Fit for purpose – how best to keep cool in exercise spaces

Current design guidance for fitness spaces is not always optimised for comfort, according to Max Fordham’s Henry Pelly, who says people exercising keep cool more effectively when air movement is maximised


Room service – cooling guests at the Strand Palace Hotel using Hybrid VRF

The Strand Palace Hotel in London is having air conditioning installed in 785 guest rooms – but, with occupancy rates of 87%, the owners are keen to keep disruption to a minimum. Alex Smith looks at the Hybrid VRF system specified by Elementa Consulting


Engineering façades at Zaha Hadid’s Morpheus hotel

The design of the jaw-dropping Morpheus Hotel in Macau has a 40-storey, free-form exoskeleton that would not have been possible without the skill of the façade engineers. Andy Pearson talks to BuroHappold Engineering about the 30 façade systems needed to realise the striking design



Saving energy in sports buildings; cooling guests at the Strand Palace Hotel using Hybrid VRF


Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

CIBSE Journal October 2018 Smoke control Roundtable

Roundtable – key issues around smoke control regulation after Grenfell

Fire safety issues flagged by Dame Judith Hackitt after Grenfell were tackled by smoke control experts at a recent roundtable sponsored by Colt. Liza Young follows an in-depth debate on competency, guidance and whole life fire strategy

SES Factory

Make way for the revolution – inside SES Engineering Services’ M&E factory

With contractors increasingly turning to offsite construction, we speak to some of the pioneers delivering prefabricated M&E. In the first of a regular series, Alex Smith visits SES Engineering Services’ factory, in York, to find out how its factory focus is helping to change the culture of construction

Offsite construction