Housebuilders: windows are just windows, right?

Visit the FIT Show at The International Centre, Telford, from 12 – 14 April There are few elements of a building that are so crucial to its performance and aesthetics and which therefore, can make or break a sale. So... View Article

The pros of aluminium guttering

Martyn Reed, the technical director of ARP Ltd in Leicester, is keen to discuss the benefits that aluminium can offer as a rainwater and roofline solution With the government looking to deliver a strategy of building affordable housing, improving the... View Article

Feature: The Future of Visualisation

London’s population has hit 8 million, the tube carries millions of passengers a day and the city wants to double house building, aiming to construct 42,000 homes every year for the next 20 years to address the housing crisis. This makes... View Article

kbb back at Birmingham

Celebrating an impressive 30 years, kbb Birmingham, the UK’s largest gathering of the world’s best kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands, returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 6 – 9 March 2016. Since the recession, which caused many businesses in the... View Article

A refreshingly different view of mental health

Suburban Liverpool is home to a highly praised example of the new generation of sophisticated mental healthcare facilities that are emerging across the UK. Ray Philpott explores how its design contributes to a better patient experience. Clock View Hospital in... View Article

Beating the UK climate with correct render choice

With severe weather events becoming more frequent in the UK, more detailed consideration of the type of materials we specify and their capability to withstand a climate that is so unpredictable is crucial. By Steven Keitley, general manager, Parex Render... View Article

Introducing Biosolar

Deciding between a green roof and photovoltaics (PV) has been a question faced by many industry professionals over recent years when designing a flat roof; however these two technologies are no longer mutually exclusive options with the introduction of biosolar... View Article

Hilton’s industrial inspiration

London’s grimy industrial past was the unlikely inspiration behind the £48 million Hilton London Bankside hotel, which conjures up an understated refinement from a palette of robust and exposed materials. Stephen Cousins reports. Take a stroll along the riverfront at... View Article

Let us play

A redundant Bedford church has been converted to a theatre that serves both a school and the local community. Mark Smulian reports. Church building was widespread in more pious ages than our own and nowadays the number standing can exceed... View Article

Specifying timber for your project’s exterior

Nick Taylor, managing director at Silva Timber discusses what to consider when specifying timber products including species, sustainability and finishing. Wood is natures most versatile and unique material. The fact that it has been used in building for hundreds, even... View Article

Making an entrance better by design

The debate of form and function has long been raging in architecture. Here we speak to Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK, about whether aesthetics and function are mutually exclusive when it comes to making an entrance. Entrances and... View Article

Managing water in a wetter world

Michael White, business development director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, says climate change, increased urbanisation and more extreme weather is causing problems for our built environment. Incorporating high capacity steel rainwater systems into our buildings is an effective and affordable... View Article

Inclusive building design under the spotlight

By Kelvin Grimes, project manager for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilets at Clos-o-Mat. As a result of developments in the past couple of months alone, architects need to be even more aware of accessibility and inclusivity in their design... View Article

New look for New Street

After a five-year redevelopment, Birmingham’s most important railway station has swapped 1960s brutalism for light-filled fluidity, as Ray Philpott discovers Birmingham New Street station has been transformed with some spectacular new architectural features. Externally, the nondescript, grey concrete, pebble dashed... View Article

Buying into biomass

As a sustainable low-carbon technology, biomass has become an increasingly popular option for housing associations. What’s more, registered landlords who have installed biomass have seen a reduction in fuel bills for their tenants, making it even more attractive – particularly... View Article