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Southmead’s super hospital

Hospitals don’t come any bigger or more cutting edge than the Brunel building in Bristol, which combines the latest medical facilities with a high spec design developed to boost patient well-being as well as environmental performance. Stephen Cousins reports In... View Article

Designing for safety

Gary Bundy, technical director of Sto, considers the impact of the ever-present threat of terrorist attack on the use of glass in the design of public spaces It is hardly a secret that the UK is facing an ongoing threat... View Article

Wood burning stoves – a heat source of the future

Experts at the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) explain why wood burning stoves should be considered for their economical benefits as well as aesthetic appeal Wood burning stoves are increasingly the heating system of choice for many homeowners in both new... View Article

Safety flooring doesn’t mean boring

Sarah Igglesden, brand manager at flooring experts Tarkett UK, discusses the increasing variety of safety floors and how you no longer have to choose between style and substance Over the past few years safety flooring has undergone something of an... View Article

The RCI Show 2014 – it’s for you

RCI Show Director Tony Brown explains what visitors can expect at the key show for the roofing, cladding and insulation sector Over the last 12 months since the RCI Show was launched, organisers have worked tirelessly to pull together an... View Article

CLT – the optimum medium rise solution

Greg Cooper, engineering manager for the X-LAM Alliance highlights the benefits of using cross laminated timber as a core structural component for residential applications: CLT is now extensively used across the commercial and education construction sectors and the benefits have been... View Article

Natural slate – quality reigns supreme

Stuart Base, head of marketing at SIG Roofing, explains why natural slate remains in a league of its own in comparison to other roof coverings: When it comes to gracing the roofs of new homes, there’s a bewildering choice of... View Article

What makes a ‘wow’ kitchen?

Graham Hopper, UK sales director of Leicht introduces current trends in kitchen design All homes have a heart and almost always the kitchen is that heart. Designing an exceptional kitchen that will sell the home takes time, skill and attention... View Article

Protect yourself and your employees on-site

Gary Trotter, general manager at security solutions company Hadrian Technology, offers advice on how housebuilders and developers can cut back on annual losses caused by fraud, abuse, misconduct, vandalism, theft and waste on-site. CCTV systems can be used to help... View Article

Barking’s new model housing

The UK’s first wholly private-financed council housing scheme, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, has been designed to exploit the latest off-site manufacturing techniques. Stephen Cousins reports With cash-strapped councils across the UK struggling to deliver enough social... View Article

Just the spot

Designing outstanding hotels for difficult to develop locations pays off, writes Ray Philpott­­ Two impressive, high-end hotels have been created in interesting but rather challenging sites in the heart of London. On the South Bank and boasting breathtaking views over... View Article

Maximising daylight in design

It is clear that there is an opportunity for architects and specifiers to make much better use of daylight in buildings throughout the design process. Indeed daylight should play as central a role in the design as technical installations. However,... View Article

Specifying canopies, shelters and walkways

Vicky Evans, sales director of Twinfix Limited demonstrates that there are many things to consider when specifying a glazed canopy or walkway. Where is it going to be used? What is its purpose? Do you have a particular design in... View Article

Working with water

Glyn Hyett, managing director of 3P Technik UK Ltd and director and founding member of the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association, addresses the issues surrounding the implementation of rainwater harvesting and sustainable drainage systems Water design stakeholders There are a number... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Brown, category marketing manager at Wienerberger, explains how the versatility of clay combined with its inherent properties makes it an extremely viable and attractive choice for self-builders. Most know of the inherent solidity and security associated with the material,... View Article

From manor house to floating home of the future

Selfbuilder & Homemaker meets Tony and Nicky Maude who swapped their listed manor house for an ultra modern home that’s the model of minimal living. Tony and Nicky Maude lived in a listed manor house but dreamed of building a... View Article

Now is the time to create a stunning home

The first Western Home Show is on at the Three Counties Showground from 12 – 14 September and right now is a great time to enhance, renovate, extend or even build your own home. With the property market and the... View Article
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