As the world changes, environmental organisations are pushed to their limits and the nature of their work shifts consequently. This was the case for conservation leader WWF, which found their headquarters was no longer fit for purpose. The organisation therefore embarked on creating its own dream building to spread its message and to showcase its wildlife conservation work to thousands of visitors a year, including industry representatives, designers, architects, students and the public. Turn to page 6 to read how WWF together with construction partner Willmott Dixon made sure The Living Planet Centre was constructed to the highest sustainable standards as part of the overarching goal to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
Also in this issue, FC&A profiles the striking installation of a stained tulipwood form sculptured around the existing staircase in a converted office building. Home to Chrysalis Records HQ, the development is in an enviable location and now benefits from a stylish glazed entrance to enhance the impact of this eye-catching feature. As well as balancing simplicity against its complex form, the architects also had to consider the acoustic performance. Turn to page 28 to find out how the overall structure achieved this and more.
Elsewhere, we bring you the latest high profile case studies and talking points covering HVAC, RAIN/SuDS, Roofing & Cladding and Floors, Walls & Ceilings – as well as our regular advisory and legal columns.
I hope you enjoy this issue. If you wish to comment on any of the contributions featured within the magazine, please do not hesitate to get in touch at the usual address. In the meantime, on behalf of the FC&A team I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.