Future-proofing transport infrastucture with steel

As passenger numbers grow, specifying the right materials to future-proof stations and airports has never been more important. Andrew Jackson, director at SAS International, looks at how steel solutions meet the required design flexibility and aesthetic demand while providing long-term... View Article

Paving the way for a better passenger experience

Sally Binns, Marshalls’ rail expert, takes us on a journey to find out how good design and carefully selected materials can enhance the passenger experience from the station interface to the platform. Around 6.5 million passengers travel on Britain’s rail... View Article

Seeking a radical transformation in Chelsea

Located prominently on the Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, the National Army Museum is undergoing a major redevelopment led by Building Design Partnership (BDP), which seeks to radically transform the visitor experience. Steve Menary reports The museum was established by... View Article

An arena with a difference

An impressive multi-purpose sporting venue in Derby leaves its regional rivals standing because it has something they don’t – an indoor cycle racing track. Ray Philpott reports There’s something mesmerising about Derby Arena. With its skin of gently curving, multi-coloured... View Article

Cracking the flooring challenge

Transport facilities are subject to heavy footfall and tiled flooring offers an aesthetically appealing and hard-wearing solution in this environment. But even the most resilient surfaces are vulnerable to damage after installation. Judith Mawtus, general manager at Dural UK, offers... View Article

A private balcony – from idea to reality

It is no coincidence that “balcony” is now one of the most searched keywords when people are looking for a new home. Estate agents are often told that the apartment they are offering would be perfect, “if only it had... View Article

Retail and rail – the design challenge

Since its creation, the architecture of the railways has been primarily about facilitating transportation. Now, as today’s travellers require multi-tasking spaces, architects and designers need to create retail opportunities as an essential part of the journey from pavement to platform,... View Article

Improving the appearance and thermal efficiency of buildings

Structural defects and poor thermal efficiency are issues affecting a significant number of non-traditional and prefabricated concrete (PRC) buildings. Andy Carter, Structherm’s technical manager, looks at how Structural External Wall Insulation (SEWI) can be used to remediate these problems Many... View Article

Spiral Stairway to heaven

Spiral Staircases are going through a renaissance as architects and developers alike begin to realise their worth in new builds. Complete Stairs Systems discuss the uses of this often overlooked household feature. Despite having been in existence for hundreds of... View Article

How to achieve best practice with SuDS

Alex Stephenson, group market development director at Hydro International and chair of the British Water Sustainable Water Management Group explains how housebuilders should implement SuDS. As the dash for new homes gets underway, encouraged by a majority government, housebuilders and... View Article

Staircases – steps for a stand out project

A staircase is often the first thing that visitors see when they enter a property, so making it a central feature in a home can really make a positive impact on the value of a project. Phil Chimento, general manager... View Article

Steel enamel is the perfect choice for modern bathrooms

Angela Ortmann-Torbett, sales director (West Europe) for Kaldewei discusses how the quality of materials has become a key consideration when installing and specifying modern bathroom products. Whether a small ensuite or exclusive family bathroom that includes a freestanding bath and... View Article

Close the loop – gypsum to gypsum

Steve Hemmings, head of EHS & Sustainability at Siniat explains why housebuilders and suppliers need to work together and do more for sustainability. In the last decade the global economy has taken note of the dwindling supply of resources left... View Article

Engineered for comfort style and durability

Darren Beech, director of Ultra-Interior Ltd explains why housebuilders should consider Engineered Hardwood Flooring as the ideal choice of flooring material for modern developments. Housebuilders are constantly seeking products and materials that will give their development an edge adding to... View Article

Choosing an integrated wetroom approach

An integrated approach, where products are designed to work together, should be high on a specifier’s list when deciding which products to use in a wetroom or shower installation. By Ian Knifton, head of technical and training at Schlüter Compatibility is an... View Article

Brick is back

Brick is one of the most ancient and familiar building materials known to man, its strength, character and flexibility of use continue to attract architects working on innovative contemporary buildings. Brick Development Association reports The use of bricks, especially within... View Article

What the doctors ordered

Mark Smulian takes a look at the University of Leicester’s new Centre for Medicine, which will be the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus project to date Fitting the people and equipment from three departments into a single structure on a constrained... View Article