Category Archives: Projects


Northumberland National Park Authority, YHA (England and Wales) and partners, are celebrating today after plans for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre were officially given the green light.

Plans for the £11.2m initiative have passed a significant milestone as the DCLG Planning Casework Team have decided not to call in the application, paving the way for planning consent to be granted as approved by the National Park Authority’s Development Management Committee on 18 September.

Waldorf Astoria, Berlin

In January, following a three-and-a-half year period of construction, the “Zoofenster” skyscraper, which has been the subject of much discussion, finally opened its doors in Berlin: the international luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria moved into the 118 m high tower, prominently located between the Zoo Station and the Memorial Church. The European flagship of New York’s legendary hotel takes up most of the 31 floors, which are also home to office areas and shops.

Wieland Supports Fast Installation at Riverbank House

Wieland Electric has supplied its Metalynx armoured structured wiring system to enable fast connection of lighting, small power and fan coil units at Riverbank House in the City of London. Located at Upper Thames Street, close to London Bridge, the 10-storey Riverbank House is the new headquarters for the global alternative investment manager, Man Group plc, and provides 29,000m2 of high quality office space in the capital’s busy financial district.

Dane’s Yard Kitchen

Contemporary restaurant, Dane’s Yard Kitchen situated close to the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, was part of the fi rst redevelopment phase at the site known as ‘Strand East’, incorporating a 40m high illuminated tower in a public square.

Sesame Gold path ready for Diamond celebration

The Queen’s Silver Jubilee was marked with the creation of the Jubilee Walkway, an integral part of which was the introduction of pedestrian access along the south bank of the Thames, known as Queen’s Walk.

Maracanã Stadium adds 16,000 metre Q-railing system

Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, will enhance the view from its stands and create more space for fans, using Q-railing’s glass handrail systems, in preparation for major upcoming sporting events.

Crystal Bridges Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architect

Located in the heart of the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Moshe Safdie, 2011) in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, the museum store is an insertion by Marlon Blackwell Architect into an existing 3,040 square foot curved concrete space.  A local competition was held to find an architect that could contribute to the overall museum experience and provide the museum with a functional and tactile museum store.  The space provided was heavily structured with concrete columns supporting a green roof above which severely dissects the space. The west-facing storefront opened on to the entry plaza, making glare and heat gain an issue.  The owner desired a store experience that was warm, natural, and tactile and understood by museum patrons as an extension of the museum experience.

High Line-Inspired Park proposed in Queens

When plans for the High Line were first revealed it made quite an impression on the design community. The converted elevated rail line, long abandoned by New York City, was threatened by demolition until a group of activists fought for its revival and helped transform it into one of the most renowned public spaces in Manhattan. Now Queens, a borough with its own abandoned infrastructure is on its way to redeveloping the land for its own version of the High Line, to be known as the Queensway Cultural Gateway.

Lord Norman Foster welcomes decision to grant his Sainsbury Centre Grade II* listing

One of Lord Norman Foster’s first public buildings in the United Kingdom, the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, has received a protected status from Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey. The move was welcomed by conservation organisation English Heritage whose Designation Director, Roger Bowdler said: “We are pleased that the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia has been listed at Grade II* following our recommendation. Listing will not interfere with the centre’s continued flexible use, and the University of East Anglia has set an example over a number of years of how the listed modern buildings in its care can be sympathetically managed.” The status marks the building as ‘particularly important’ and ‘of more than special interest’.

Make haste slowly to Sarajevo to see this winning bridge design in action

This unusual little bridge in Sarajevo is the design of three Bosnian product design students in response to a tender issued five years ago. Just completed, the Festina Lente bridge (which translates as ‘to make haste slowly’) has been described by its designers Adnan Alagic, Bojan Kanlic and Amila Hrustic as ‘lightweight, agile and adaptable’ and is rapidly absorbing media attention across the world.

Nottingham University-funded eco-hotel The Orchard by RHWL opens on campus

A new eco-friendly hotel, ‘The Orchard’, has opened for business on The University of Nottingham’s award-winning main campus. The £20 million hotel, funded entirely by the University, has been completed by BAM Construction on a design and build contract to a winning design by RHWL Architects.

Chelsea Market Upzoning Approved by NYC Council

Construction has exploded along the High Line ever since it opened: condos hover over the rehabilitated track and look out onto the Hudson, while the new location of the Whitney Museum is making headway on the southern end of the park as Google moves into its NYC headquarters to a building just a few short blows away.  Now, the historic Chelsea Market may be looking at a facelift following approval from the  Council for increasing density in the building by developers, Jamestown Properties. The proposed vertical extension, which has made a brief appearance on a few architecture blogs, will provide the additional in demand office and retail space in the Chelsea neighborhood.

Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre Listed

On the advice of English Heritage, architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed Norman Foster’s first major public building: the 1977 Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, , in the . According to BDOnline, the popular public art museum, which houses the collection of Lord and Lady Sainsbury, was granted grade II* protection for its innovative engineering, fine design, historic association, flexibility and group value. Its revolutionary design features an innovative, prefabricated modular structure that is cleverly designed to allow for subsequent extension.

2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

The American Institute of Architects () Board of Directors has announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will receive the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA, have been working together since 1977, first forming their New York City-based practice in 1986. The pair, which has gained a reputation for excellence in designing public cultural and institutional buildings, has merited the honor thanks to their “exquisite care for detail,” “material integrity and sense of innovation.”

According to Toshiko Mori, who wrote of the couple in a recommendation letter: “Their work carries with it a spiritual value which transcends pragmatic solutions. Their projects respond to multiple and complex needs of clients, yet their solutions are simple and elegant. Their firm’s work brings forth the ideals of Modernism, yet is moderated with a contemporary sensibility and intelligence which makes their work rich, tactile, and useful.”

The firm will be honored at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver.

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Armstrong Atelier centres on its peerless building prowess

Armstrong Ceilings has refreshed its Atelier stand at The Building Centre.

Almost three years after debuting at The Building Centre, Armstrong Ceilings has moved its exhibition space there up a gear and relaunched it under its high-end Atelier brand.


Knauf Marmorit, one of the leaders in render systems, has been specified by Speymills Contracts to provide their Noblo system for the new Premier Inn Hotel and Brewers Fayre Restaurant in Widnes, Cheshire.

Versatile waterproofing and repair with Vandex Uni 1

Vandex Unimortar 1 is a highly versatile waterproof repair mortar. It provides an ideal solution for basement refurbishment work where it can be used as a one coat, high-build tanking slurry, as well as for localised masonry repair and to improve primary resistance. A Vandex Unimortar 1 fillet waterproofs the vulnerable floor/wall junction in a subterranean build.

World’s First Bio-Adaptive Façade

A zero-energy house under construction in Germany is set to provide the first real-life test for a new façade system that uses live microalgae to provide shade and generate renewable energy at the same time. The world’s first ‘bio-adaptive façade’ will be installed in the ‘BIQ’ house for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, which runs through 2013.

Landmark Skyscraper Achieves LEED Silver

The MesseTurm Frankfurt is one of the first skyscrapers in Europe to receive a LEED Silver certification in the category ‘Existing Buildings’. The distinction has been awarded by the internationally recognised sustainability certification program LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) following an assessment of the building’s features and operations management processes. In addition, a LEED Gold certification was awarded for the interior construction and design of the new BNY Mellon office in the MesseTurm.


With less than one week to go until Decorex International 2012 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, AV specialist Kensington Home Technology (KHT) has announced that it will be showcasing a host of new products from innovative providers including Crestron, amBX, Spectral, Cineak, NEOD, Clipso and Loewe on stand F192.  This integrated display will allow interior designers to visualise all aspects of AV in one space, with experts on hand to discuss exactly what is possible with each technology – and how.

Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham

Ultrascape Flowpoint handles slopes, steps and dancing diggers with ease!


Ideal Standard International, the leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom solutions, has launched a new range of products and services designed to provide an all-inclusive solution for selecting, installing and maintaining hotel bathrooms.

New chapel conversion

An architect based in Penzance, in the far west of Cornwall, Lesley Price has been working on the Chapel Development for 2 years, effectively creating a small hamlet of 5 different houses at the entrance to Marazion. Marazion is famous for the castle which rises from the sea in Mounts Bay – St Michael’s Mount, and is a tourist ‘hot spot’. The site is just over the road from the beach, and the pub! It faces south so lots of sunshine.

Centrepiece of Telford’s Regeneration Masterplan Receives Planning.

Associated Architects has worked with Telford & Wrekin Council to win planning permission for Southwater 1, which will form the centrepiece of the £250m Telford Southwater masterplan and marks a major step towards the region’s regeneration, which is expected to create 260 new jobs in the area. The new landmark building will accommodate the Council’s First Point and contact centre, tourist information and a replacement public library as well as bars, restaurants and a café. 

CRM Architects Expansion continues at Lakeside Retail Park,

Expansion continues at Lakeside Retail Park, part of the destination shopping area at West Thurrock, Essex, with the expansion of the largest concentration of retail accommodation in Europe.

The King’s School Worcester and Associated Architects win Planning Permission on Bronze-Age Site

Birmingham-based practice Associated Architects has won planning permission for a new sports and performing arts centre on an historic site in Worcester. The new facility for The King’s School Worcester will provide sports and fitness facilities for School and community use, as well as teaching spaces, dance and drama studios and new Sixth Form Centre. The development is provisionally known as the SPACE building (short for Sports and Performing Arts Centre).

Keir Hardie Health Park, South Wales

Alumasc’s  Swisrail External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has provided an NHBC approved  facade solution for the new Keir Hardie Health Park in South Wales.    Designed  by the Bristol studio of architects BDP, the health park in Merthyr Tydfil is  scheduled to open to the public in September 2012 and will be the first of its  kind in the UK, bringing together GP and primary care services, outpatient  clinics, therapies, mental health services and social care on one site. 

Disraeli Court, Hereford

Disraeli  Court in Hereford, a sheltered housing development owned by Herefordshire  Housing Ltd, was suffering from subsidence problems so severe that the facility  had to be closed and the residents moved out. Several repair schemes were  investigated and rejected and even demolition and rebuilding was being  considered until structural repair specialist, Helifix Ltd, proposed a  cost-effective scheme that would restore structural integrity and also be  covered by a 10 year warranty.

Forth Valley, College, Scotland

Forth Valley College, one of the largest in Scotland, has installed 360 Kingspan Renewables Thermomax solar thermal vacuum tubes at two of its newest campuses, Alloa and Stirling. The HP200 tubes were fitted to New Builds at each campus to service students’ hot water needs whilst also significantly cutting carbon emissions and heating costs.

Polyflor heads to the gym

Polyflor, the UK’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential vinyl flooring is delighted to announce that its products have recently been specified by Pure Gym Group Ltd.