stainless steel screen - London Bridge Stair

Littlehampton Welding's factory is now filled with the plunging lines of the stainless steel screens of the new London Bridge Staircase, due to be craned into place on the weekend of 13th and 14th of February (delay on previously programmed date of 24th January), after the final flight of stairs is installed this coming Sunday 17th January. An intricately detailed project like this requires a combination of advanced technical expertise, combined with artisan craftsmanship.

Peter Cook has just produced another remarkable set of photographs for us, showing how the urban quality of the north end of Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, in East London, has been transformed by our low energy development, which combines traditional fabric materials, modern techniques, a significant enhancement of conditions for biodiversity, and a massive increase in commercial and lettable floor space for the benefit of the freeholder, a property investment trust.

This all-electric, high performance, Plus Energy Passive House building has been designed to produce more energy in a year than it consumes. Crucially, because it is a Passive House, even its winter energy demand is so small that during the darker months the on-site renewables should provide a hefty proportion of its energy needs.

These two final Building Performance Evaluation studies, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, have now been uploaded to the Research page of our website:

I remember the day the penny dropped. As a school kid in 1975 I arrived home from school for my summer holidays to see new houses being built on rich farmland across the fields from my bedroom window. I had learned at school how Britain hardly managed to feed itself during the u-boat blockade of the 2nd world war, and asked myself: how can we afford to cover over fields with new houses while meeting our need for food?

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