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A tale of two housing associations

Joining two existing Registered Providers (RPs) together is exciting. However, realising the benefit of a merger can be tricky, particularly if both organisations have a very different approach and culture. Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) and Helena Partnerships were brought... View Article

Next generation coatings and paints

Mike Turner of Ian Williams looks at some of the latest trends in coatings and paint products. Over the decades, formulations and applications have changed significantly and paint continues to be a dynamic sector, contributing heavily to the sustainability, aesthetics,... View Article

THE SECOND ACT

Howard Reay and Amber Valentine both worked in TV and film, but this didn’t prepare them for the drama of their own journey to creating a grand home in Buckinghamshire. Roseanne Field reports. Tucked away up a steep lane in... View Article

The sound of silence

You want your home to be a relaxing and peaceful haven – and it’s easier to accomplish than you might think, as British Gypsum’s sound solutions expert Sarah White explains. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be deafening,... View Article

Hit the deck

Tom Rollo of Polyflor examines the growing number of safety flooring options available to architects. Many years ago, an architect interested in safety flooring was faced with a simple choice, it was available in any colour as long as it... View Article

Time for change

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) comes into effect in England and Wales on 1 April. Adrian Pargeter of Kingspan Insulation looks at the effect this will have. The new legislation aims to address the worst performing private rental properties by... View Article

Prior engagement

With most construction projects following the traditional sequence of design, specification and procurement, Andrew Cooper of Senior Architectural Systems looks at how getting suppliers on board early can lead to plainer sailing for everyone. As highlighted in the influential Farmer... View Article

A warm outlook in Perthshire

John and Katie Langley found the perfect structural solution for adding a substantial, energy efficient extension to their traditional Scottish farmhouse John and Katie Langley, who have a construction business in Scotland, bought their 80-year-old farmhouse in rural Perthshire in... View Article

Realms of possibility

Ann Boardman of Saniflo UK talks about overcoming drainage challenges and gives some examples of how ambitious projects can go ahead without relying on direct access to mains drainage. Architects and specifiers are confronted by domestic and commercial projects that... View Article

It’s time to upgrade

Revised regulations in England for septic tanks discharging to watercourses will be introduced in 2020. Andrew Baird of wastewater specialist WPL explains how this will affect self-builders with onsite treatment, and when they will need to upgrade Homeowners using off-mains... View Article

A solid future for rainscreen

Andy Noble of CD (UK), the distributor of Corian in the UK and Ireland, investigates a relatively new solution for ventilated facades which offers fascinating possibilities. Meeting a set of challenging demands for the building envelope, from aesthetics to thermal... View Article

Tackling local issues for airtightness compliance

As Building Regulations have imposed ever-tougher energy performance criteria on the building envelope, the significance of localised areas of reduced insulation or thermal bridging leading to air leakage has become even more crucial. A. Proctor Group reports. The energy consumed... View Article

Be smart, save energy

Karen Chugg of Intelligent Abodes discusses how using smart home technology in your self-build can save energy It was not that long ago that a smart home was considered aspirational but now, with all the latest products on the market,... View Article

Ahead in the cloud: access control evolves

John Whitby at dormakaba looks at the development of cloud-based access control systems, and the important benefits they can have for customers. The rapid pace of technological innovation in recent years has resulted in an increase in the capabil- ity... View Article

Finding the right radiator

Choosing radiators might sound like an easy job, but with a ever-increasing number of options available it’s not as simple as it seems. Simon Morris of The Radiator Company offers his advice When it comes to choosing radiators, it’s no... View Article

Practice Profile – Cove Burgess

James Parker spoke to Tim Burgess, one of the founders of a young practice which has quickly evolved from a two-man set up to a firm making its name in London and beyond. CoveBurgess Architects has been in existence for... View Article

5 planet-friendly design tips for a greener bathroom in 2018

It seems that ‘going green’ has never been more popular, particularly when it comes to home design. Tipped as one of the hottest upcoming interior design and architecture trends, ‘eco-friendly’ building practices are not only fashionable and incredibly functional, but... View Article
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