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28 September 2016
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Building design articles

Articles on building design, including architecture, civil engineering, conservation, refurbishment, structural engineering


  • Living proofUnderstanding how client organisations work and what they need is key to creating successful workplaces. Richard Byatt considers the art and science of user briefing with a look at the WWF's award-winning Living Planet Centre 22/09/2016
  • Figuring it all outGlobal accountancy body the ACCA has sought to combine heritage with modernity - and a cohesive brand identity - at its new London headquarters. Martin Read reports. 22/09/2016
  • Connect and communicateCould BIM transform the way we design, construct, and manage buildings? Richard Byatt reports from Bristol on a project for the University of the West of England. 22/09/2016
  • Study highlights BREEAM's role in carbon cutsBREEAM-assessed buildings achieve an average 22 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared with buildings designed to regulatory minimum performance requirements, says a new briefing paper. 03/12/2015
  • Implement cost-saving security measures after a refurbishment projectSecurikey's Jeremy Cassady examines some of the discreet, low-cost, easy-to-install solutions available before and after retrofit. 21/12/2015
  • Social space in the modern office?Many firms are bringing the third space into the office and providing social spaces for staff to work and play in, where FMs can get the best from their people, says Mark Phillips. 21/12/2015
  • Green buildings 'boost cognitive function'An American study has demonstrated that a high-quality indoor environment has a significant and positive impact on cognitive function. 06/11/2015
  • AHMM wins Stirling Prize for best new buildingA school designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) for Burntwood School in inner London has won the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building. 19/10/2015
  • BCO names Keynsham office best workplace 2015Keynsham Civic Centre in Somerset landed the top accolade at the British Council of Offices Annual National Awards this week. 09/10/2015
  • Seven questions to ask before refitting your workplaceCorporate workplace redesign is no longer merely a matter of a lick of paint and some new furniture, but integral to the business, as Mark Bradshaw explains. 01/02/2016
  • Refurbish a roof with minimal disruptionMending the roof of an occupied building is a balancing act between the needs of the building and the needs of those doing their jobs inside. John McMullan considers the FM's role. 20/08/2015
  • Embodied carbon: are we there yet?As the construction industry designs and constructs buildings with ever-decreasing operational energy use, embodied carbon is increasingly important in the whole life cycle costing of a building. Sophie Chisholm reports the findings at a recent CBx event. 16/07/2015
  • Scotland is nation's top performer in commercial buildingCommercial construction in Scotland has outperformed the rest of the UK, including London, during the first three months of the year, according to results from the latest JLL and Glenigan UK Commercial Construction Activity Index. 23/06/2015
  • Report reveals Westminster restoration optionsA Deloitte-led consortium with AECOM and HOK has published an Independent Options Appraisal (IOA) report detailing a range of scenarios for carrying out a major restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster. 22/06/2015
  • Workplace design is stifling staff productivityHalf of the UK's service sector employees are being hampered by inadequate workplace management and design, according to a report commissioned by support services company Mitie. 16/06/2015
  • Law set to strengthen apprenticeships' reputationApprenticeships will be given equal treatment as degrees, the government announced this week. 16/06/2015
  • Influencing the experienceManaging the services and processes that support the core business of an organisation gives FMs an 'inside out' perspective one used all too rarely to inform that organisation's site development strategy. Nick Martindale reports. 22/09/2016
  • BIM's third ageNow just months away from being mandated on all central government projects, building information modelling (BIM) has moved up to Level 3. What is Level 3, and what does it mean for FM? Geoff Prudence explains. 22/09/2016
  • Central intelligenceData centre construction projects are imperfect, with a traditional project team structure limiting transfer of essential knowledge to operations team that's the view of David Cameron (no relation) of risk management consultancy Operational Intelligence. Here he puts the case for those operating the centres to have more input. 22/09/2016
  • Design and construction firm starts FM businessA West Midlands construction company has launched a facilities management business. 11/12/2014
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