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Ahead in the cloud: access control evolves

John Whitby at dormakaba looks at the development of cloud-based access control systems, and the important benefits they can have for customers. The rapid pace of technological innovation in recent years has resulted in an increase in the capabil- ity... View Article

Practice Profile – Cove Burgess

James Parker spoke to Tim Burgess, one of the founders of a young practice which has quickly evolved from a two-man set up to a firm making its name in London and beyond. CoveBurgess Architects has been in existence for... View Article

It’s all about wellbeing

Oliver Ronald of Boss Design discusses how employee wellbeing is heavily influencing workplace design and office furniture specification. Many of us spend a large proportion of our lives in the office – up to 40 hours per week or more... View Article

Efficiency expectations

Maria Holton of Luceco explains how the importance of lighting comfort in the workplace has grown in importance, alongside the focus on efficiency. The minimum requirement of an office space should be to enable professionals to be able to work... View Article

First impressions

Franz Lorenschitz of Allgood explores the power of ironmongery to offer the right first impression to users across a range of settings. Door handles are often the visitor’s first physical contact with a building, and consequently provide an instant first... View Article

Smooth operators

Martin Cummins of Bostik looks at why smoothing compounds are advisable for workplace floors, and the key specification considerations to achieve the right result. The stage preceding the application of a floorcovering is an often overlooked but critical part of the... View Article

Successful soundproofing

Designing the ideal workplace acoustics is a complex challenge, but getting the right balance of aesthetics and effective soundproofing is crucial for business success, as Hush Acoustics’ Robert Crampton explains. Soundproofing is often overlooked when it comes to designing the... View Article

The case for precast staircases

Jeremy Milbank of Milbank Concrete Products looks at reasons for specifying concrete staircases and what factors to bear in mind when doing so. Precast concrete staircases have the twin compelling benefits of being highly durable and fireproof, as well as... View Article

Roofs that strut their stuff

James Potter of Waind Gohil + Potter Architects looks at the potential to take a fresh look at roof design and create more sophisticated structures. On the island shores of Papa Westray lies the Knap of Howar. Having visited this... View Article

Optimum technologies for future-proofing homes

Architects can please builders, benefit end-users, and be kinder to the environment, by keeping up to speed. The architect’s responsibility to future- proof homes for inhabitants – at the same time as keeping construction costs down – isn’t always easy. This... View Article

Rendered beautiful

Rachel Wilson of K Rend discusses the rise in render’s popularity for new buildings, and its use in creating desirable as well as long-lasting finishes. Once a favoured product for existing buildings, rendering has now become a mainstream finish for... View Article

Future-proofing external doors

When looking to buy new external doors, getting value for money is arguably the most important consideration, but increasing financial restrictions on both property owners and landlords means there is extra pressure to minimise costs. Rob Hartill of Permadoor explains... View Article

The rise of smart buildings

Keith Carey of Salto Systems takes a look at the trends having a significant impact on access control, and how they are putting smart systems at the heart of how buildings will be operated in the future. There is a... View Article

Intellectual energy – Energy Academy Europe, Groningen, Netherlands

A new building in the Netherlands which brings two universities together to help the country move towards a renewables-led future, appropriately embodies sustainable design. James Parker reports on how the architects focused on passive approaches for a carbon-neutral result. While the Netherlands may... View Article

A room of one’s own

When preparing to put new housing on the market, it’s important to consider the selling points which could make the difference for a buyer. In today’s interiors-driven marketplace, for many, creating a unique home is the ultimate consideration, so when... View Article

Offsite solutions: driving bathroom installation efficiency

Richard Tonkinson of Offsite Solutions offers some practical advice for specifying factory-built bathrooms. Bathroom pods have driven innovation in traditional construction methods and are now widely used for student accommodation, hospitals, hotels and housing – from luxury apartments to social housing.... View Article

Planting the seeds of a successful green roof specification

Stuart Hicks from liquid roofing membrane specialist Kemper System discusses what you need to consider when specifying green roof systems. The drive towards more sustainable buildings has led to an evolution of green roofs from specialist ‘eco- feature’, to much... View Article
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