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Intelligent membrane has it covered for maritime museum

Cutting edge building membrane technology is helping to preserve a chapter of naval history for future generations.

The Mary Rose Museum, based at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard – a £35 million purpose built structure to house the world-famous Tudor warship – is set to open to the public in spring.

New Community Space for Ivanhoe College

Work has started on a £1 million scheme at Ivanhoe College in Ashby, Leicestershire which will see improved catering and social provision by August 2013. 

Lone Hotel, Rovinj, Croatia

Enjoying  views over the Adriatic Sea and just a stone’s throw from the medieval town of  Rovinj, architects working on Croatia’s new Lone Hotel were intent on  specifying the most luxurious, high quality fixtures and fittings throughout  the five-star complex, which is why they turned to Geberit when it came to  sourcing the most suitable piping and sanitary systems.

With its sweeping rows of terraces, the Hotel Lone  looks like a pleasure ship surrounded by the forest and offers 236 rooms and 12  suites, as well as three restaurants and large conference facilities with four  conference rooms, meeting rooms and a VIP lounge.

Celebrating art and architecture in a corporate environment

Celebrating Leeds and its architectural beauty, office fit-out contractors, Ben Johnson have brought the outside into the old Lewis’s building, now owned by Highcross – Broad Gate is on the Headrow.  

Drives available from R.A. Rodriguez are installed on the Kraanspoor building for a reliable means of louvre actuation

The Kraanspoor building in Amsterdam is like no other. Constructed on a concrete craneway in a redundant shipyard, it is a lightweight office block that is glazed on all four sides from the ground to the top of the third floor. The climate inside the structure is controlled and is by driven louvres but the original specification had not factored-in the effects of the harsh coastal environment. Indeed in just twelve months after installation, the rack and pinion drives responsible for louvre actuation were failing through corrosion.

Foster & Partners unveils Porcelanosa showroom

Foster & Partners has unveiled designs for a new flagship showroom in New York for ceramics company Porcelanosa.

Diffused daylighting at the FA’s National Football Centre

Stoakes Systems Ltd: One of the world’s largest sporting facilities to use Lumira® aerogel insulation technology is St George’s Park, the FA’s National Football Centre and training ground.  It is designed to be the place to inspire world class performance and become the international University of Football and also a hub where sport and business can interact.

Sika Ensures Weathertight Seal At Prestigious Waterside Development

At the £58 million Caspian Wharf waterside development in Bow, East London, five stunning new multi-storey apartment blocks will benefit from secure and durable weathertightness thanks to more than 8,000 linear metres of Universal Membran – the market leading waterproofing and sealing system from global building product manufacturer Sika.


Leading one-stop-shop building products manufacturer Steadmans has supplied materials for a new warehouse at Robert Summers Transport in Leven, Fife.

GB-Sol Expand Operations

South Wales-based Solar PV Manufacturer, GB-Sol, have recently expanded their operations with a move to a new 18,000 sq ft facility in Pontypridd, South Wales;  just 5 minutes from junction 32 of the M4. The move has increased their production area five-fold.   

ISO9001 for R L Surveys

R L Surveys Ltd, a Land Surveying Company based in Ashford, Kent is proud to announce that they have achieved ISO9001:2008 accreditation.  The accreditation confirms that R L Surveys has put together a system to continuously monitor and improve quality – something which is essential when delivering services to the construction industry.  For customers, this measure will confirm their confidence in R L Surveys services and they will enjoy a more efficient and effective business operation.  

WAN Award-winning practice completes stunning low cost house in Vietnam

Former 21 for 21 Award-winning firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects have completed two prototype low-cost houses in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam as a potential solution to the country’s need for more residences for low-income families.

Two versions of the house have been realised onsite, one at 22.5 sq m which acts as a model home and one at 18 sq m which is currently being used as a site office for a nearby kindergarten in an effort to demonstrate the flexibility of Vo Trong Nghia’s design.

Specialist Contractors work flat out to meet Network Rail timetable at The Quadrant.

The new National Centre for Network Rail in Milton Keynes is one of the ‘greenest’ office spaces in the UK being awarded a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. The building is naturally ventilated and uses recycled rainwater to flush toilets. The construction project was undertaken by Bam on a very challenging 95 week build programme. As with many modern office complexes of this stature, the atrium is the interactive hub of the building and central to its success in every aspect. Szerelmey have worked with Bam and the architects, GMW, on many major projects so were the obvious choice to undertake the complex installation of the natural stone flooring within the primary area of the 38,000 square metre complex.

Ancon visits Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen’s Award

Construction  fixings specialist, ANCON, has been honoured at a royal reception at Buckingham  Palace in celebration of its achievement in winning the 2012 Queen’s Award for  Enterprise in Innovation.

6,600 firms ‘could go bust in 2013’

Around a third of all construction firms in North West England could go bust in the next year, according to new research.

Green is Good at Surface Design Show

Wind turbines. Ground source heat pumpsSolar panels. Sustainability is often seen as large scale. But at Surface  Design Show, exhibitors are proving how surfacing products can play a valuable  part in the bigger green picture.

From hand made recycled products to green  credentials for a world leading manufacturer, responsible environmental management  to a reduced transport footprint, surfacing products highlight how  sustainability can be incorporated into the most practical and innovative of  design solutions.

Government launches new BIM plan

The Government has unveiled a brand new plan that it hopes will see the UK become a “global leader” in building information modelling (BIM).

Winter weather warning following surge in demand for Darlington company’s services

North East specialist maintenance experts, Stone Technical Services, are advising organisations to take action now to prevent costly repair bills over the winter months, after a surge in enquiries following the recent spate of severe weather across the North East.

BRONZE, an exhibition presented by the Royal Academy of Arts and designed by Stanton Williams, will be on show from 15th September to 9th December.

The exhibition celebrates the remarkable historical, geographical and stylistic range of Bronze as an enduring medium, bringing together works from the earliest times to the present in a thematic arrangement. With works spanning 5,000 years, no such cross-cultural exhibition on this scale has ever been attempted. The exhibition features over 150 of the finest bronzes from Asia, Africa and Europe and will include important discoveries as well as archaeological excavations. Many of the pieces have never been seen in the UK.

Gleeds Begins Latest Project for JetBlue Airways at JFK

Gleeds Manhattan operation has recently begun work as program manager to the £107 million JetBlue Terminal 5 International project at John F. Kennedy Airport. The project is the fourth to be undertaken by the firm on behalf of JetBlue Airways since they began working together in 2006.


RHWL Architects: A dramatic, undulating timber canopy has been completed over the Orchard Hotel, which is currently under construction on the University Park campus at The University of Nottingham. The rolling canopy is one of the most striking features of the £20 million, 202-bed eco-friendly hotel, designed by RHWL Architects and being built by BAM Construction for the University.  

CRM Architects

Early in 2009 CRM Architects was invited by Fairgate Investments Limited to consider proposals for the redevelopment of a retail park of deteriorating quality at Narborough Road/ Braunstonegate, Leicester. Working in conjunction with project managers, Redbourn Group, and the design team, proposals were prepared, tenant interest established and discussions entered into with the local planning authority.

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. 

JUUL | FROST Architects honoured with Malmö City’s Award for Planning and Architecture

Media Evolution City – designed and developed by Copenhagen based JUUL | FROST Architects – has won Malmö City’s Award for Planning and Architecture 2012. Malmö is Sweden’s 3rd largest city and is currently being transformed from an industrial city to a city of knowledge

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).

BBA’s Process Improvements

BBA: The Agrément Certificate process is renowned as a robust and rigorous system of new product evaluation. By definition a new product is unlikely to have an industry recognised British or European standard against which it can be measured and therefore our project managers, all of whom have unrivalled experience of working with construction products, will develop a bespoke contract for a client setting out the performance criteria that will need to be assessed to demonstrate fitness for purpose.

Alsecco systems used to great effect on Clapham High Street

Alsecco’s external insulation and render-only systems were both used for the Clapham One PPP (Public Private Partnership) regeneration project by architects DLA Architecture in conjunction with joint venture partners United House and Cathedral Group plc.

New Wing opens at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

The new wing at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife is now open. The 500 bed extension to the existing hospital was delivered by Balfour Beatty for NHS Fife through a Public Private Partnership.


Henning Larsen Architects  and a team consisting of Orbicon, SLA and Centre for Sports and Architecture have made it to the second phase of a competition about Denmark’s largest climate change adaptation project in Kokkedal in North Zealand. The vision of the project is to show how local management of rain water and flooding can be combined with the creation of recreational values and new, active meeting spaces for the citizens.

Arley homes to sell refurbished pub

North West housebuilder Arley Homes has restored a former pub in the heart of a Lancashire village. Significant investment has seen the Dog & Partridge in Charnock Richard updated inside and out. Now the developer is seeking a buyer for the 5,500 sq ft freehold licensed property, with additional first floor living accommodation.