In this issue, we bring you news on the Natural Stone Awards shortlist, standing seam roofing, copper's inside story and more...

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In this issue, we bring you news on the Natural Stone Awards shortlist, standing seam roofing, copper's inside story and more...

Natural Stone Awards – Shortlist Announced

Stone Federation are delighted to announce the shortlisted projects for the 2020 Natural Stone Awards. In spite of the challenges that this year has presented, it was incredibly encouraging to see that both the quantity and quality of entries was equal to that of our previous Natural Stone Awards. Due to the evolving and unpredictable nature of the... Read more...
Published 09/12/2020 via

A copper partner for corten

Phase 2 of a major residential development in Bristol is an industrially inspired block of apartments faced in copper, designed to complement a former tobacco company HQ. James Parker reports. Ferguson Mann Architects (FMA) were appointed to design Urban Splash’s 422-apartment Lakeshore residential scheme in Bristol in 2003... Read more...
Published 08/12/2020 via

An introduction to standing seam roofing design

Standing seam roofs are a popular choice with architects and specifiers looking for a design that really stands out. Simon Walker of SIG Zinc & Copper discusses what architects and specifiers should consider when designing standing seam roofing. Traditional standing seam has been in use for over a century, having been originally used on ecclesiastical... Read more...
Published 03/12/2020 via

Sustainability defined

With increasing pressure to specify building systems offering clearly defined sustainability, Andrew Cross of Kestrel Aluminium Systems gives his thoughts on the use of aluminium as a key building component. In construction terms, aluminium is considered to be a ‘permanent’ material as, unlike some other metals, it loses none of its inherent... Read more...
Published 02/12/2020 via

Copper – the inside story

Graeme Bell of Aurubis says that copper has a wide range of uses in architectural interiors alongside external applications, and explores the various surface treatments available. Copper has seen a dramatic change from its historic role in roofing prestigious buildings to a thoroughly modern external skin for contemporary architecture. And its role as an interior... Read more...
Published 02/12/2020 via

The answer for high-rise balconies and beyond?

In the wake of Grenfell, Building Regulations have rapidly shifted to a more fire-safe position – Richard Izzard of AliDeck explains how aluminium suppliers have responded quickly to provide an increased range of options for balcony specification. Fire safety is paramount post-Grenfell, the specification of non-combustible materials in the external envelope... Read more...
Published 01/12/2020 via

Aesthetics, performance and buildability

Jonathan Lowy of VMZinc discusses what architects should be looking for when specifying zinc, and its long-standing attributes ranging from aesthetic appeal to maintenance, durability and recyclability. If you’re like me, then working from home – or should that be living at work – is the new normal. However, this is not the case for those actually constructing... Read more...
Published 01/12/2020 via

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