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"Dangerous, ugly, and cruel"
Architects attack culture of cost-cutting in UK construction, which they believe contributed to fatal Grenfell Tower fire. Karakusevic said the UK's cities been left scarred by decades of "value engineering" in which he has seen sound designs undermined for the sake of profit maximisation. Read the full article here.
Safety is paramount
There can be nothing more important than the safety of a building's occupants, no matter the cost, says UKCW’s Nathan Garnett. The Grenfell Tower tragedy has shocked the nation. We understand that the findings from this awful event will take months to come out, possibly years.. Read the full article here.
The emergence of robotics, automation and disruptive ideas is resulting in a faster, safer and more environmentally friendly industry. But the real question is, how can the industry prepare for the future of construction innovation? Welll, Balfour Beatty has listed 10 recommendations: Read the full article here.
Building Safety & Quality
How can UK Construction Week help you in your work? Complete our survey by midnight 7th July and let us know. In light of recent tragic events, UK Construction Week will provide free CPDs, education and guidance on the subject of building safety and quality. Read the full article here.
£6.1bn road upgrade plan
Government unveils road improvement programme as part of £23bn upgrade to England’s major roads and motorways. Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said the investment would see road users benefit from shorter journey times, reduced congestion and increased capacity on roads. Read the full article here
Images reveal Crossrail progress
Striking images of new Elizabeth Line tunnels taking shape beneath London have been released by Crossrail this week. With less than 18 months until the Crossrail line opens, engineers are working around the clock to install the overhead power system for the new trains. Read the full article here
Ace new roof for No.1 Court
Fans of Wimbledon get first glimpse of ongoing No.1 Court redevelopment, including building of new retractable roof. Sheffield-based engineering company SCX has already completed the first year of a three-year project to construct a retractable roof for No.1 Court. Read the full article here
Green Belt homes unaffordable
New data reveals significant increase in houses planned for Green Belt, yet most will be unaffordable to those who need them. It also demonstrates that just 16% of houses built on Green Belt land since 2009 outside local plans were classed as ‘affordable’. Read the full article
Kung Fu Panda Power
First of 100 panda-shaped solar farms connected to China’s grid. The 50MW Panda Power Plant covers a total area of 248 acres, with the black part of the panda composed of monocrystalline silicone and the grey and white parts made of thin film solar cells. Read the full article here
Narcos no more
Pablo Escobar's Tulum Mansion transformed into five-star resort. A prominent art dealer has turned an estate once owned by infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar into luxury accommodation filled with items from his collection. Read the full article here