Six key advantages of portable and modular building methods

Portable and modular buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings which are constructed off-site and delivered in modular sections. In other words, modular construction is an accelerated method of designing and constructing a building which is made of modules which are built... View Article

View Point – Rory Bergin of HTA Design

Rory Bergin examines ‘the ethics of development’ in the context of current practice. Last year I was asked to speak about ethics and architecture at the APRES 2016 conference and I had to consider what ‘ethics’ means in a professional... View Article

Editor’s Comment – June

While many practices have been expressing their fears over Brexit (not least on behalf of their EU staff) and the likelihood of a strengthened victorious Conservative government pushing through a ‘hard’ Brexit, the world will continue to turn following the... View Article

Practice Profile – Hogarth Architects

From radical refurbishments and modern extensions to ventures into housing development, Hogarth Architects has made a success of the residential sector, as Teodora Lyubomirova found out. Stick to what you’re good at – this has been the underlying notion underpinning... View Article

Bringing SKA back to school

Joe Croft, head of environmental and sustainability at Overbury, examines a challenging environmental assessment method for higher education fit-outs. There is a real desire for environmental sustainability within the higher education sector. To address that, the SKA for higher education... View Article

How will Brexit impact material costs?

Many questions were raised in the wake of the EU referendum, with key figures in every industry speculating about the potential impact on their sector in the months ahead. Since June’s Brexit decision, the UK economy has defied some analysts’... View Article

Rainwater harvesting – simply common sense

By Gary Wheatley, Training and Technical Manager, Wilo UK It wasn’t so long ago that the UK’s reputation for being the ‘rain capital’ of Europe made mention of rainwater harvesting the subject of mirth and jollity! The changing rainfall patterns... View Article

Editor’s Comment – May

Since the somewhat surprising (or not) announcement of a general election by Theresa May, unsurprisingly the debate and political sparring has mainly been around the subject of Brexit. This election, whether Labour likes it or not, is going to be... View Article

Glass of the future – a retrospective

Ian Langham from engineering consultant Eckersley O’Callaghan discusses how futuristic 1960s visions of glass buildings have now become reality, and reflects on glass developments present and possibly future. It’s often interesting to reflect on the past to see where we... View Article

Industry reacts to Election announcement

Construction industry bodies have reacted to the news that Theresa May plans to call a general election on 8 June. Mark Farmer, author of the government-commissioned Farmer Review of the UK’s skills shortage and CEO of Cast Consultancy, said: “Whatever... View Article

Plan early for the finish

Richard Besant is Sales Director at Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, the architectural metal finishing company. Powdertech was established in 1988 and is a leading industry supplier. Over the next few months Richard will share his views on current metal finishing issues.... View Article

Viewpoint – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins/Brown

Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown gives his views on the barriers to quality in the planning and procurement process, and how they could be broken down. Architects will tell you there is intrin- sic value in good design. Quality is delivered... View Article

Editor’s Comment – April

The launch of Herzog & de Meuron’s major new 58-storey apartment block in Canary Wharf, One Park Drive, was somewhat overshadowed by some fairly stark words on Brexit from Sir George Iacobescu, chairman of developer Canary Wharf Group. Speaking after... View Article

Design for life

The concept of creating ‘generative spaces’ is leading to a significant evolution in the approach to healthcare design, according to Heather Fennimore of ergonomic design specialist Humanscale. Here she explains the thinking behind the idea. In 2003 forward-thinking American architect... View Article

What’s in a label?

While BREEAM has made significant progress in many areas of the built environment, it is struggling to have the same impact in healthcare. So is a new approach needed to incentivise sustainable design? Mott MacDonald’s UK healthcare lead Gordon Hudson... View Article