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CONTENTS 02.19


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Industry news


COMMENT: Composite cladding solutions Dr Amin Emami from 3A Composites looks at why aluminium composite materials are popular with architects for rainscreen cladding, and at the robustness of testing regimes in the UK post-Grenfell


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COMMENT: Sounding out the benefits Ed Peltor of Rockwool UK says that considerations of the benefits of insulation go well beyond thermal performance to acoustics and fire, when looking the whole building envelope


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Building envelope supplement


Living in harmony Combining a contemporary music college with a mix of residential accommodation, The Music Box is a new landmark for Southwark. Trevor Morriss, principal architect at SPPARC, explains to Jack Wooler how uses were carefully integrated to create a unique hybrid


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A vital force Steven Holl Architects’ Maggie’s Cancer Centre at London’s oldest hospital is wrapped in a translucent facade, which takes historic musical design cues to enliven its interior and exterior. Sébastien Reed reports


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Design for total envelope safety James Gooder of SFS Fall Protection Systems explains what specifiers need to consider when designing for safe working at height


The fabric-first route to healthy interiors As well as improving sustainability, PIR insulation can create interiors that excel in terms of comfort and wellbeing, as Jon Parsons of Recticel Insulation explains


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Making a solid decision Andy Noble of CD (UK) looks at why architects should consider staying ahead of the curve by specifying solid surface facades for a highly contemporary look


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Getting the balance right Jon Sheaf of AluK discusses the considerations that must be taken into account when specifying curtain walling, alongside achieving the right aesthetic results


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