From BBC to BIO: turning offices into laboratories

The growing life sciences sector is leading to more office space being repurposed as research laboratories for cutting-edge firms, including a former BBC building in…

January 2021 Offices

Case study: retrofit of Fairfield Halls theatre

Fairfield Halls theatre in Croydon is a prime example of 1960s public architecture, so when Max Fordham was asked to devise a services strategy during…

October 2020 COVID

Agar Grove: measuring the performance of a Passivhaus winner

The success of Agar Grove at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards was in part due to the focus on controlling overheating and minimising plant heat…

August 2020 Heating

Box office hit: Why Mason Bros is CIBSE’s 2020 International Project of the Year

Mason Bros is an exemplary retrofit, in which new offices have been carved out of the shell of a 1920s warehouse. Andy Pearson finds out…

July 2020 digital

Health provider: The Samson Pavilion at Cleveland Clinic

With significant variation in seasonal temperatures and occupant density, the HVAC systems modelled at the Samson Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, by Foster + Partners…

Chamber music: Brinson Staniland Partnership’s earth labyrinth ventilation for Kent College’s Great Hall

To help maintain comfort conditions in Kent College’s Great Hall, air is cooled using five giant, subterranean concrete chambers. Andy Pearson speaks to engineer Brinson…

June 2020 Cooling
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