How to ensure fire door compliance

When it comes to fitting a fire door, it is important to ensure it provides the highest levels of protection and meets fire door regulations. To guarantee this, there are a number of factors that need to be considered including... View Article

Accessing disabled needs

By Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, supplier of toilet solutions for disabled and elderly people By 2030, one in three people in the UK will be aged over 55. Already, some 11 million people are registered disabled, and the... View Article

Social standards

Design standards for affordable housing in London often clash with what has been approved during planning. To avoid costly redesigns, Simon Hansard of Ashby Design says planners and developers must consider these standards at the very outset of a project... View Article

Las Iguanas restaurant, Woking

The idea of simply putting down a few packing cases and creating a bar would not last long with the planning authorities in the UK, but at the latest Las Iguanas restaurant opening in Woking that was exactly the feel... View Article

Commercial flooring gets creative

With a wide variety of building materials in a multitude of effects and colours at an architect’s disposal, commercial vinyl flooring has had to evolve into not only a high performance product but also a design-led flooring option worthy of... View Article

6 months to go…

On 1st October this year, the Scottish Government will implement the next step in its move towards near net zero carbon buildings. The biggest changes are for new domestic and non-domestic buildings and these once again make the performance of... View Article

Zinc – extending the boundaries of facade design

Rolled zinc continues to be used more and more as a key feature of the building envelope, with new build and refurbishment projects of enormous diversity providing widespread evidence of its resurgence, writes VM Zinc Traditional facade systems have to... View Article

A practical and beautiful living surface

Installing luxury wood flooring gives an opportunity to create a unique character, style and add warmth to a space. It can last a lifetime and increase the property value and saleability of a project as Director of Ultra-Interior Ltd, Darren... View Article

Green roofing – not just a fancy lawn

Green roofs, a planting scheme established on a roof, structure or wall, can bring not only great aesthetic qualities to a building but a host of environmental, social and economic benefits as well. It’s also not just the reserve of... View Article

Time to pamper and relax

Often neglected, the bathroom should be a place of relaxation. Hurlingham – The Bath Company helps to make it special once again Designing a bathroom for any property requires careful consideration; there is a huge choice of décor, furniture and... View Article

Wood works

Lynda Taylor, managing director of Diligence International discusses the benefits of burning logs Gone are the days of the relentless use of fossil fuels with little or no concern as to their lifespan. Over recent decades we have become more... View Article

Modular solutions give every storey a perfect finish

Pressured build schedules and a greater focus on sustainability have led to demand for ready-made, environmentally friendly balconies which take the headache out of design, specification and construction. Peter Melia, UK business development manager at Neaco, explains With multi-storey buildings... View Article

Sustainable water management

Derek Hunt, a founder-member of the UK Rainwater Management Association and managing director of member-company Rainharvesting Systems, explains how developments can effectively manage issues surrounding water Standards under review Housebuilders and housing developers are currently in a state of limbo,... View Article

Planning for the future of electric vehicles

Nathan Black at Rolec EV, one of Europe’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of EV charging points and accessories, reminds the UK housebuilding industry of the benefits of catering for drivers of electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, after... View Article

Lighting the way to energy savings

What does the future hold for lighting? According to recent changes to the Code for Sustainable homes, new dwellings must now adhere to strict new regulations regarding lighting in order to meet government targets to reduce damaging CO² emissions. Lighting... View Article