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52-storey Morris + Company tower delayed amid fire brigade concerns over single staircase

January 14, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Cuba Street by Morris + Company

A planning application for a 52-storey tower in London’s Canary Wharf designed by Morris + Company has been delayed just hours before it was due to be determined amid fire brigade concerns over safety. The 172-metre residential skyscraper on Cuba Street would only have one staircase under its current design. Tower Hamlets Council’s strategic development

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“We were attacked by everybody” when the Lloyd’s building opened, recalls Richard Rogers

January 12, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Richard Rogers

In the third of the video Dezeen interviews filmed with Richard Rogers in 2013, the late architect discussed the Lloyd’s building in London and the backlash prompted by its radical design. Rogers, who passed away on 18 December aged 88, spoke to Dezeen to coincide with a retrospective of his work at the Royal Academy

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UK government to force developers to meet £4 billion cladding costs

January 10, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Michael Gove

Homebuilders in England have been told by the government that they must agree to fund the replacement of unsafe cladding on mid-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. UK housing secretary Michael Gove wrote to the “residential developer industry” to request that developers agree to “fund and undertake all necessary remediation of buildings

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Venice to replace glass tiles on Santiago Calatrava-designed bridge amid “almost daily” falls

January 4, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Ponte della Costituzione

The city of Venice is set to replace the glass floor of Santiago Calatrava’s Ponte della Costituzione bridge over the Grand Canal with stone, due to the high numbers of pedestrians slipping and falling. The Spanish architect’s 94-metre Ponte della Costituzione – Constitution Bridge in English – opened in 2008 and is made from steel

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Foster + Partners criticises RIBA climate report over “deviation” from global treaty

January 4, 2022 Nat Barker 0
RIBA climate report presented at COP26

The UK’s largest architecture firm, Foster + Partners, has criticised a RIBA sustainability report backed by nearly 250 built environment organisations, claiming that it contradicts the watershed Paris Agreement treaty on climate change. Foster + Partners is one of only two architecture studios among the country’s top 10 largest that have failed to endorse the

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Peter Barber Architects revamps and densifies London social housing estate

December 23, 2021 Nat Barker 0

Peter Barber Architects has rejuvenated the post-war Kiln Place social housing estate in London and created 15 new homes. Working with the London Borough of Camden, Peter Barber Architects aimed to update the whole estate and increase its density without demolishing any of the existing homes. “Fundamentally, focused interventions can avoid demolition of existing homes, whilst still

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McDonald’s opens “UK’s first net-zero restaurant”

December 20, 2021 Nat Barker 0
Net-zero McDonald's

Fast-food chain McDonald’s has opened what it claims is the UK’s first net-zero carbon restaurant building. Built using natural or recycled materials and powered by a combination of wind turbines and solar panels, the restaurant, in Market Drayton, Shropshire, was designed to meet net-zero standards in both its construction and everyday operation. However, McDonald’s confirmed

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The 10 most controversial architecture projects of 2021

December 16, 2021 Nat Barker 0
An appeal has been launched for The Tulip by Foster + Partners

Next in our review of 2021, we round up 10 of the most controversial schemes that made headlines this year, including the Sky Pool and The Tulip. Sky Pool, UK, by HAL A transparent swimming pool suspended between two buildings at the Embassy Gardens development in London gained huge attention this summer as aerial footage

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Residents “livid” over £450 daily cost of heating Sky Pool

December 15, 2021 Nat Barker 0
Sky Pool at night

Residents at the Embassy Gardens development in southwest London claim its controversial Sky Pool is too cold to be used in winter, despite heating costs of £450 a day. There are calls for the transparent swimming pool, which is suspended 35 metres in the air between two buildings, to be closed during the colder months

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