A caring collaboration

An innovative healthcare project in Hull was driven by a desire to integrate health and social care options for the elderly beyond the city to the wider UK. Roseanne Field reports According to 2017 data there were approximately 11.8 million... View Article

Playing with geometry

A new hotel in the south east Asian casino hotspot of Macau is a rare hospitality sector project for Zaha Hadid Architects, but a typically groundbreaking technical achievement for the practice. James Parker spoke to architect Viviana Muscettola about creating... View Article

Not just hot air

ADF reports on how the roofing industry is joining forces to tackle the fire risks posed by gas torch roofing installation methods, with hot air being one alternative Gas torches are a popular tool among roofing professionals for installing bitumen... View Article

Ask the Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects

Lee McLaughlin, partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, answers ADF’s questions on what makes him tick, design approaches, and current and future issues What has been the most satisfying project you worked on? Our Hebburn Central project was particularly pleasing in many... View Article

Performance vs looks: a view

Different buildings have differing needs with respect to aesthetics, performance and function, but few building materials can have as great an impact on all three as glass. Guardian Glass reports on getting the balance right The aesthetics, performance – and... View Article

Shedding light on the case for rooflights

Rooflights are now an essential element to consider in modern designs, says John Godley of Hambleside Danelaw Building Products, explaining the reasons why Rooflights play a vital role in the modern building, but are often overlooked. They are the common... View Article

Sustainable drainage enters the mainstream

Mark Manning of SDS looks at how sustainable drainage is finally being seen as a mainstream option in order to shoulder the impact of climate change The effects of climate change were recently spelled out in no uncertain terms in... View Article

Sound advice for office acoustics

Mike Carrick of Siderise Group discusses how designers and specifiers can create quieter workspaces, improving privacy and delivering exceptional floor-to-floor, room-to-room sound reductions A well-designed office is an important investment that will attract talent and ensure workers are engaged and... View Article

Evolving modular design

Architect James Walsh gives his views on the merits of a component-based approach concept for modular buildings, which could shift them away from their former stigma As the move to modular construction gathers pace, what are the key design drivers... View Article

A sustainable future for water

Glenn Payne from Grohe discusses sustainable solutions for bathrooms as well as the innovations making their way into UK homes Water – our most natural resource, spans 70 per cent of the planet’s surface. Thanks to nature’s wonderful recycling system,... View Article

Fusing design with technology

As more everyday devices become connected to the internet, so the desire for integrating technology into the home increases. Here, Matt Nimmons of CEDIA EMEA explains how architects can tap into this ongoing trend The integration of smart home technology... View Article

Natural slate, natural beauty

Allan Liddell of Cupa Pizarras explores the inherent beauty, as well as the environmental credentials, of natural slate Slate is formed through the regional metamorphosis of mudstone or shale under low-grade conditions. This happens when shale or mudstone is exposed to... View Article

Designing out condensation

Iain Fairnington of A. Proctor Group highlights some of the factors affecting pitched roof design, and how architects can design out condensation problems from the start BS5250 is the code of practice for condensation control, and includes the following reference... View Article

Decoding fire regs

Rob Gunningham of SE Controls discusses regulations, compliance and best practice for fire safety Fire safety is more than ever a prominent issue within the construction industry, as a result of the high-profile failures associated with Grenfell Tower. While certain... View Article

Park life

A major sports complex has been created in a Netherlands park to provide facilities for professional athletes as well as increase the local community’s health. Russ Davenport from FaulknerBrowns Architects spoke to Jack Wooler to discover the array of contents... View Article

Nine in corten

A row of nine new houses in a south west London street emulates aspects of its Victorian terraces – but adds some contemporary twists, most obviously in the design’s copious use of corten steel. Roseanne Field reports The houses that... View Article

Compare and contrast: steel vs aluminium

Calvin Wilson of Metal Technology looks at the relative pros and cons of steel and aluminium from a structural perspective Architects need no introduction to the benefits of metal as a structural material with design flexibility, robust performance and aesthetic... View Article

Galvanizing sustainability in construction

Andy Harrison of Wedge Group Galvanizing explores the key benefits galvanizing brings to sustainable construction, and highlights the growing number of techniques adopted by the galvanizing industry to further reduce the sector’s environmental impact Galvanizing has long been recognised as... View Article

Copper – the real thing

Despite an unrivalled heritage including use on some of our oldest buildings, continuing developments make copper and its alloys thoroughly modern and sustainable options for contemporary architecture, as Graeme Bell of Aurubis explains Copper has seen a dramatic shift from... View Article

The fast route to compliance

Steve Howard of Neaco gives his view on why there has been a revolution in balconies and decking, with the dominance of wood being usurped by aluminium Decking design is undergoing something of quiet revolution. For many years, two materials... View Article