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“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

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

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

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

Open for business

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is a big step away from recent landmark City buildings, with a highly bespoke, super-sustainable design whose disciplined exterior conceals a contrastingly open, dynamic interior. James Parker reports In 2010, Michael Bloomberg, three-time New York Mayor... View Article

The obstacles to getting fire safety right, post-Grenfell

James Butler of Pura Facades expresses his concern that despite the best intentions of the final Hackitt report following the Grenfell disaster, the fragmented nature of the industry could mean there are implementation challenges ahead The long-awaited final report from... View Article

Practice Profile: Niven Architects

A small practice with big ideas, Niven Architects is harnessing cutting-edge working approaches such as agile and lean alongside BIM, making it a force to be reckoned with in the north east. Sébastien Reed reports Niven Architects is a collective... View Article

Hit the deck

Tom Rollo of Polyflor examines the growing number of safety flooring options available to architects. Many years ago, an architect interested in safety flooring was faced with a simple choice, it was available in any colour as long as it... View Article
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