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Time to pamper and relax

Often neglected, the bathroom should be a place of relaxation. Hurlingham – The Bath Company helps to make it special once again Designing a bathroom for any property requires careful consideration; there is a huge choice of décor, furniture and... View Article

Wood works

Lynda Taylor, managing director of Diligence International discusses the benefits of burning logs Gone are the days of the relentless use of fossil fuels with little or no concern as to their lifespan. Over recent decades we have become more... View Article

Modular solutions give every storey a perfect finish

Pressured build schedules and a greater focus on sustainability have led to demand for ready-made, environmentally friendly balconies which take the headache out of design, specification and construction. Peter Melia, UK business development manager at Neaco, explains With multi-storey buildings... View Article

Sustainable water management

Derek Hunt, a founder-member of the UK Rainwater Management Association and managing director of member-company Rainharvesting Systems, explains how developments can effectively manage issues surrounding water Standards under review Housebuilders and housing developers are currently in a state of limbo,... View Article

Planning for the future of electric vehicles

Nathan Black at Rolec EV, one of Europe’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of EV charging points and accessories, reminds the UK housebuilding industry of the benefits of catering for drivers of electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, after... View Article

Lighting the way to energy savings

What does the future hold for lighting? According to recent changes to the Code for Sustainable homes, new dwellings must now adhere to strict new regulations regarding lighting in order to meet government targets to reduce damaging CO² emissions. Lighting... View Article

Debunking the myths of modular construction

Modular buildings are still something of an unknown quantity, both inside and outside the construction industry. Wernick Group Marketing Manager, Leigh Fennell discusses some of the more prevalent misconceptions about modular offsite construction: “Modular buildings are low quality” Many people’s... View Article

Dream places in awkward spaces

Ann Boardman, customer services and marketing manager for Saniflo UK, highlights some interesting facts about how our changing society is increasingly relying on property conversions that include additional bathroom facilities to make life more comfortable and the ingenious solutions available... View Article

Getting the design right

Getting the design right on schemes that mix new-build and restoration of listed buildings is notoriously difficult to achieve. When the London Borough of Newham decided to try and create a campus at the site of the authority’s Edwardian office... View Article

A close-up view on polycarbonate glazing

Vicky Evans, director, Twinfix Limited, discusses the comparison of polycarbonate and glass in overhead glazing. Polycarbonate, a modern day engineering thermoplastic glazing sheet, offers many benefits over glass for use in overhead glazing. Polycarbonate sheet, with its high strength to... View Article

Skylights break new heights

With an increased preoccupation with creating more energy-efficient buildings, skylight manufacturers have seen a heightened demand for intelligent glazing solutions. But how do the flat roof skylights fair in comparison to their window counterparts? Justin Seldis, managing director of skylight... View Article

Daylight – the new building product

Architect Christopher Sykes looks at how the ‘rediscovery’ of daylighting is radically changing architecture and is having an increasing influence on our lives. He also examines the new design and engineering solutions delivered by leading glazing engineers and contractors, such... View Article

An altogether different glass

Increasingly used in modern railway station design, security glass is not only an aesthetically useful material, it helps to make these busy public spaces safer. Ray Philpott reports. The UK’s railway stations are visibly benefiting from significant overall investment in the... View Article

Design versus functionality

Jon Palethorpe, commercial director at Sapa Building Systems, examines the growing trend for using aluminium curtain walling systems and explains why they’ve become integral to contemporary architectural design . Creating beautiful and striking buildings that are also innovative and push... View Article

Mount Pleasant Mail Centre sorted

For Boyes Rees, architects working on the project to redevelop London’s historic Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, the differing styles in the external envelope were to present a challenge, particularly with regard to the windows and glazing. Steve Menary reports. The Mount... View Article
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