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Permitted development rights to be made permanent

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes. The move is designed to provide thousands of new homes, and make the best use of existing... View Article

Could modular roofing be the solution to the housing crisis?

The housing crisis is something that has been discussed extensively in the media over the last few years and the ambitious target of 200,000 houses per annum means that we will need to employ new methods of construction if we hope to make any headway in the... View Article

Smoke and fire protection

Protection from smoke and fire is a key responsibility for housebuilders and installers to ensure the correct fire safety measures are in place. Lack of consideration to essential aspects of fire safety could not only result in fatalities or property... View Article

Electric heating – the future has arrived

Richard Brown, managing director of Electrorad, considers the advances in electric radiators over the years, and explains why they are fast becoming a number one choice with housebuilders and developers. As energy efficiency remains a critical factor when designing a... View Article

US ideas reflects on new Papworth Hospital

Anish Kapoor provides an inspiration for HOK’s new Papworth Hospital, as Steve Menary reports. Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate is a highly polished bean-shaped sculpture at the centre of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in Chicago. The sculpture by the Indian-born... View Article

Recycling space and structures to create new homes

Jess Unwin learns how clever and flexible design is helping to create much-needed modern rented apartments that integrate with existing communities. Canny architectural design should be able to help meet both the UK’s desperate need for more affordable homes and... View Article

Treating damp and water ingress in historic and listed buildings

The fundamental challenge when dealing with buildings of special architectural or historic interest is to maintain structural and aesthetic integrity, while remaining sympathetic in the product application and still achieving the desired effect. Toby Champion of Newton Waterproofing Systems reports.... View Article

Greenbuild Expo returns to Manchester Central

Greenbuild Expo returns to Manchester Central in November – running alongside a new event – Buildings & Energy Efficiency (BEE), which has been launched to offer built environment professionals access to all the latest products and solutions to create buildings... View Article

The Build Show is a must see on the trade calendar

As part of UK Construction Week, the largest construction trade event in the UK, the Build Show has been established as a must see on the trade calendar with an abundance of exhibitors signed up and a raft of prestigious... View Article

A giant leap forward

With the BBC due to demolish the corporation’s old Wales’ headquarters in Cardiff there will be few major examples of the architecture of renowned Welsh architect Sir Percy Thomas in the principality’s capital. One of those remnants is the Grade... View Article

Reed all about it

The University of East Anglia’s new Enterprise Centre makes large scale use of thatch as a carbon reduction measure, Mark Smulian reports. Ais one approaches the University of East Anglia’s new 3,400 square metres Enterprise Centre, its surface presents something... View Article

Choosing the right floor covering

With an increased focus on infection control and healthy living environments the Care Sector is faced with a number of opinions and options when it comes to choosing the right floor covering, as Danfloor reports. The use of carpets is... View Article

The human element

Many new build properties are being designed without integral chimneys, and what with the likes of the “Passive House” movement, one could easily argue the future of the fire/fireplace could well be limited. However that’s not the whole story, as... View Article

Securing access

Jonathan Burke, marketing manager of Abloy UK, discusses the options for architects looking to specify systems that offer easy access and egress while ensuring maximum security, and explains how electric locks can offer a compliant and energy efficient solution. When... View Article

Everybody’s going to UK Construction Week

Organised by Media 10, UK Construction Week will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 6 – 11 October (with the trade days from 6 – 8 October) UK Construction Week is the leading industry event for construction and building... View Article

3D printing shows its metal

Research into 3D printing using metal has produced the world’s first complex steel components and plans to print an entire steel bridge in mid air using automated robots. Stephen Cousins reports. The large scale application of 3D printing, or additive... View Article

Concrete brick popularity

Andy Cotton, managing director of Edenhall, Britain’s largest independent brick manufacturer, reports on why concrete facing brick is leading the way for new homes. Ever since the housebuilding recovery gathered momentum, there has been a growing market for concrete facing... View Article
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