Profession must speed up carbon reduction efforts, report warns

According to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, the UKGBC’s assessment of targets, laid out in a 2021 report called the Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, found that the sector needs to decarbonise twice as fast as at present by 2025. Embodied carbon – attributable to activities such as extraction, preparation and transportation of … ادامه

Heatherwick, ZHA and Fosters lose out in race for huge Chinese HQ job

Herzog & de Meuron, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Snøhetta, OMA, and Kengo Kuma were also among the practices beaten by Büro Ole Scheeren to design the Chinese multinational tech conglomerate’s new HQ, which will accommodate 23,000 of the company’s workforce. The internationally-renowned architecture firm, founded by German architect Ole Scheeren, who designed the CCTV Headquarters … ادامه

Polysmiths completes flood-resilient basement home in London

The project aimed to resolve challenges including extending, insulating, flood-proofing and bringing light into the basement flat, while retaining as much of the garden area as possible. The existing Tufnell Park property was a one-bedroom flat that had been left vacant, due to flash flooding damage to its floor and walls. With a narrow and … ادامه

AHMM-led contentious Lambeth science-hub plans won’t be called in

In December last year, Lambeth Council’s planning committee unanimously resolved to grant consent for the 2.2ha Royal Street scheme after officers ruled that its public benefits outweighed heritage harm. This summer London mayor Sadiq Khan also backed the huge project, which features buildings up to 16 storeys tall on a plot just across the river … ادامه

Building Safety Act: are you ready?

‘This change is coming. It’s unstoppable,’ Judith Hackitt told the crowds gathered to hear her speak about the Building Safety Act (BSA), at an NBS Construction Leaders’ Summit in London in October. The former chair of the Health and Safety Executive who led the government’s 2018 Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has … ادامه

Government to announce timber-housebuilding roadmap to cut CO2

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it would shortly announce ‘a roadmap of policies to boost the use of timber in construction’ in England. Environment secretary Steve Barclay is expected to make the announcement at COP28, taking place in Dubai this week. Under the plans, Defra might cap the embodied carbon … ادامه

Hawkins\Brown’s 36-storey student digs set to break Scottish height record

The redrawn plans for Portcullis House, a former HMRC office in India Street, near Glasgow’s Charing Cross station, were submitted by developer Watkin Jones Group to Glasgow City Council late last month. The new two-part building would be 36 and 10 storeys. It would also become the tallest ‘building’ in Scotland, although at an estimated … ادامه

ACME’s ‘bulky’ Elephant and Castle office scheme approved on appeal

Southwark Council unanimously refused plans for the building on the corner Walworth Road and Elephant Road, known as H1, which also features space for a health centre, in October 2022. Councillors acting against the advice of planning officers, cited the scheme’s ‘excessive height, mass and bulk’ and ‘the unacceptable harm to neighbouring amenity due to … ادامه

Baxendale team gets go-ahead for Scottish scheme with ‘ghost’ gable

The scheme, which will provide two terrace houses and three flats, features the ‘ghost’ print of the end-of-terrace gable from a long-demolished tenement block that once sat on the vacant plot. Due to be built in two stages, the project was drawn up by Baxendale founder Lee Ivett with Stefanescu, a fellow teacher at UCLan’s … ادامه

AHMM Shepherd’s Bush Market transformation delayed by protests

Anti-project campaigners disrupted a Hammersmith and Fulham Council planning meeting this week, meaning it had to be adjourned without a verdict being reached. AHMM submitted plans earlier this year to demolish a former homeless hostel, two shops on Goldhawk Road and various shops and stalls. The practice’s proposals reconfigure the century-old market, currently used by … ادامه