Housebuilder launches new site at Kingswood Park

Work has started a new 20 acre housing development off Richmond Way in Kingswood, Hull. Persimmon Homes will be building 44 new properties as part of its first phase of a £45 million development which will ultimately bring 340 homes... View Article

Barking’s new model housing

The UK’s first wholly private-financed council housing scheme, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, has been designed to exploit the latest off-site manufacturing techniques. Stephen Cousins reports With cash-strapped councils across the UK struggling to deliver enough social... View Article

WSP wins major contracts in Middle East

WSP has been appointed by international contractor J&P Overseas Ltd to work on two major airport facilities in Oman and extensive highway works in Qatar. WSP is providing detailed design on the following projects: Maintenance and cargo facilities at Muscat... View Article

Just the spot

Designing outstanding hotels for difficult to develop locations pays off, writes Ray Philpott­­ Two impressive, high-end hotels have been created in interesting but rather challenging sites in the heart of London. On the South Bank and boasting breathtaking views over... View Article

The best new public library of the year is Australian

Australia has the best public library if what counts is architecture and interplay with the local area. In Lyon (France), the Danish Agency for Culture has now announced the winner of the international architecture prize: Schmidt hammer lassen architects –... View Article

Selfridges’ world-famous windows arrive in Birmingham

Its disc-embellished exterior has been a city icon for 11 years, but now Selfridges is giving city shoppers another reason to stare, as its world-famous window displays arrive in Birmingham. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Selfridges’... View Article

Planning permission granted for Archway Tower re-clad

Essential Living has welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to grant planning permission for the recladding of one of London’s most hated tower blocks. Archway Tower in north London is to be converted from an unused, derelict 1960s office... View Article

Barr Construction completes Witham Leisure Centre

Barr Construction has completed the £9.5m state-of-the-art leisure centre for Witham in Essex to replace the previous facility, Bramston Sports Centre. Barr started construction of Witham Leisure Centre in spring 2013 and has delivered the facility on time, with its... View Article