The devil is in the detail: fire protection processes for timber

Howard Morris at Trade Fabrication Systems explores the relative performance benefits of fire-retardant surface coatings and pressure treatments for timber, and explains the merits of an alternative process Admired for its rustic appearance, strength and cost, timber is an attractive... View Article

Overcoming urban space and time challenges

Apartment living is on the rise, posing challenges for construction professionals when it comes to delivering residential units on time in compact footprints; Richard Bateman from RWC discusses solutions that can help architects Due to the rapid economic, demographic and... View Article

Adding value to fenestration design

Ian Osborne of Kestrel Aluminium Systems explains how the aluminium industry has evolved to reduce waste and optimise production, enabling the material to compete with PVCu in a range of sectors The increasing preference for aluminium in window and doorframe... View Article

Lifting architectural barriers

Sean O’Sullivan explores how platform lifts can overcome architectural barriers and help create inclusive design solutions within workspaces Achieving the Government’s target to get one million more disabled people into work by 2027 is largely dependent on the number of... View Article

View Point: Kelly Watson of Hatch Regeneris

With architects increasingly asked to demonstrate the added value of their work, Dr Kelly Watson of Hatch Regeneris discusses how they can more explicitly harness the wider social value of projects The social value agenda has visibly gained prominence and... View Article

Ask the Architect: Jo Cowen

Jo Cowen, founder of Jo Cowen Architects, explains her ethos for managing a practice and what drives her as a designer Why did you decide to found your own practice in 2012? I have always had the ambition of starting... View Article

Practice Profile: Simone de Gale Architects

An agile firm with an open-minded remit, Simone de Gale Architects champions a wide range of design typologies, innovation in materials, and diversity in architecture. The practice’s founder speaks to Sébastien Reed Simone de Gale Architects founded her practice in... View Article

Understanding green roofs

The demand for green roof technologies is ramping up, yet they are complex structures that require understanding; luckily a range of information sources are available to architects and specifiers. Amanda de Sousa of BMI UK & Ireland explains more According... View Article

Why the UK’s cafe culture needs less reverb

Paul Absolon of CMS Danskin Acoustics looks at solutions to reverberation problems in noisy cafes, which are increasingly prevalent in the UK The proliferation of coffee shops over the last few decades can’t have escaped anyone’s attention. Even before the... View Article

Opportunity knocks for flood defence solutions

With increased frequency of flooding being experienced across the UK in recent years, Kevin Kiernan of Bowater Doors looks at the impact of climate change and what architects need to consider in specifying flood defence doors The weather remains one... View Article

Shedding light on daylight modelling

Architectural journalist Gideon Sykes looks at the latest advances in daylight modelling and how it can help architects and specifiers determine the right light levels for their projects Daylighting is the art and science of managing natural light to minimise... View Article

What’s driving washroom design?

Neil Jeffery of Franke Water Systems takes a look at some of the key trends in commercial washrooms, from product design and materials to sustainability, saying that designers need to take a holistic approach to create spaces that stand the... View Article

A unique event for a diverse sector

With a new home for 2019 at the ExCel in east London, Homes UK will give the UK’s residential property sector the opportunity to connect, learn and do business over an action-packed two days this month HOMES UK is claimed... View Article

Leading in London

London’s leading construction and design show is back, bigger and better than ever before. Spanning two floors, London Build is more than just an exhibition, it’s an event jam packed with content, networking and entertainment This year, the south east’s... View Article

Practice Profile – T Sakhi

A practice run by two sisters, T Sakhi is embracing the challenges as well as potential of their home city, Beirut, in order to make architectural interventions which help improve urban living in a difficult context Based in Beirut and... View Article

View Point: Lord Andrew Mawson

The Government’s announcement that £13bn will be spent on healthcare projects, including six new hospitals, is an opportunity for a radical rethink about health and the built environment, says ‘social entrepreneur’ Lord Andrew Mawson The NHS is in a mess,... View Article

Keeping the public safe, not scared

Securing public spaces ­– rather than simply focusing on their aesthetics – has fast risen up the agenda for architects, but there is a risk of choosing overly utilitarian options, says Jaz Vilkhu of Marshalls Landscape Protection The need to... View Article

Smart tips for smart homes

Matt Nimmons of CEDIA EMEA brings together advice from the industry body’s membership to explain the elements that should be considered when designing a wider home integration project The integration of smart technology is fast becoming the norm for households... View Article

Multi-sensor safety

Andy Speake of Aico discusses how multi-sensor alarm technology is reducing costs as well as increasing safety from false alarms in social housing Aico introduced the first mains powered domestic multi-sensor to the smoke alarm market in 2014 as a... View Article