Construction specialists share insights, trends and projects that are influencing the way that the retail and commercial sector is evolving.

One of the major challenges for US companies when considering office interiors for a regional headquarters is the need to balance their established corporate style with a look and feel that will appeal to the employees and customers of the region in which they are operating.

Bespoke mesh metal ceilings bring form and function to an office refurbishment.

Powdertech Corby has been coating 1950s-style steel window frames for the iconic Grade ll listed BBC Television Centre building at White City, which has been reopened as a housing, leisure and office development, with four BBC studios remaining at the site.

Award-winning architect and interior design practice gpad london has completed Stylus, a high-end office redevelopment in the St. Luke’s conservation area in Old Street. Dating from 1886, the facade is the only original feature retained.

Creating a seamless transition between internal areas by opening or closing space is now possible with new single or double leaf sliding doors from Crittall’s range of InnerVision interior screens. The new doors offer wider opening areas than more intrusive hinged alternatives by virtue of their sliding design maximising use of inside room space, particularly where it may be limited.

Endless colours, clean, modern lines and green credentials – what more could you want for a 21st-century facade? James Ormerod, Managing Director of architectural finishes firm Aliva UK, explains why insulated render is well worth considering.

Located on the river in Hexi New Town – Nanjing’s new central business district (CBD) – majestically stands another masterpiece from the house of Hadid. The Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre subtly lives up to the enchantress of architecture Hadid’s nickname, the ‘queen of curves’.

Make Architects has completed work on its London Wall Place project, a new commercial scheme offering the largest set of public gardens developed in the City of London since the post-War Brutalist Barbican estate on behalf of Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties.

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.

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