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Heathrow expansion to push offsite
Heathrow Airport has announced plans to boost the offsite construction sector as part of its £16bn expansion project. The airport will be looking for areas across Britain to host four new logistics hubs that will manufacture and assemble the components before they are transported to Heathrow. Read the full article here.
The future of home building?
A University of Dundee researcher has worked with architects to produce conceptual designs for a luxury ‘eco-treehouse’ capable of housing a family, regulating its own temperature and functioning on a self-maintaining, low-energy cycle. Read the full article here.
The time is right for timber
Offsite timber construction is the only way to overcome shortfalls in housing stock and meet government targets, says STA’s Andrew Carpenter. One of the key themes to emerge is the government’s commitment to support offsite factory built homes. Read the full article here.
National Grid hails coal-free milestone
Last week saw Britain’s first working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid. The control room tweeted the milestone on Friday. It is the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the fossil fuel began. Read the full article here.
Boost for Scottish infrastructure
Almost £6.4bn of infrastructure projects will be underway in Scotland in 2017, covering healthcare, roads and education. Projects reaching costs of £6.4Bn will be commencing in 2017 in Scotland. Read the full article here
Value of empty homes tops £43bn
More than 200,000 homes in England with a total value of £43bn were empty during 2016, despite a desperate shortage of properties to rent and buy. In London, there were 19,845 homes sitting empty for over six months in 2016 – a total of £9.4Bn worth of property. Read the full article here
Calls to modernise regulations
A new report has shown the introduction of effective regulation in the use of composites materials could bring more than £4bn to the UK. Report published today calls for end to constraints hindering the growth and use of composite materials in Marine, Rail, Oil & Gas, and Construction. Read the full article here
Glowing report for site clothing
Following a three-month trial, a leading construction firm has extended the use of protective site clothing that features solar-charged lights. Osborne Infrastructure teams were the first to trial the VIZ360 clothing Read the full article
A 3D revelation
Bouygues announces plans to build house in Nantes, France, using an industrial 3D printer. Bouygues Bâtiment Grand Ouest will act as general contractor to construct the demonstrator housing for the social housing provider Nantes Métropole Habitat. Read the full article here
Road to resilience
US scientists and engineers probe how to build roads in a changing climate. They hope to combat the effects of extreme heat, intensified freeze-thaw cycles and floods, which can lead to ruts, cracks and washed out roads and bridges. Read the full article here