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Government fuels Midland Engine
A whopping £7Bn of Midlands Engine opportunities for international investors has been unveiled by the government.The portfolio includes some of the most exciting investment opportunities across the Midlands region, including major infrastructure. Read the full article here.
Builders welcome NI U-turn
The government was right to abandon plans to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed, say the FMB. The FMB Chief Executive, said that this is a time when we need to do everything we can to ensure economic stability. Read the full article here.
10 point plan for housing targets
The Housing Forum has produced a ten-point advisory plan for the Government to ensure its 250,000 homes per annum target is met. The report includes 10 suggestions that work in conjunction with the proposals set out in the recent Government Housing White Paper. Read the full article here.
Ingenious design wins crossings race
Foster + Partners has been selected as the architectural team to join the Upper Orwell Crossings project in Ipswich. The winning design proposal includes a striking major road bridge with separate offset pedestrian walkways supported on the same branching bridge piers. Read the full article here.
Timber imports continue to rise
Imports of timber and panel products are at their highest level for nine years, industry statistics show. Results from Timber Trade Federation members show that provisional totals for 2016 show an import volume of 9.8 million cubic metres of the main timber and panel products. Read the full article here
Low carbon drive cuts household bills
Britain's low carbon energy revolution is actually saving money for households, a report says. Households make a net saving of £11 a month, according to analysis from the Committee on Climate Change. Read the full article here
HS2 launch apprentice search
HS2 celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with search for apprentices to work on UK’s most advanced passenger railway. The first route between the Midlands and London secured Royal Assent last month, meaning work can now begin on Britain’s new railway. Read the full article here
Hard hats use car bumper tech
Military technology used in the car industry is being used to make a next generation tougher hard hat that offers better head protection. Highways group A-one+ is trialing the new-style hard hats that also contain photo-luminescent strips to absorb UV light during the day and glow at night. Read the full article here
Plans for North Sea wind-hub
Three European countries want to create an artificial power island in North Sea. Two of Europe's biggest electricity transmission system operators are pressing ahead with ambitious plans to develop a massive windpower hub on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea. Read the full article here
First shipping tunnel proposed
New tunnel would enable safe passage through Norway’s treacherous Stadhavet Sea. Architecture company Snøhetta has been behind the tunnel’s design, which would support over 100 ships a day once complete. Read the full article here