Christopher Beanland

Christopher Beanland writes about architecture, the arts and the media.

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Credit Lyonnais, 30 Cannon Street, London, was the first building internationally to be fully clad in double-skinned panels of glass-fibre reinforced cement (GRC)

English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Safety fast: a sprinkler system goes
into action as soon as a fire is
detected in the Euro Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel's ultimate sprinkler system: How fire is a tunnel's worst enemy

It took a million litres of water to put out the recent fire in the Channel Tunnel. A million?!

The Airlander in its Bedfordshire hangar

The return of the airship: Once the stuff of history, dirigibles are making a surprise comeback - from Nasa to Bedfordshire

Christopher Beanland looks at the rise, fall and possible rise again of the giant dirigible and asks if this comeback will fly
The Danish designs are said to create less 'visual noise' than the traditional British pylon

Current Affairs: The stylish electricity pylons sending shockwaves through the National Grid

Work has begun to erect six of the Danish-designed 'T Pylons' in the UK

Get in train: The Rocky Mountaineer

Mountain railway journeys: Five ways to let the train take the strain

Enjoy spectacular scenery on the world's most dramatic climbs, writes Christopher Beanland

The new Tate Britain

Is there a future for the traditional museum?

There are now 55,000 museums worldwide – double the number in 1990 – with a new one opening every day in China alone. But as they begin to morph into big-business brands, and we become ever more digitally obsessed, can this trend continue?
Gas holders in south London

Gasometers: Icons of energy architecture

The National Grid will be turning derelict gasworks into thousands of new homes. But that's not the only use for these haunting structures, discovers Christopher Beanland

The final nail: Newman Brothers in Birmingham made coffin fittings for Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother

Britain's first coffin factory museum: Dead popular

A Victorian coffin factory in the West Midlands that made Churchill's final resting place has reopened as a tourist attraction. Christopher Beanland lifts the lid on the past

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx: New York's hottest neighbourhood is Yankee doodle dandy

The grittiest of the Five Boroughs is smartening up with new hotels, parks and shops, says Christopher Beanland

The ten best underrated buildings in Britain

A new exhibition tells the story of of our modern nation via 100 of its most inspiring buildings. Here we pick our 10 favourite "wildcards"

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee