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Helen Roach talks Conservation

07 December 2015

Helen Roach talks Conservation

Having been at DLG for over 17 years, I have been fortunate to have worked on numerous heritage projects including a number of conversions of listed Georgian houses into high quality modern office space and luxury apartments. Here are some of the issues that we regularly encounter and how we successfully overcome them.

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A Broad Church?... Adapting Churches for the common good

02 November 2015

A Broad Church?... Adapting Churches for the common good

Earlier this month the Church of England’s Building review group launched a report on how best to care and use their buildings for the common good giving a set of recommendations. This spawned some interesting articles in the Guardian by Simon Jenkins and Giles Fraser expanding on the potential future uses of Church buildings in England.

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Victoria talks about the Grosvenor Hall Victorian Nunnery

15 October 2015

Victoria talks about the Grosvenor Hall Victorian Nunnery

Chatting to Victoria May Howard, Architectural Assistant in our London Office about Grosvenor Hall, former Victorian Nunnery in Haywards Heath.

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Team DLG tackle Bramham Park Fun Run!

05 October 2015

Team DLG tackle Bramham Park Fun Run!

“You’re a long time in a wooden box Sarah. Live life to the full and grasp every opportunity with open arms” This is what my Uncle John once said to me.

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BCSC 2015 – Times They Are A-Changin’…..or am I just getting long in the tooth?

02 October 2015

BCSC 2015 – Times They Are A-Changin’…..or am I just getting long in the tooth?

Attendance at the BCSC’s annual shopping Centre conference has been part of my calendar for as long as I can remember. I am not certain if it was 1988 or 89 when I attended my first conference in Brighton, with the then Senior Partner Tony Walker, but I do know I have not missed one since!

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Construction teams should consider value engineering as carbon engineering

28 September 2015

Construction teams should consider value engineering as carbon engineering

After years of striving to promote sustainable design in the world of commercial architecture it’s clear to me one of the easiest ways to deliver some winners is to bet on the Trojan horse named value engineering. If you’re offering cost reductions to Clients, Project managers and the team QS you are pushing on an open door right?

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The Great DLG Interior Design Challenge!

22 September 2015

The Great DLG Interior Design Challenge!

It’s not only Mary Berry who’s great at mixing things up and creating a masterpiece on the “Great British bake off”, here at DLG, our interiors team much prefer watching the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge. We like to imagine how we would rise to the various challenges the budding designers are set, and as such we thought we would share one our own current challenges with you …

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Shopping Centre Bonanza

03 August 2015

Shopping Centre Bonanza

I attended the recent Colliers Midsummer Retail Report presentation at the Everyman Cinema above Trinity in Leeds the other week, it’s not the most conducive venue to pay attention to all the facts and figures that these events spout out.

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Biophilic Design and the Retail Environment

28 June 2015

Biophilic Design and the Retail Environment

What is Biophilic design you may ask?

Biophilic design is using design to provide humans with their inherent biological need for connection with nature on physical, mental, and social levels. These connections positively affect our personal well-being, productivity, and societal relationships.

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‘Everyone who works hard should be able to enjoy a visit to the shops at the weekend’

03 June 2015

‘Everyone who works hard should be able to enjoy a visit to the shops at the weekend’

Last year’s Wolfson Prize was won by a proposal to increase the size of existing towns and cities by taking a ‘bite’ out of the green belt. This scheme would provide much needed new homes, reinforce existing town centres, and see off the competition from out of town shopping centres, but it seems that these ideas have not translated into the new governments policy to build 200,000 starter homes for young people or 95,000 homes on brownfield sites.

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