The focus on providing services in residential construction has been increasing for many years. Central heating, once considered a luxury, is now a standard feature in almost all Tnew homes, explains CEDIA member, Jools Browning from BrownHen Solutions.
Outdoor public space design has historically been hamstrung by the need to make every surface ‘people-proof’. By prioritising durability, many city centres and public parks have been compromised by this municipal and uninspiring perspective.
Roughly 12 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. It’s a sobering thought and finally seems to have the Government’s attention but some of us are already committed to the environment – with Soundtect one of many companies that uses more than 70% of recycled polyester to manufacture its acoustic solutions.
An unproductive employee who is not happy with their work environment can have a financial impact on any organisation. We are also seeing from the latest research undertaken in Europe that the number of people on ‘stress-related’ leave has skyrocketed to 30% in some countries, at a huge cost to the company and the individual. Here, Planet Partitioning looks at the way specifiers can work with their clients to ensure an office design is fit-for-purpose.
Winter is often a forgotten season in the garden, but it doesn’t have to be; there are plenty of opportunities to carry a garden through the colder months in style. A well-designed winter garden can be full of elegant, architectural foliage, vibrant stems and dramatic colours. Here, five designers from the Society of Garden Designers share their tips.
The Stratford is a hotel located within the ambitious new East London skyscraper pioneered by Harry Handelsman, Founder of Chiltern Firehouse and the restored St Pancras Hotel. The spectacular double-cantilevered 42-storey building is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and situated in the upcoming cultural hub of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London.