Vertical integration

Architype’s Eco Business Centre brings flexible shared workspace to eco-town North West Bicester, in what ended up being the UK’s first non-residential Passivhaus Plus accredited building. Sébastien Reed reports There are 6,000 new ‘true’ zero-carbon homes planned for North West... View Article

The big reveal

James Parker speaks to the architect of a complex restoration project in Manchester to create a boutique hotel which enhances industrial Victorian architecture, and celebrates the city’s trading history A new adaptive reuse project in Manchester has rescued three important... View Article

Building a cultural bridge

Jack Wooler spoke to Antti Nousjoki of ALA architects about how Finland’s biggest library combines an inviting ‘bridge’ structure with shifting timber and glass facades The new Oodi Library in Helsinki is a modern take on the building typology, offering... View Article

A funnel of light

A central London office regeneration sees a melange of Art Deco and Art Moderne reinstated and illuminated from within through a glass funnel. Sébastien Reed reports The prow clock tower at No 1 New Oxford Street has long been a... View Article

Lead8 Wins Asia Pacific Property Award for Fuzhou Shangri-La

Lead8, the international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, has been announced a winner at the Asia Pacific Property Awards for its design of the future Shangri-La Mixed-use Development in Fuzhou, China. The results were unveiled this week... View Article

Passivhaus estate constructed with Kingspan TEK

The Kingspan TEK Building System is providing a precise offsite building solution for one of the country’s largest Passivhaus developments in Bowthorpe, Norwich. Rayne Park is the first development by Norwich Regeneration Company, wholly owned by Norwich City Council, and will include... View Article

Cycle ride for Habitat for Humanity

H+H’s Director of Housing, Neil Thomas, is set to ride 1000 miles in aid of charity when he cycles from the tip of Scotland to the depths of Cornwall in May. With the aim of fundraising £1 per mile, Neil... View Article

Fire Safe Facade Refurbishment

A new replacement facade system being installed at a high-rise residential building in Leeds brings the structure up to compliance with the new government guidance Two derelict blocks at Saxton Gardens in Leeds were completely renovated in 2007, providing 410... View Article

A Partnership in Excellence with Kingspan and Nulok

Long-term partners, Kingspan Insulated Panels and Nulok have combined their innovative pitched slate and tile roofing systems to create a slim, versatile solution that offers the benefits of insulated panels with the aesthetic appeal of traditional vernacular roof finishes –... View Article

Raising the standard

BAL – market leaders for full tiling solutions – are revolutionising the standard-set category with new adhesive technology; BAL Flex One. Fixers always want to finish an installation as quickly as possible. Often rapid-setting adhesives are preferred to ensure grouting... View Article

Specifying pocket doors

Our RIBA accredited CPD seminar Pocket Doors: The Future of Doors outlines the different construction and type of pocket doors that are on the market. It shows the different variations and styles of pocket door including those that require finishing... View Article

Pioneering University uses Street Crane for heavy lifting

The new £24 million Advanced Manufacturing Building at the University of Nottingham has been equipped with overhead lifting equipment from Street Crane, the UK’s largest overhead crane manufacturer. The overhead crane, designed, manufactured and installed by Street Crane, is actively... View Article

Innovative Ancon rebar connectors used in iconic Russian skyscraper

Innovative and quick-to-install reinforcing bar couplers from Ancon replace time-consuming lapped joints and minimise reinforcement congestion in the gigantic concrete superstructure of Europe’s tallest building; the 87-floor, 462m high helicoidal Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburg. The use of Ancon’s high-performance... View Article