Burntwood School wins RIBA Stirling Prize

A comprehensive school in Wandsworth, London has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 for the UK’s best new building. Burntwood School, a large comprehensive girls’...

Plastic inspection chambers

Specifiers of below ground drainage projects can now be more confident selecting plastic as an alternative to concrete for deep Inspection Chambers, thanks to changes in guidance and a new best practice standard, says Tim Wootton, technical services manager at Wavin.

Portakabin wins biggest UK education off-site contract

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has awarded what is believed to be the largest ever off-site contract in the education sector, to...

School renewal

The installation of attractive, bespoke curtain walling and window systems at Burntwood School, winner of a RIBA National Award, was achieved through close collaboration between architect and manufacturer. Building Products reports.

Government announces automatic planning for brownfield sites

The government has announced plans to grant automatic planning permission on brownfield sites in its Housing and Planning Bill, unveiled yesterday. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis...

Artistic flair

The striking brick exterior of the RIBA Stirling Prize-nominated extension to Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery was achieved through the creation of a specially created colour blend, as well as a number of non-standard brick types. Building Products reports.

Overhaul ventilation regulation or face asthma epidemic, report warns

A new report claims that the move towards energy efficient homes is causing a rise in indoor air pollution and a potential asthma epidemic. Without...

Modular washrooms

Trevor Bowers, director at Washroom Washroom, explains how off-site construction can provide an effective solution to the age-old problem of missed deadlines and delayed projects which continue to blight the construction industry.

Rockfon launches new ‘ultra-white’ ceiling tile

Rockfon has launched its whitest ever ceiling tile - Rockfon Blanka. By applying a specialist coating sourced from the US space industry to a high performance stone...

Growing pains

Kevin Jones, director of business development at the Portakabin Group, looks at how off-site construction is helping healthcare providers meet the increasing pressure on hospital services.