Sustainability in Development

Environmental campaigning charity, Friends of the Earth, has brought its brand identity to life through the design of its new London-based office space. The result is a positive workplace that stays true to the organisation’s core environmental beliefs, and reminds the Friends of the Earth team of its purpose, while sowing the seeds for the organisation to continue to thrive.

Maggie’s Oldham, the world’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT), has opened in the UK. Designed by dRMM Architects and supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, this is a pivotal moment for modern architecture and construction.

The newly-completed office building for Christies Care on a rural site in Suffolk is perhaps Nicholas Hare’s greenest building yet. The design followed Passivhaus principles and achieved an EPC ‘A’ rating. It is largely built of wood; the external cladding is of specially treated, unpainted timber boards and the superstructure is of cross-laminated timber. Furthermore, it was erected in three weeks.

A pioneering low-carbon housing development in Sheffield has used Marley Eternit’s fibre cement slates, cladding and profiled sheeting to create a striking, long-lasting aesthetic that is challenging the conventions of urban design.

BuroHappold Engineering has won three prestigious accolades at the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards. All three were presented for the outstanding refurbishment of a 1960s Brutalist icon, now named the ‘David Attenborough Building’; the ‘Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year’, the ‘Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension’ and the ‘Considerate Contractors’ awards.

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