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Transforming transport washrooms

New washroom technology can improve hygiene and user experience while reducing water and energy consumption. Cistermiser’s David Meacock explains. Washrooms are top priority when designing customer-facing areas for transport infrastructure. A clean, hygienic and inviting washroom can make a positive impact... View Article

The changing face of passenger terminal entrances

Jonathan Nobbs of Assa Abloy Entrance Systems explores how intelligently applied and well-designed automated entrances can help to improve the movement of people through ever-busier transport hubs. Public transport usage is booming. Last year, bus and coach travel in many areas... View Article

Versatile glass: take the safe option

Glass is an invaluable and flexible design element in modern transport hubs, but also has to meet increasingly rigorous safety and security standards, says Sto’s Rob Freegard. In today’s increasingly fluid world, the demand for easy and convenient travel continues... View Article

Thermal breaking in cladding and modern construction

With the European Commission for Energy stating that buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe, it has never been more important for architects to look for energy efficient solutions when designing buildings.... View Article

Including a new WOW factor in workplace design

Professor Alan Hedge, a leading ergonomics expert and consultant with office furniture manufacturer Humanscale, explains how workplace design that encompasses new ways of working is essential for worker well-being. Where do you work? When do you work? It may not... View Article

Respecting personal space

Forget what you think you know about office storage solutions because things are changing to meet the new needs of workers, writes Helen Owen, director of new business workplace furniture designers, Bisley. It is no longer possible to consider office... View Article

Artistic design solutions to practical workspace challenges

John Sulzmann, founder and director of Artworks Solutions, explains how architects and designers can make the most aesthetic capital from acoustic art, glass manifestation and digital wallpaper, and what they should look for when selecting these options for a project.... View Article

Bike shelters don’t need to be a bore

Andrew Murray, managing director of Autopa, says that providing cycle parking is essential to achieve sustainability aims for modern commercial and office developments, but that doesn’t have to mean visually unappealing structures. In an attempt to encourage workers to adopt... View Article

The business case for occupant well-being

John Spicer, technical sales manager for Armstrong Ceilings, discusses the market drivers for a new focus on how building design and construction impacts on the health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants. The economics of the built environment have become as... View Article

The art of connection – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta’s crinkly white extension to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art stands in stark contrast to the existing museum’s geometric form, but as Stephen Cousins discovers, there is more to this unusual architectural marriage than meets the... View Article

Sitting comfortably in the Hart of the community

GT+3 Architects is set to complete an ambitious project for a contemporary leisure centre which has to provide distinctive architecture as a community hub but also blend with its parkland surrounding. Steve Menary explores further. In the current political environment,... View Article

Using oak, with confidence

Oak-framed buildings are enjoying a renewed popularity due to the material’s strength characteristics. Ed Hamilton of Oakmasters explores why green oak has a place in modern construction and addresses structural questions. Centuries-old barns, houses and churches all prove that oak can... View Article

Future watch – Norman Hayden looks at Building Biology

Norman Hayden looks at how Building Biology, an established design methodology for creating healthier environments, is seeing a comeback as architects look to increase user wellbeing. Creating green buildings, but also being able to accurately assess their environmental properties, is... View Article

Different strokes for different folks

Swimming pool designs can successfully combine safety with creativity, but also need to be closely aligned to the particular requirements of users. Specialist pool industry association SPATA provides some design advice. The design of a swimming pool, whether indoors or outdoors,... View Article

Turn down the volume

Adrian Pargeter of Kingspan Insulation describes how ‘lower lambda’ insulation can be the architect’s friend, as more efficiency means less volume is needed to achieve regulations compliance. Building Regulations have recently become more demanding when it comes to insulating properties... View Article

Complex stone cladding solutions

Tamsin Pickeral, business development manager, Szerelmey, explains how a combination of technology and tradition is overcoming the challenges of stone cladding for the 21st Century. The relationship between a contemporary visual aesthetic and fulfilling structural and legislative requirements is one that... View Article

Buyer beware

Designing a roof requiring tapered insulation is beset with challenges, with consequences for the contractor and specifier. Andrew Rowley, tapered design manager for Gradient Roofing, explains. Designing tapered insulation for a flat roof used to be relatively simple. The Building... View Article
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