Design for life

The concept of creating ‘generative spaces’ is leading to a significant evolution in the approach to healthcare design, according to Heather Fennimore of ergonomic design specialist Humanscale. Here she explains the thinking behind the idea. In 2003 forward-thinking American architect... View Article

What’s in a label?

While BREEAM has made significant progress in many areas of the built environment, it is struggling to have the same impact in healthcare. So is a new approach needed to incentivise sustainable design? Mott MacDonald’s UK healthcare lead Gordon Hudson... View Article

Aluminium veteran shares a lifetime of experience

Wayne Maycock is a well-known figure in the industry, which he has worked in for the past 30 years. Following a life-changing accident, the UK Commercial Sales Manager at aluminium systems company Reynaers is raising money for a new prosthetic... View Article

Ask the architects – Brexit

Brexit raises a host of questions and issues for UK architectural practices, not least on the future for their EU-national employees. Norman Hayden asked a selection of key players for their thoughts as the UK heads into a new phase.... View Article

Editor’s comment – March

It may have been a battleground since time immemorial, but recently the territory between architects and ‘heritage’ groups has seen some fierce exchanges. Added to this however have been  unusually heated words directed by architects against their peers. Never one to... View Article

Going for the ‘gold standard’

How ‘zero compromise’ do architects need to be when designing envelopes to the Passivhaus standard and are aesthetic, and other compromises necessary? Sarah Johnson reports on the challenges involved. The Passivhaus standard is often seen as the ‘gold standard’ for... View Article

The mother of invention: metal comes of age

Lee Davies from CA Group discusses what is claimed to be ground-breaking technology that enables metal buildings to compete with brick when it comes to fire protection. Over the past few years, demands on the construction industry have resulted in... View Article

Greening the envelope

Senior landscape architect at Arup, Sally Armour discusses weaving health and resilience into our cities through green building envelopes. Increasingly, the human population is becoming more urbanised – and by the end of the century it is estimated that 7... View Article

RIBA responds to Government’s Housing White Paper

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the UK Government’s Housing White Paper published 7th February 2017. Speaking today, RIBA President Elect Ben Derbyshire said: “I welcome the recognition given to good design and many of the practical and... View Article

Public Sector Spending Remains Significant for Shaylor Group

National principal contractor Shaylor Group has announced a consistent stream of new public sector funded projects nationwide. The company, currently delivering £60m of publicly funded schemes in a forward order book of £200m, has credited the progression of the Government’s... View Article

CDM 2015: how to comply

In April 2015, the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects was replaced. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) were last updated in 2007, so the most recent update has put several... View Article

BSRIA responds to Prime Minister’s speech

In response to a speech by the Prime Minister on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Julia Evans, BSRIA Chief Executive, said: “The Prime Minister, Theresa May, altered the political and economic landscape. It is fair to say that BSRIA... View Article

Bridging the gap between architects and contractors

By Tony Owen, Novus Property Solutions Ask any architect how they feel about their faith in contractors to work accurately to a brief, and you’ll see some raised eyebrows. Ask a contractor about their relationship with architects, and you’ll likely... View Article

Managing risk in megaprojects

By Steve Cooper, general manager UK and Ireland at Aconex ‘Megaproject’ is the term applied to multibillion-dollar investment projects such as vast railways, airports, highways or huge entertainment venues. Such schemes can be economically transformative for a country. Consider the Panama... View Article