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In recent years, green roofs have become increasingly popular throughout the UK, with industry experts estimating that the number of ‘gardens in the sky’ being installed across the UK has risen by 40% since the start of the decade. Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, highlights how these earthy installations are helping transform London’s landmark Battersea Power Station site – one of the largest redevelopment spaces in Europe – into a thriving mini-city.

After attending South Bank University, completing her Masters at The Bartlett and eventually submitting her PhD, Margot Krasojević went on to work at the offices of Zaha Hadid, NOX, Morphosis and Michael Squire. Fast-forward to 2020, and she has two architecture design studios in London and Beijing. Here, FC&A talks to Margot about her career and finds out what inspired her to take the architectural route.

‘People make places’. This is the driving force for a growing number of developers who are putting people, and particularly community, at the heart of what they do. Factors such as good design or a convenient location alone are no longer enough, leading to a growing trend in mixed-use developments. Mixed-use developments combine both commercial and residential aspects. In short, they allow people to live, work and play in a concentrated area, writes Founder of Blackswan Property, Marcus Hawley.

Sally-Anne Balmer, Architect and Technical Team Lead at NBS, took the typical route to qualify as an Architect in the UK via a combination of academic studies at Manchester School of Architecture and two years’ experience in the industry before final qualification. Being a member of the RIBA and subscriber to the NBS for several years, she was interested in gaining a different perspective of the construction industry. Joining NBS has allowed her to develop her research and technical authoring skills within the emerging digital environment and offer suggestions for tool improvement from a subscriber’s viewpoint.

The UK construction sector has not traditionally been a bastion of equal rights for women. However, that situation is changing, argues Gillian Thomson, Branch Manager at cladding specialist MSP (Scotland), part of the Vivalda Group.

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