Last month, the UK Government announced its plans to encourage the nation to “build, build, build” as part of its efforts to kick-start the UK economy post-coronavirus. While there is much to be admired in this sentiment, we must not lose sight of other important issues the construction and building product manufacturing sectors need to address, particularly around sustainability.
Despite the serious risks associated with sub-standard products, there are currently no mandatory standards in place to regulate the manufacture and sale of flat-roof skylights in the UK. Justin Seldis, Managing Director at leading provider Sunsquare, explains what this means for specifiers – and what they can do to help make a change.
Built at the start of the 19th Century, this striking entrance lodge located in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire has morphed into a comfortable living space with the assistance of Selectaglaze secondary glazing. The lodge is at the entrance of an estate that leads to a main country house built in 1675.
In 2017, the average UK household spent £102 per month on electricity and gas, accounting for nearly 5% of the UK’s average household budget. Nicolas Tye, Principal Architect at Nicolas Tye Architects, explores how following an ecological principle for a property’s design – particularly with regard to the strategic installation of glazing – can significantly improve a home’s energy efficiency, whilst simultaneously reducing its associated energy costs.
Today, Alton Towers is best known as a theme park resort, home to Nemesis, Oblivion, The Smiler and new for 2018, Wicker Man. Yet, before the Corkscrew revolutionised the park back in 1980, the estate had been the property and home of the Talbots, Earls of Shrewsbury, for 700 years. At the heart of the park sits a reminder of this heritage, the iconic Towers, one of the greatest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Britain.
Sherborne House, 119-121 Cannon Street, EC4 is a multi-let property situated in the heart of London’s financial district Cannon Street, equidistant from Monument underground station and Cannon Street station. The surrounding area was initially the place of residence of the candle-makers, so Cannon Street first appeared as 'Candelwrichstrete' in 1183. The location has changed immensely over the years and is now well served by numerous bus routes and is within close proximity to many coffee shops, restaurants, bars and shopping destinations.
Granted a Grade II* Listing in 1954, Christchurch, 35 Cosway Street is a distinctive deconsecrated church in the Lisson Grove Conservation Area. With so much decorative detailing inside and out, it has made the change of use and renovations quite challenging.
Wrightstyle Limited is an international steel and aluminium glazing company, designing, manufacturing and installing systems to mitigate against fire, bomb/blast and ballistic attack. Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, looks back at one of the worst fire tragedies in the British Isles.
In 2015, the Government announced new measures to make it easier for developers to turn underused or derelict office buildings into new homes. While this relaxation of planning policy has opened up more possibilities for new town and city-centre accommodation, developers going down this route require a formidable creative touch to transform dated office blocks into desirable residential properties. Here, Steve Tonkiss from REHAU looks at how the clever use of modern glazing can give developers an edge.