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Inspiration from above

Tony Isaac of Brett Martin Daylight Systems delves into the key recent trends in rooflights, from ‘designability’ to ensuring safety for users: The desire for the latest products is not uncommon in the world of rooflights, and the urge for... View Article

The view from the showroom

Howarth Timber researcher and blogger Kat Jacklin outlines key kitchen trends identified for 2018 and beyond. Providing a dedicated kitchen design service to both trade customers and homeowners offers a unique insight into kitchen design trends: not only those which... View Article

Stay on top of new Regs

Hugh Harkin of Kytun Dry Roofing Products discusses the new British Standard for roofing and why these regulations matter Dry fix systems have sparked plenty of debate since the 1980s when they were first introduced onto the market. Driven by... View Article

Exploring offsite potential

CIH’s Housing conference and exhibition returns to Manchester Central from 26 – 28 June, with a focus on the potential of offsite construction. The Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual Housing show is Europe’s largest gathering of housing professionals, offer- ing... View Article

The Age of Enlightenment

A formerly aloof monument to ancient art has been opened up in the French city of Nantes, with a precise handling of light and form as the keys to a unifying extension and refurbishment by Stanton Williams. James Parker reports... View Article

Clarity of vision

Forming a cluster of overlapping, pristine volumes, a new university campus in Milan brings an artistic formal composition together with leading edge medical practice, research and study. Sébastien Reed reports With its origins in the creation of a nursing degree... View Article

Taking a stand on ethical stone sourcing

With the focus on responsible sourcing ever growing, Stone Federation’s Matt Robb explains how a new register of companies helps developers ensure they’re using ethical natural stone suppliers. As the trade association for the natural stone industry, Stone Federation is... View Article

Enlightened efficiency

Martyn Frear of CP Electronics explains how efficient, effective and beneficial lighting control can be in the education sector, and how it impacts on design of school buildings The design of school buildings is advancing fast, with quicker construction via... View Article

The hot topic

With awareness of smoke and fire protection needs at an all time high, Steve Bright of A Perry & Co explains how safety goes beyond alarms. The tragic events at Grenfell Tower in the summer of 2017 placed the spotlight... View Article

Be safety smart

As smart home security continues to accelerate towards becoming the ‘norm’, Will Butler of ERA Home Security encourages house builders to respond to consumer expectations by offering an ‘added value’ option to purchasers. It’s not that long ago that having any... View Article

A green partnership

Heat pumps are often paired with underfloor heating, but a system featuring low-H2O radiators could provide greater comfort, control and efficiency. Jaga UK’s Claire Owen discusses why implementing renewable heating needs a ‘whole system approach’ to work best. Many people... View Article

Safe as houses

With the number of thefts and burglaries rising, prioritising home security has arguably never been more important. Dr Steffan George of the Master Locksmiths association offers advice on securing homes during construction and over the long term. While cases of... View Article

Precision-made for flexibility

With flexibility and functionality as key drivers, Bond Bryan Architects designed a state of the art autopart manufacturing facility which allowed for future expansion on demand. Sébastien Reed reports Magna International is a leading automotive supplier with 327 manufacturing operations... View Article

Halls of elegance

Student accommodation and flooring have improved to a level which is almost unrecognisable compared with a few years ago, reports Nav Dhillon of Gerflor Forget the drab, dull and dreary student accommodation of yesteryear; things have changed – the students... View Article

Bathrooms for all

Mark Bowman of Marmox offers some advice on ensuring that design and installation of bathrooms both large and small is a success From the Supreme Court of America to the smaller council chambers across rural England, the issues regarding the... View Article

Dry-fix popularity through the roof

New standards in construction combined with increasingly adverse weather has seen dry-fix systems grow in popularity. Mark Parsons of Russell Roof Tiles takes a look at why more house builders are specifying such products. In the face of ever-changing weather... View Article

The direct route to a sustainable solution for schools

Carole Armstrong of Delabie UK considers the compelling advantages of direct flush over cistern flush WCs for projects in the education sector In the education sector, WCs account for over two thirds of total water consumption. Traditional cistern flush mechanisms... View Article

View Point – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown

Nigel Ostime, delivery director at architects Hawkins\Brown and chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group, looks at how a ‘chain of custody’ approach is fundamental to a new toolkit created to ensure a focus on quality in projects Last December... View Article
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