Flood champion appointed to new protection role

National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has appointed acclaimed flood protection campaigner and consumer champion Mary Dhonau OBE. Mary has been appointed as the head of the PCA’s new Flood Protection Group responsible for helping to steer and... View Article

€5,000 prize for FAKRO loft design competition winner

Workspace of the Future – New Space for New Visions was the motto of the fifth international architects’ design competition organised by FAKRO. Entries were tasked with designing a workspace of the future, demonstrating three innovative ways to use FAKRO... View Article

SBID International Design Awards 2014: finalists revealed

The finalists of this year’s SBID International Design Awards have been shortlisted. SBID has firmly established this annual occasion as one of the most prestigious recognitions of design excellence in the interior design industry. With a 15% increase in entries... View Article

New website aids specification of renewable heat products

Thermal Integration, whose products are marketed and distributed by Specflue, has unveiled a new website. www.heatweb.co.uk brings together and shares Thermal Integration’s 20 years’ experience in the continual development and improvement of its product range. The website offers a number of... View Article

Monodraught Cool-phase is now available as a cloud based BIM object

Cool-phase, the award winning natural cooling, ventilation and heat recovery system from Monodraught is now available to architects, consultants, specifiers and building contractors through BIMobject.com,  a major worldwide source of free-to-use Building Information Modelling (BIM) content. The Cool-phase BIM objects... 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