The Financial Times recently published a news article on the latest from Deloitte Real Estate report, which highlights the state of Central London’s office space construction. London is building 9.2m square feet of space equivalent to 15 Shards. Deloitte Real Estate reveals that rising confidence amongst developers and occupiers has raised office building construction to pre-recession levels in Central London. Although construction in the City seemed to have slowed down recently with only one building being built over the last six months, in the West End however, 10 buildings have started in the same period. A significant 50 percent of the 16 projects that are yet to be completed in the next three years (amounting to more than 10,000 sq ft) have already been let to tenants. Office lettings on the rise Although construction increased, a rise in office take-ups in the last 12 months has resulted in the availability of spaces falling to its lowest level since 2007. The reason for the office take-ups is the result of the recession and recovering economy, combined with development hiatus and expired leases signed after the 1980’s Big Bang. There is only five completed buildings on the market at present to accommodate […]
The fourth National BIM report by The NBS covers the latest figures for BIM usage including the latest on the Government’s approach towards BIM. Key findings in the report include the fact that awareness of BIM is now almost universal, and in the last year, 54% have used BIM on at least one project – an increase of 15% over 2012. The report also highlights that a majority of active BIM users have reached level 2 BIM and that the adoption of BIM itself has brought about competitive advantage. Smaller practices seem to be lagging behind their larger competitors. 93% of those who have been using BIM believes that they will still be using it in three years time. It is also noted that the Government’s 2016 deadline is achievable. View the full report and infographic below. View the report. View the infographic.
This interesting video talks about cost effective architecture and design challenges faced when converting a 1970’s accommodation and office block to provide use for a 1,200 square meter usable space for theatre. Building cost effective spaces that is practical and meets the needs of that space can be challenging. This project is a clever example of what can be done through architecture on a tight budget, and using the following aspects of architecture: Imaginative finishes in design Using reclaimed materials Using low energy lighting Efficient use of space – The architect visited 35 theatres, drawing from the best and worst lessons before designing the space, and uses sight lines and modelling to ensure no ‘bad’ seats in the theatre Maximising the roof to use day light saved costs and energy LED fittings and halogen lights created an ambience of an immersive experience How the building is conceived structurally is also important to audiences, and this was displayed with clever architectural elements Details such as individual light stations, standardising aspects of the theatre using simple but effective solutions helped to further keep costs down. To watch the video click here or select the image below.