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Labour to nationalise rail and energy
Draft manifesto reveals vision of public ownership as part of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘transformational programme’. Jeremy Corbyn will lay out plans to take parts of Britain’s energy industry back into public ownership alongside the railways and the Royal Mail. Read the full article here.
Renewables support hits ‘record highs’
Public support for renewable technologies has reached record highs, according to government surveys. The latest instalment of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s public attitudes tracker found that 79% of those surveyed generally supported renewable energy. Read the full article here.
Clarke to design factory-built homes
UKCW ambassador, George Clarke has revealed he is designing the next set of factory-built houses at an historic former shipyard in North Shields. A total of 24 three-storey town houses have already been installed on the site as part of a regeneration project. Read the full article here.
Building a case for construction
UKCW partners CIOB and ICE urge parties and candidates to make construction a priority, in manifestos announced ahead of the election. Among the points they are calling for is continued investment in training and skills. Read the full article here.
Street wins West Midlands Mayoralty
The first mayor of West Midlands regional will be a conservative, Andy Street, has said he wants to protect the green belt and look toward extending Right to Buy to the region.
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Building kits to inspire new generation
Model kit manufacturer Arckit has launched a series of three-dimensional modelling sets for aspiring and professional architects and urban planners.Called Arckit Cityscape and Arckit Masterplan, the new city-building kits are designed to appeal to a broad audience. Read full article here.
Developer to become carbon positive
Luxury house builder Berkeley has set itself the target of becoming the first major house builder to become carbon positive. This will include rolling out smart home technology, placing 1,500 people into apprenticeships and a committing to raise biodiversity on sites.Read the full article here
With women making up just 11 per cent of the construction workforce, is it time to re-examine the role of the role model? Manon Bradley, explains why the "accepted wisdom" of setting examples and showing the way may not be exactly how it works. Read the full article
Heads turn at crooked crane
Multiplex has come up with an innovative solution to make space for a tower crane on its Twenty Two Bishopsgate high-rise project in the City of London. To avoid blocking the road, one of the Favelle Favco tower cranes has an angled bottom section. Read the full article here
Modular hotel takes flight
A modular build hotel for Luton Airport is under construction at a factory in Poland. Redefine BDL Hotels will manage the Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport hotel which is expected to open early in 2018.
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Hot holes for green energy
Iceland drills three miles into volcanoes to produce clean energy. Record-breaking project could produce 10 times more energy than gas or oil extraction.
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