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The principles behind Building Information Modelling (BIM) have been around for years, although its integration into live construction sites is still relatively new. However, as Stuart Cadge, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at GeoSLAM, explains recent developments in hardware and software are making it more accessible to even smaller firms.

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.

Simon Gregory, Sales Manager at Proteus Facades, looks at how modern rainscreen cladding materials are helping architects re-purpose buildings that are listed or have other architectural merit, whilst still retaining their originality.

Metal finishing, be it painting, anodising or powder coating, is usually the last process a fabrication will undergo before installation, yet the performance of metal finishing and the effect it can have on the construction process and programme is greatly influenced by early design decisions. Richard Besant, Director at Powdertech Corby, outlines some simple but often overlooked considerations that should be made at the very start of a project.

Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer at Caledonian, looks at how modular and off-site construction can help to alleviate the housing crisis in the UK.

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