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Woods Hardwick, Knowlhill development, Milton Keynes

Karl Myhill, consultant at Woods Hardwick and the build constructor Parkway Construction MK explain what factors were implemented in the construction of the final two office buildings they designed as part of the Knowlhill development in Milton Keynes. According to... View Article

What do your washrooms say about your building?

There are many parts of a building that really emphasise what an establishment is all about. Experts at Amwell offer their advice on how to specify quality washrooms that say the right thing about your building and the company based... View Article

A brave new world for London Bridge station

One of the capital’s great historic railway stations is on course to become the well designed, attractive transport hub it should always have been. Ray Philpott explores the role of architecture in its renaissance London Bridge, the city’s first passenger... View Article

Clear Architects’ Haven House Hospice annexe

An expanding children’s hospice proved to be a challenging – but ultimately rewarding – architectural project, writes Melanie Clear Haven House Children’s Hospice is a charity that offers a home-from-home space for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening... View Article

Creating learning environments at Education Estates

Education Estates returns to Manchester Central on 11-12 November In order for pupils and students to realise their full learning potential, they need the best learning environments. Facilities that are purpose built for learning, not just for today’s needs but... View Article

Eight steps to the perfect roof

SIG Design & Technology’s Sales Director Ross Finnie outlines how the perfect roof can be built using a structured approach to roof design and specification. He offers useful guidance which you can apply time and time again to ensure maximum... View Article

Consumers drive evolution in wiring accessories

The importance of intuitive and custom design for wiring accessories. By Jason Ng, marketing communications specialist at MK Electric Before a small selection of consumer brands – most famously Apple led by its late founder Steve Jobs and chief designer... View Article

Fire safety & legal responsibilities

If you are an architect preparing the design for a new building or a retrofit, having an appreciation for and working knowledge of the latest fire safety legislation will ensure compliance and ultimately save lives. The latest government statistics show... View Article

Will SuDS legislation be put into place?

With the government now planning to hold a consultation to discuss where to go with SuDS, Andrew Gill, marketing manager of Brett Landscaping, wonders if and when any actual legislation will finally be put into place To admit to feeling... View Article

Lead – a contemporary building material

Richard Diment, Lead Sheet Association (LSA) executive manager, discusses the relevance of rolled lead sheet in modern construction Lead is often perceived as a heritage material. That is understandable, considering that it has been used in construction for centuries, and... View Article

SIG Zinc & Copper detects metal renaissance

Growing numbers of architects are choosing metal for roofs and cladding not only because of its undoubted green credentials and lustrous good looks but also because the use of the material has evolved stylistically. By Simon Walker, category manager for... View Article

Galvanizing in the public realm

Modern life can have a habit of being fast, furious and disposable. Long-term thinking is often eschewed for the here and now. We all share a responsibility to balance value for money today with decisions that will remain appropriate for... View Article

Dipping has the edge over blasting

If a priceless piece of architecture has not been renovated for over 100 years, how can you clean it thoroughly without losing any of its decorative features? Forget shot blasting and dip it in a tank, says Adrian McMurray, MD... View Article

Metal in architecture showcase

  Foster + Partners has revealed designs for the sustainable new headquarters of RMK in Yekaterinburg, one of the world’s leading producers of copper – the project rethinks the conventional cellular office to set new standards in quality, comfort and... View Article

Redefining copper

Sometimes we need to look back to understand the dynamics of developments in architectural materials – particularly metals – and where they might lead in the future. Copper cladding is one example with a growing and diverse presence in contemporary... View Article

Visual concrete: aesthetics and good practice

‘It looks good and it does good’ is a simple explanation for why both designers and clients are increasingly turning to exposed concrete for its visual aesthetic and performance benefits reports Elaine Toogood, architect at The Concrete Centre Once they... View Article

Aluminium sustainability within the building industry

Justin Ratcliffe, chief executive at the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB), reviews issues surrounding aluminium recycling and sustainability and highlights a number of projects undertaken by CAB and other leading International organisations who CAB partner with, including the International... View Article
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