Alongside Her Majesty, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that is to be celebrated at the beginning of this month, the much-anticipated Queen’s Speech was delivered in May. This time announced by Charles, Prince of Wales, on behalf of the Queen, the monologue covered an overhaul of the planning system to allow residents more involvement in local developments, a bill that “will empower leaders to regenerate areas” and an Energy Bill to deliver the transition to cheaper, cleaner and more secure energy. In this month’s issue, we explore some of the responses to this year’s speech from industry professionals. Turn to page 10 to read some of the reactions.
Meanwhile, we explore the design of a head office that had to cater to the needs of not only Bella & Duke’s workforce but also its staff’s four-legged companions. Workplace design expert Space Solutions delivered the design and build project in just six weeks for the renowned dog brand, which comprises typical office features and interactive spaces for pups to enjoy. Turn to page 12 to learn more about the pioneering human- and pet-friendly office.
Elsewhere, Keyfix looks at some of the key considerations when designing tall buildings, TORMAX UK answers your questions about automatic entrance systems and we profile the beautiful Villa M, a design by French-Brazilian practice Triptyque Architecture, with architectural design and art direction signed by Philippe Starck.
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We profile the beautiful Villa M, a design by French-Brazilian practice Triptyque Architecture, with architectural design and art direction signed by Philippe Starck.