How to build a home fit for a Hobbit

Happy International Hobbit Day! With Autumn upon us, nothing appeals more than burrowing into the idyllic hillside and it got us thinking… How would you go about building a home fit for a Hobbit?

At the heart of Tolkien’s Hobbit … Read the rest

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Rainscreen – Façades of the Future

Rainscreen - Ronad McDonald Hospital
Predicting the future is a tricky business, particularly when it comes to the built environment. If only it were as easy as gazing into a crystal ball!

Some of the more radical ideas have included Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller’s vision to Read the rest

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Building sustainably with BREEAM

With over half a million certified buildings across 77 countries, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is easily one of the most widely used building sustainability assessment standards in the world. So why has the method proven so… Read the rest
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Final Friday Five

Pokemon GO

While many of us have been away on our holidays during August, a lot has been going on in the world! This month’s Final Friday Five takes a look at everything from the Olympics to Pokémon GO…

After the Games, Read the rest
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Rainscreen – Leading Regeneration

Rainscreen and Woodberry Down regeneration
To someone coming out of the slums… the idea of going into a house with a bathroom, a proper kitchen, hot water… it was their dream, and it didn’t matter a damn to them if it was in a Read the rest
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SIPs – Adding Space and Value

SIPs and ROI
In May, Savills revealed that more £70/sq ft office deals had already been completed within the City than in the whole on 2014. This premium on commercial space makes maximising usable space within a building footprint essential.

One way of … Read the rest

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Rainscreen – A Fresh New Start

Rainscreen retrofit - Pendleton, Manchester
Back in 2006, the Channel 4 show ‘Demolition’ set out to identify the buildings that the general public would most like to see flattened. Unsurprisingly, many of the most popular nominees featured boxy, concrete-faced designs which had quickly become… Read the rest
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Rainscreen – The Science

Rainscreen - Liverpool Central Library
Whilst many of us will be jetting off to sunnier climes over the coming month, our buildings are not so lucky.

They have to tough out whatever the British summer has in store and, for many, the first line of … Read the rest

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Rainscreen – A Brief History

Rainscreen facade close up
You can’t go far these days without coming across a building using some form of rainscreen cladding.

From schools and hospitals, to skyscrapers and national parliaments, the solution’s versatility has made it a favoured tool of specifiers across the world. … Read the rest

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BES 6001 – A Giant Leap for Responsible Sourcing

BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing
Last week marked the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing, and the scale and audacity of those missions continues to boggle the mind.

Take the Saturn V rocket, for example. Standing at 111 metres, it comprised more than … Read the rest

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