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In this issue, we bring you news on a groundbreaking cladding documentary, copper's sustainability factor, 'softer' interior applications of concrete, and more. Contact us

Renewed sense of purpose

Arup believes that its redevelopment of the workplace it designed in the 1990s in West London, including a refurbished facade, will save 40,000 tonnes of carbon compared with a new build approach. ADF’s Tom Boddy reports. Situated on London’s Euston Road between the British Library, University College London, and Regent’s Park... Read more...
Published 02/11/2021 via

Building innovation

George Spreckley from the Brick Development Association reviews the projects shortlisted for the innovation category in this year’s Brick Awards. The Brick Development Association was excited to once again host the Brick Awards after a busy but disrupted two years for the construction industry. The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London hosted... Read more...
Published 02/11/2021 via

Meshing with design goals

Bringing bespoke creativity to life in applications from cladding, ceilings and roofs, to staircases and balustrades, metal mesh is being used to push design boundaries safely and sustainably. Anthony Millington of Amron Architectural explains further. Architects and designers are always looking to provide inspiring and inviting interiors... Read more...
Published 11/10/2021 via

Wood you believe it?

Richard Besant of Powdertech Corby on how developments in wood finish powder coatings on aluminium are providing a popular and realistic alternative to wood, as materials shortages increase. We have witnessed the increased use of architectural powder coatings to a point where powder coated metal is now a 'dominant' building material... Read more...
Published 11/10/2021 via

A copper-bottomed sustainability case

As well as wide applications in contemporary architectural design, there is more to copper than meets the eye when it comes to recyclability, sustainability and longevity, explains Graeme Bell of Aurubis. Copper is a natural element found within the earth’s crust, and which has been incorporated into living organisms throughout evolution. The wide range... Read more...
Published 08/10/2021 via

Sealing concrete’s interior future

Architects and designers are broadening their concrete horizons – firmly cementing the time-honoured material’s place in ‘softer’ interior applications. Craig Bell from Osmo provides advice on maintaining its durability. Trends in interior design change constantly, and it can be hard to keep up with what is the latest style, product or material... Read more...
Published 08/10/2021 via

New documentary heralds ‘era of responsibility’ for the UK cladding industry

A groundbreaking film which explores the UK construction industry’s response to the Grenfell Tower disaster has been launched to encourage more open debate within the UK construction industry. Funded by Vivalda Group and produced award-winning filmmaker Hamlett Films, the 25-minute documentary, entitled 'Behind the Facade'... Read more...
Published 08/10/2021 via

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