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Creating healthy neighbourhoods with a focus on people and place

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Creating healthy neighbourhoods with a focus on people and place

As our population grows and ages, and more people move to cities, the government has a big job to keep everyone healthy.

Date: 4 Jan 24

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Supporting the town where our story began

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Supporting the town where our story began

For over 180 years, our architecture and building consultancy services have supported the development and conservation of Huddersfield Town Centre.

Date: 10 Nov 23

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How Passivhaus integration is revolutionising the UK's largest Passivhaus education building

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How Passivhaus integration is revolutionising the UK's largest Passivhaus education building

This project for Fife Council brings together two secondary schools into a single building, sitting on a shared site with a new Fife College building to create a new education hub.

Date: 12 Jun 23

Jamie Gregory - Associate Director, Architecture

by Jamie Gregory

Associate Director, Architecture

Green Roofs - Did the Teletubbies have it right?

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Green Roofs - Did the Teletubbies have it right?

Green roofs have been around for centuries and they are far more than just an adornment to an eco-house.

Date: 2 Jun 23

Stefan Harris - Associate, Architecture

by Stefan Harris

Associate, Architecture

Why we need to retrofit to achieve net zero

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Why we need to retrofit to achieve net zero

Retrofitting buildings is critical to decarbonisation and achieving net zero. What are the challenges, opportunities, and steps we need to take to get there?

Date: 24 May 23

Robert Hopkins - Director, Architecture

by Robert Hopkins

Director, Architecture

Reimagining our railway stations as hubs

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Reimagining our railway stations as hubs

Reimagining our railway stations as hubs to enhance economic growth and support the promotion of sustainable travel

Date: 13 Apr 23

Samantha Smith - Director, Building Consultancy

by Samantha Smith

Director, Building Consultancy

The Retrofit Toolkit in action

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The Retrofit Toolkit in action

The first of our retrofit studies challenged us to propose six interventions to decarbonise a typical school building to reduce its energy usage.

Date: 3 Feb 23

Robert Hopkins - Director, Architecture

by Robert Hopkins

Director, Architecture

The Department for Education (DfE) push for education design to meet

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The Department for Education (DfE) push for education design to meet

The DfE’s push for education design to deliver a ‘Gen Zero’ product is laudable in its ambition. How will the construction industry meet this challenge?

Date: 22 Aug 22

Imran Kassim - Director, Architecture

by Imran Kassim

Director, Architecture

Why recovery will bring a new healthcare estate

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Why recovery will bring a new healthcare estate

How changing perspectives to our health and wellbeing are front-of-mind for people have impacted demand on healthcare estates and health infrastructure.

Date: 4 Jul 22

Gareth Banks - Regional Director, Architecture

by Gareth Banks

Regional Director, Architecture

The architect’s role in maximising modular benefits for residential developments

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The architect’s role in maximising modular benefits for residential developments

As the housing crisis deepens and the government and developers are tasked with finding a solution, MMC can often provide flexible housing solutions at high volume and quick turnaround.

Date: 25 Jun 22

David de Sousa - Director, Architecture

by David de Sousa

Director, Architecture

Revitalising communities by the reprioritisation of spaces

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Revitalising communities by the reprioritisation of spaces

Locally-led town centre regeneration is key to driving resilient communities in the future. The purpose of the British high street is no longer solely retail.

Date: 7 Jun 22

Gurminder Sanghera - Director, Architecture

by Gurminder Sanghera

Director, Architecture

Can social value help the UK ‘Build Back Better’ in a post-Covid world?

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Can social value help the UK ‘Build Back Better’ in a post-Covid world?

Looking ahead to a post-COVID world in an effort to take learnings from the enormous challenges faced and ‘Build Back Better’.

Date: 7 Jun 22

Mark Stead - Director, Building Consultancy

by Mark Stead

Director, Building Consultancy

15-minute neighbourhood -Transport Infrastructure

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15-minute neighbourhood -Transport Infrastructure

Like countless others, one of our architects had to relocate out of a city into a nearby commuter town, forced by the pandemic. How have her experiences have shaped a new ethos behind town planning.

Date: 5 Nov 21

Modern Methods of Construction in healthcare in a time of crisis

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Modern Methods of Construction in healthcare in a time of crisis

How can architects harness the power of MMC in times of crisis.

Date: 18 Jul 21

Gareth Banks - Regional Director, Architecture

by Gareth Banks

Regional Director, Architecture

Taking a retrospective approach to BIM

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Taking a retrospective approach to BIM

While the majority of the construction sector have embraced BIM, some parts of the industry have shown more resistance. This has persisted even as software becomes less and less expensive.

Date: 21 Feb 21

Lee McDougall - Director, Building Consultancy

by Lee McDougall

Director, Building Consultancy

Maintaining top class academy estates

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Maintaining top class academy estates

How to maintain academy estates and maximise existing assets.

Date: 9 Dec 20

Allan Hunt - Managing Director, Building Consultancy

by Allan Hunt

Managing Director, Building Consultancy

Using smart technology in the wake of Covid-19

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Using smart technology in the wake of Covid-19

Covid-19 introduced a new set of challenges for businesses and workplaces to ensure staff can work flexibly. How can using technology help us safely attend our workplaces?

Date: 28 Oct 20

Lee McDougall - Director, Building Consultancy

by Lee McDougall

Director, Building Consultancy

Social Value changes for 2021

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Social Value changes for 2021

We were delighted to see the shift in public procurement policy relating to social value last week, looking to strengthen the impact of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

Date: 9 Oct 20

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How local authorities can become catalysts for growth

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How local authorities can become catalysts for growth

Driving growth across the UK’s regions is one of the big challenges facing local and central government today. It is more important than ever that local authorities are equipped to intervene.

Date: 18 Sept 20

Karle Burford - Director, Architecture

by Karle Burford

Director, Architecture

BIM and FM software in building management

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BIM and FM software in building management

BIM has gone mainstream, yet its benefits post-build, are still often overlooked, and take-up within FM has been low.

Date: 14 Sept 20

Lee McDougall - Director, Building Consultancy

by Lee McDougall

Director, Building Consultancy

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