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Grenfell advisory panel named
Experts named for government’s new fire safety advisory panel, set up to implement lessons learned from Grenfell blaze. The expert advisory panel meets for the first time this week under the chairmanship of Sir Ken Knight. Read the full article here.
Construction shifts across UK
Investment in housebuilding, infrastructure and commercial moves away from London and the South East. The ‘Regional Construction Hotspots in Great Britain 2017’ report from industry analysts Barbour ABI and the Construction Products Association. Read the full article here.
First L&G housing pod revealed
Richmond Housing Partnership develops modular prototype produced in Legal & General's new factory in Yorkshire. Southwest London housing provider RHP Group’s modular housing prototype is 26 m2 one-bedroom apartment that it calls LaunchPod. Read the full article here.
Cyber-attack fears 'off the scale'
Threat posed by cyber-attacks on UK power stations and electricity grids “off the scale”, says leading industry figure. No other country in the world has an energy industry as worried about the risk from cyber threats, such as the WannaCry ransomware attack that recently hit the NHS. Read the full article here.
Rise of the Machines
Construction sites will become virtually human-free zones by 2050 due to rise of robo-builders, claim Balfour Beatty. The prediction comes from infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty which has gone future gazing to predict what the industry could look like in three decades’ time. Read the full article here
Building Performance Challenge
A UK Construction Week survey reveals building performance is a leading concern in commercial properties. Interestingly, a highly significant 67% of respondents identified a lack of knowledge as a serious issue in preventing buildings being run more efficiently. Read the full article here
Redefining the term ‘event’
How meaningful online and offline interactions can keep UKCW exhibitors front of mind – pre, during and post-show. It takes rich content and extended (and consistent) campaign planning to create stand-out marketing. Read the full article here
Exhibitor Spotlight: Bluebeam
Find out how Bluebeam are pushing the boundaries of innovation, through smart, simple markup and collaboration solutions. Bluebeam pushes the boundaries of innovation, developing smart, simple markup and collaboration solutions for design and construction professionals worldwide. Read the full article
The forefront of timber
Europe leading the way in rise of mass timber construction. The report, Tall Timber: A Global Audit, is a global study on built, under construction and proposed towers, including a number of construction types including timber and hybrid designs. Read the full article here
France to ban oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive. Around 75 per cent of France’s electricity is currently provided by nuclear power stations, with the industry employing around 200,000 people and led by state-owned EDF.Read the full article here