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Architects Journal
August 2008

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  • _space

    _space has strengthened its architectural board by making a high profile external appointment and a series of internal promotions to board level, as part of its continuing plans to develop a sustainable business.
  • 3D Printing

    Z-CorpRequest this complimentary whitepaper and learn how 3D printers enable BIM users to produce physical models 10X faster at a fraction of the cost, and design more efficiently. Includes 3 case studies and a preview of Revit’s new STL export tool.https://www.zcorp.com/Z-Corp/Download-Cadalyst-Magazine-eBook/spage.aspx
  • 3DReid catches the scent of victory as sewage plant wins the green light

    3DReid is enjoying the sweet smell of success after winning the go-ahead for its £300 million sewage and water treatment plant at Peacehaven in East Sussex.
  • AJ Facade Design conference 2008

    Acheiving technical excellence in facade design
  • Antarctic architect completes job in the City

    For Hugh Broughton Architects, a firm more used to dealing with the logistics of icy wastes, completing a project in the City of London poses different challenges.
  • Architect sought for Norwich affordable housing scheme

    A competition has been launched to find an architect to mastermind a 100-home affordable housing scheme close to Norwich city centre.
  • Architects' Journal - Facade Design 2008

    Achieving technical excellence in facade design
  • Atkins and Grimshaw to create Barking transport masterplan

    Atkins and Grimshaw Architects are to work together to draw up a masterplan for a new transport hub in Barking town centre, East London.
  • Back Issues - Building the London Olympics, 1948

    Unemcumbered by professionalism, London’s 1948 Olympic Games came in cheap, says Steve Parnell
  • Bauclad gives Manchester tower block a facelift

    BaucladContractors working for Manchester City Council have used CEP’s Bauclad high pressure laminate panels to give a new look to Hopton Court, a residential apartment block in central Manchester.The eight-storey building is one of several residential blocks in the city, dating back to the 1960s and ‘70s that are currently being refurbished and brought up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard.The work involves interior and exterior upgrades to the fittings and finish
  • Be amazed!

    KalzipKalzip has just produced a new, high quality international project reference book entitled, ‘One world, one vision’. Marking 40 years of Kalzip - 40 years of excellence, the 134 page hardback publication highlights the creative design, manufacturing quality and technical support that is naturally associated with Kalzip installations. Dozens of visually stimulating projects are featured from all over the world - from Singapore to Switzerland, from Italy to India and from Croatia t
  • Better search?

    You may have heard of last Monday's Cuil launch. Cuil, apparently pronounced 'cool', is a new search engine of Google-like scope except that, unlike 'Do no evil' Google, it really does respect the privacy of users.It is the creation of former Google whizzkid, Anna Paterson, from whom four years ago Google acquired Recall, the basis of its current search engine. Early reviews of Cuil have been, as you might expect, a mixed bag from 'just something very
  • Birmingham City Council thinks sweet home is Alabama

    With its blobby Future Systems Selfridges store and giant Rotunda tower, Birmingham’s skyline is instantly recognisible – unless, that is, you work for the local council.
  • Birmingham's Brutalist library to be demolished

    As Dutch practice Mecanoo designs a new Birmingham Central Library, Richard Vaughan looks at whether its predecessor will be missed.
  • Block and tackle

    'Here, steady on.' I said, 'you're just being snobby'. 'Double glazing', she spat, having just vilified the site as 'possibly the worst architect's web site ever' And this from a non-architect.The offending site is that of Kenneth Martin's Block Architects (not to be confused with the award-winning London practice Block Architecture ). And yes, it does look a bit like something from a secon
  • Brett Martin enhances domed rooflight range

    Brett MartinAn innovative range of enhancements to rooflights specially developed to meet the growing demands of the flat roofing market has been launched by Brett Martin Daylight Systems.Improvements to the popular BBA-approved Mardome portfolio, featuring the ultra-secure Mardome Ultra, classic aluminium Premier, high-security Surefit, pre-drilled Trade and glazing-only Reflex options, include a new fully thermally broken kerb adaptor, new packaging and next-day deliveries on
  • Bryant Priest Newman reveals plans for park pavilion

    Birmingham-based Bryant Priest Newman has unveiled these plans for a £700,000 pavilion in Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich.
  • CABE announces seaside funding bonanza

    CABE has earmarked projects in Blackpool, Dover and Torbay for cash windfalls as part of the government’s new Sea Change ‘cultural regeneration’ programme.
  • CABE report reveals lingering concerns over HOK's Olympic Stadium

    CABE has continuing concerns over certain aspects of the design of HOK Sport’s 2012 Olympic Stadium, according to a design review released today.
  • Carey Jones

    Award winning architecture and interior design practice, careyjones, is bucking market trends by expanding with the opening of a North West studio in Manchester's Northern Quarter. With studios currently in London, Leeds and New York, and a diverse range of projects across the country, the practice will open for business in Manchester from 1st September 2008.
  • Carmody Groarke unveils designs for London bombings memorial

    Carmody Groarke has revealed its designs for the permanent memorial to the 52 people killed in the London bombings on 7 July 2005.
  • Castles in the air

    I'm not sure that you need to subscribe to the Point Click Home blog. I did. But only for a couple of days. Reason was disappointment that subsequent email feeds didn't have much in common with the Gravity Defying Homes feed here . This is a consumer blog and that means its mind set is different. Nothing wrong with that. We like pretty pictures of new architecture. Point Click Home subscribers like pretty pictures of new and st
  • Conservation groups celebrate after Smithfield buildings are saved

    Heritage bodies are hailing their success following Communities Secretary Hazel Blears’ decision to block KPF and Thornfield’s plans to demolish the 19th-century Smithfield General Market in central London (AJ online 07.08.08).
  • Consett Sports Centre, County Durham

    Provision of architectural design services in relation to the construction of a new multi-purpose sports centre including swimming pool and external facilities at Consett, County Durham.
  • Council gives thumbs-up to Keith Williams' Marlowe Theatre refurb

    Canterbury City Council has given the go-ahead to Keith Williams Architects’ planned £24 million revamp of the 1930s Marlowe Theatre.
  • Credit crunch hits HKS' Liverpool FC stadium

    Liverpool Football Club’s new £350 million stadium, designed by HKS Architects, will be delayed ‘in the short term’ due to ‘global market conditions’.
  • Credit crunch hits RMJM's Liverpool Princes Dock scheme

    The future of RMJM’s 33-storey Princes Dock scheme in Liverpool is looking increasingly bleak following the withdrawal of the project’s financial backers. 
  • Critic's Choice - Vaughan Hart's monograph on John Vanbrugh

    Vaughan Hart’s monograph on the colleague of Nicholas Hawksmoor, John Vanbrugh, impresses Andrew Mead
  • Date set for Everton stadium plans public inquiry

    The date for the public inquiry into a proposed new stadium for Everton Football Club in Kirkby, just outside Liverpool, has been set for November.
  • David Chipperfield's Hepworth Gallery takes shape in Wakefield

    David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield is now midway through its construction programme.
  • DEGW

    DEGW, the international design consultancy specialising in the changing nature of work, has strengthened its global management team with the announcement today that strategy and marketing services expert Gerard Corcoran is to join its board as Group Chief Executive Officer along with commercial property guru, Paul Morrell who joins as Non Executive Director.
  • Delays to Foster + Partners' U2 Tower as negotiations extended

    Plans for the Foster + Partners-designed U2 Tower in Dublin have been thrown into doubt after the negotiations had to be extended.
  • Derek Walker Modernist church may be sold off

    The future of the last surviving Modernist church designed by Milton Keynes masterplanner Derek Walker, is hanging in the balance, the AJ has learned.
  • Design team for police training centres, Northern Ireland

    The Desertcreat College Programme is a portfolio of projects that has at its core a project for a new shared training college (“Desertcreat College” to be built near Cookstown, Co. Tyrone) replacing the existing training facilities of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Prisons Service and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (the “training providers”).
  • Developer pits Allies and Morrison against Quinlan & Francis Terry in clash of styles

    Modernist firm Allies and Morrison has been pitched into an extraordinary battle against Classicist Quinlan & Francis Terry for a key scheme outside Hampton Court Palace, Surrey.
  • Dexter Moren brings bling to Paddington

    This is Dexter Moren Architects’ new gold-effect hotel in Paddington Central, west London.
  • Dyson may withdraw funding for Wilkinson Eyre's Bath academy

    Inventor James Dyson has threatened to pull the plug on his plans for a £56 million academy in Bath, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
  • E.ON struggles to demolish Sheffield's Tinsley Towers – see video

    Icons of the M1, the Tinsley Cooling Towers in Sheffield, were demolished at 3.00am on Sunday 24 August by owner E.ON.
  • English Heritage mauls plans for Huddersfield's Queensgate Market

    English Heritage (EH) has weighed into the row about the redevelopment and partial demolition of Huddersfield’s Grade II-listed 1972 Queensgate Market, claiming the proposals have neither been ‘fully explained nor justified’.
  • English Heritage may challenge Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' Doon Street tower approval

    English Heritage (EH) has refused to rule out appealing against Communities Secretary Hazel Blears’ decision to approve Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ Doon Street tower on London's South Bank.
  • English Heritage on the hunt for Stonehenge architect – again

    English Heritage (EH) has once again put the call out for an architect to design a new visitor centre at Stonehenge.
  • Eric Parry to design Royal Academy's Palladio exhibition

    The Royal Academy of Arts has appointed Eric Parry Architects to design the exhibition devoted to the 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio.
  • Expressions of Interest sought: affordable housing development, Norwich

    Mixed tenure affordable housing development, Greyhound Opening site, Norwich
  • Fabric Formwork for Concrete

    Fabric formwork can release structures from the restrictions of concrete shuttering.
  • Facade Design 2008

    Achieving technical excellence in facade design
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios completes Derby art centre

    This is the Quad, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS’) new centre for art and film in Derby.
  • Five things to do this week 13 - 20 August

    1. Thinking Allowed: Imagination and the countryside, Radio 4If you didn't catch it the first time around, listen again to Laurie Taylor discussing gentrification and the rural idyll with sociologists Howard Newby and Martin Phillips and the novelist Joanna Trollope.
  • Five things to do this week: 28 August - 4 September

    1 Vilhelm Hammershøi: The Poetry of Silence Last chance to catch the first UK retrospective of Danish artist Hammershøi’s haunting paintings.Until 7 September. The Sackler Wing, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD.www.royalacademy.org.uk
  • Foggo Associates reveals neighbour for Foster's Gherkin

    Foggo Associates has unveiled this 90m-tall office scheme close to Foster + Partners’ Swiss Re building in St Mary Axe, City of London.
  • Footballer Steven Gerrard's vast gym has its own postcode

    Liverpool and England football star Steven Gerrard (pictured) has built a gym in his back garden so large it has a different postcode from his house.
  • Foster and Chipperfield go head-to-head in Baltimore

    David Chipperfield Architects and Foster + Partners are the sole British practices among a stellar list of architects battling to win a ‘signature’ building in Baltimore, USA.
  • Four architects make Waterloo Square concept design shortlist

    Four practices have been shortlisted to draw up concept designs for a new ‘city square’ in Waterloo, south London.
  • French architects embrace simplicity

    French practice DLW Architects , or dlwarchitects as they lower-casely and confusingly prefer it, consists of a group of guys in Nantes who are great and simple. You click unsuccessfully on the 'accéder au site' which slides across under the logo and eventually the page clears and eight rectangles ( Golden Sections naturally, this being an architectural site) shuffle into place at the bottom and then fan out to form a collage of what is probabl
  • Georgia crisis throws UK firms' work into limbo

    A host of projects led by UK architects in Georgia have been thrown into serious doubt following the brutal conflict between the former Soviet state and Russia.
  • Get a sneak preview of the City of the future - video

    See advance footage from the new series of Britain from Above on BBC1 and 2, starting on Sunday 10 August.
  • Grimshaw's Bournemouth Performing Arts Centre is dumped

    Bournemouth Borough Council has ditched Grimshaw’s proposed £22 million Performing Arts Centre in the town’s Winter Garden.
  • Gustafson Porter to follow Diana Memorial Fountain with Woolwich paddling pool

    Landscape architect Gustafson Porter, the firm behind the troubled Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park (pictured), has won the competition to transform two squares in Woolwich, south-east London – one of which will feature a paddling pool.
  • HCP provides ceiling mounted radiant heating solution

    SAS InternationalHCP, a division of SAS International, supplied a ceiling mounted radiant heating solution to the new Oncology and Haematology Unit at the PFI Castle Hill Hospital in East Yorkshire. Radiant heating products are an excellent alternative space heating solution to traditional wall-mounted radiators as both wall and floor space is freed up. This leads to increased space flexibility and an increase in the usable floor space.HCP products are polyester powder coate
  • Hilson Moran

    Hilson Moran has announced the appointment of Bob Allison as Technical & Project Director to its structural engineering division.
  • HOK to design medical centre behind British Library

    HOK has landed a contract to design a medical research centre in King's Cross, London.
  • Housesteads Roman fort visitors centre, York

    Through a joint working agreement, The National Trust (NT) and English Heritage (EH) are working in partnership to offer a visitor experience at Housesteads Roman Fort that is worthy of a World Heritage Site.
  • Innovate Green Office, Leeds by Rio Architects

    Rio Architects’ Innovate Green Office in Leeds has achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating.
  • Isover Insulation System can cut housebuilding costs by 20%

    IsoverDespite the downfall in the property market, housebuilders looking for cost savings on current developments can salvage more than 20% using RD35 – a Robust Details-approved party wall insulation system from Isover that has also won up to three credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes.Saint-Gobain Isover launched RD35 (E-WM-8) in 2005 as a response to the requirements of the new Part E Acoustic Regulations which required a Robust Detail–approved system to avoid pre-comp
  • Jean Nouvel curates French sculptor Cesar at the Cartier Foundation

    James Pallister visits Jean Nouvel's César show
  • Jean Nouvel curates French sculptor Cesar at the Cartier Foundation

    James Pallister visits Jean Nouvel's César show
  • Job opportunities for Part 2 graduates start to dry up

    The economic downturn has made a dramatic dent in the architectural job market, with some recruitment consultants reporting a drop in vacancies for Part 2 graduates by almost a fifth.
  • JP Morgan relocation scuppers KPF City scheme

    Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Architects’ proposal for the UK’s largest office building has been dropped after JP Morgan announced it would be relocating its headquarters to Canary Wharf.
  • Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan: a minute-by-minute report

    Last night (11 August) Grand Designs supremo Kevin McCloud tried his hand at televised regeneration, visiting the West Yorkshire town of Castleford in Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan. Richard Waite tuned in to see how McCloud got on.
  • Kevin McCloud brings his big town plan to Castleford

    The first episode in the Channel 4’s series Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan, about the regeneration of Castleford in West Yorkshire, airs tonight at 9pm.
  • Kevin McCloud interviewed: HAB, the Stirling Prize and Castleford

    My encounter with Kevin McCloud starts at a private members’ club off central London’s Tottenham Court Road. The TV presenter is bring filmed by Channel 4 in the thick of a design meeting for his development company HAB’s housing development in Swindon.
  • Kevin McCloud's Castleford regeneration: the story behind the television series

    ‘There does not seem to be a single building in Castleford town centre which would justify a mention,’ said Nikolaus Pevsner in 1959. Nearly 50 years later that description still rings horribly true.
  • Koivusaari Ideas Competition, Helsinki, Finland

    The competition is an open international ideas competition and it is organised in order to prepare the component master plan for Koivusaari Island to identify the essential features of this new district which will have a maritime atmosphere and an underground railway connection
  • Latest Olympic triumph is in playing cards - video

    Just when you thought there were no more superlatives connected to the Beijing Olympics, here comes a video of Bryan Berg, the Guinness World Record holder in card stacking.
  • Lauren Laverne quits Stirling Prize jury

    Lauren Laverne, face of the BBC’s The Culture Show, has pulled out from judging this year’s Stirling Prize.
  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands wins green light for Doon Street tower

    Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has given the green light to Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ 43-storey Doon Street tower on London’s South Bank.
  • Liverpool Council refutes 'barmy' claims that it's grim up North

    The leader of Liverpool City Council has labelled an independent think tank 'barmy' after it claimed that attempts to regenerate Northern towns had failed.
  • Liverpool health centre gets the Bauclad treatment

    BaucladCEP Cladding’s Bauclad high pressure laminate panels have been used to create a striking and colourful external façade for a new Primary Care health centre in Liverpool.The Picton Neighbourhood Health & Children’s Centre in Earle Road is a two storey building with a brickwork outer leaf at ground floor level and Bauclad rainscreen cladding above. Manchester architects MBLA used the 6 mm thick Bauclad panels in a lap-sidings format fixed to timber battens, which were
  • Locals come out against PRP's East London tower

    PRP Architects’ proposed £75 million redevelopment of Queens Market in East London is at the centre of a bitter battle between local residents and the Mayor’s office.
  • London Borough of Brent Civic Centre

    The London Borough of Brent (LBB) civic centre project is central to the desire and vision of LBB to establish Wembley as a community focus for Brent. Wembley is part of the largest regeneration area in West London and the civic centre will be the community centrepiece in the heart of a modern development.
  • Looking again

    I was very courteously taken to task by the 3DReid people for only looking last week at the front end of their site. They wrote, 'If you look above the 'slides' there is a navigation bar with home/about
  • Lower Lea Valley River Park Landscaping

    Parkland link as part of the overall Lea River Park scheme. This will include the creation of 6 new park areas joined by linear parkland (the ‘Fatwalk’) in the Lower Lea Valley, between East India Dock Basin on the Thames in the South, and the Olympic Park in Stratford to the North.
  • Lutyens' tiny 'pimple' goes on sale for £10,000

    Possibly the smallest building designed by Edwin Lutyens – a Grade II-listed folly in Devon known as the Pimple – is on sale for about £10,000.
  • Lynne Sullivan: head of building design at Inbuilt

    An architect who has been involved all her life with sustainable buildings, Lynne Sullivan discusses her role in the newly formed Inbuilt Consulting
  • Make unveils 2012 Olympics Handball Arena

    The first images of Make Architects' 2012 London Olympic Games Handball Arena have been revealed.
  • Marley Eternit weatherboard to help showcase British housing

    Marley EternitWansey Street Housing, an award-winning development by dRMM Architects that is clad in Marley Eternit’s fibre cement Weatherboard, will help to showcase housing in the British Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.The manufacturer is supporting dRMM’s contribution to the theme ‘Home/Away: Five British architects build housing in Europe’, which will include models, images and reference material, and will be open to the pu
  • Marshalls - Street Furniture

    MarshallsMarshalls Street Furniture offer the largest choice of post and rail systems in a variety of materials. Schemes can be designed to meet recommendations of BSI and RoSPA. New for autumn is Continuum a fully DDA compliant system and Continulux continuous light system for handrails. Site survey, design and installation are available. Visit www.marshalls.co.uk/streetfurniture, or to receive a copy of the new Product Selecto
  • McDowell + Benedetti's Castleford Bridge, part of Kevin McCloud's Big Town Plan

    McDowell + Benedetti’s Castleford Bridge is the most impressive result of the town’s TV-led transformation says Richard Waite. Photography by Timothy Soar
  • Mecanoo scoops Birmingham Library competition

    Dutch-practice Mecanoo has seen off a raft of big names, including Foster + Partners and OMA, to land the contest to design Birmingham’s new £193 million library.
  • Meinhardt (UK) Limited

    Alan Munson has recently joined the management team of multi-disciplined consultancy Meinhardt (UK) Limited.
  • Murphy Philipps and Tom Dixon plan members' club for Centre Point

    A new members' club is to be built at the top of Richard Seifert’s Centre Point building in the heart of London’s West End.
  • Naish Waddington scheme rises from the ashes in Jersey

    Jersey-based Naish Waddington Architects has submitted this ambitious residential scheme in St Helier, Jersey, for planning.
  • Napper Architects

    Napper Architects have announced the promotion of Alan Rees, Dean Thody Mark Bowman and rim Rainford as Operational Directors within the company.
  • Niall McLaughlin designs watery square for Gloucester - slideshow

    This is Niall McLaughlin Architects’ competition-winning King’s Square scheme for Gloucester.
  • Nothing fishy about Arval’s facade

    ArcelorMetal cladding panels that can bring a contemporary and distinctive fish-scale design to the facades of new-build and refurbished buildings are now available in the UK through Arval from ArcelorMittal Construction.The Caiman panels can be fabricated by Arval in steel, aluminium, copper or brass and in any height and width up to 800x1,200mm for pre- or post-painted metal and 800x1,000mm for stainless steel. The former can be either pre-coated with Arval’s Colorissime range
  • Offices for Loch Lomond National Park Authority by Page Park Architects

    After two years of intensive engineering research, Glasgow-based Page\Park Architects’ new headquarters for the Loch Lomond National Park Authority opened in May 2008.
  • On the slide

    Talking of slide shows on architectural websites. Please. No. Bigged up holiday snap shows. Atavistic of the grim architecture school lecture. Just say no. OK at least abandon the grim click, yawn, click, yawn.Maybe take a look at the new 3DReid site. And the slides. Sure, they remind you of those voice-overed nature films which substituted for B-movies in the cinema industry's grim post-TV days. But at least the 3DReid slides come at you from differ
  • One Olympic world, one Titanic dream, one 'legacy offsetting' scam

    MONDAY. I'm in China for a few days, with the rest of the Olympic Rebadging Task Force. Not on some morally dubious junket subsidised by hard-working British taxpayers, either.
  • Planners to report on housing design quality

    Local authorities across England must now use the Building for Life criteria to assess housing design quality, under new government guidelines.
  • Rafael Vinoly shortlisted in UK medical research centre architecture competition

    Rafael Viñoly is among the three finalists in the competition to design the UK's new Centre for Medical Research and Innovation behind the British Library in central London.
  • Ramboll Whitbybird

    Design engineer consultancy Ramboll Whitbybird has announced its half year promotions.
  • Reduce the fire risk liability on your project

    Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP)Ensure your ‘built in’ fire protection is fit for purpose. Members of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) are third-party certificated, competence-assessed and comply with the ASFP Code of Practice.If you are responsible for risk assessment, life safety and asset protection, click on the link below and enter the code number indicated for a FREE copy of the ASFP Members List and a CD-ROM containing the Associatio
  • Reflecting Wales call for entries

    Design Circle RSAW South has released a call for entries for anarchitectural exhibition of innovative, conceptual and built work inWales
  • Return to Second Life

    I think it has been over-translated, certainly over-written but Archidemo is billed as 'the experimental demonstration for enhancing of the possibility of the architecture and environmental design in the 3DInternet (3Di) space.' Actually it's about translating real space into virtual space and flying avatars about in it. At least initially, this site has something to do with building a complicated
  • RIBA Flood Design Competition

    The RIBA, in conjunction with Norwich Union, is to launch an international design competition which will challenge architects to come up with innovative and interesting ideas for building housing in flood risk areas.
  • RIBA launches rival to Wikipedia

    The RIBA has launched its answer to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia – an internet knowledge bank called RIBAPedia.
  • RIBA seeks architects for affordable-housing competition in Norwich

    The RIBA is inviting architects to throw their hats into the ring for an affordable mixed-tenure housing development just outside Norwich city centre.
  • Richard Rogers' City of London 'cheesegrater' is put on hold

    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ 225m-tall Leadenhall building in the City of London, nicknamed the 'cheesegrater', is being shelved.
  • RMJM

    RMJM, one of the world’s largest architectural practices, has made a new senior appointment in the UK with the arrival of Julie Bartlett as European Marketing Director.
  • RMJM unveils Barnet College campus plans

    RMJM Architects has revealed these images of its planned new campus for Barnet College in north London.
  • RMJM wins outline planning permission to transform Leith Docks

    Edinburgh City Council has given outline planning permission to RMJM’s vast Leith Docks development framework, that will transform the city’s waterfront.
  • Robert Adam's Classicism beats Ushida Findlay's Modernism in the country

    Robert Adam has won planning permission for this Classical country house in Cheshire, and in doing so says he has smashed the myth that only Modernist houses win permission under the PPS7 'country house clause'.
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners opens new winery in Spain

    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) winery in Penafiel, central Spain will open its doors to its first harvest this September. Located 50km west of Valladolid, in a sleepy agricultural town, RSHP’s winery was commissioned for a winemaking co-operative to provide a new, tourist-friendly base.
  • Roxo Sets the Scene

    SKLHotel and leisure industry lighting specialists SKL has launched Roxo, a stunning chandelier that will bring an intriguing style of illumination to any setting. Roxo’s curvy, intense purple flock finish and complementary purple glass arms have been designed catch the imagination and provoke ideas in the user.The eye-catching Roxo measures 950mm high and 750mm wide and incorporates eight purple glass arms that undulate and reflect their colour in the illumination produced b
  • Rule of Thumb: when to ask for more business

    In the current economic climate, securing repeat business from existing clients is an essential strategy. If practices wish to maintain their turnover they need to know how and when to ask a client for more work.
  • Ruth Reed guards neutrality over Stirling Prize

    The new president-elect of the RIBA, Ruth Reed, is determinedly sitting on the fence over the outcome of this year's Stirling Prize.
  • Ryder and HKS part company after seven years

    RyderHKS International has split after a seven-year joint venture to pursue ‘individual growth’, it has been announced.
  • Santiago Calatrava's Venice bridge denied grand opening

    Santiago Calatrava’s new bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice has been denied an unveiling ceremony.
  • Sarah Ichioka is new director of the Architecture Foundation

    The Architecture Foundation (AF) has appointed Sarah Ichioka as its new director.
  • SAS International Provides Award Winning Ceiling for New Glasgow Casino

    SAS InternationalSAS International’s bespoke architectural metalwork ceiling for the new LCI Rendevous Casino at Springfield Quay in Glasgow, has been awarded the 2008 Judges’ Award Gold Medal by the Association of Interior Specialists (AIS). The new £8m casino, part of the Alea Glasgow development on the banks of the Clyde, was designed by architects Burrows Cave International, with Real Studios working on interior design. A stunning waveform structure runs through the entrance
  • SBS replaces Make on Digbeth coach station job

    Work has started on SBS Architects’ £15 million Digbeth coach station for National Express in Birmingham.
  • Section 106 agreements deliver £4 billion-worth of infrastructure a year, study shows

    A study by the University of Sheffield has revealed that private developers fund a total of £4 billion-worth of local capital infrastructure a year in England through Section 106 agreements.
  • See into the world of Paris' guerilla preservationists

    A German television company has filmed one of the former projects of La Mexicaine de Perforation which, like the Untergunther, are part of the shadowy Parisian group UX, dedicated to infiltrating and inhabiting the city’s hidden and neglected places.
  • See the videos from the Southwark Cathedral debate on architecture

    Video highlights from the debate 'Design your City' held at Southwark Cathedral are now available. The debate, organised by The Architects' Journal in association with Gifford, formed part of the London Festival of Architecture.
  • Singer Lily Allen reveals architectural ambitions

    Architecture faculties in universities up and down the UK are likely to become Lily Allen fans.
  • Small isn't beautiful - or legible

    My interlocutor began 'I usually think you are making a fuss about nothing when you complain about type being too small, but this one is really really tiny.' The interlocutor in question is possessed of youthful and excellent eyesight and the site in question is that of Consarc . She added 'Don't you find that when things are difficult to read, it's more of a challenge and makes you concentrate harder? Which isn't always worthwhile, if it is t
  • Smithfield Market buildings are saved as Hazel Blears blocks KPF scheme…

    Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has blocked KPF's controversial proposals to demolish Smithfield General Market in central London and replace it with a £200 million office building.
  • Sony VAIO – architects on the move

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATUREFew architects would eschew the flexibility provided by a good quality, lightweight, notebook PC, particularly those embedded with WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network). The latest generation of mobile broadband technology, WWAN enables connectivity beyond the still far-from-contiguous realm of WiFi hotspots - wherever, in fact, you can get a mobile phone signal.
  • Stanley Bragg Architects

    Stanley Bragg Architects is celebrating its 60th year and has appointed three new Equity Directors.
  • Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects shortlisted in Luxembourg

    Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects is the sole UK practice to make the eight-strong shortlist for a new university building in Luxembourg.
  • Stirling betting remains slow, despite major wager on Manchester Civil Justice Centre

    Bookmaker William Hill has confirmed that betting has remained slow on this year’s Stirling Prize, and said it has received just one sizeable wager – a £200 flutter on the Manchester Civil Justice Centre.
  • Stride Treglown's mixed-use plans for Bristol win go-ahead

    Stride Treglown has been given the green light for a mixed-use scheme in Bristol city centre.
  • Succeeding the mouse?

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