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Heathrow set for post-Brexit upgrade
Heathrow Airport has revealed plans to invest an extra £650m in expanding existing facilities over the course of 2019. International investors in the airport will fund plans to ramp up spending to pave the way for expansion of Terminal 2 and a new access tunnel. Read the full article here.
Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot
The Semi-Automated Mason – a super-efficient robot that lays six times as many bricks a day as humans – is set to arrive in Britain within months. SAM’s mortar nozzle pumps concrete onto the brick before its robotic arm places it on the wall. Read the full article here.
What does Article 50 really mean?
With Article 50 now evoked, Infrastructure Inteligence editor, Natasha Levanti, looks at some common questions being asked as to what it all means.
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UK breaks solar energy record
Last weekend’s sunny weather was not only good for beers, barbecues and bees, but also drove solar power to break a new UK record. Amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses one afternoon was lower than it was during night for first time ever. Read the full article here.
Highway injuries a million to none
Highways England Operatives celebrate milestone of a million hours work without any of its employees suffering a work-related injury. Steve Field, Operations Manager at UK Highways, said: “This is a remarkable achievement. Managing the health and safety of our staff is a complex operation.Read the full article here
All-clear for first Hinkley concrete
Bouygues/Laing O’Rourke has got the go-ahead to start pouring concrete on the key structures for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The Office for Nuclear Regulation has approved first structural concrete for the ‘technical galleries’ of the power station. Read the full article here
E-gloves cool vibrations
Nottingham Trent University developing e-gloves to protect construction workers from exposure to vibration. Embedded with sensors, the e-gloves aim to alert wearers to when they experience vibrations likely to cause conditions such as vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome. Read the full article here
London black cabs to go electric
Chinese carmaker Geely opens UK’s “first dedicated electric car factory” to produce electric versions of London’s famous black cabs for export. The £325m ($409m) factory in Coventry will assemble up to 20,000 of Geely’s newly developed TX5, a zero-emissions taxi, and a number of hybrid vehicles. Read the full article
BIG designs symbolic panda house
New enclosure at Copenhagen zoo to be based on yin yang symbol. The architect said its aim at the “Panda House” was to design a building that made it “feel like humans are the visitors in the pandas’ home, rather than pandas being exotic guests from faraway lands”. Read the full article here
Ping An IFC surpasses One WTC
Chinese insurer completes world’s fourth tallest building in Shenzhen. The 599m-tall tower is the highest building in Shenzhen, the second tallest in China, and the fourth tallest in the world, behind the Burj Khalifa, the Shanghai Tower and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia. Read the full article here