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Should you invest in Buy to Let?

Jeff Knight of Foundation Home Loans considers six concerns for pursuing Buy to Let property Every day the news seems to suggest the buy to let market is set for some form of meltdown or mass exodus of landlords. So,... View Article

Collaborative working pays dividends

Adrian Pavey of Nationwide Windows Ltd looks at the challenges facing Registered Social Landlords and the industries they partner with, and how a collaborative approach is the only way of working in the current climate Consolidation sees Registered Social Landlord’s... View Article

Bridge over troubled water

Around 45 per cent of failed boilers are due to poor quality water in heating systems. This same phenomenon is also responsible for premature boiler breakdowns and repairs. Although the cost of poor water quality is high, the solution is... View Article

The right tile for the project

Tiles have long been the go-to option when it comes to the bathroom, but today the demand for trend-led tiles throughout new builds is on the increase. Liam Poole of British Ceramic Tile explains how to select the right tile... View Article

Rethinking housing safety

In the aftermath of the Grenfell tower fire, Kidde safety explains why it’s more important than ever for developers to consider appropriateness of fire detection. As a straightforward, low cost early warning, the wider installation of interconnected smoke, heat and... View Article

A restorative swim

A listed riverside Edwardian lido has been painstakingly restored to modern standards, adding new features while retaining the building’s heritage and idiosyncratic style. Project architect Sam Kendon explains all to Jack Wooler After standing derelict for 40 years, Reading Lido... View Article

SIPs vs timber frame

Ian Loughnane of Kingspan Timber Solutions weighs up the relative merits of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and timber frame structures. Despite them often being confused, there are quite a lot of differences between a SIPs and a timber frame structure.... View Article

Installing insulation

With so many types of insulation product infiltrating the market it can be tricky to know what’s right for your project. Duncan Voice of Insulation Superstore discusses the various options From sheep’s wool to plasterboard, panels to hemp, the multitude... View Article

In harmony with nature

A music therapy centre in Cumbria saw a young architect engage in a labour of love – designing a finely crafted building which refers to its rural location with copious natural materials. James Parker reports Sunbeams is a music therapy... View Article

Housing benefits

Alternative ground engineering solutions, such as those incorporating geogrids, can play a vital part in meeting the UK’s future housing needs. Jonathan Cook of Tensar explains. The UK Government is committed to building hundreds of thousands of homes a year... View Article

Getting compliance in basement projects

The UK continues to experience a boom in residential and commercial basement construction, with land in limited supply. Nik Ullfors of Visqueen looks at how to waterproof correctly to ensure compliance with the latest regulations Any discussion of living in... View Article

Modern materials, traditional facades

Adrian Storey of Horbury Facades looks at how innovation in modern rain screen cladding materials is resulting in a rise in brick facades. When most people think of modern rain screen cladding systems, they picture steel and glass. However, architects... View Article

A breath of fresh air

Eliot Warrington of Solarcrest argues that building regulations need to reflect 21st century ventilation. Building Regulations have pushed people in the UK closer and closer towards airtightness in recent years, but while this is a demonstrably good thing with regards... View Article

Reverse diffusion: the hidden risk

Andy Mitchell from NBT discusses the risk of reverse diffusion in internal wall insulation installations For both new build and refurbishment projects, ensuring that the building envelope offers excellent levels of thermal efficiency is a high priority. Effective insulation helps... View Article

A collaboration that covered all bases

Stephen Toone of Fordingbridge shares insights into how to build client relationships through collaboration, giving the example of several projects at East Surrey Hospital. It is vital for designers and suppliers to remember that when collaborating with the NHS, there... View Article

Creating safe and robust waterproofing solutions for structures

Delta Membrane Systems’ Christopher Burbridge explores the challenges and complexities around delivering waterproofing design solutions The basis of waterproofing structures is to stop water ingress, reduce risk and prolong the lifetime of a structure, whether upgrading existing basement rooms, waterproofing... View Article

Making inside-outside seamless

Creating useable outside areas is a key focus for both architects and developers, particularly as living space is becoming more of a premium in urban areas. Here Stuart Ross of BAL explains how tiles can help achieve a seamless inside-outside... View Article

Circle of light

David Neale of Sylvania looks at how changing trends have influenced lighting in residential applications The cyclical nature of lighting trends poses an interesting dilemma for lighting manufacturers. How can we balance the constant criteria of energy efficiency and design,... View Article

Doing more with less

James Parker visited the White Collar Factory in east London to discover how the architects stripped the building back to its bare essentials to harness concrete’s maximum performance, as well as its aesthetic qualities Since it opened last spring, the... View Article
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