Future Watch – Incubating a zero-carbon idea

An ambitious technology-driven project is underway which sees architects collaborating with the materials sector to find a ‘transparent’ answer to the housing supply dilemma. Sébastien Reed reports The Carbon-Free Group (CFG) was founded in 2007 as a critical response to... View Article

CIAT supports interim Building a Safer Future report

CIAT welcomes and supports the interim report of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and looks forward to contributing to the next phase. In response to the interim findings, Alex Naraian PCIAT, President of CIAT, said ‘At... View Article

British Woodworking Federation calls for the creation of a Building Safety Fund

Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation statement following the release of the interim Hackitt Review report: “The British Woodworking Federation, whose members manufacture approaching three million fire doors in the UK each year, welcomed Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim recommendations on the regulatory structure, however,... View Article

Hackitt Review to reform Building Regs backed by FMB

The initial findings of the Hackitt Review offer a positive step forward to address a multitude of failings within the construction industry and among its regulators, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said:... View Article

Shelter comment: Grenfell six months on

Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, said: “Six months on from the horror of Grenfell and there is still much to be done to aid the survivors and to ensure that nothing like it can ever happen again. “We have seen... View Article
RIBA President Ben Derbyshire

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire writes letter to The Times

“Sir, In Clive Aslet’s Thunderer (“It’s time architects designed homes people really want”, Nov 30), he excoriates architects and, in particular, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), where I have recently taken over as president, for being obsessed by... View Article

View Point – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown

Nigel Ostime, project delivery director at architects Hawkins\Brown, offers some thoughts on how to counter the ills of Design & Build using current procurement. There has been much in the media recently about the poor quality achieved through Design &... View Article

RIBA responds to Draft London Plan

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of Mayor of London’s Draft London Plan. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said “Me and my team at the RIBA look forward to working with the Mayor of London... View Article

Future Watch – Setting the stage for regeneration

With cities’ night time economy being seen as increasingly important in the future, Tim Foster, partner at Foster Wilson Architects, reflects on how theatre design projects that put placemaking at their core can catalyse regeneration. Following the debate around placemaking... View Article

Site Lines: Master Builders for the 21st century

Bruce Bell of Facit Homes says that the emergence of digital methods of creating buildings means that architects can recapture their former territory as Master Builders. Throughout the 20th century, architects have steadily become further removed from the process of... View Article

Editor’s Comment – December

It is somewhat hard to know what to make of Phillip ‘joker’ Hammond’s recent Budget, given that it contains a lot for housing, as rumoured, and perhaps more than some feared, while at the same time raising yet more questions... View Article

RIBA responds to Industrial Strategy

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has welcomed the Government’s new Industrial Strategy, but CEO Alan Vallance has made it clear the Institute sees this as the start, not the end of engagement between business and the Government. RIBA CEO Alan Vallance said: “An effective... View Article

RIBA, Atkins and AHR respond to Autumn Budget announcements

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), multi-award winning architecture and building consultancy practice AHR, and Atkins – one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies – have responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Budget to... View Article

Why we should allow daylight to shine

Chris Lowe of BDP, tells us about the role of natural light in inspirational, interesting and healthy buildings – and why artificial light doesn’t really cut-it. Daylight is important to the human condition. It can improve our health, wellbeing, creativity... View Article

The benefits of steel as a building material

For some time now, steel has been gaining popularity as a building material for buildings of all forms across the United Kingdom. Now, however, we have a much better understanding of the numerous benefits that using steel as our primary... View Article