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HS2 phase one gains Royal Assent
Britain’s biggest infrastructure project in decades has cleared the final hurdle to construction with suppliers invited to pitch their ideas at UKCW. It clears the way for the nine-year construction programme to start between central London and Birmingham’s Eastside district. Read the full article here.
Modular home factory boom
Purpose built factories are springing up to satisfy demand for modular housing, as the government looks at ways to provide a million new homes. They are increasingly being turned to as a solution to mounting housing shortages globally. Read the full article here.
Worker needed every 77 seconds
The UK needs to recruit 400,000 people each year until 2021, or one worker every 77 seconds, if it's to meet house building and construction needs. And London and the South East will need to employ 110,000 people, more than any other part of the UK, making up nearly 30 per cent of the total. Read the full article here.
Gender pay gap to last a generation
The government’s failure to act on recommendations will mean the continuation of the gender pay gap for more than a generation, warn MPs. The Women and Equalities Committee criticised the government’s response to the proposals put forward that aimed to eradicate the gender pay gap. Read the full article here.
The growing importance of drones
Figures from last year’s Drone Usage Report have shown an increasing uptake of the use of drones in construction and plumbing. In an analysis of the top 10 business sectors utilising drones, construction and plumbing came top at 11.5 per cent. Read the full article here
Quarry to become surfing lake
Proposals to install a “surfing lake” in a disused quarry on the western outskirts of Edinburgh have been unveiled this week. The idea is being put forward by Tartan Leisure, which wants to transform the Craigpark Quarry near Ratho into an artificial lake. Read the full article here
A new type of office design
Ben Adams Architects and SEA Design put their own stamp on a precisely detailed office that celebrates the work of font giant Monotype. Monotype is a global leader in type and has designed many of the most widely used fonts, including Times New Roman, Gill Sans and Arial. Read the full article here
TTJ Innovation Award open for entry
Entries are being sought for this year’s TTJ Timber Innovation Awards as part of the annual TTJ Awards. This year’s competition has added spark with not just the winners of the latter category winning a cash prize but runners up too. Read the full article
NYC sees 800% growth in solar
New York state-supported solar power increased by almost 800% in just five years. The state saw 83.06 megawatts of solar installed through 2011, with the total installed through 2016 hitting 743.65 megawatts, an increase of 795 percent. Read the full article here
‘Slow Facade’ incorporates handmade tiles impressed with the words of a local poet
This ‘Slow Façade’ gives a new residential tower in the Kanaleneiland district of Utrecht a unique identity within its post-war context. Its creators explain that the façade is ‘slow made’ with respect the consciousness it shows towards local materials and production techniques. Read the full article here