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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

Stainless steel in architecture – versatility and utility

Alan Harrison, technical advisor for the British Stainless Steel Association, explains why the use of stainless steel is so varied in architectural applications Since its invention in 1913, stainless steel has been used in a wide variety of architectural applications,... View Article

Metal comes to the fore in public-facing projects

Steve Menary explores the changing use of metal in major public-facing projects from sports to leisure and retail Most of the sports fans in the Chris Hoy Velodrome at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow would have been gripped by... View Article

Southmead’s super hospital

Hospitals don’t come any bigger or more cutting edge than the Brunel building in Bristol, which combines the latest medical facilities with a high spec design developed to boost patient well-being as well as environmental performance. Stephen Cousins reports In... View Article

Designing for safety

Gary Bundy, technical director of Sto, considers the impact of the ever-present threat of terrorist attack on the use of glass in the design of public spaces It is hardly a secret that the UK is facing an ongoing threat... View Article

Wood burning stoves – a heat source of the future

Experts at the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) explain why wood burning stoves should be considered for their economical benefits as well as aesthetic appeal Wood burning stoves are increasingly the heating system of choice for many homeowners in both new... View Article

Safety flooring doesn’t mean boring

Sarah Igglesden, brand manager at flooring experts Tarkett UK, discusses the increasing variety of safety floors and how you no longer have to choose between style and substance Over the past few years safety flooring has undergone something of an... View Article

The RCI Show 2014 – it’s for you

RCI Show Director Tony Brown explains what visitors can expect at the key show for the roofing, cladding and insulation sector Over the last 12 months since the RCI Show was launched, organisers have worked tirelessly to pull together an... View Article

Barking’s new model housing

The UK’s first wholly private-financed council housing scheme, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, has been designed to exploit the latest off-site manufacturing techniques. Stephen Cousins reports With cash-strapped councils across the UK struggling to deliver enough social... View Article

Just the spot

Designing outstanding hotels for difficult to develop locations pays off, writes Ray Philpott­­ Two impressive, high-end hotels have been created in interesting but rather challenging sites in the heart of London. On the South Bank and boasting breathtaking views over... View Article

Maximising daylight in design

It is clear that there is an opportunity for architects and specifiers to make much better use of daylight in buildings throughout the design process. Indeed daylight should play as central a role in the design as technical installations. However,... View Article

Specifying canopies, shelters and walkways

Vicky Evans, sales director of Twinfix Limited demonstrates that there are many things to consider when specifying a glazed canopy or walkway. Where is it going to be used? What is its purpose? Do you have a particular design in... View Article

Working with water

Glyn Hyett, managing director of 3P Technik UK Ltd and director and founding member of the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association, addresses the issues surrounding the implementation of rainwater harvesting and sustainable drainage systems Water design stakeholders There are a number... View Article
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