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Ministers face Grenfell scrutiny
Government under pressure following claims it neglected fire safety in buildings despite repeated warnings. Referencing the tragedy at Lakanal House, which killed six people and injured dozens more. Wide ranging reviews took place after the incident, but little was done. Read the full article here.
Smart cities driving economies
Smart cities aren’t just about advanced technologies – they're vital for economic growth, says leading construction lawyer. In recent years, major cities across the globe have heartily embraced the smart city concept. Read the full article here.
UK set for super-fast transport
Details revealed of a new futuristic transport system which could slash journey times across the north of England. The Northern Arc project aims to create super-fast transport in which passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion. Read the full article here.
The industry must ensure that everyone benefits from BIM Level 2’s promise, says Bluebeam Inc’s Sasha Reed. In my travels to the UK, I’ve had many discussions on the success of the BIM Level 2 mandate. And in my discussions I have noticed that “success”, generally defined as “achieving your goal”. Read the full article here.
Green homes set for Scotland
Work is under way to build dozens of new energy efficient homes which will form Scotland’s tallest timber structure.Glasgow firm CCG is behind the project to build 42 “mid-market’ rented flats in Yoker for Sanctuary housing with views across the River Clyde. Once complete, the seven storey building. Read the full article here
FMB calls for White Paper action
New Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma, urged to implement proposals in Government’s Housing White Paper. Alok Sharma replaces Gavin Barwell, who was one of the Tory MPs who lost their seat in last week’s General Election.. Read the full article here
Industry unclear on data laws
70% of UK construction firms unaware of new wide-ranging data protection rules coming into force next year, despite 25% admitting the maximum fine for non-compliance would force them out of business. Read the full article here
Exhibitor Spotlight: Contech UK
Hear why the next decade will be an exciting period for Contech UK and the construction industry as a whole. Contech UK have been at the forefront of the structural sprayed concrete industry for the last 15 years. The business has experienced exponential growth in recent year. Read the full article
The charms of simplicity
Located in the French village of Manigod in a popular ski destination, the Mountain House was subject to strict building codes that the architects say allowed for “very little freedom of architectural expression.” Local guidelines dictated numerous design aspects. Read the full article here
Shanghai's 'moving veil'
Images have emerged of a new arts and culture centre by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, which forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai's waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center. Read the full article here