Buildings

Carrowbreck Meadow

Carrowbreck Meadow: Passivhaus rules

22 March 2017| By Ike Ijeh

A settlement of 14 Passivhaus homes, designed by Hamson Barron Smith, has been built in a Norfolk woodland. Ike Ijeh explains why observing this small project could provide the key to a scheme of nationwide significance

St Peter’s Seminary

The resurrection of St Peter’s

8 March 2017| By Ike Ijeh

St Peter’s Seminary near Glasgow is a brutalist ruin that is being given new life as an arts venue. What makes the refurb really unusual is that the crumbling decay, instead of being covered, will be used as a central feature

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One Blackfriars: Second time around

24 February 2017| By Andy Pearson

Three years after completing One St George Wharf in London’s Vauxhall, St George is well on its way to the top of a striking residential skyscraper on the South Bank

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Live Works: As you like it

15 February 2017| By Ike Ijeh, Ike Ijeh

Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

Burntwood School

A question of priorities

8 February 2017| By Ike Ijeh

The government’s flagship programme to regenerate the schools estate has just seen the start of its second phase. Ike Ijeh assesses what the Priority School Building Programme has offered pupils and the construction industry so far

Swansea Bay

Bay watch

1 February 2017| By Ike Ijeh

With the government-commissioned review into the cost-effectiveness of tidal lagoons giving Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon the thumbs up last month, could this be a watershed moment for tidal energy?

The new facade; the team created a thermally broken extrusion 119mm wide with the glazing fixed in with structural silicone.

Great Arthur House: Colourful character

25 January 2017| By Thomas Lane

The grade II-listed Great Arthur House in the City of London urgently needed a new facade that stopped its leaks and improved its thermal performance, but double glazing was too heavy for its structure

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai

Trumpitecture

18 January 2017| By Ike Ijeh

Donald Trump’s architecture talks louder than the man himself, with its gaudy interiors and unashamed excess. But what do his developments reveal about the man who promises to transform America?

King’s College Hospital, London

King’s College Hospital: Surgical precision

12 January 2017| By Andy Pearson

Inserting a new intensive care ward above the live theatre block of King’s College Hospital required meticulous planning, an ingenious solution to hoisting steelwork and a steady nerve

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie: Crown jewel

6 January 2017| By Ike Ijeh

Hamburg wanted the Elbphilharmonie to be an instantly discernible architectural symbol to lift the city’s prestige but got a faceless glass block sitting on top of a brick one

Prefab Housing

2016: Back to the future - part two

21 December 2016| By Ike Ijeh

A 1980s office went back to nature and housing went beyond postwar with 21st-century prefabs 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

2016: Back to the future - part one

20 December 2016| By Ike Ijeh

The Tate Modern extension provided a warped contrast against the former power station and the Design Museum gained a historically sensitive 1960s rebuild

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Bacton Low Rise: Community blessed

7 December 2016| By Ike Ijeh

The reinvention of the Bacton Low Rise council estate shows that regeneration is as much about residents as construction - and that it is better to view the local community as an asset than a hindrance

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Holy Trinity Primary School, Dalston

Holy Trinity Primary School: Dual distinction

1 December 2016| By Ike Ijeh

A lack of space means that many new schools in London are built within residential schemes and lack a visual expression of their own

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New Design Museum: Raising the roof

18 November 2016| By Ike Ijeh

The former Commonwealth Institute has been resurrected as London’s new Design Museum. But how do the new interventions match up to the original 1960s architecture and that memorable roof? Ike Ijeh finds out

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Carbon Neutral Laboratory: Out of the ashes

16 November 2016| By Ike Ijeh

Catastrophe struck the construction of GlaxoSmithKline’s Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry when, at nearly two-thirds complete, it was burnt to the ground

BIM Initiative 2016 - BIMSpace

Taking off into BiMSpace

10 November 2016| By Andy Pearson

Balfour Beatty has been co-ordinating the National Automotive Innovation Centre project from its digital modelling powerhouse hut, developed by Cullinan Studio. We took a look into BiMspace, winner of BIM Initiative of the Year

A deep canopy and colonnade are wrapped around the new museum

Voorlinden museum: A light touch

4 November 2016| By Ike Ijeh

The Voorlinden museum in Holland wanted naturally lit gallery spaces full of light. But how to do that while protecting the superlative art collection on display? Arup came up with a highly imaginative solution. Ike Ijeh reports

One Place

Battle of the BIM

25 October 2016| By Ike Ijeh

Building Information Modelling is seen by many as the future of the industry, but who has made it to this year’s Building Awards BIM Initiative of the Year shortlist?

The new purpose-built pool incorporates original features such as the ‘slipper bath’ cubicles

Poplar Baths: Pooling resources

19 October 2016| By Ike Ijeh

Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PFI agreement

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Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Part 2

12 October 2016| By Ike Ijeh

In this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year category, old and new meet in a cornucopia of diverse projects

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Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Part 1

11 October 2016| By Ike Ijeh

In this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year category, old and new meet in a cornucopia of diverse projects

New Science Building

New Science Building: Unsolved mysteries

5 October 2016| By Ike Ijeh

Laboratories are most often architecturally dull affairs but not Sheppard Robson’s New Science Building

Mersey bridge

Building a bridge across the Mersey

30 September 2016| By Andy Pearson

Constructing a six-lane road link across the River Mersey involved several challenges

Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist: Part 2

21 September 2016| By Ike Ijeh

The Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist puts the spotlight on transformative projects that have raised the bar for excellence

Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex

Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist: Part 1

20 September 2016| By Ike Ijeh

The Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist puts the spotlight on transformative projects that have raised the bar for excellence. Here’s part 1

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo 2020: The recycled Olympics

13 September 2016| By Ike Ijeh

As the thrills of Rio slowly subside, attention turns to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where a virtue is being made of necessity by re-using some of the venues built for the 1964 games

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Sustainability Project of the Year shortlist

7 September 2016

The Building Awards shortlist for Sustainability Project of the Year highlights some exceptional schemes that have innovation at their core and keep a responsible eye on the future. Ike Ijeh takes a sneak peek

Glasgow College's new Riverside Campus

Glasgow College: Tales from the riverbank

31 August 2016| By Ike Ijeh

Caught between the River Clyde and the notorious Gorbals neighbourhood, Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus attempts to engage with both as part of a new wave of regeneration across the city

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard: Crime scene

26 August 2016| By Andy Pearson

In converting a 1930s police station into the Metropolitan Police’s new HQ, contractor Bam faced a difficult case. But noise reduction criteria, a cramped site and a high level of security were no match for Bam’s trusty team

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