Saturday, 1 August 2015

Architecture Today review of Pall Mall

Architecture Today publishes review of our Pall Mall building in the latest July/August issue out today

Saturday, 30 May 2015

62-63 Pall Mall completes, first images, built to an extraordinarily high standard. see forthcoming Architecture Today July-August issue for review by Ian Latham and photographs by Peter Durrant:

View across Pickering Place of the hand made white brick facade

The cellars excavated below the new building vaulted in terracotta tiles to the Guastavino Brothers' system calculated out by Michael Ramage at Cambridge University

The rear elevation perched up four storeys in the air on slender colonettes rising through a glass lens

Detail of the white brick elevation emerging through glass

The new building folding into the white glazed tiled re-entrant of Norman Shaw's original building
Rossano Ferretti in our Arlington Street cellars project, perhaps the world's most exclusive hairdressers,  see their London Salon for more images inside and out.

Vogue magazine wrote ('Under the Radar' March 11th, 2015) , "...Ferretti's infamous method of finding the most flattering cut for every face, but it's the secret, cave-like rooms, the exposed brickwork and the glimpse into London's secret history that makes the visit so special. Hands down the most beautiful salon we've been to. And we've been to a lot."

Tatler wrote, "Alice fell down the rabbit hole and found a wonderland, so will you when you descend the fairytale staircase into the vault that holds Rossano Ferretti's new hair salon. It's like entering an enchanted cave where only the best haircuts live."

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

NHS Making energy work in healthcare (HTM 07-02 ) guidance on energy efficiency for the NHS just published March 25th 2015, authored by Alan Short, Peter Guthrie, Eleni Soulti and Sebastian MacMillan, see Department of Health website at:

Sunday, 22 March 2015

NHS Energy Efficiency Fund Summary Report authored by Prof. Alan Short, Prof. Peter Guthrie, Eleni Soulti and Dr. Sebastian MacMillan published by UK Gov't Department of Health at

'In 2010, the NHS England was responsible for 24.7 million tonnes of CO2e (MtCO2e), from which approximately 17% (4.07 MtCO2e) was due to energy use in buildings. To be in line with the 28% carbon emissions reduction by 2020 compared to a 2013 baseline (ref SDS) this would require a reduction of 0.1628 MtCO2e annually (around 4% savings every year). Investing nearly £50 million in the Energy Efficiency Fund in 2014 is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 0.1006 MtCO2e (ref). Therefore, investment in retrofit projects achieving approximately 1.6 times the EEF savings every year would deliver this level of carbon emissions reduction.'

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Open access National Health Service Energy Efficiency Fund (NHS EEF): the UK Government Department of Health posts Executive Summary of Short, Guthrie et al's ' new report on 25th March 2015 with many policy recommendations at

Saturday, 7 February 2015

62-63 Pall Mall elevation to Pickering Place revealed

Scaffolding is being dropped from our flying elevation above Pickering Place for Berry Bros and Rudd wine merchants, detailed in fine white brick, with many thanks to MJP Architects who delivered the construction information as executive architects for Galliford Try. It is clearly visible from St. James Street off Piccadilly. See images below.

Open access paper just published on the resilience and adaptation options for a type NHS hospital building

Open access paper just published on the resilience and adaptation options for a medium rise 1970's hospital building  in series reporting on outcomes of the EPSRC ARCC major project "Design and Delivery of Robust Hospitals in a Changing Climate", see: 

Short C.A., Lomas K.J., Renganathan G.,(2015) A medium-rise1970’s maternity hospital in the east of England: resilience and adaptation to climate change, Building, Services, Engineering, Research, Technology (BSERT), special issue ‘Indoor Temperature and Air Quality’ 0(0) 1-28, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/0143624414567544.