While there's been an omission of people within our cities of late, one thing that's been more apparent is the history that makes up our urban spaces. In last month's issue, Perkins&Will's Hala ElKhorazaty talked of the historical value of architecture in Cairo, Egypt, and explained how every stone had a story. Here in the UK, it's much the same. There are hundreds of centuries-old architectural places of interest. From Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral and 11 Downing Street and John Nash's Park Crescent in London to John Wood the Elder's prominent designs in Bath; the UK is steeped in history. While these notable buildings are beautiful to look at, unfortunately, time does take its toll, and many do fall into a state of disrepair. Luckily, our nation does not fall short on the architectural talent pool, and architects far and wide have come to the aid of many failing buildings.
In this month's issue, we've focused on listed and period properties, exploring how we can integrate them with our modern-day skyline, both aesthetically and functionally, with complementary and sensitive materials. On page 32, CMD talks about electrical integration at the Grade II Listed 300,000ft2, nine-storey office building, Victoria House. Meanwhile, on page 28, Aurubis looks at how copper – one of the oldest building coverings – is patching up dilapidated buildings across the country, resulting in stunning effects. Lastly, on page 22, Phil Brown, European Regulatory Marketing Manager at Pilkington United Kingdom, discusses the role glazing can play in modernising heritage buildings while maintaining their original character.
On another note, this month marks one whole year since we experienced our first taste of lockdown. Whilst it's been a difficult period for many, the construction and architectural industries have stayed strong and fought back against hindrances caused by the virus. I'm sure you'll all welcome me in thanking those that have continued to work through these difficult times and deliver the infrastructure needed to tackle the difficulties posed by the coronavirus.
ON THE COVER:
We find out more about Stow-Away, a completely recyclable eco apart-hotel in South London’s South Bank.