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Barking’s new model housing

The UK’s first wholly private-financed council housing scheme, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, has been designed to exploit the latest off-site manufacturing techniques. Stephen Cousins reports With cash-strapped councils across the UK struggling to deliver enough social... View Article

Just the spot

Designing outstanding hotels for difficult to develop locations pays off, writes Ray Philpott­­ Two impressive, high-end hotels have been created in interesting but rather challenging sites in the heart of London. On the South Bank and boasting breathtaking views over... View Article

The best new public library of the year is Australian

Australia has the best public library if what counts is architecture and interplay with the local area. In Lyon (France), the Danish Agency for Culture has now announced the winner of the international architecture prize: Schmidt hammer lassen architects –... View Article

Selfridges’ world-famous windows arrive in Birmingham

Its disc-embellished exterior has been a city icon for 11 years, but now Selfridges is giving city shoppers another reason to stare, as its world-famous window displays arrive in Birmingham. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Selfridges’... View Article

SPARK design Prince’s Building, Shekou

SPARK has completed the design of Prince’s Building a 71,600-square-metre mixed-use development and transportation hub for China Merchants. Located in Shenzhen South China the 110-metre-high, 27-storey office tower and five retail pavilions are connected by landscaped terraces that combine to... View Article

ISG chalks up £12 million MidKent College win

ISG has been awarded a £12 million project to redevelop the former University for the Creative Arts building in Maidstone. The comprehensive internal and external refurbishment will create state-of-the-art teaching facilities for MidKent College as part of its enlarged Maidstone... View Article

Maber works on visitor centre fit for a king

Leicester-based architects Maber had a number of design challenges when working on the new world-class £4 million King Richard III Visitor Centre. The project, delivered for Leicester City Council, saw the former Alderman Newton’s School on St Martin’s Place transformed... View Article
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