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Architectural Copper Awards Winners Announced

The results of the 2017 European Copper in Architecture Awards 18 have just been announced. The Maersk Tower research complex in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller Architects and characterised by its grid of copper fins, was the outright winner. Two... View Article

3D Printing in concrete

Additive manufacturing removes design limitations for concrete components. Concrete components are traditionally made by casting. But the mold needed places significant limitations on design possibilities. 3D printing now provides new freedom in shaping. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich... View Article

Norway to build world’s tallest timber building

Currently under construction on the edge of a lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo, Mjøstårnet is claimed to be the world’s tallest timber building yet. Spanning 18 floors, the building... View Article

Timber reaches for the sky with new roof designs

Housebuilders are urged to review their legacy roof designs as the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) commits to switching to building design standard Eurocode 5 from 1 January 2018. Roof designs to British Standards were withdrawn in 2010 but are still... View Article

Will these four future materials change construction?

Architects and engineers have always created new and innovative ways of building stronger, taller, and more beautiful structures, using leading-edge materials such as glass curtain walls and earthquake-proof foundations. Now, in 2017, what construction technologies are in the pipeline? Will... View Article

Deleterious materials in construction contracts

The inclusion of deleterious or prohibited material clauses in both building contracts and professional appointment documents is widespread within the construction industry. Whilst the form of these clauses will vary from contract to contract, their common purpose is to prohibit the use of unsuitable or dangerous materials in construction projects. Jonathan Hyndman, Partner... View Article

A template for sustainable design

A new headquarters in the Netherlands has shown that a non-traditional approach to project delivery and a hands-on approach to sourcing material can pay dividends. Field trips to other countries to look at materials and an engaged team of sub-contractors,... View Article

The world’s first Miscanthus bale house

In an idyllic location in West Wales, a house is being built. However, this is no ordinary house. In what is believed to be a world first, its walls are being built out of Miscanthus bales. A collaborative project by... View Article

Taylor Lane completes MOD Housing Development

Taylor Lane Timber Frame has supplied and erected timber frame kits for 322 three and four bedroom homes for service personnel and their families based at barracks on and around Salisbury Plain. The circa £70 million housing development in Tidworth,... View Article
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