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Housing minister loses seat in hung parliament
Gavin Barwell was unseated in Croydon Central by Labour candidate Sarah Jones. The surprise result left construction uncertain about future policies as Theresa May’s promise of “strong and stable” government turned weak and wobbly overnight. Read the full article here.
Construction can remain robust in response to uncertainty
So uncertainty remains the new normal! We should be used to that by now. The issues debated in this election campaign were not how we envisaged them just eight weeks ago, partly due to some high profile gaffs and policy alternations, and partly due to the two horrendous and tragic terrorist attacks. Read the full article here.
UK construction hits 17-month high
Soaring housebuilding activity has helped UK construction "snap back into action" at its fastest rate for a year and a half. Following the seven-month low seen in March, the latest survey found a sharp and accelerated rise in housebuilding to be the key growth driver, with work on residential projects rising at its fastest pace since December 2015. Read the full article here.
Ex-gamers opting for construction
Construction companies report an influx of game design graduates, transferring their skills from the virtual to physical world. The video game industry has undergone significant changes from the early days of playing Pong on the Atari. Read the full article here.
Iconic chimneys restored
Battersea Power Station’s four iconic chimneys have been rebuilt using original construction techniques. The completion of the Battersea Power Station chimney rebuild has been completed, using the same construction technique as when they first appeared in London’s skyline. Read the full article here
Lord's to run on 100% renewables
Lord's has become the first UK cricket ground to run entirely on clean energy, as new figures reveal the impact of climate change on the sport. The ground’s owners announced the deal as part of the group’s overarching sustainability programme, which has seen a 7% fall in electricity since 2010. Read the full article here
Google plans London ‘Landscraper’
Technology giant submits planning application for the first wholly-owned and designed Google building outside the United States. The 11-storey building will have 1 million sq ft of space and will be combined with the current Google building at 6 Pancras Square and an additional third building to create a Google campus which could house 7,000 Google employees. Read the full article here
Diffusing the time bomb
Employers must step up and take responsibility in tackling the construction skills shortage, says FIS Skills’ Helen Yeulet. It’s no secret that skills shortages, caused by lack of new entrants, an ageing skilled population and a lack of training and education, are having a major impact on the industry. Read the full article
World’s tallest timber
Design for world’s tallest timber building unveiled in Vancouver. Canadian developer PortLiving has unveiled renders of what will be the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. Read the full article here
Production increases by record levels – enough to power half of Western Europe. The record figure of 161 gigawatts cost about £187bn, but this was a staggering 23 per cent cheaper than it would have cost in the previous year. Read the full article here