality in new home construction Requirements for increased levels of air tightness and energy efficiency mean that around 25 per cent... View Article
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