Features

In this article, David Clark, Head of Manufacturing and Innovation at off-site specialist the McAvoy Group, looks at the latest techniques for digitising construction and how the new technology is taking off-site construction to the next level.

Rob Lomax from Wakefield Acoustics, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of advanced industrial, commercial and environmental noise control systems, takes a closer look at how acoustic technologies are helping to reduce noise pollution in the modern commercial building market.

Commercial aluminium systems specialist AluK has demonstrated that collaboration is the key to success by working with a range of partners to deliver a comprehensive tender package for a striking and energy-efficient facade solution at a high-profile Berkeley Homes development.

John McMullan, Commercial Manager of EPDM lining specialist at Firestone Building Products, discusses the installation of the company’s GeoGard EPDM Membrane at the new USA Embassy Building in London.

People often talk about the journey and the destination, stressing the importance of the former. For many, where housing is concerned, it is often the other way around, writes Xavier Martinez, Associate and Head of Civil Engineering at Thomasons.

Epwin Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of PVC-U windows, doors and fascia systems, has announced the launch of a research project examining what factors are driving change in UK housing design and build.

Choosing doors may not be renowned as the most inspiring phase of a new-build or renovation project. But, when it comes to sleek design and seamless architectural integration, the freedom afforded by tailored solutions is practically endless. Ian Chubb, Managing Director of Deuren, explores how collaborating with a bespoke door manufacturer can help with really making an entrance.

An architect's practice thrives on the skills, creativity and knowledge of its workforce and empowering employees to keep delivering top-quality work is important. For practice owners who may be thinking about succession plans, finding a structure which allows the business to continue to grow and develop can be difficult. Seeking alternative solutions to the traditional sale route is now becoming more popular, and the trend towards employee ownership (EO) structures is quickly gaining pace in the industry.

Yiwu is famous for small commodities. Small- and medium-sized enterprises are densely concentrated in this environment where the private economy is highly developed. In terms of urban construction, this means that the city is filled with a large number of homogenised and small-scale buildings featuring high densities.

Sited in southwestern France, near the Pyrenees, the city of Toulouse is steeped in history with 16th- and 19th-century structures, Gothic churches and Medieval villages. Known as France’s fourth-largest city after Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the ‘pink city’ – as Toulouse is informally known, due to its abundance of terracotta-bricked buildings – has it all; the pleasant, picturesque towns and villages, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a university dating back to 1229. One thing that remained missing, however, is a modern-day, sky-reaching tower that rises above the historical streets of the city looking out across the charming panorama of the Pyrenees. Thanks to American-Polish Architect, Daniel Libeskind, this is set to change with the addition of a curvaceous design enshrouded in flora, known as the Occitanie Tower.

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