British engineering helps deliver European healthcare first

The most advanced clinical healthcare simulation centre in Europe is assured of a healthy environment for its occupants despite planning constraints and almost half of the building being below ground. The award-winning(*) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has... View Article

A revolutionary downlight

Lumi-Plugin is a revolutionary downlight that combines LED lighting with various plugins such as emergency lighting, concealed sprinkler systems, smoke alarms, heat alarms, CO alarms and PIR sensors. This unique product is designed to not only save lives but simplify... View Article

Decorative casings – bright solutions for education

Without column casings and interior wall lining solutions, many schools, colleges and universities would be considerably less attractive and engaging learning environments, but as they are usually required to integrate with a building’s interior or exterior design, they can’t be... View Article

Looking towards a Net-Zero future

This March, Kingspan Insulation invites you to a free seminar series with top industry experts discussing how our built environment is changing in response to the climate crisis and exploring the long-term financial returns that developers can achieve by investing... View Article

Automatic for the people

Listen here. Ken Price of the Automatic Door Suppliers Association looks at how access control is fast becoming part of a bigger ‘automatic solution’ – linking access control with automatic doors for improved safety, security and smart facilities management You... View Article

Kingspan TEK gets sporty at new pavilion

The Kingspan TEK Building System of structural insulated panels (SIPs) has provided the bespoke, thermally efficient shell for a minimalist pavilion at Eton College’s Willowbrook Outdoor Sports Centre. The stunning single-storey building, designed by Lewandowski Architects, sits at the centre... View Article

The wellness factor

Sophie Weston at Geberit explains the role that architects and designers can play in improving wellbeing, by helping create a sensory ‘sanctuary’ in the bathroom Wellbeing. We all know what it is – but just how many of us truly... View Article

Sustainable surfaces

Listen here. Permeable external surfaces provide the starting point for sustainable surface water drainage (also known as SuDS), but concrete block permeable paving offers far more than flood prevention, explains Chris Hodson of Interpave It’s over three years since the... View Article

Sound advice on architectural glazing

Enhanced acoustic requirements are becoming a commonplace consideration in contract documents, says Mark Hargreaves of Technal, who discusses glazing strategies to mitigate noise and the correct approach to acoustic design As a main element to most buildings, the glazed openings... View Article

Getting to grips with daylighting

Listen here. Gary Dean of OnLevel UK explores the importance of daylighting in building design and the benefits of specifying glass clamps to help facilitate it Ensuring your home, workplace or recreational space maximises the use of natural light is... View Article

Lighting the way to sustainability

William McDowell of Hambleside Danelaw explains how recent innovations in GRP rooflights can help specifiers contribute towards BREEAM and sustainability It is impossible to be unaware of the drive to increase our sustainability in building design. However, many architects are... View Article

Glass built to last

Susan Sinden of ESG Group explains why glass advances make the material one of the most versatile for creating modern, attractive and secure environments Toughened glass was an important development early in the 20th Century – because it shattered into... View Article

Colour me (any shade other than grey)

Dare you venture beyond the grey? That is the challenge being thrown out by Gilberts Blackpool, in a bid to brighten British buildingscapes, particularly where large banks of louvres are involved. The company- Britain’s leading independent manufacturer of internal and... View Article

Nordic Copper for Architecture

Copper has an unrivalled lifespan, no maintenance and full recyclability. With a melting point of 1083˚C and ‘A1 (non-combustible material)’ fire classification to EN 13501-1, copper is suitable for cladding tall buildings, using appropriate constructions. Low thermal movement makes it... View Article

Osmo UK enhances existing TopOil range

Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes specialist, has enhanced its TopOil product offering with the introduction of three new finishes; White, Terra and Graphite. The TopOil product range now features seven colours, including clear matt, satin matt, natural matt... View Article

Norcros Pro DPM strengthens floor preparation range

Norcros Adhesives is strengthening its range of paint-on floor preparation products with the launch of Norcros Pro DPM. The product is a solvent-free epoxy-based surface DPM and moisture vapour suppressant, designed for use on concrete or sand: cement screed floors,... View Article