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14 February 2024

Sustainable architecture

Ella Smith and Craig Robertson explain why AHMM investigated the fit-out/rip out cost relationship, and reveal some surprising statistics

What AHMM discovered about the carbon cost of Cat A fit-outs

Upcycled limestone bricks bring warmth and precision detailing to domestic extension by Draper Studio

Draper Studio adds warmth and precision detailing with upcycled limestone bricks

In the second in his series, Simon Sturgis asks why we, as architects, should carry out whole-life carbons assessments, where we should start, and what we should consider through the RIBA Stages

Why should we carry out whole-life carbon assessments and where do we start?

When ADP Architecture reconfigured an office building as a specialist music school, it found the atrium surprisingly well-suited to conversion into an acoustically tuned and flexible performance space

ADP Architecture on how it designed Birmingham music school

Coherent and realistic regulation for sustainable building as part of a climate positive political environment is needed urgently, writes Eleanor Young

A climate-positive political environment needs coherent regulation

Health, safety & wellbeing

While there is now a BSI standard relating to neurodiversity in the built environment, it remains largely overlooked by the profession. Three experts with lived and design experience look at how architects can better respond to the issue

While there is now a BSI standard relating to neurodiversity in the built environment, it remains largely overlooked by architects

Responding to changes in the Building Regulations, here’s how architects bring design certainty to the front of the process by engaging suppliers and clients early

Rebalanced programmes and early supplier involvement are key to new regime

With the number of people living with dementia in the UK set to exceed a million, WGP is hoping to help tackle the dearth of high-quality care homes with a recently completed development in Southwark and two more in planning in Northamptonshire and Suffolk

WGP has completed a dementia care home in Southwark and has two more in planning

As wellbeing takes an increasingly important place on the education agenda, a new book shows how low-cost, low key initiatives can have an unexpectedly strong effect

Low-cost, low key initiatives can have an unexpectedly strong effect

The new Building Safety Regulator requires cultural shift at the heart of construction, says the author of the post-Grenfell report into safety; not understanding that will carry the highest cost

Cultural shift is fundamental requirement for safety

Building conservation and heritage

War delayed John Dryburgh’s baths, designed with the reinforced concrete specialist Oscar Faber, for over 20 years, but they were worth the wait

Design was compared to London’s Royal Festival Hall

Smith & Taylor Architects has transformed a dilapidated London house into an artist’s home, studio and gallery that luxuriates in classical references

Artist’s home, studio and gallery luxuriates in classical references

Guidance from Purcell stresses the need to use heritage-trained architects, spend time and effort on detailed design, and collaborate with council conservation officers

Purcell guidance advocates heritage-trained architects and collaboration with LPA conservation officers

‘Without the figures it’s just beige, beige, beige’ – Sir John Soane’s Museum looks beyond the buildings at people in architectural drawings

‘Without the figures it’s just beige, beige, beige’

The ghostly imprints of passengers leaning on Elizabeth Line station walls are intriguing, intimate – and disturbing, says Will Wiles

What to do about the ghosts emerging from Elizabeth Line walls?

Architecture for social purpose

Storyteller negotiates domestic and commercial architectures to help open a new chapter for a suburban high street in south-east London

DRDH opens a new chapter for Sidcup’s suburban high street

‘We’ve always sought other voices to inform our work, and these long-term collaborative relationships have been at the root of our practice’ – Witherford Watson Mann’s Stephen Witherford explains

Witherford Watson Mann’s influences for socially powerful design

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine make films about architecture – not fawning promotion but warm, frank investigations of the human experience

Warm, frank investigations of the human experience

Two practices explain how they think about, and create, a positive impact for their clients and communities, and how to make it viable

How to create a positive impact for your clients and communities

Social architecture is a driving force for Jan Kattein, whose schemes to revive and regenerate bring a burst of human colour to some lost and gloomy sites. His practice is commended in the MacEwen Awards 2024 for a lifetime of architecture for the common good

Social architecture specialist ‘leaves room to let stuff happen’

Business, clients and services

A close partnership between architects and structural engineers is essential, not just for great design but for low-carbon buildings too, says Tanya de Hoog

How architects and structural engineers can cut embodied carbon

Our role as architects encompasses much more than design alone, says Muyiwa Oki. Reassuring our clients is an essential part of the service

Reassuring our clients is an essential part of the service

From early engagement to tips on presenting information, learn more about this important process

From early engagement to tips on presenting information, learn more about this important process

Apprenticeships have many advantages for both practices and students, but setting up a scheme can be daunting. Experience reveals some tips and the pitfalls to look out for, finds Eleanor Young

If you want to influence the shape of the profession, this is the way to do it

‘Wise, energetic’ former BDP chairman heavily involved in the expansion and diversification of the practice during a career lasting over 30 years

Oversaw BDP's expansion and diversification during a 30-year career

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Whole life carbon assessment is a key tool in the drive towards net zero. Simon Sturgis explains its principal themes: what it does, how it works and the best way to use it

Understanding whole life carbon assessment

The building regulations amendments demand honest, confident discussion with clients on fees and resources. Here one practice explains how and why it is revising its fees

Honest discussion with clients is key to the new regime

The first ever net zero planning policy by a local authority shows long-term carbon savings and a focus on heat pumps, but issues with compliance, costs and air permeability targets

Bath & North East Somerset initiative shows strong CO2 savings despite cost and compliance problems

As expectations mount for architects to shoulder the new role of Principal Designer, Paul Jolly analyses the differences with the old regime and considers the pros and cons of taking on this newly introduced responsibility

What's different with the new role, what are the pros and cons of taking it on?

New national standard PAS 2035/2030:2023 require a medium-term improvement strategy for home undergoing retrofit, an airtightness strategy and site visits by Retrofit Co-ordinators

Retrofit Co-ordinators, and improvement and airtightness strategies lead changes

Procurement and contracts

Associate Rob Leechmere on insulating a Cornish cottage without compromising its character, curtains’ ‘intimate embrace’ as partitions, and the gravitas of stone

Associate Rob Leechmere reveals three of the firm’s favourite products

Fifth edition of The William Sutton Prize invites 'disruptors and innovators' from architecture and beyond to submit breakthrough ideas that accelerate the social housing sector’s transition to net zero

Prize invites 'disruptors and innovators' to submit radical and sustainable social housing ideas

Contract administrators could be putting their clients and themselves at risk if interim certificates are not issued, says RIBA Specialist Practice Adviser Robert Stevenson

Contract administrators could be putting their clients and themselves at risk if interim certificates are not issued

The latest digital tool is more than a pretty add-on for impressing clients. Its efficiencies mean streamlined bid pricing, better control of staffing costs and a proposal that’s clearer all round, reducing later confusion and repeat iterations

The latest digital tool is giving architects a competitive edge

Subscription-based system simplifies the drafting, checking and sharing of construction industry agreements, enabling collaboration across all parties

Subscription-based system simplifies drafting of construction industry agreements

Inclusive environments

Curl la Tourelle Head’s Alfreton Park School takes advantage of its semi-rural location with flexible learning spaces, room to expand, and the client’s progressive approach to pupils’ special needs

Curl la Tourelle Head makes a social, happy hilltop

An inspiring 13-strong collection of success stories built on community engagement, sustainable builds and an ability to make the most of limited budgets make up this year’s MacEwen Award shortlist

Thirteen impressive and varied schemes make up the contenders for the top award

The longlisted schemes, ranging from urban renewal and social enterprise to education and affordable housing, provide prime examples of architects and clients showing they care

The longlisted schemes range from urban renewal and social enterprise to education and affordable housing

The authors of 100 Women: Architects in Practice pick out three of the book’s world-leading female architects that exemplify this neglected section of the profession

100 world-leading practitioners exemplify a neglected strand of the profession

How Kay Elliott Architects and Buro Happold reworked the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Grimaldi Building in King's Cross for inclusive access

How the Grimaldi building was turned into an exemplar of inclusive access

Places planning & community

Hugh Seaborn explains the sustainability and community priorities of one of the largest and wealthiest estates in London

Sustainability and community top the agenda

RIBA West Midlands is taking architecture to 11-25 year olds with its Youth Panel, inviting their views and bringing a fresh perspective to the buildings debate

11-25 year olds join RIBA West Midlands Youth Panel

Ian Nairn praised this example of the post war rebuilding of Birmingham but James A Roberts’ 1970 Smallbrook Ringway is set to be demolished

Ian Nairn’s praise for Smallbrook Ringway hasn’t saved it from demolition

Populous’s high-tech music and entertainment venue fits beautifully into Vegas’s postmodern cityscape – but the scrapping of an east London version highlights the planning process’s inherently political nature, says Jan-Carlos Kucharek

The high-tech music and entertainment venue fits beautifully into Vegas’s postmodern cityscape

The pandemic merely accelerated the decline of physical stores amid the rise of online shopping. Brian Green examines how the broader picture nevertheless contains sectors that are thriving while a rising tide of unused retail space presents new possibilities

While physical stores are declining, a rising tide of unused retail space presents new possibilities

Design, construction and technology

War delayed John Dryburgh’s baths, designed with the reinforced concrete specialist Oscar Faber, for over 20 years, but they were worth the wait

Design was compared to London’s Royal Festival Hall

Ella Smith and Craig Robertson explain why AHMM investigated the fit-out/rip out cost relationship, and reveal some surprising statistics

What AHMM discovered about the carbon cost of Cat A fit-outs

Smith & Taylor Architects has transformed a dilapidated London house into an artist’s home, studio and gallery that luxuriates in classical references

Artist’s home, studio and gallery luxuriates in classical references

When ADP Architecture reconfigured an office building as a specialist music school, it found the atrium surprisingly well-suited to conversion into an acoustically tuned and flexible performance space

ADP Architecture on how it designed Birmingham music school

Working with her contractor/developer partner helped Emma Lindblom, founder of LIND Studio, to hit the ground running in Cumbria

Canny collaboration saw Emma Lindblom hit the ground running

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