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The art of stairs

Architectural engineering elegance and intelligent design integrates into its surrounding environment transforming architecture into art. CANAL Architectural explores the art of stairs. Every piece of architecture should be as unique as the person who initially designed it. The ability to... View Article

Handy Cross hub development

In Wycombe, proposals from the district council are heavily focused on retail and the authority is hoping that by taking control itself of the flagship £150 million Handy Cross development, that this will change perceptions of the Buckinghamshire town. By... View Article

A new dimension: Adapting design for educational environments

By Robert Mustoe, managing director of the Senator Group Understanding the importance of individuality is paramount, whether it’s in an educational environment or a Silicon Valley boardroom. By personalising the ways in which we approach tasks, we increase the potential... View Article

Timber construction is on the cusp of a boom

By Dave Hopkins, director at Wood for Good, the timber industry’s sustainability campaign The merits of timber construction have been rapidly gaining appreciation in the housing sector over the last decade with the market share of timber frame rising from... View Article

Specifying accessible bathing solutions

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, a market leader in the long term care sector, identifies five key factors architects should consider when specifying assisted baths for healthcare developments. If you are an architect or specifier involved with the development or refurbishment of... View Article

Thermal performance – it’s still a hot topic!

Colin Torley, sales and marketing director of the VEKA UK Group discusses which ‘deciding factors’ play the most important roles in product design, and how specifiers need to choose their suppliers carefully in such an ever- changing industry. When it... View Article

Building in timber

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association, explains how building in timber can create a high performance building envelope. Over the past year, both the British economy and the construction sector as a whole have turned a corner,... View Article

Ecological comparison of facade systems

The results of an ecological comparison of facade renovation systems are revealed by Ian Anderson, managing director at rainscreen cladding manufacturer Steni UK. The growing popularity in the UK of dry-trade construction methods has led to a plethora of rainscreen... View Article

ICF – the concrete choice for true building performance

Jean-Marc Bouvier, UK technical manager for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) manufacturer NUDURA, talks about how this proven building envelope technology offers a fast-track, economical and sustainable solution that’s built to last. Building with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) is a proven... View Article

The changing world of roofing

Ray Horwood CBE, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, discusses the impact of revisions to BS 5534 and the GRO code. Given the pivotal role that architects and specifiers play in the design and specification of the... View Article

Solar shading meets thermal performance

When specifying solar control, not just any curtain walling bracket will do if the thermal performance of the building facade is not to be compromised, says solar shading and screening solutions provider Levolux. While glass continues to be the predominant... View Article

Specifying external wall insulation

The use of external wall insulation (EWI) is now commonplace for new buildings and for the refurbishment of existing buildings, both residential and non-residential. By providing the insulation layer to the outside face of the primary structure the building designer... View Article

The changing face of stainless steel

Kevin Jones, business manager of Aperam Stainless Steel Service UK Ltd, explains why stainless steel is a cost-effective building envelope material and how new surface finishes and coloured grades are widening its aesthetic appeal. The increasing emphasis of design life... View Article

Passive position

‘Passivhaus’ is a standard for insulating buildings to such high levels that energy bills fall to a fraction of their normal cost. A development in North London is among trailblazers for this technique in the social sector. Mark Smulian reports.... View Article
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