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Lead – a contemporary building material

Richard Diment, Lead Sheet Association (LSA) executive manager, discusses the relevance of rolled lead sheet in modern construction Lead is often perceived as a heritage material. That is understandable, considering that it has been used in construction for centuries, and... View Article

SIG Zinc & Copper detects metal renaissance

Growing numbers of architects are choosing metal for roofs and cladding not only because of its undoubted green credentials and lustrous good looks but also because the use of the material has evolved stylistically. By Simon Walker, category manager for... View Article

Galvanizing in the public realm

Modern life can have a habit of being fast, furious and disposable. Long-term thinking is often eschewed for the here and now. We all share a responsibility to balance value for money today with decisions that will remain appropriate for... View Article

Dipping has the edge over blasting

If a priceless piece of architecture has not been renovated for over 100 years, how can you clean it thoroughly without losing any of its decorative features? Forget shot blasting and dip it in a tank, says Adrian McMurray, MD... View Article

Metal in architecture showcase

  Foster + Partners has revealed designs for the sustainable new headquarters of RMK in Yekaterinburg, one of the world’s leading producers of copper – the project rethinks the conventional cellular office to set new standards in quality, comfort and... View Article

Redefining copper

Sometimes we need to look back to understand the dynamics of developments in architectural materials – particularly metals – and where they might lead in the future. Copper cladding is one example with a growing and diverse presence in contemporary... View Article

Aluminium sustainability within the building industry

Justin Ratcliffe, chief executive at the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB), reviews issues surrounding aluminium recycling and sustainability and highlights a number of projects undertaken by CAB and other leading International organisations who CAB partner with, including the International... View Article

Stainless steel in architecture – versatility and utility

Alan Harrison, technical advisor for the British Stainless Steel Association, explains why the use of stainless steel is so varied in architectural applications Since its invention in 1913, stainless steel has been used in a wide variety of architectural applications,... View Article

Metal comes to the fore in public-facing projects

Steve Menary explores the changing use of metal in major public-facing projects from sports to leisure and retail Most of the sports fans in the Chris Hoy Velodrome at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow would have been gripped by... View Article

Transparent about translucency

Paul Jackson, technical director at Rodeca, explains how translucent polycarbonate panels have evolved to be a viable alternative to glass Recent advanced testing and developments in thermoplastic engineering are now positioning translucent polycarbonate panels as a serious, if previously overlooked,... View Article

Hybrid taking education to the next level

By Steve Wightman, director, Senior Architectural Systems Despite the Building Schools for the Future programme being scrapped due to cuts in 2010, there is still a commitment on the part of the government to modernise the UK’s education infrastructure. This... View Article

Changing daylight

Architect Christopher Sykes examines how Structura engineers and constructs glass and translucent solutions for maximising the benefits of daylighting Daylighting through the creative use of wall or roof glazing radically changes building envelope design and the ambience of interiors. It... View Article

Throwing new light on station design

Intelligent use of glass and translucent products is helping to shape contemporary railway architecture, writes Ray Philpott The reborn, luminous masterpieces of St Pancras International and London King’s Cross stations are high-profile symbols of the railway renaissance that’s gripping Britain.... View Article

Making connections

A light-filled atrium designed by Ryder Architecture is central to the Scottish Crime Campus’ bespoke facility When the Scottish government commissioned the Scottish Crime Campus, the driving purpose was to create a secure campus, which would enable closer and more joined... View Article
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