142 Bermondsey Street, London. Photo by Agnese Sanvito.

Timber transformation: 142 Bermondsey Street, Central London

Cross-laminated timber provided an ingenious structural solution as well as a crisply-lined urban aesthetic for the refurbishment and extension of 142 Bermondsey Street in Central London. Stephen Cousins reports. The groundbreaking structural capabilities of cross-laminated timber (CLT) have raised eyebrows in... View Article

French resistance to concrete: Opalia – Paris

A CLT office building currently on site in Paris is set to become an emblem of timber construction in France, as the country’s largest building of its kind. Jess Unwin speaks to its architects about how modern engineered timber is... View Article

Calatrava’s World Trade Center Oculus opens

Following opening to the public in August, the elliptical Oculus designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava in lower Manhattan recently saw the first opening of its skylight to commemorate the 11 September attacks. The 160 ft-tall, steel and glass structure functions as... View Article

Sebrae sets the standard for buildings in-use in Brazil

The Sebrae Sustainability Center in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, is setting the standard for sustainable buildings in Brazil. The building has achieved an Excellent rating under BREEAM In-Use International Parts 1 (Asset Performance) and Part 2 (Building Management) making it one... View Article

Helping make a positive contribution to environment

The Combined College Boathouse on the banks of the River Cam is now contributing towards its environment- including its use of sustainable strategies. The new facility, for the Combined Cambridge Colleges of King’s, Selwyn and Churchill, together with Leys School,... View Article

Exmouth Community College

Luceco has recently supplied an LED lighting solution for new buildings at Exmouth Community College in Devon. Specified by Hamson Barron Smith and installed through Terry Moore, Contracts Manager at Dodd Group Ltd., in Exeter, Luceco supplied dimmable LED luminaires... View Article

Skanska building ‘green’ Stockholm hospital

Skanska has signed a contract with Locum for a new hospital building at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, Sweden. The contract is worth SEK 1.2 billion, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska Sweden for the third... View Article

Finalists announced for Solent Design Awards

The search to find the Solent’s most show-stopping construction projects has narrowed, with the shortlist for the 2016 Solent Design Awards revealed. A record-breaking residential tower, a brewery housed in a 14th century wool house and a conference centre featuring... View Article

‘Radical’ concept for temporary UK Parliament unveiled

The design of a temporary Houses of Parliament has been unveiled by global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler. The proposed modular structure located on the River Thames could save the British taxpayer more than £1.8 billion, based on the House Committee’s... View Article

No Monkeying around for Kestrel

There’s no monkeying around for Kestrel Aluminium Systems and HTL Windows and Doors as they worked together to deliver an improved visitor experience at Whipsnade Zoo based in Dunstable. As part of a major refurbishment project the joint venture saw... View Article

No Room at the Inn! Not in Grimsby

Kestrel Aluminium Systems once again welcomed the opportunity to work in partnership with Grimbsy based fabricators Fabrique Specialist Glazing on a vital part of the supply chain in the development of the brand new Holiday Inn Express in Grimsby Town... View Article

Green light given for major Chester City Centre overhaul

A new quarter for the historic city of Chester has received planning permission. The £300 million Chester Northgate development, designed by ACME for Cheshire West and Chester Council, will dramatically enhance the city centre with a new shopping, leisure and... View Article

Fermacell does the maths at Lane End

Fermacell’s gypsum fibreboard panels have saved construction costs for a new school. Gypsum fibreboard from fermacell was used to dry-line a new primary school to enable the main contractor, Interserve Construction, the international support services and construction group, to accelerate... View Article

An introduction to the Topseal GRP systems…

A Topseal roof represents the pinnacle of GRP roofing technology, guaranteed to last a generation, designed to last a life time. With full BBA certification and up to 40 years materials and workmanship guarantee (with Topseal DoubleTop), Topseal is the... View Article

Wraptite-SA delivers airtightness at an altitude of 1400m

Wraptite-SA airtight membrane has once again proven its capability to deliver high performance airtightness, this time, at an altitude of 1400m on a ski chalet in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. When former project engineers, Mark and Michelle Godden purchased the... View Article