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The power of vaults

Jeremy Cassady of Securikey looks at how modular vault systems can provide an effective, easy-to-install bespoke system for high security applications. When clients are storing expensive equipment and valuables, sensitive documents and drugs or chemicals, the risks are extremely high, both in... View Article

One place for carbon footprinting data

In an effort to help the construction industry obtain more accurate, representative and realistic carbon footprinting data, the Architectural & Structural Precast Association (ASPA) has published temporary carbon footprinting factsheets, which will then be replaced by Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in... View Article

Science fiction and climate facts – the Met Office

A new sci-fi-inspired Met Office base in Devon is set to become an architectural landmark as well as a top destination for environmental scientists exploring how our climate works. Stephen Cousins reports from the scene. Devon’s reputation for cider and... View Article

Steeling the limelight – Four St Pancras Square

Part of the swathes of land being revived by the the King’s Cross regeneration, Four Pancras Square is a steel giant which conjures up memories of London’s industrial heartland. Steve Menary reports. Replicating rusty metal might not seem an obvious... View Article

Travelling light – Travel Centre, Lahti, Finland

Bus and rail shelters are rarely seen as works of art but the copper-clad shelter for a new road-rail intersection in Lahti, Finland, is something of a metal masterpiece. Michael Willoughby reports from the Land of the Midnight Sun. What... View Article

Why the UK should think zinc

Zinc has been widely used in Europe for centuries but remains largely overlooked in the UK. Alex Murphy of VM Zinc looks at its key benefits and describes how to make zinc installations a success. Robust, easy to maintain and... View Article

Powder coating, by design

Richard Besant from Powdertech (Corby) provides tips on how to achieve the best possible coating appearance and integrity in the metal finishing process during design and manufacture. As with so many things, beginning with the end in mind can pay... View Article

Shaping our city skylines

Steve Thompson of EOS Facades shares his views on the latest developments in light steel framing for a variety of different living environments. The speed of construction coupled with enhanced quality and high levels of sustainability make light steel frames an... View Article

Facades for the future

Stephen Anderson of CMS Window Systems discusses what he sees as the bright future for unitised aluminium systems in sustainable facade design and build. The speed at which the building sector has adopted modern methods of construction (MMC) has been... View Article

The lowdown on lead

Lead remains highly specified but many construction professionals are unaware of the various types available or the quality standards. Boudewijn Tuinenburg of Midland Lead explores the sector’s knowledge of lead’s accreditations and green credentials. Over the past few months, the... View Article

Wellness in the workplace

Mark Bauer at Forbo Flooring Systems explores how improving workplace design with a holistic focus on all interior elements has the ability to enhance employee productivity and satisfaction. Workers spend between 80 and 90 per cent of their time in... View Article

A hot favourite for heating sustainable buildings

Rising fuel prices and the need to cut carbon emissions has put greater focus on green building and renewable energy. Schiedel Chimney Systems’ Stephen Dodds explains why wood burning stoves are the smart as well as safe way to heat... View Article

Presenting a sophisticated front

With more sophisticated facade solutions come even greater expectations. Paul Hughes from FunderMax explains how the market is continuing to innovate to meet clients’ increasingly esoteric demands. In today’s construction market, competition is no longer simply about the best price.... View Article

The experience of good design – 100% Design

100% Design, the UK’s largest trade show dedicated to design, is this year partnering with the Design Museum to provide an engaging experience for all visitors. The UK’s largest design trade show, 100% Design, returns to Olympia London from 21-24... View Article

A model for a brighter sort of retirement living

A new and more socially-inclusive form of retirement living is being designed and built in High Wycombe, writes Steve Menary. Retirement housing was once acerbically described in the hit 1980s comedy-drama, Auf Wiedersehen Pet as “A little box before the... View Article

Keeping on top of security risks

Security is always a hot topic, but with new tighter Building Regulations for windows it is at the top of the agenda for architects looking to specify rooflights as well as for manufacturers. ADF reports. With new Part Q requirements... View Article

Casting the ideal contender for restoration roles

An appreciation of the past and the need to conserve historic buildings and architecture has led to an .increased use of case stone as a substitute to quarried stone. Looking at the two types of materials available, it is clear... View Article

Storm-proof rainwater harvesting

Combining rainwater harvesting with sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) enables architects to provide an efficient, space-saving water management solution that’s resilient against the future. Kevin Reed of Graf UK explains how. The effects of climate change are making headlines almost... View Article

Shedding light on innovation

Simon Shenton from lighting supplier Luceco describes how LED technology has permanently disrupted what was a stagnant market offering prescribed solutions for each sector, to provide the dominant solution for the future. The global lighting market has seen more innovation in... View Article

An insider’s guide to station fencing

With significant numbers of new railway stations planned and many others due for redevelopment or modernisation, Peter Jackson of Jacksons Fencing explains how gates and fences can enhance security. Rail usage in Britain has increased to record levels over the... View Article
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