Everybody needs good neighbours

When Use Architects’ Jo Hagan came to develop his own site, he used an innovative material to make sure the block was a welcome addition to his Hackney home. Michael Willoughby reports. How to handle a large residential-commercial building in... View Article

The changing face of window design and specification

Jon Palethorpe, commercial director at architectural aluminium systems specialist, Technal, looks at current trends in fenestration design and specification, and some of the latest technical advancements engineered for high performance windows. In the UK, building regulations are imposing ever more... View Article

The demand for individual expression is on the rise

Paul Hughes, from FunderMax, comments on the rising trend and demand for individual design within the cladding industry, and subsequent challenges. There are numerous challenges that confront facade producers in today’s competitive construction market. All of which have to be... View Article

Delivering thermally efficient buildings

Lee Davies, technical director at building envelope specialist, CA Group Limited, explains the role of robust detailing in delivering thermally efficient buildings. The issue of improved airtightness has become a key focus for architects both in striving to deliver increasingly... View Article

Plugging the BIM gap

Gordon Moffat, technical manager at CMS, Scotland’s largest door, window and curtain walling manufacturer and installer, discusses the advantages to architects of ‘BIM ready’ contractors and how BIM can optimise building envelope performance. As more and more product and system... View Article

The use of natural stone in modern architecture

Ian Robottom of Lithodecor discusses lightweight natural stone ventilated rainscreen facades and the requirements of modern architecture. The advent of modern architecture has fundamentally changed the way buildings are constructed. This is particularly relevant when looking at how the use... View Article

Vision London: Architecture under a new light

Not to be missed, Vision London is an important new event for architects, taking place at London’s Olympia in June Showcasing the latest building products and technology for design, interiors, art and architecture, Vision London opens for the very first... View Article

Building envelope design can improve the overall BREEAM rating

Tom Taylor, Principal Consultant, BRE, explains how excellence in building envelope specification can help achieve BREEAM ratings. The specification of the building envelope has implications for performance against several BREEAM New Construction assessment issues and could potentially have a significant... View Article

DfMA – healthy injection for hospital design?

The advanced off-site manufacturing system, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, was used to build the Cheesegrater in London and is now helping deliver the next generation of UK hospitals faster, safer, and to higher levels of design quality than ever... View Article

Specifying the lift within your project

When is a platform lift appropriate? Crispin Satchell, Head of Sales for Gartec Limited, sheds light on some of the main considerations when specifying the lift for your project and dispels some of the most commonly held misconceptions regarding the... View Article

A warm welcome at the care hotel

Deep in the heart of rural Essex, a building that heralds a new approach to high-quality residential care for older people has opened its doors. Ray Philpott discovers what makes it different With an ageing population that’s growing year by... View Article

An enlightened approach to mental healthcare

Hopewood Park is one of the UK’s newest psychiatric hospitals and designed to provide a supportive, uplifting environment light years away from the dark and foreboding institutions of the past. Ray Philpott reports Cast your eye over serene Hopewood Park... View Article

Prognosis is good for new community hospital

A site hemmed in by houses, a road and a hill, plus instructions that health services must continue uninterrupted during construction – Jess Unwin discovers there were many challenges for the designers of a new hospital in Dover A series... View Article

Windows that need to be safe in every respect

Specifying windows in the mental healthcare sector is challenging. Mark Clemson, sales and marketing director of architectural glazing systems manufacturer Kawneer UK, explains how developments in fenestration techniques are addressing the most exacting demands of health authorities Secure recovery units... View Article