Design & Build Review: Issue 1
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Design & Build Review: Issue 1

23 Nov 2011

The new digital magazine launches with a special focus on London's transformation.

Design & Build Review Issue 1

An exciting new digital magazine for the design-build industry, Design & Build Review takes a close look at the latest developments in architecture and construction. Presented in an innovative digital format, the magazine combines in-depth analysis with stunning images and animated features, creating a truly interactive reading experience.

The first issue is out now and focuses on major architectural developments that are set to transform the face of London. Click here to read your free copy.

In the midst of preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, the UK’s capital is on a mission to boost its economy and break records with innovative designs and sustainable developments for the sporting event and beyond. At the same time, the Greater London area is seeing spectacular infrastructure upgrades and the addition of new railway networks which will ensure that the city can cope with public transport demands of the future.

And while new transport lifelines are sprawling out below the city, monumental towers are rising up from the ground, providing new business and residential spaces for inner-city communities and dotting the London skyline with iconic new shapes.

We take a look at the concepts, blueprints and long-term strategies behind these developments and find out how they will transform the landscape and give a boost to business and economy in the city.

Special Focus: 2012 Olympics

With the Games just around the corner, our fist issue takes a special focus on the buildings and infrastructures that are emerging around the city to host the world’s athletes and sports enthusiasts next year. We look at London’s tremendous efforts to ensure the Olympic Park in the east and other venues leave a long-lasting, sustainable legacy for the surrounding communities.

We explore the designs of the Olympic Stadium, which takes the medal for the most sustainably-built arena structure to date, as well as the manta ray-inspired Aquatics Centre and the collapsible Basketball Arena. We also find out how the Olympic Park developers have integrated new construction into the long-term redevelopment plan for East London, one of the city’s most disadvantaged areas.

Read more about the grand Olympics designs in the magazine.

New transport lifelines

One of the city’s major gateways to the world, King’s Cross station sees millions of passengers passing through every year, but the surrounding area has long suffered from its sinister and depressed image. We take a look at the master plan for the area’s redevelopment to find out how architects will connect the rail station and its neighbouring transport hubs with new public spaces to create a welcoming atmosphere for travellers and residents.

Another massive transport project underway is Crossrail. While work is on track to connect key London locations with the new high-speed railway, the designers of the new stations along the central route are faced with the challenges of incorporating platforms for longer trains, ever growing numbers of passengers, as well as already existing structures and public spaces.

Read more about these infrastructure developments in the magazine.

Towering heights

New skyscrapers are shooting up along London’s already iconic skyline, topping out ever higher and creating business and residential spaces for the future. Down by the river at London Bridge, the Shard is getting ready to take residence as Europe’s tallest tower at a spectacular height of 304 metres. Further up in the city’s financial district, The Pinnacle is spiralling skywards in a structure of aerodynamic curves and double-layered glass façades, ready to become Europe’s second-tallest tower at 288 metres. We take a look at the ambitious designs behind these new giants in the skyline and find out how they will create flexible, sustainable new spaces in the city.

Read more about these high-rise designs in the magazine.

Next issue

Sustainability is the buzzword all around the industry – but what does it really mean for future designs? From energy-efficient building concepts to natural materials, we find out how architects and developers are working out the blueprints for a new generation of sustainable structures.

The next issue will be out in January.

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