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Choosing bricks for self-build homes

Graham Irving, managing director of Bovingdon Bricks explores the use of brick in self-build homes. For centuries clay bricks have been an integral part of the English architectural landscape and they continue to be the single most popular way of constructing a house. In... View Article

What to look for when insulating your new build

Matt Rhodes, the national specification manager at one of the leading insulation manufacturers, Actis, talks through the key features to look out for when building an energy efficient home. Previously the preserve of particularly green leaning people, energy efficiency is... View Article

Sleek new interchange design delivers the best of both worlds

A striking blend of modern architecture and heritage transport infrastructure makes Altrincham Interchange something of a destination in itself. Ray Philpott reports. Atruly integrated transport interchange where it’s possible to access several different modes of transport with minimal effort is... View Article

Crossrail’s family affair

London’s big, bold Crossrail project has given birth to a striking new family of surface railway stations in the western suburbs of the capital. Ray Philpott looks at the two busiest of them – Ealing Broadway and Hayes and Harlington... View Article

The magic of film

Continuing advances in window film technology mean that a range of difficult glazing challenges in the transport sector can be met effectively and cost-efficiently. Micky Calcott, managing director of specialists,The Window Film Company, reveals how. The world of transport utilises... View Article

An oasis on the motorway

Designed as a cathedral to food, the new Gloucester services on the southbound M5 are the complete opposite to big-brand motorway fuel stops. Could they revolutionise motorway services’ design? Alison Harmer investigates At a stunning rural location flanking the Cotswolds... View Article

Planes, trains, automobiles… and street furniture

With tight budget restrictions and a multitude of requirements to fulfil, transport sector architects and specifiers are faced with a difficult task when choosing the right street furniture. Nigel Kightley, sales director at CIS Street Furniture, spotlights three products vital... View Article

Future-proofing transport infrastucture with steel

As passenger numbers grow, specifying the right materials to future-proof stations and airports has never been more important. Andrew Jackson, director at SAS International, looks at how steel solutions meet the required design flexibility and aesthetic demand while providing long-term... View Article

Paving the way for a better passenger experience

Sally Binns, Marshalls’ rail expert, takes us on a journey to find out how good design and carefully selected materials can enhance the passenger experience from the station interface to the platform. Around 6.5 million passengers travel on Britain’s rail... View Article

Seeking a radical transformation in Chelsea

Located prominently on the Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, the National Army Museum is undergoing a major redevelopment led by Building Design Partnership (BDP), which seeks to radically transform the visitor experience. Steve Menary reports The museum was established by... View Article

An arena with a difference

An impressive multi-purpose sporting venue in Derby leaves its regional rivals standing because it has something they don’t – an indoor cycle racing track. Ray Philpott reports There’s something mesmerising about Derby Arena. With its skin of gently curving, multi-coloured... View Article

Cracking the flooring challenge

Transport facilities are subject to heavy footfall and tiled flooring offers an aesthetically appealing and hard-wearing solution in this environment. But even the most resilient surfaces are vulnerable to damage after installation. Judith Mawtus, general manager at Dural UK, offers... View Article

A private balcony – from idea to reality

It is no coincidence that “balcony” is now one of the most searched keywords when people are looking for a new home. Estate agents are often told that the apartment they are offering would be perfect, “if only it had... View Article

Retail and rail – the design challenge

Since its creation, the architecture of the railways has been primarily about facilitating transportation. Now, as today’s travellers require multi-tasking spaces, architects and designers need to create retail opportunities as an essential part of the journey from pavement to platform,... View Article

Improving the appearance and thermal efficiency of buildings

Structural defects and poor thermal efficiency are issues affecting a significant number of non-traditional and prefabricated concrete (PRC) buildings. Andy Carter, Structherm’s technical manager, looks at how Structural External Wall Insulation (SEWI) can be used to remediate these problems Many... View Article

Spiral Stairway to heaven

Spiral Staircases are going through a renaissance as architects and developers alike begin to realise their worth in new builds. Complete Stairs Systems discuss the uses of this often overlooked household feature. Despite having been in existence for hundreds of... View Article

How to achieve best practice with SuDS

Alex Stephenson, group market development director at Hydro International and chair of the British Water Sustainable Water Management Group explains how housebuilders should implement SuDS. As the dash for new homes gets underway, encouraged by a majority government, housebuilders and... View Article
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