Concrete in the afterlife

Does any company preside over an uglier set of buildings than BT? Well, there’s now one less hideous eighties monolith to marvel at, with the complete refurbishment of the Angel Building in Islington. It’s almost unrecognisable with its glass and exposed concrete, and a new facade that restores the old line of the Georgian terraces. It’s also very sustainable, with a BREEAM “excellent” rating. Architect AHMM kept the project’s carbon footprint low by keeping the old concrete frame – which made it an ideal cover star for the Spring issue of Concrete Quarterly magazine, which I edit. You can read the latest issue here.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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