Including a new WOW factor in workplace design

Professor Alan Hedge, a leading ergonomics expert and consultant with office furniture manufacturer Humanscale, explains how workplace design that encompasses new ways of working is essential for worker well-being. Where do you work? When do you work? It may not... View Article

Respecting personal space

Forget what you think you know about office storage solutions because things are changing to meet the new needs of workers, writes Helen Owen, director of new business workplace furniture designers, Bisley. It is no longer possible to consider office... View Article

Artistic design solutions to practical workspace challenges

John Sulzmann, founder and director of Artworks Solutions, explains how architects and designers can make the most aesthetic capital from acoustic art, glass manifestation and digital wallpaper, and what they should look for when selecting these options for a project.... View Article

Bike shelters don’t need to be a bore

Andrew Murray, managing director of Autopa, says that providing cycle parking is essential to achieve sustainability aims for modern commercial and office developments, but that doesn’t have to mean visually unappealing structures. In an attempt to encourage workers to adopt... View Article

The business case for occupant well-being

John Spicer, technical sales manager for Armstrong Ceilings, discusses the market drivers for a new focus on how building design and construction impacts on the health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants. The economics of the built environment have become as... View Article

The art of connection – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta’s crinkly white extension to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art stands in stark contrast to the existing museum’s geometric form, but as Stephen Cousins discovers, there is more to this unusual architectural marriage than meets the... View Article

Sitting comfortably in the Hart of the community

GT+3 Architects is set to complete an ambitious project for a contemporary leisure centre which has to provide distinctive architecture as a community hub but also blend with its parkland surrounding. Steve Menary explores further. In the current political environment,... View Article

Using oak, with confidence

Oak-framed buildings are enjoying a renewed popularity due to the material’s strength characteristics. Ed Hamilton of Oakmasters explores why green oak has a place in modern construction and addresses structural questions. Centuries-old barns, houses and churches all prove that oak can... View Article

Future watch – Norman Hayden looks at Building Biology

Norman Hayden looks at how Building Biology, an established design methodology for creating healthier environments, is seeing a comeback as architects look to increase user wellbeing. Creating green buildings, but also being able to accurately assess their environmental properties, is... View Article

Different strokes for different folks

Swimming pool designs can successfully combine safety with creativity, but also need to be closely aligned to the particular requirements of users. Specialist pool industry association SPATA provides some design advice. The design of a swimming pool, whether indoors or outdoors,... View Article

Turn down the volume

Adrian Pargeter of Kingspan Insulation describes how ‘lower lambda’ insulation can be the architect’s friend, as more efficiency means less volume is needed to achieve regulations compliance. Building Regulations have recently become more demanding when it comes to insulating properties... View Article

Safe in the knowledge with automated connectivity

Dan Hirst, fire, security and access expert at leading electrical wholesaler YESSS Electrical, looks at the latest home automation technology and product innovations on the market to deliver safety for occupiers and compliance with the latest legislation. In October 2015,... View Article

Hot topic: fires for all properties

Fires remain at the heart of the British home, but with so much choice, including fuel type and product choice, before you even consider the design, it can be difficult for housing providers to know where to start. Richard Beaman,... View Article

Tackling the elephant in the room with district heating

Paul Sands of Stokvis Energy Systems reflects on the reasons social housing landlords are returning to the use of centralised heating systems. 2015 was the year that our social housing sector ‘rediscovered’ an appetite for district heating after decades of... View Article

Levelling the playing field

Adrian Pargeter, head of technical and product development at Kingspan Insulation Limited, says that thinner insulation can enable effective design of balconies or terraces for a wide range of properties. The 2015 Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report from the Department... View Article

Furnished with efficiency

James Quinn, sales and marketing manager of Fusion Furniture Solutions, discusses the best way to tackle the mammoth task of furnishing your property. Once you have acquired a property and undertaken your refurbishment, there is the ‘small’ task of furnishing... View Article