VIEW POINT: Nigel Ostime

Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown Architects and chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group discusses the group’s just-published industry survey, which has important revelations on what architects do well, but also what they must improve on The best projects generally come... View Article

The rise and rise of CLT buildings

Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe discusses how cross-laminated timber is helping architects go to new lengths Architects’ desire to create sustainable structures has pushed technological innovations beyond the imaginable. Cross-laminated timber, or CLT for short, has been drawing a lot of attention... View Article

Choosing the right workplace settings

Oliver Ronald of The Boss Design Group explains how the emergence of the concept of settings is influencing workplace design to benefit performance Workplace design and furniture specification are no longer just about the space available. The modern office is... View Article

Bridging the divide: a question of choice

David Clarke of IDSystems looks at the options for specifiers when it comes to choosing glazed doors to bring the outside in Bridging the divide between indoors and outdoors is one of the main reasons homeowners seek to employ ‘open... View Article

A bathroom that works for everyone

Designing washrooms for multi-ability use is a sensitive process and the influx of products combining style and substance means architects are spoilt for choice. Lisa Ward of Bristan offers expert guidance When planning a residential development, architects face the challenge... View Article

Green credentials with green oak

Darren Hook of English Heritage Buildings looks at why green oak is not only an attractive material with strong heritage, it is also a great option if you’re looking to up your eco credentials When considering building an eco home... View Article

A material world

Brendon Robins of Spatial Design Architects explores some of the recent trends when it comes to specifying key building materials for house designs There is a phrase ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and it is true that major... View Article

Flawless flooring

If you are planning a contemporary luxury interior floors are the crucial element to get right, with seamless finishes and natural looks being key current trends. Tom Kitchener of Aliva UK looks at recent examples When architects EligoStudio designed the... View Article

Open the door to aluminium

Manying Siu of bi-folding door and lantern roof supplier Made For Trade discusses how the shift towards high quality aluminium home improvements will benefit renovators and homeowners ‘Don’t move, improve’ is a mantra that .couldn’t be more relevant today. Recent... View Article

Escape to the country

Cembrit’s Ged Ferris discusses why you might consider a more unusual choice of cladding ­– corrugated sheeting – illustrating one rural success There’s no denying that designing and building your own home is a vast undertaking involving much planning, numerous... View Article

The house built on a pension

Thrifty pensioners Vic and Lilian Davidson built their ‘garden’ home in Nottinghamshire for just £28,000, thanks to hard work and the Internet. Words and pictures by Heather Dixon Vic and Lilian Davidson built their house with their own bare hands... View Article

Building ‘off-grid’

Gregor Dalgleish from Calor discusses the best fuel choices for rural self-builders If you’re a rural self-builder creating your dream home in the countryside, it’s likely you’ll have more space and freedom to perfect your property than if you were... View Article

The lowdown on tile trends

Jayne Adamson of British Ceramic Tile looks at some of the upcoming trends in tiles for new builds in 2017 Which material? Choosing what material to use on walls and floors is as important as planning room layouts or selecting... View Article

Specifying lintels for the energy savvy

Steel lintels can have a crucial impact on a project, especially when it comes to addressing energy conservation. Richard Price, Technical Director at Catnic, provides a useful overview to help architects make a well-informed decision. No matter what type, size, scale... View Article

Washroom design for the well-educated

With so many rules and regulations surrounding the practicalities of washroom design in educational settings, Daniel Ward of Twyford talks us through the dos and don’ts of sanitary specification for the school environment. Specifying products for washrooms in the education... View Article

Breathing new life into schools

New standards for ventilation in schools are set to transform approaches to design and system choices, as James Hammick of Passivent explains. Changes to the Department for Education’s ventilation guidance Building Bulletin BB101 are imminent, with the new bulletin ‘Guidelines... View Article

Clever with cladding

Paul Richards of Aquarian Cladding Systems, explains how ever-increasing demands from the education sector are fuelling fresh innovations in construction solutions to meet the sector’s needs. Building for education comes with its own set of challenges, often including term date-dictated... View Article

Quiet please!

Cellecta’s Richard Hillman offers some sound advice on achieving high acoustic performance in student accommodation. Student accommodations can be noisy environments which can disrupt sleep, add to stress, infringe on privacy, and generally compromise quality of life. Achieving a high... View Article

Raising standards in play

Julie Pearce of Sovereign Design Play Systems highlights the importance of using a specialist playground provider. Planning for a playground as part of a new-build project or enhancing an existing play space for a school upgrade can be very time... View Article