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 in architecture

Architectural systems specialist, DML Group, specialises in external aluminium façades, cladding, windows, unitised and curtain walling. The company works with architects and specifiers across a diverse range of schemes and is a preferred supplier for several of the UK’s largest... View Article

Walthamstow blues

A 13-storey hotel next to Walthamstow Central Station, London, has been completed, clad with Nordic Blue Living copper from Aurubis Architectural alongside black brickwork. Located on a prominent town centre site, the 107-bedroom hotel forms a key part of a... View Article

Armstrong effects on metal

A new range of ’effects on metal’ ceiling solutions has been launched by Armstrong. A snapshot guide to the effects that can be achieved on its metal ceiling tiles and planks for prestigious high-end projects has been launched by Armstrong.... View Article

Construction steelwork makes its 3D printing premiere

Using the latest 3D printing techniques, or more accurately, ‘additive manufacturing’ – the Arup team has produced a design method for critical structural steel elements for use in complex projects. The work signals a whole new direction for the use... View Article

Glass Rotunda at Tate Britain

Well designed and expertly installed structural glass within a heritage building can provide some truly beautiful results. Glass will enhance rather than obscure the original architecture of the building, giving a result that is structurally sound and meets all the... 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