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Stone in the 21st century – Monolithic majesty with modern methods

Stone has been used to create some of the world’s most durable buildings and majestic structures throughout the centuries. From the awesome grandeur of the Egyptian Pyramids and buildings of ancient Greece and Rome to the elegant Palladian designs and solid municipal buildings of the Georgian and Victorian eras, stone structures have a timeless appeal that withstands the elements. The British Geological Stone Survey of London provides...

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The Grenfell impact – Will the new post-Grenfell fire regulations change the way we build?

On 14th June 2017, a fire swept through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. It was started by a broken fridge-freezer within a fourth-floor flat, with the flames bursting through a window and quickly spreading upwards throughout the whole building. Within just nine minutes the fire had spread to the crown of the building, where burning debris fell and set other parts of the building on fire. The devastating blaze led to 72 people...

building regulations, cladding, fire, fire safety, Rainscreen

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A2 to B1: Know the difference and specify with confidence

The type of ventilated cladding that’s so popular in modern construction can really improve thermal insulation properties, as well as enhancing the overall appearance of buildings. However, specifying the exact requirements of external cladding for your structures can be difficult if you don’t appreciate different standards and testing regimes. Our expert advisers can offer you any support you may need, so don’t hesitate to...

fire, fire safety

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The modern brick facade: Original Meldorfer by alsecco

Meldorfer flat facing bricks have been carefully handcrafted for almost 40 years and have the timeless appeal that’s ideal for modern brick facade construction projects of any kind. The UK launch of Original Meldorfer® from Daw SE in Germany and alsecco means it’s now possible to use these superior facing bricks for brick facades at any height. This brick cladding is available in a variety of colours and styles, and the bricks are...

Brick, Brickslips, Clay Brick, Original Meldorfer

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Stunning stone cladded buildings across the globe

Across the globe we are seeing stunning new architectural offerings springing up. Here, we will introduce you to what we think are some of the top stunning stone cladded building designs across the world. From smart new builds to historic landmarks, which are enhancing countries across the globe. Empire State Building, New York The Empire State Building, which was built between 1930 and 1931 could be considered one of the most famous stone-clad...

Airtec Stone, Bridge Master's House, Stone

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Top 10 Architectural Coastal Homes in the UK

As the sun beats down on the UK in one of the hottest summers in living memory, who doesn’t want to think about escaping to the coast? In this article, we whisk you away to a range of coastal areas to look at 10 of the most amazing seaside houses in the UK. From supremely modern to charmingly traditional, you will be blown away by the architecture on display. 10. “House No. 7” – Scotland Designed by architect firm Denizen...

Architecture, Coast

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Great German Engineering

In the year 2004 Germany was the global leader in the production of 21 out of the total 31 different sectors of engineering. It’s not hard to understand the reason for this, from the supremacy and engineering perfection of the wartime Messerschmitt aircraft to the purring excellence of the BMW and Porsche marques, German made goods are in demand throughout the world. Germany has led the world within the engineering and manufacturing sectors...

Construction, DAW Group, Engineering, German, Innovation

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A look into the future of glass architecture

There is no other building material that comes close to glass in terms of versatility and aesthetic appeal. The juxtaposition between its apparent fragility and incredible strength, its ability to shield but also provide clear views, has earned it a prominent place in unfathomable numbers of architects’ plans. It is one of the oldest and most respected types of building material on the planet, having been around in one form or another since...

Glass, Glass Facades

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Why architects should blog

The mind of an architect may seem to others to be something of a closed book. Architecture is a highly specialised role that requires a range of high-level skills that are honed through many years of academic and professional training. These include creativity and art, graphic design, engineering, project management, and the ability to see a concept through from the birth of an idea to completion, often on a huge scale but with regard for the very...

Architect, Blog, Exposure, Feedback, Portfolio

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Architects love…..gadgets and gizmos

We know architects love great design, smart solutions and interesting products. And who doesn’t love gadgets and gizmos? If you’re looking for gifts for architects or you fancy something fun that will make your life that little bit easier, we’ve taken a look at some of the best new products out there. Bendi Board Light Up Waterproof Keyboard £29.99 from Shiny Shack The Bendi Board Light Up Waterproof Keyboard takes all of the...

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