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New skills key to offsite success
Offsite construction could revolutionise the construction industry, but only if the sector develops the right skills, shows new CITB report. Faster, Smarter, More Efficient: 42% of construction industry employers with over 100 staff expect to use offsite methods in five years’ time. Read the full article here.
Tallest modular tower tops out
The last offsite unit in Europe’s tallest modular tower has been lifted into place in north London, ending a 13-week lift and fit procedure. The 29-storey student accommodation scheme is being developed by Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems in a fast-track time of just 12 months. Read the full article here.
Fighting against the noise
Construction must take centre stage, whether the UK ends up inside or outside the EU, says UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett. It hardly seems we get a year without a referendum or election these days. The snap election that Theresa May has called feels a bit different though. Read the full article here.
Expand regional airports, report says
New paper by Balfour Beatty reveals that additional aviation capacity is crucial at Heathrow and across the UK for post-Brexit Britain. If work does not begin soon to increase capacity in the southeast, London and the UK will be overtaken by other major European cities as transport hubs. Read the full article here.
“Triple towers” set for Liverpool
Developer Elliot Group has secured planning permission for its £250m ‘triple towers’ project on the northern edge of Liverpool’s business district. The tallest building on the Infinity scheme will be 436ft. Read the full article here
Hanging Gardens of Birmingham
Architects of Invention references one the seven wonders of the ancient world with their proposed design for a new residential development. Based on the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Garden Hill proposal comprises two modular 25-storey towers arranged in a parabolic formation. Read the full article here
Exhibitor Spotlight: STEICO
STEICO’s Adrian Judd shares his thoughts on the future of the industry and explains why offsite and education are key to tackling the housing crisis. STEICO is known across Europe for its environmentally friendly wood fibre insulation and sheathing materials. Read the full article here
Turkish art all boxed up
Kengo Kuma unveils stacked wooden box design for Turkish art museum. The Japanese studio led by Kengo Kuma is designing the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum to host a large collection of Turkish modern art in Eskishehr, a university town in the northwest of the country.Read the full article here
Man and machine combine
World's first robotically built concrete pavilion takes shape in California. The precision of ABB robots and the freedom of fabric were coupled to achieve an organic geometry and adjustable concrete mold.
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