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One of the most significant trends in construction is the move towards solutions that work with nature, rather than against it. Nature-based construction comes in several forms, but it only makes complete sense if the construction process uses materials that are more in harmony with the environment. Biomimicry, for example, uses concepts inspired by nature…

Early engagement with specialist contractors is becoming more widely recognised as a critical factor in achieving better outcomes from a construction project. And when it comes to outcomes, nothing is more fundamental than a building that meets users’ needs. This is particularly true in the case of special needs education. SEND is a wide-ranging term…

When faced with a challenge on the scale of meeting the UK’s house building needs, the last thing you need is uncertainty. The commitments of financial and physical resources needed to create 300,000 new homes each year are enormous. The emphasis has to be on removing obstacles and uncertainties (without being reckless) rather than creating…

Incorporating the needs of individual school communities into the design calls for people with in-depth experience and knowledge. Where we can help is with finding innovative, practical and cost-effective ways to deliver what specialists recommend. Successful project delivery depends on close collaboration between SEND specialists, architects and our design engineers from the outset of the…

What do you do when the ideal, or only, available site for a new building is surrounded by other buildings that are already in use? In the past the only viable answer might have been to give up. The project would have been too disruptive, difficult or costly, no matter how badly the potential new…

French anthropologist Marc Augé coined the term ‘non-place’ to describe aspects of the modern built environment that tend to disconnect places from the people who use them. A feature of much of the modern built environment is that you could go anywhere in the world and the urban environment looks and feels much the same….

It’s tempting to look forward to a time beyond Covid-19 when the world gets back to normal. In reality, that will probably never happen. Eventually, Covid-19 will cease to be a crisis, either because we have effective vaccines or because we work out how to live with the virus. By then, the ways we live…

The CBI published a report that paints a picture of our industry that is, at the same time, both optimistic and frustrating. On the upside, the report by the CBI and Oxford Economics highlights the potential for sustained productivity growth. This could achieve a £30bn increase in output with no additional costs by the end…