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3XN behind new Project in Central Stockholm

‘Stockholm City Station’ will mark the entrance to Stockholm’s inner city center and integrates the station, a hotel and conference center along with apartments. The main idea behind the design was to create a building that gently adjusts to the area’s existing building in scale and expression, and which reinterprets a number of local Swedish design traditions.  

Traditional Values Help Laminates Expert Beat Economic Gloom

The economic forecast may not be getting any brighter, but one Lincolnshire firm is bucking the trend of negative growth in the UK.

Ardex fixes it for Aquatics Centre specification

Ardex UK was “delighted” to work in partnership with specialist tiling contractor, W B Simpson & Sons, to supply the “ideal tile fixing system” for the Aquatics Centre, by architect Zaha Hadid, at the Olympic Park.


Sill has just provided the lighting for the new £13.5m Southend Swimming and Diving Centre, which will be the new training base for the British Olympic diving team prior to the London 2012 games.

Hoare Lea’s angle poise

With an angular, raked ceiling and further constraints imposed by the requirements of disabled access and energy efficiency, Hoare Lea has read a tricky situation well at Canada Water Library. Jill Entwistle reports

Architects offered their own loss adjustor to negotiate insurance claims

DAS, a leading provider of legal expenses protection for Architects, has launched Loss Assist to level the playing field by giving Architects their own loss adjustor to process their side of the claim should a major event such as a fire or flood occur.

Sandwell College

Systems used: Schuco curtain wall, windows and doors; Alucobond; Avon Solar Control brise soleil; Alumet SFS

Sika Provides Efficient Solution for Balcony and Walkway Repairs at Toryglen

A £15 million refurbishment project is underway at Toryglen, Glasgow, where contractor Lawtech is completing the renovation of 1,083 properties. As part of this refurbishment, a system was required that would provide an efficient and long term method of repair to the extensive balconies and walkways across the estate. A range of concrete repair and flooring products from global building product manufacturer Sika met the brief.

Roman Project 252 Surpasses Expectation

Leading UK shower manufacturer and designer, Roman Limited, have been delighted by the success of their Project 252 social media campaign. Conceived originally as a year in the life of Roman through photos, and managed on Flickr (it can be viewed at, the campaign has surpassed all expectations, as they reviewed it at the half way point of the year.


International Management and Construction Consultancy, Gleeds, has recently announced that their appointment as Cost Manager to the Marassi scheme at Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay in Egypt has been extended into 2013. Covering a surface area of roughly 1,544 acres or 6.5 million square meters, the project is one of the largest tourist and residential developments in the Middle East.

SE Controls Still Growing After 30 years

Lichfield based business SE Controls celebrates 30 years in business this summer and still has ambitious plans for the future. After investing over £1,000,000 to acquire new premises at Fradley Park, Lichfield supported by Barclays Corporate, the company now plan to expand into their new 21,000 square foot site, adjacent to their existing premises.

PermaRock ThermoSan-NQG ‘Self-Cleaning’ Renders

External façades have to cope with the full force of the weather and climatic conditions, from driving rain and high wind pressures to soiling through dirt and mould growth. The effectiveness of cladding products against the elements has always been of upmost importance to the client and building specifier.

Portsmouth City Council chooses DMS to protect deaf and hard of hearing people

Portsmouth City Council has installed DMS (Deaf Message Service), a new fire safety product that informs deaf or hard of hearing people when the fire alarm sounds, in its civic offices.

DMS gives deaf and hard of hearing people the freedom to move around public places like supermarkets, shopping centres or libraries without worry of missing an emergency situation, informing them when the fire alarm sounds. It also helps service providers and employers comply with the Equality Act.

ACO drainage plays its part in famous theatre town regeneration.

Managing the surface water across the £127million redevelopment of Stratford-upon-Avon’s waterfront – an area that includes the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre – is an integrated drainage scheme created using ACO Water Management’s versatile ACO MultiDrain™ MD.  By using different channel widths, depths and inlet configurations of the same system, designers have been able to ensure that the drainage network achieves both a consistent high level of performance and a complementary finish across a number of diverse and visually sensitive pedestrian, cycle and vehicle environments.


Iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, has unveiled its new YouTube channel, a dedicated online platform designed to showcase the capabilities of its cast iron drainage, rainwater and guttering solutions through informative video packages.


A hugely successful sports sponsorship story will write itself a brand new chapter in June, when Speedy returns to the oche to sponsor the UK Open darts championship.

In sponsoring the ‘FA Cup of Darts’ for a second successive year, Speedy will be hitting a double it has been lining up some time, following a memorable venture into the sport 12 months ago.


Two internal promotions, Joe Cavanaugh and Ian Fraser, emphasize the world-wide vision of the Tensar International business.

From January 2012, Joe Cavanaugh has been appointed Vice President and General Manager for Europe Africa and the Middle East and will relocate from the US to Tensar’s UK offices in Blackburn. Joe has many years of experience with Tensar International, most recently as Vice President of Global Technology. A position he has held since 2009.


Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions has completed and handed over the new West of England MS Centre in Bradley Stoke at an official opening on 22nd February.

The brand new, purpose built facility was opened by West of England MS Therapy Centre chairman Peter Miller, who described moving into the new building as: ‘a dream come true’.

Deb’s Global Range; Universally Understood

Every day, every single employee is faced with a choice as to whether they use a skin care product or not.  We take a look at how the Deb Global Product Range has provided a simple, yet cost-effective solution to help employers and employees make the right choice.

With an approach to Product Development that focuses on both Chemistry & Dispensing Technology, the Deb Global Product Range was created to meet the specific skin safety needs and cultural diversity of both local and international organisations; showcasing Deb’s latest technologies, providing ‘best in class’ formulations and rigorously engineered dispensing systems.

Throughout many years of working with the users of their products and dispensing systems, Deb has gained a deep insight into the factors that affect skin care compliance; one of the key issues being to ensure that users know which product to use and how to use them.

Phil Spark, Marketing Director at Deb explains: “Our products are created with the final objective in mind – every person in the organisation doing the right thing with regard to skin safety.”

Spark continues: “Our aim is to ensure that our skin care products and dispensing systems are easily understood and easy to use.  As such, a combination of language neutral iconography, strong visual colours and clear, unambiguous wording has been applied across all products, dispensers and education materials to visually identify the product type and its usage.”

With Deb’s Product Development philosophy being to design products which are innovative; fit for purpose; pleasant to use; convenient; cost effective and tested to the highest internationally recognised protocols, the Global Product Range is a simple skin care solution that meets the universal needs of employees and visitors alike.

So, when your employees are faced with the choice as to whether they use a skin care product, help them to make the right decision by providing Deb’s simple solution!

Tianmen Mountain Restaurant by Liu Chongxiao

Tianmen Mountain Restaurant by Liu Chongxiao

A triangulated glass and steel restaurant sits beside a river in a remote forested gorge in southern China.

Tianmen Mountain Restaurant by Liu Chongxiao

Designed by Liu Chongxiao, the Tianmen Mountain Restaurant is located at the foot of a ravine leading down from the top of a mountain popular with sightseers.

Tianmen Mountain Restaurant by Liu Chongxiao

Tianmen Mountain Restaurant by Liu Chongxiao

Bishan Central Condominium Singapore

Singapore, 26 July 2011 – CapitaLand Residential Singapore has appointed renowned international architect Moshe Safdie as the lead designer for its condominium at Bishan Central. Located a convenient five-minute walk to the Bishan transportation hub and Junction 8 shopping mall, the new residential development will have approximately 540 units designed for cosmopolitan living.

For the Bishan development, Moshe Safdie has introduced a strong and distinctive stepping form that provides for private garden spaces for a large number of the units. There will be two 38-storey towers linked by three bridging “sky gardens”, which offer opportunities for commonly shared garden and leisure spaces. Residents on the upper floors will enjoy views of Bishan Park.

Moshe Safdie, of Boston, Massachusetts (USA) based Safdie Architects, said: “The concept moves past the traditional approach of deploying individual towers to create a three-dimensional matrix of public gardens and private terraces as well as to frame open views to the city. This affords lush expanses of greenery – both horizontally and vertically, and achieves optimal orientation relative to the sun and the prevailing winds, allowing the units to be naturally ventilated.”

Mr Wong Heang Fine, CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore, said: “Bishan Central is one of Singapore’s most popular residential estates. The area enjoys a mature network of amenities, scenic surroundings and proximity to a number of good schools. Since his pioneering residential complex, Habitat – built as the centerpiece of the 1967 World’s Fair Expo in Montreal, Canada, Moshe Safdie has continued to redefine urban dwelling. We are excited to be working with Moshe Safdie on this project to create a new interpretation of residential living for homebuyers. When completed, the strong architectural form of the new condominium will be a new landmark in the Bishan area, transforming its urban landscape.”

The 11,997-square-metre (129,137 square feet) site at Bishan Central has an estimated gross floor area of about 58,786 square metres (632,770 square feet). CapitaLand has partnered Mitsubishi Estate Asia Pte. Ltd. (“MEA”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. (“MEC”), to jointly develop the Bishan condominium. CapitaLand will be the lead development manager for the project, responsible for the full spectrum of sales and marketing, product design and development, and project management.

Redelco Residence Studio City

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Description: In early 1994, the architects began work on the project and while in construction (demolition, grading and foundations) the owner, due to circumstances beyond his control, halted all construction of the project. Seven years later the owner returned to the architects and asked them to complete the partially constructed house. Due to code changes, city ordinances and a wide variety of obstacles it was determined that the house was unable to be completed as originally designed.

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After much consideration the client asked the architect if it were possible to alter/remodel the partially constructed house, which was a remodel/addition to a 1970’s ranch style house, into a project that fit into current zoning and structural codes. The owner also requested that the house’s footprint and partially constructed foundations remain to avoid the need for further entitlements and delays on an already long overdue and difficult hillside site.

RMJM completes glass-heavy Engineering Facility at National University of Ireland

The September intake of engineering students at the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUI Galway) have a lot to look forward to in their academic programme; world class tutoring, engaging projects and a shining new teaching building courtesy of the Scottish Studio of international practice RMJM. The firm has been slaughtered in the press for many months over their financial downfalls which have resulted in staff walkouts and empty pay packets, however the completion of this €40m Engineering Facility for NUI Galway has granted RMJM some positive press. The Scottish Studio worked in collaboration with Mayo-based Taylor Architects on the project.

Described by RMJM as ‘a teaching tool in itself’, the 14,250 sq m block displays its construction techniques externally and has been completed using a range of ecological building methods. Services pipes and ducting are exposed and labeled, enabling students to undertake active learning outside their classes, with live data streamed from a variety of sensors which monitor the energy consumption of the structure throughout the day.

In an unusual twist, sections of the building’s foundations and stru

ctural engineering have been unveiled so that tutors may use them as reference points during lessons. Similarly a range of green treatments are on show for educational gain, such as large-scale rainwater harvesting systems, a biomass boiler, low-embodied energy materials such as zinc, grass roofing, and heat exchangers. This teaching and research facility is the largest of its kind in Ireland with 400 rooms to accommodate 1,100 students and 110 staff who will study a plethora of innovative engineering concepts and cutting edge technologies.

As a reflection of this forward-thinking approach, RMJM have included voided slab systems in their design, with the NUI’s Engineering Facility among the first buildings in the country to employ suc

h technology. The ‘plastic bubbles’ within concrete slabs reduce the weight and quantity of concrete used in construction. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who studied at the University in the mid-70s said: “This magnificent new building is a fine example of how the University is responding to the changing needs in today’s world. This new building begins a new era for engineering students here in Galway and will have far reaching impacts at local, national and international level.”