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Waterproofing for the ages

For decades, mastic asphalt has proved its credentials as an underground waterproofing membrane that can last a lifetime, as the Mastic Asphalt Council explains. The fluctuations of the water table – and the devastating effects high water tables can have... View Article

Stealth social housing – Long Lane, Southwark, London

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at how architects Levitt Bernstein applied care and precision to create a tenure-blind affordable social housing scheme on a space-constrained site in the heart of London. From a leather trade mecca in the 19th century to a... View Article

100% Design: the innovation showcase

UK’s largest design trade show returns to Olympia London on 20-23 September to dazzle with a global line-up of exhibitors and speakers united under the theme of ‘Elements’. Now in its 23rd year, 100% Design is the commercial cornerstone of the London... View Article

The sky’s the limit for zinc

Jonathan Lowy of VMZinc explains how Zinc can now be specified far more easily for a wide range of projects, whether it’s for a transformation of a tower block or creating a vibrant interior. Cast your mind back 15 years and... View Article

The art of facades

Simon Gregory of Proteus Facades looks at how advances in facade materials and finishes are allowing architects to ‘sell the dream’ to clients of integrating art and design in our cityscapes, as demonstrated on a new research unit in London.... View Article

Rolling out the benefits

Darren Tutt of the Lead Sheet Association looks at the dos and don’ts of working with rolled lead sheet that will enable architects to get the best out of it. Rolled lead sheet is a beautiful material to work with,... View Article

Changeable weathering forecast

Ian Sutherland from Benchmark by Kingspan discusses how the use of corten steel can create a facade that will change over time to provide visual interest for years to come. Controlling the interaction between the natural world and the built... View Article

Comment: Metal gutters fit for the future

Carlton Jones of the Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA) explains the improvements brought by a new standard for metal guttering in the context of climate change. Extreme weather is now an all-year-round likely occurrence in the UK, ranging from flash... View Article

Bringing light home

Chris Chaney of Sunsquare explains how rooflights can improve daylighting, boost wellbeing and minimise a building’s energy consumption. Spiralling property prices plus a lack of appropriate accommodation to move into have led to many homeowners preferring to carry out significant... View Article

Realistic rainwater storage

Ian Crickmore of Polypipe Terrain explains how adopting rainwater harvesting systems can provide sustainable drainage solutions in space-constrained urban areas. Obsessing over rain is something of a national pastime, but capturing rainwater could help meet sites’ increased drainage demands, particularly... View Article

Get smart, get control

Edward Lees of Feilo Sylvania shines the light on how sophisticated smart lighting control systems can offer efficiency benefits as well as design flexibility. The industry is now well versed in the benefits of LED technology and the energy savings... View Article

Fostering collaboration

Unifying technical data may be BIM’s most celebrated feature for some, but for Tim Checketts of Assa Abloy its major benefit is interdisciplinary collaboration. Digital technology has become instrumental to maximising productivity in the construction industry, but often the focus is... View Article

Practice Profile – Wilson Associates

James Parker reports on an established and growing international practice which is renowned for its luxury interior architectural design. Wilson Associates, founded in 1971, now has a truly global reach with eight offices across six continents, its success built on... View Article

Family fortunes

With multi-generational living on the increase in the UK, how can developers design bathrooms that meet the needs of all? Daniel Ward of  Twyford, looks at some of the options. The way we live is changing: the effects of rising... View Article

When the smoke has cleared

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at the likely impact of the Grenfell Tower investigation on the building industry, and what it means for the future of refurbishment. If the Ronan Point explosion dealt the blow that transformed building codes in the early... View Article
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