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Saturday25 October 2014

Heidi Ancell Editorial

Building Design

Stories by this contributor.

  • Heneghan Peng shortlisted for Manchester masterplan

    25 January 2008

    Dublin-based practice Heneghan Peng is in the running against KPF, BDP and Arup Design to masterplan an 8ha site in central Manchester.

  • Delays mean Alsop pavilion at Headingley misses Ashes

    18 January 2008

    A proposed £17 million cricket pavilion designed by Will Alsop for Headingley Carnegie cricket stadium in Leeds will not be ready for next year’s Ashes series following a series of delays and design changes.

  • Network Rail supports Smithfield

    18 January 2008

    The battle over London’s Smithfield Market took a new twist this week after Network Rail failed to back the City of London’s assertion that the General Market building needs to be demolished in order to replace unsafe railway tunnels below.

  • Aaron Betsky to curate Venice Biennale

    17 January 2008

    Aaron Betsky has been appointed director of the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum in the United States and former director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute of Rotterdam, will curate the festival on the theme “Architecture Beyond Building”. The eleventh international architecture exhibition will include installations, landscapes, interiors and scenes of an architecture beyond building, which Betsky believes to be an essentia

  • Ferguson blasts KPF's "gargantuan" Smithfield plans

    11 January 2008

    Former RIBA president George Ferguson has thrown his weight behind English Heritage’s objections to the redevelopment of Smithfield Market.Giving evidence on Wednesday at the public inquiry into KPF's controversial scheme, Ferguson blasted proposals to demolish the General Market building and replace it with a structure he described as “gargantuan” in scale and hostile to pedestrians due to “a lack of permeability at ground level”. He cited a letter from Cabe to KPF in September

  • Foster’s fails to win round Ealing tower opponents

    11 January 2008

    Foster & Partners has failed to convince English Heritage and local residents to back plans for a controversial suburban skyscraper after altering its designs.

  • MacCormac Jamieson Prichard reveals loss

    9 January 2008

    MacCormac Jamieson Prichard operated at a loss last year following its sacking from the flagship BBC Broadcasting House project.Accounts posted with Companies House reveal the practice made a loss of £329,699 in the year to March 2007 — a drop of 130% from the previous year when it made a profit of just over £1 million.Turnover, meanwhile, dropped around 60% from £6 million to £2.4 million in the same period.But managing director Jeremy Estop insisted the firm was now in

  • Foster changes to proposed Ealing skyscraper fail to win over critics

    7 January 2008

    Foster & Partners has failed to convince English Heritage and local residents to back plans for a controversial suburban skyscraper, despite altering its designs.It emerged this week that the practice had amended its plans for the 40-storey “penny whistle” tower in Ealing following strong criticism by the heritage body.But despite the changes, which included reorientating the tower by 25 degrees to reduce overshadowing, English Heritage and residents group Save Ealing's Centre s

  • English Heritage accuses Smithfield opponent of "character assassination"

    21 December 2007

    Quango's London director criticises questioning of public inquiry witness Eric Reynolds

  • Architecture minister defends dropping of Stonehenge visitor centre

    19 December 2007

    Denton Corker Marshall's £65 million proposal was "unviable" Margaret Hodge tells MPs

  • Florida school board rejects McAslan’s ‘illegal’ design

    14 December 2007

    RMJM usurps winning entry for Rudolph’s Riverview High School

  • Tate extension nets 50m

    6 December 2007

    The government has announced a £50 million contribution to Herzog & de Meuron’s extension at Tate Modern, which it claimed will boost Britain’s cultural offering in the run-up to the Olympics. Speaking at Tate Modern on Wednesday morning, culture secretary James Purnell said the capital funds — part of the Department of Culture Media & Sport’s comprehensive spending review settlement — should “encourage others to come on board” so the project can be completed by 2012.

  • O'Donnell & Tuomey's Photographers Gallery wins planning - images

    4 December 2007

    Celebrated Dublin architect O’Donnell & Tuomey has received planning permission for its new £16 million building for the Photographers Gallery in London.The six storey building, to be located in the heart of Soho off Oxford Street, will provide exhibition space, an online resource centre, education areas, a bookshop and a café and bar.Located on a restricted site between two eight-storey buildings, the gallery boasts an unconventional form that aims to attract passers-by.

  • Farrell to be Gateway design champion

    30 November 2007

    £35 million scheme to improve area’s natural and urban environment

  • RIBA blasts Arb appeal process as ‘inadequate’

    30 November 2007

    The RIBA has dismissed Arb’s proposals to let architects challenge its decisions, calling them “woefully inadequate”

  • RIBA blasts Arb review panel plans

    26 November 2007

    Proposals by Arb to allow architects to challenge its decisions have been dismissed as “woefully inadequate” by the RIBA.Arb chief executive Alison Carr had claimed that the third party review panel would provide a check on the regulator and was evidence of Arb’s “open and transparent” approach (News 31 August).But official responses to the plans have revealed a withering response, with the RIBA and Association of Consultant Architects highlighting the fact that Arb will be able

  • Practices sponsor Cambridge

    23 November 2007

    ORMS and Allies & Morrison to pay salaries of four design fellows

  • Has English Heritage lost its way?

    16 November 2007

    As the public inquiry into the redevelopment of Smithfield market kicks off, is it time to review the adviser’s role, asks Heidi Ancell

  • Government calls for anti-terror design

    14 November 2007

    The government has called on architects to help “design out” the terrorist threat to crowded places such as shopping halls and sports stadiums.A report published by security minister Admiral Lord West today identified stations, nightclubs and theatres as the building types that will need to be designed with anti-terror measures in place.“There is some of this [type of training] in architectural schools at the moment but more can and should be done,” MP Patrick Mercer, who helped

  • Adjaye among seven shortlisted for Olympic Park’s Eton Manor site

    13 November 2007

    Adjaye Associates and Stanton Williams are among seven practices shortlisted by the Olympic Development Authority for a cluster of venues in the north of the Olympic Park.Firms on the shortlist, which also includes Bennetts Associates, David Morley Architects, Opus International Consultants, S&P with Nord, and Sports Concepts, will compete to design projects for the Eton Manor site. It will house a mix of permanent and temporary facilities for gymnastics and aquatic athlete trai

  • Network Rail rejects Grimshaw for its framework agreement

    09 November 2007

    Network Rail turns down Grimshaw's bid for inclusion in its framework amid legal battle over "defective" design work

  • Estonian arts prize targets world names

    09 November 2007

    Jan Kaplicky warns competition must be ‘truly international’

  • Pier Arts Centre wins Best Building in Scotland

    5 November 2007

    Reiach and Hall’s Pier Arts Centre has beaten competition including Zaha Hadid’s Maggie’s Centre to scoop Britain’s most lucrative architectural prize.The Edinburgh-based practice was presented with the £25,000 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland award by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) on Friday.The Orkney building, which was one of seven shortlisted projects, beat internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid, nominated for her work on the Maggie's

  • Eight firms shortlisted for King’s Cross housing

    02 November 2007

    Eight practices including DRMM, Munkenbeck & Marshall, Panter Hudspith and Feilden Clegg Bradley have been shortlisted by developer Argent for the first residential schemes in the £2 billion regeneration of King’s Cross.

  • Sustainable design panel set up to help planners

    02 November 2007

    A panel focused on improving environmental sustainability has been set up to counter a “desperate” lack of skills among planners.

  • McColl bid to buy back SMC Group breaks down

    19 October 2007

    The cash-strapped SMC Group has received a further blow after discussions broke down on a bid by its former chief executive Stewart McColl to buy the firm.

  • Birmingham reveals new library plans

    19 October 2007

    Rogers’ scheme supporters cry foul

  • Hull Fruit Market shortlist - first images

    18 October 2007

    The first images have been revealed by the teams shortlisted for one of Hull’s largest regeneration projects.

  • International competition launched for new Birmingham cultural centre and library

    15 October 2007

    Plans have been unveiled for a £193 million West Midlands Cultural Centre which will revamp Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre and provide a long-awaited library for the city.An international competition will be launched for the 31,000sq m centre, which will include a new-build library and a 300-seat auditorium on the north side of Centenary Square.The scheme, announced by Birmingham City Council on Friday, comes two years after Richard Rogers’ £280 million Eastside library scheme w

  • Keep ‘village’ of Smithfield, urges Farrell

    12 October 2007

    Terry Farrell has launched a fresh attack on a major office scheme by Kohn Pederson Fox Architects for central London’s historic Smithfield Market ahead of a public inquiry on the project next month.

  • Oxford book depository is on hold again

    12 October 2007

    Plans for a £29 million building for the University of Oxford by Scott Brownrigg are hanging in the balance after a council U-turn.

  • SMC Group ‘teetering’ on the edge, say accountants

    05 October 2007

    Troubled architectural SMC Group is “teetering” on the brink of a cash flow crisis, analysts are warning.

  • Herzog and de Meuron win Praemium Imperiale - and £90,000

    21 September 2007

    Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have won the architecture category in the world’s most lucrative art award

  • Doubts raised over credibility of Lib Dems' eco-plans

    20 September 2007

    RIBA president Sunand Prasad issues a warning to the Liberal Democrat conference over zero-carbon plans

  • EH blasts Viñoly's plans for Oxford

    20 September 2007

    A £490 million masterplan by Rafael Viñoly for Oxford University will damage the “historical context” of the city centre unless it is revised, English Heritage has warned.The heritage quango has criticised proposals, currently out to consultation, for the 100,000sq m former Radcliffe Infirmary site because these involve demolition of the grade II listed outpatients wing of the infirmary and opening up views of the adjacent grade I listed Radcliffe Observatory, which has always been env

  • Bus shelter competition after hi-tech design ditched

    14 September 2007

    Design for London has won a major victory in its battle to transform the capital’s public realm with the launch of a competition to redesign its 12,000 bus shelters.

  • London launches competition for new iconic bus shelter

    12 September 2007

    Design for London has won a major victory in its battle to transform the capital’s public realm with the launch of a competition to redesign its 12,000 bus shelters.The contest, launched by sister organisation Transport for London and aimed at architects and product designers, follows the abandonment of the hi-tech Voyager shelter, described by critics as “cheap, lumpen, over-engineered and dowdy”.DFL director Peter Bishop said the competition was a chance to design a “new icon

  • Coin Street wins approval for 43-storey tower

    29 August 2007

    Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland’s controversial Doon Street tower on London’s Southbank was narrowly approved by Lambeth council last night.Planning approval for the 43-storey tower and swimming pool complex for Coin Street Community Builders was passed by two votes to one, despite opposition from English Heritage and former colleagues of National Theatre architect Denys Lasdun, who argued it would dominate the famous building (News August 24).The planning committee also approved o

  • MPs question Building Schools for the Future programme

    9 August 2007

    An influential group of MPs has questioned whether the ambitious scale of the government’s £45 billion Building Schools for the Future programme is justified.The authors of the education select committee report - Sustainable Schools: Are we Building Schools for the Future? –said that the ambition to replace or refurbish all 3,400 secondary schools in England by 2020 was not “targeted” enough and risked pouring resources into unneeded building work when it could be better spent on teach

  • Five teams on shortlist to regenerate Hull fruit market site

    7 August 2007

    A team including Surface, Sarah Wigglesworth and celebrated urbanist Jan Gehl has been shortlisted for one of Hull’s largest regeneration projects. The team, which also includes Bauman Lyons and Hodson Architects, is competing against four others — BDP, Chetwood Leeds, DLG Architects, and Turley Associates working with Fat — in the race to design the £100 million mixed-use development on the city’s “fruit market” site.The neglected 3.6ha area is already linked by a footbridge t

  • EH cash warning over buildings most at risk

    27 July 2007

    English Heritage has warned that the government must significantly increase its funding if it is to remain capable of protecting the country’s most endangered buildings.

  • Viñoly’s walkie talkie wins go-ahead

    10 July 2007

    The government has approved Rafael Viñoly’s controversial “walkie talkie” tower, concluding that it would “make a significant architectural contribution to London”.Land Securities won planning permission for the 39-storey tower at 20 Fenchurch Street after a public inquiry raised questions about its architectural integrity and impact on key views of London. Communities secretary Hazel Blears said the building would “not cause significant harm to the setting of the Tower of Londo

  • Architecture Week axed

    5 July 2007

    Next year’s Architecture Week has been cancelled after the Arts Council scrapped funding for the annual event amid fears that it could become irrelevant and out of date

  • The revolutionary skyscraper fire alarm

    2 May 2007

    A revolutionary warning system for tall buildings which could help avert another 9/11-type disaster has been hailed by leading architects.The FireGrid system, developed over the past decade by Edinburgh University professor Jose Torero and funded by the BRE and Arup, comprises a system of sensors attached to a remote computer which can monitor the spread of fire through a tall building and provide vital forecasting information to emergency services.It also slowed the spread of a

  • Foster hospital wins planning

    9 March 2007

    Foster & Partners’ first-ever hospital, an innovative facility near Bath intended to maximise the role of design in the healing process, has been granted outline planning approval.

  • Top of the class: where are they now?

    09 February 2007

    Maintaining a steady flow of talented young blood is vital, and BD’s annual Class of the Year Awards identify the cream of the architectural graduates. Heidi Ancell looked up some of the winners from the past two years

  • Insurers warn on storms

    26 January 2007

    Herzog & de Meuron buildings hit

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