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

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

Sourcing done right

Jane Buxey from the stone industry’s trade body speaks to Hutton Stone’s Marcus Paine about what the sector’s focus on ethical sourcing means in practice. Stone Federation Great Britain is the official trade association for the natural stone industry, which... View Article

Will brick facades slip up?

Arup’s Alexis Harrison says that while the bricks sector has responded to increased demand from architects seeking to use the material in highly crafted exteriors, they still have questions about the long-term performance of brick slips. When I joined the... View Article

How architectural lighting can enhance buildings

Why incorporating architectural lighting in your building planning and design is crucial. Contemporary architecture and planning relies so heavily on the use of lighting for so many varied functions that it has become a design feature and architectural element in... View Article

The top five properties most in need of crash barriers

You will often see products from Armco Barrier Supplies used on crash barriers on roadways without actually knowing that you are seeing the UK’s leading supplier of products that keep vehicles safe from oncoming collisions. You will also see them... View Article

The different types of temporary structures

When it comes to temporary building structures, this term doesn’t mean that the building is fragile or even short-lived. Many of these temporary structures have lasted for months or even years and are used for a variety of purposes. A... View Article

RIBA responds to the Government’s Spring Statement

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) responds to the Spring Statement in which the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, gave an update on the UK economy. Speaking today, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “We welcome positive news on the British economy, but to... View Article

Future Watch – Embracing density

James Parker looks at how the new London Plan could transform the capital, as it puts high-density housing high on the agenda. London’s planning decisions, is still in draft form. When finally published next year it could have big repercussions... View Article

Editor’s Comment – March

developers’ and NIMBYs’ parallel aims to only build when and where viable. However Theresa May, no doubt I n this issue of ADF we focus on the issue of the moment – housing. It is the biggest political football imaginable,... View Article

Site Lines: Designing envelopes for Passivhaus townhouses

Architect Gavin Finnan describes the design of Passivhaus townhouses in a south London regeneration project, focusing on how their external envelope was fundamental to performance. South Gardens is the first phase of Elephant Park, a major regeneration project that sits... View Article