Create Design : Workflow overhaul makes an ambitious project a reality

Many architectural projects evolve as they move nearer to completion, but few undergo as many changes as the Ratcliff, East London site that Create Design was tasked with. Initially, the project involved the construction of a block of 33 apartments; subsequently a second and then a third building was added to the brief. For Create Design, adopting BIM and ARCHICAD was a decision that... more

Penoyre Prasad’s University of Kent Templeman Library

The University of Kent’s Templeman Library has finally completed its amazing transformation. Headed by architectural firm Penoyre Prasad, the extensive two-phase expansion and refurbishment project has reimagined the library as a contemporary learning centre, while maintaining its importance as a central campus structure. A multi award-winning project, the library extension has... more

Fife Architects Iron Mill Bay House

Low-energy builds are still challenging enough to make them an exciting prospect, especially when teamed with a creative design brief and an incredible coastal build site. Iron Mill Bay a family home, built in Charlestown near Dunfermline, Scotland, definitely fits the bill. The site, located on the Firth of Forth and near the remains of the Iron Mill Foundry on the Lyne Burn,... more

rg+p’s Pioneering Passivhaus Scheme

rg+p’s Heathcott Road development is the UK’s largest Passivhaus affordable housing schemes and one of its most ambitious. Completed in 2017, the development includes 68 eco-homes, along with an adjacent permaculture farm. Once a disused and overgrown vacant 13.2-acre plot, the development has provided some much-needed affordable housing that suits a wide range of needs and is... more

Alma-nac’s Paxton House wins Retrofit Award

One of the most challenging aspects of architectural design is that of re-purposing existing buildings using what’s already available. Retrofitting an existing building for a new and different purpose rather than developing an entirely new design and building on previously undeveloped land can be challenging. Alma-nac's Paxton House This is the approach alma-nac took in the... more

Community project shortlisted for CIAT Award

The AT Awards celebrate architectural technology at its finest, awarding premier accolades that recognise outstanding achievement in the industry. Entrants are assessed based on their innovative application of architectural technology, with a set trio of criteria: economical construction, environmental sustainability, and durable performance. The Alan King Award for Excellence in... more

Scenario House – BIM collaboration on a renovation project

Scenario Architecture has started their second decade specialising in the high end residential sector, focusing on creating homes that are beautiful, functional, and ideally suited to each client. During the past decade Scenario Architecture design studio was constantly adopting and optimising BIM processes, usually deployed on large projects by larger studios, to work smoothly and... more

Scenario uses ARCHICAD to its full potential

For a small studio like Scenario Architecture, it’s difficult to compete on the same level as their larger counterparts but using model-based technology to its full potential and engaging in the BIM process goes a long way towards closing the gap. Why should small studios adopt model based design and BIM? For SMEs, there are several good reasons to adopt BIM studios in designing and... more

WM Design’s Transition from 2D FlatCAD to Model Based Design

WM Design & Architecture made the transition from 2D FlatCAD to Model Based Design a number of years ago and the studio has never looked back. Formed in 1993 by Nigel Marland and Adrian Williamson, WM Design & Architecture is an Anglesey based CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) studio. Prior to forming the studio, both worked for over a decade in the... more

Hudson Architects ‘The Machrie’

Award-winning Hudson Architects, based in Norwich and London is delivering a new hotel on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. We spoke to John Nortcliffe, Head of Commercial about how the studio is approaching and overcoming some of the challenges of this complex project. Hudson Architects ‘The Machrie’ 'The Machrie’ is a 47-bedroom hotel and 18-hole championship links golf... more