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Drug ring smuggles cocaine into the UK inside office furniture

A drug-smuggling operation brought over £10 million worth of cocaine into the UK under the guise of a Leicester-based interior design company, a jury has heard. Read more

This week, the UK foreign secretary suggested a bridge across the English Channel

This week on Dezeen, UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson revealed his plans for a bridge linking England and France. Read more

Internal Walls: Stud or Solid?

One of the considerations when you are building a house or any building concerns the internal walls.  It is easy to forget that there are two main purposes for a wall – as a divider and as a load bearing wall.  So how do you know which is which and whether you should choose stud or solid walls for your self build?

Many times, self builders don’t think about how internal walls should be built.  If you have involved an architect or a designer, they will complete plans and you will follow them.  Often, they will suggest a system such as using timber frame or SIPs (structural insulated panels).  This will mean taking the package on offer from the company you are using to source materials and simply putting them in place.

But is it worth giving the topic more consideration?

Is a wall loadbearing?

There are two simple categories of walls inside a property – loadbearing and non-loadbearing.  Visually it is often difficult to tell the difference between the two but from a structural viewpoint, there is a big difference.

Foreign secretary proposes 22-mile "Boris Bridge" to link England and France

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed building a bridge across the English Channel to link Britain and France after Brexit. Read more

White Tower by Kinnersley Kent Design | Shop interiors

The Tower of London, England’s number one paid-for heritage attraction (source: Visit Britain), falls under the management of Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity by Royal Charter, which runs and manages the six key monuments that make up the collection. From its 11th century origins as one of the great Norman palaces to the modern day, The Tower of London has always played an important historic role and been a potent symbol of English and British rule. Kinnersley Kent Design has enjoyed a long relationship with Historic Royal Palaces, working on retail strategies and schemes for a number of the charity’s lead attractions. The leading consultancy has now completed a redesign of The White Tower gift shop, located within the oldest building in the Tower of London ensemble, The White Tower. Built shortly after the Norman conquest of 1066, and considered an outstanding example of Norman ‘keep’ architecture, its role was to impress and dominate London’s unruly citizens and thos… continue

LDA Design and WSP to lead Plymouth revamp

LDA Design and WSP have been appointed by Plymouth City Council to transform the city’s public realm, drawing people back into the centre.

The consultants behind some of the UK’s most impressive regeneration schemes will lead Better Places, a £27 million project to rejuvenate Plymouth. More walkable streets, better cycling routes and more welcoming public spaces will bring life, activity and commerce back to the city centre, making Plymouth a safer, more sociable and enjoyable place for shoppers and visitors to spend time. The scheme is designed to meet the needs of local people, it will also support improved trading and encourage inward investment.

Better Places will ensure Plymouth looks its best in time for the Mayflower 400 celebrations, which will mark the anniversary of this famous ship setting sail for the New World in 1620.

Design and project lead LDA Design, designers of the parkland and public realm for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and contract lead WSP will together bring engineering and urban design expertise. They will partner with dRMM (architecture), RLB Rider Levett Bucknall (project management), Michael Grubb Studios (lighting), Robert Bray Associates (sustainable drainage systems), Robert Bevan (heritage); United Creatives (design) and DCA Public Relations (communications). The project team will follow the Council’s vision set out in the City Centre Masterplan.

New culture secretary compares UK creative industries to a woolly mammoth

Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital and culture at the DCMS

New secretary of state for culture Matt Hancock has described the UK's creative industries as "a mammoth" in his first speech to the sector in his new post. Read more