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Building Envelope Design and Other Solutions


Modern building envelopes are high-
tech components that must meet several requirements and constraints with regards to architecture/planning, structural performance, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, buildability and ultimately, value. As a result, building envelope design has become a specialist discipline where the building envelope engineer (aka façade engineer) collaborates with the other members of the design… Read More

Greater Care in Façades


AS long as a façade is still perceived as a commodity and not as a breathing, living skin within an urban space there will be little in the way of positive action to retain its initial architectural design – it will simply weather, age and fail over a period of time until it reaches a… Read More

Façade Skins


Façades today are almost a statement of artistic swank rather than a key performing component that fundamentally influences how a building functions. But these highly complex structures reflect commercial intent, push design boundaries, change environments and showcase engineering capabilities. Are modern day façades merely used as a tool to showcase design progression and engineering egos?… Read More

Urban Resilience: Designing Hope for the Future of Cities


Urban areas across the globe have always been in a state of pressure and flux, but probably never more so than now. Over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, a figure due to rise to 80% by 2050, and these areas need to ensure safety and stability for their inhabitants. With climate change,… Read More

Architectural Determinism


  Recent history is littered with examples of man reacting to his environs and the argument that a good environment encourages positive social behaviour is pretty compelling. It was not just the stark philosophy of the Soviet bloc which crushed spirits, it was also the bleak surroundings and regimented architecture which pledged conformity and equality,… Read More

Façade Cleaning Test: Xscape (SnowDome) Milton Keynes


Monday 12th Dec, external façade and roof fabric cleaning test trials for Land Securities, at the Xscape (SnowDome) Milton Keynes. This iconic building, sits proud within the local environment. Our client required us to put a cost, programme and access strategy together to sensitivity restore the organic-stained metal roof along with the external façade.  … Read More

LA Skyslide – A Playground in Building Façades


The Los Angeles landmark building, the U.S. Bank Tower, had recently begun offering something new alongside a magnificent view. The Skyslide, a fully transparent 45-foot-long slide jutting out from the building over 1,000 feet up, has seen exhilarated visitors travel over the city skyline, protected by only 1¼ inches of a toughened glass tube.  … Read More

Project Management


When embarking on a new project, I have to consider and fulfil each of the following: manpower, equipment and vehicles, products, suppliers and subcontractors, compliance with Health & Safety and quality and environmental policies, planning and logistics, and all the environmental aspects of the job, from weather to access points.   Planning and preparing exhaustively… Read More

Success


What does success look like? The way in which we each measure ‘success’ can be completely different — for some this may be winning a deal, completing your exams, finally buying that house you’ve always wanted or maybe even overcoming a fear of heights!   Whatever success means to you, the tasks and steps necessary… Read More

The Tate Modern Extension


  The Tate Modern has been a landmark on the south bank of the Thames since its days as the Bankside Power Station. But its latest extension, the £260m Switch House, a 10-storey, 65-metre twisted pyramid of brickwork and narrow, horizontal windows and balconies, offers something else: 60% more gallery space — over 22,000 square… Read More

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