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.

Mr and Mrs Golds live in a 600 year old house in Chiddingstone, which is one of Kent’s oldest and most charming villages. Their home sits on a main country road linking local villages and just a stone’s throw away is a buoyant local pub.

In a sector where brands are always looking at new ways of catching the eye of the consumer, the design of shops, department stores and retail developments can play a huge role in increasing both footfall and sales. Chris Murray, Contractor Developer Manager with leading fenestration designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems, takes stock of what specifiers should consider when picking out the perfect glazing package.

PsiOxus Therapeutics Ltd. (PsiOxus) is a UK and US based cancer therapeutics company recently listed 25th in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 in 2017 for its ‘Gene Therapy for Cancer’ platform technology for the treatment of solid tumours. PsiOxus has recently expanded into 21,000 sq ft of new facilities including a state of the art research and development laboratory in The Quadrant at the Abingdon Science Park.

When architectural practice Scott Brownrigg designed a new building at the headquarters of FTSE 100-listed wealth management business St James’s Place, it wanted to give the building a suitably impressive centrepiece to welcome employees, clients and partners.

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