On the road to Zero Carbon

According to Chris Hall, chief executive at The British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturer’s Association (BRUFMA), the road to zero carbon has many hurdles, but the journey is a worthwhile one, even if it seems at times like there are a... View Article

A warm front

With mixed reports on the state of the housebuilding market and a slightly uncertain political climate surrounding the election, one area of certainty remains. The need for energy efficiency within new buildings. David Leng, CEO of Synseal explains how this... View Article

Cladding and the importance of external finishing

In a time when the range of facade options is wider than ever, making the right choice can be difficult. Getting the balance of performance, cost and aesthetics can be challenging. Richard Brown, category marketing manager at Wienerberger, explains The... View Article

A breath of fresh air

Improving indoor air quality with modern ventilation, by Jon Hill, Technical Manager of Polypipe Ventilation All dwellings need a supply of fresh outdoor air, not just for the health and comfort of the occupants, but also to control condensation, disperse... View Article

Building automation steps out of the sideline

Graham Martin, Chairman of EnOcean Alliance explains For years, energy policy has mainly focused on different sources of renewable energy. Politicians, economists and other commentators still discuss the best performing technologies and the requirements of the power grid. However, recently... View Article

A warm welcome at the care hotel

Deep in the heart of rural Essex, a building that heralds a new approach to high-quality residential care for older people has opened its doors. Ray Philpott discovers what makes it different With an ageing population that’s growing year by... View Article

An enlightened approach to mental healthcare

Hopewood Park is one of the UK’s newest psychiatric hospitals and designed to provide a supportive, uplifting environment light years away from the dark and foreboding institutions of the past. Ray Philpott reports Cast your eye over serene Hopewood Park... View Article

Prognosis is good for new community hospital

A site hemmed in by houses, a road and a hill, plus instructions that health services must continue uninterrupted during construction – Jess Unwin discovers there were many challenges for the designers of a new hospital in Dover A series... View Article

Windows that need to be safe in every respect

Specifying windows in the mental healthcare sector is challenging. Mark Clemson, sales and marketing director of architectural glazing systems manufacturer Kawneer UK, explains how developments in fenestration techniques are addressing the most exacting demands of health authorities Secure recovery units... View Article

Make a clean start with hands-free washroom controls

David Meacock, Technical Director at Cistermiser, reveals how introducing ‘no touch’ technology to toilet cubicles and taps can maintain a hygienic environment within healthcare applications and lower water and energy use Infection control remains one of the great challenges for... View Article

Breathing new life into flooring

Virginia Harris from Gerflor explains why contemporary linoleum and loosefit planking systems are good flooring solutions for meeting the diverse needs of the UK healthcare sector The healthcare sector today demands innovative, decorative, durable, hygienic and environmentally responsible flooring and... View Article

Selecting furniture that’s fit for a demanding world

Steve Smith, Sales Office Manager of contract furniture manufacturer Will Beck, looks at the challenges of providing the best possible choices in the ever-changing mental health environment Are more people being diagnosed with mental health disorders today or are the... View Article

A hotel fit for a super-hero

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens is a superhero of many an architect so it’s perhaps fitting that one of his buildings is being reinvented in the centre of Manchester under the name of Hotel Gotham. Jess Unwin reports The Art Deco... View Article

A grand vision for the Ashton Gate transformation

When Bristol City FC owner Steve Lansdown visited Barcelona, he had a vision. Lansdown was not taken just by the club’s iconic Nou Camp stadium, but the plethora of sports clubs that made up Barcelona, which he wants to recreate... View Article

Selecting the correct stone

Stone Federation explores a range of points including the latest CE Marking legislation that affords architects with the information they need to ensure that the right material is chosen for the right application The process of selecting the correct stone... View Article

Creative heating solutions

David Simoes, brand manager at Zehnder Commercial, explores the radical changes to the landscape for heating and cooling products over the past decade Over the past decade the landscape for heating and cooling products has radically changed. With continued investment... View Article