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Better safe than sorry

Door closers may not define an interior design, but their clear impact on safety and aesthetics should convince architects to think twice before specifying them. Samuel Heath comments. Despite being essential safety features, door closers are rarely of the highest priority... View Article

Turning a greener shade

James Parker spoke to Peter Howard of Dulux Trade to find out how the firm is attempting to get a clear message to specifiers to drive use of sustainable paint alternatives, and whether the industry is on board. The true... View Article

Renewing the bond

From the spiky Stirling Prize-winning Newport Gallery to sensitive restorations and new build schemes, architects continue to reinvent brick in their designs. Jason Hughes examines the trends. Brick may be one of the oldest construction materials, but its popularity hasn’t... View Article

Delivering the fully accessible dream

Alastair Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lifts, looks at the development of accessible lifts over recent decades and the options now available to specifiers. As a lift supplier with a 150 year history, accessibility has always been .our business. However... View Article

Offsite for sore eyes

Often seen as the panacea for the housing crisis, is offsite construction methodology able to live up to its potential in terms of design quality as well as volume? Teo Lyubomirova spoke to four architects to hear their views. Imagine... View Article

“Invisible” structural glass launched

Although glass may normally be perceived as essentially ‘invisible’, one manufacturer has explored the potential to remove glare and reflections to produce truly invisible structural glazing. In its campaign, Guardian Glass is highlighting what it describes as the “numerous possibilities... View Article

Historic Swansea art gallery brought into 21st century

The Grade II-listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has been modernised with an extension by architects Powell Dobson that uses low-profile structural glazing to help link the buildings. The project involved adding a new gallery, community and education rooms,... View Article

SageGlass wins green prize

SageGlass, manufactured by the SaintGobain group, scooped the Gaia Award for the most innovative green construction product at The Big 5 2016’s Middle East ceremony, celebrating sustainability. The awards honour companies in the construction industry whose products and services demonstrate... View Article

GGF celebrates a “special year”

This year sees the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) celebrate its 40th anniversary. The GGF (interim CEO Brian Baker pictured below) has several special events planned through the year including a Life begins at 40 party in the GGF Members... View Article

Win for the Grundfos ALPHA3 System

The Grundfos ALPHA3 System has attracted much positive attention since it was introduced to the market in 2016. This could be because this is not just a reliable and durable circulator – but one that means the added benefit of... View Article

Lantern for Europe – Europa Building, Brussels

A glowing egg wrapped in a transparent glass screen forms the centrepiece of the new headquarters of the EU Council in Brussels, but this innovative building is about much more than showy architectural bravura. Stephen Cousins reports. Whoever emerges victorious... View Article

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care. Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime... View Article

Hadrian stars at the Putney Arts Theatre

Hadrian toilet cubicles starred in the refurbishment of both the ladies and gents washrooms at the Putney Arts Theatre. The theatre is run by a charitable incorporated organisation and the new washrooms had to be good value for money as... View Article
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