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‘Brightest and best’ wanted for HS2
HS2 has launched the tender process for the design and development of four railway stations on the high speed rail project. The contract notice seeks design teams for new stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common. Read the full article here
Doctors and engineers join forces
Building engineers and doctors are putting their heads together to tackle the issue of indoor air pollution and its impact on health. While air pollution is usually regarded as an issue relating to outdoor smog and fumes, we spend most of our time indoors. Read the full article here.
More than 130 free schools approved
The Department for Education has approved applications for 131 new schools, creating more than 69,000 places. Wave 12 includes a sixth form in north London specialising in film and a primary in Norfolk with 30 boarding places sponsored by Wymondham College. Read the full article here.
Changing, Gaming and Training
How innovative approaches to skills analysis can help better prepare the industry for the challenges of tomorrow. If we look ahead – the next 5, 10 or 15 years – construction companies will share a core challenge. Read the full article here.
UK house price growth “picking up”
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that across the UK, prices rose by 5.8% in the year to February, up from 5.3% in January. Recent figures from the Nationwide and the Halifax have suggested that house price growth is slowing down. Read the full article here.
‘Route to 2030’ unveiled
Leeds Bradford Airport has released its masterplan detailing how the airport will develop to meet the demands of 7.1 million passengers by 2030. The Airport has unveiled its final Strategic Development Plan ‘Route to 2030’ document following a public consultation period. Read the full article here
Living roof’ for new bus station
Air quality and biodiversity has been improved at Chester’s new £13.5 million bus station with the installation of an innovative green roof system. The installation comes as part of the £300m Chester Northgate Redevelopment Read the full article here
Construction’s most considerate
The country’s highest performing construction sites have been confirmed at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2017 National Site Awards. The Scheme’s National Site Awards are one of the most revered accolades within the UK construction industry. Read the full article
Woven by a robot
Drones and robots weave carbon-fibre pavilion based on moth webs. The 12-metre-long cantilevering structure known as the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/7 is made from over 180 kilometres of woven resin-impregnated glass -and carbon-fibre. Read the full article here
Lego-style smart homes
Amazon employee creates smart, stackable, modular housing for the masses. The homes, or “Bloks”, are built to order in a factory in Vancouver and can be shipped across North America, with a cost per square foot ranging from $150 to $350. Read the full article here