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Jonathan Smith & Partners has completed a 2.6 million four-storey office behind the Grade II-listed Fielding Johnson Hospital in Leicester. The 3200m2 scheme, just completed, is fronted on three sides by the restored nineteenth century facades with decorative stucco and terracotta mouldings. The developer was W S Yeates.

The straw bales are now in place for the innovative house and office designed by practitioner/ academics Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till on a site in Islington, north London (above). Other novel elements include the gabions filled with crushed concrete beneath the office element, and a wall of sandbags filled with cement as a barrier to the adjacent railway line. As much research project as building, the scheme is due for completion in spring, but Wigglesworth hopes to have enough of it complete this month to move out from the very low-tech caravan she is occupying on the site.

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