Reading encouraged to be more sustainable

Reading encouraged to be more sustainable

At a recent event entitled ‘Planning for a Low Carbon Economy’ hosted by The Centre for Sustainable Energy in Reading, Tony Cowling (of Reading Draughtbusters) made a plea for the town to strive towards a more low energy future.   “With the right will” suggested Tony, “there are many strategies that could

Balancing nature with wooden building at Center Parcs Elveden Forest

Balancing nature with wooden building at Center Parcs Elveden Forest

The construction of three new Waterside Lodges at Center Parcs Elveden Forest is an ambitious architectural and engineering project. The stunning new lodges have been designed to compliment the woodland landscape in which they sit, while connecting guests with the surrounding natural environment. Wood was a natural choice of building

How the world’s tallest timber building will withstand fire

How the world's tallest timber building will withstand fire

On completion, Mjøstårnet, will be the world's tallest timber building. But what if a fire breaks out?   The building will be 81 metres tall with 18 storeys when completed in 2019. Wood is a flammable material, and up to 1997 it was prohibited to build timber houses taller than three

Hackney lead the way on timber building

Hackney lead the way on timber building

Hackney Council, the first local authority in England to actively promote timber construction in its planning policy has recently been showcasing its achievements in the field and are also offering guided tours of the latest in a long line of successful timber builds in the borough.   In 2012 the Council hosted

Citrus Building gains prestige with LABC Award

The Citrus Building in Bournemouth, which Terence O'Rourke provided the design, architecture and planning consultancy for in association with Morgan Sindall Construction has won a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) South West Building Excellence Award.   Bournemouth Council Building Control nominated the curved, mixed-use development which was led by the Bournemouth Development