• Dishing up design

    Dishing up design

    SHH has completely redesigned the National Railway Museum’s hospitality offer, following a commission by long-term client Levy Restaurants, the sports, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, which provides catering services at the museum.    The radical revamp involved the rebadging and redesign of the popular York attraction’s two main restaurants, as

  • Question Time April

    Question Time April

    When it comes to designing a new project, how important is the issue of accommodating a certain climate or environment?    Considering the climate and environment when it comes to designing a new project is now becoming a much more necessary issue. In the wake of the devastating floods, which occurred up and down the

  • Sustainable aggregate

    Sustainable aggregate

    Gareth Moores, MD at Lytag Ltd, discusses how using lightweight aggregate concrete can help to meet sustainability targets, while also providing time and cost efficiencies  The issue of improving sustainability credentials has risen to the top of the property and construction industries’ agendas and architects have a key role to play in finding cost effective

  • From partners to allies: The future of contract strategy

    From partners to allies: The future of contract strategy

    Gordon Wakeling, Operations Director at fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury, discusses contract strategy Partnering has proved to be an effective way of encouraging project teams to work more closely, but such agreements can still falter when they are needed most. Enshrining these contracts in law could be the key to turning casual partners into

  • Five become one

    Five become one

    EDGE creates a unified office space for the Mako Group The Mako Group (named after the Mako shark) is a forward-thinking and highly-independent global financial group, made up of five individual businesses, each of which specialises in a different aspect of sales, trading and investment management activities.   EDGE was commissioned to create a new

  • The Shoffice

    The Shoffice

    We take a look at the Shoffice project, undertaken by architectural firm Platform 5, and how it breaks the boundaries of outdoor building design Shoffice (shed + office) is a garden pavilion containing a small office alongside garden storage space located at the back of a 1950’s terraced house in St John’s Wood. The project

  • BIM – Business Enabler or Technology Red Herring?

    BIM – Business Enabler or Technology Red Herring?

    Neville Glanville discusses BIM and the pros and cons for company’s looking to use it in their next build  The government’s decision to require that all suppliers involved in public sector construction projects use Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and techniques by 2016 makes sense. This should help drive improvements in value and performance, whilst

  • Dedicated roofing campaign

    Dedicated roofing campaign

    The UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), has rolled out a roofing campaign exclusively for the architectural and specification sectors. Entitled ‘Think roofs – think NFRC’, the campaign aims to raise awareness of NFRC and to promote its knowledge and expertise.   The ‘Think roofs – think NFRC’ campaign

  • Ecobuild 2014

    Ecobuild 2014

    We take a look at what this year’s Ecobuild show has in store for visitors looking for sustainable and environment conscious solutions and advice This year’s Ecobuild promises to showcase the latest in sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. The show is the perfect event for those architects interested in taking note of