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VIEW POINT: Nigel Ostime

Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown Architects and chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group discusses the group’s just-published industry survey, which has important revelations on what architects do well, but also what they must improve on The best projects generally come... View Article

The rise and rise of CLT buildings

Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe discusses how cross-laminated timber is helping architects go to new lengths Architects’ desire to create sustainable structures has pushed technological innovations beyond the imaginable. Cross-laminated timber, or CLT for short, has been drawing a lot of attention... View Article

Choosing the right workplace settings

Oliver Ronald of The Boss Design Group explains how the emergence of the concept of settings is influencing workplace design to benefit performance Workplace design and furniture specification are no longer just about the space available. The modern office is... View Article

Bridging the divide: a question of choice

David Clarke of IDSystems looks at the options for specifiers when it comes to choosing glazed doors to bring the outside in Bridging the divide between indoors and outdoors is one of the main reasons homeowners seek to employ ‘open... View Article

A bathroom that works for everyone

Designing washrooms for multi-ability use is a sensitive process and the influx of products combining style and substance means architects are spoilt for choice. Lisa Ward of Bristan offers expert guidance When planning a residential development, architects face the challenge... View Article

The house built on a pension

Thrifty pensioners Vic and Lilian Davidson built their ‘garden’ home in Nottinghamshire for just £28,000, thanks to hard work and the Internet. Words and pictures by Heather Dixon Vic and Lilian Davidson built their house with their own bare hands... View Article

Specifying lintels for the energy savvy

Steel lintels can have a crucial impact on a project, especially when it comes to addressing energy conservation. Richard Price, Technical Director at Catnic, provides a useful overview to help architects make a well-informed decision. No matter what type, size, scale... View Article

Washroom design for the well-educated

With so many rules and regulations surrounding the practicalities of washroom design in educational settings, Daniel Ward of Twyford talks us through the dos and don’ts of sanitary specification for the school environment. Specifying products for washrooms in the education... View Article

Breathing new life into schools

New standards for ventilation in schools are set to transform approaches to design and system choices, as James Hammick of Passivent explains. Changes to the Department for Education’s ventilation guidance Building Bulletin BB101 are imminent, with the new bulletin ‘Guidelines... View Article

Clever with cladding

Paul Richards of Aquarian Cladding Systems, explains how ever-increasing demands from the education sector are fuelling fresh innovations in construction solutions to meet the sector’s needs. Building for education comes with its own set of challenges, often including term date-dictated... View Article

Quiet please!

Cellecta’s Richard Hillman offers some sound advice on achieving high acoustic performance in student accommodation. Student accommodations can be noisy environments which can disrupt sleep, add to stress, infringe on privacy, and generally compromise quality of life. Achieving a high... View Article

Raising standards in play

Julie Pearce of Sovereign Design Play Systems highlights the importance of using a specialist playground provider. Planning for a playground as part of a new-build project or enhancing an existing play space for a school upgrade can be very time... View Article

The convenience of co-ordination

Architects are increasingly looking to tie washroom design into the overall look of a building’s interior – and high-spec products are becoming more commonplace. Trevor Bowers of Washroom Washroom explores the diverse range of solutions on offer. By continually pushing... View Article

Bridging the performance gap

The movement to build ‘eco’ has led to greater focus on the importance of insulation, but the industry needs to ensure projects are built ‘as designed’ says Recticel’s Peter Wilcox. The final Evidence Review Report produced by the Zero Carbon... View Article

Structural glazing: Reshaping the modern skyline

As technology evolves, glass continues to be seen at the core of many exciting and iconic buildings, enabling achitects to achieve their goals. Phil Savage of Pilkington discusses the growing importance of glass in modern building design. A look across... View Article

Designing for better flood control

Climate change is posing a constant challenge to designers to create efficient flood management systems. Stuart Pearce of GeoSmart Information reviews current practice and says the industry needs to take a broader view. Traditional flood risk management approaches have been... View Article
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