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7% increase in February’s new home registrations
House-builders in the UK registered more than 12,000 new homes for construction last month, figures have revealed. According to statistics from the National House Building Council, there were 12,181 new home registrations in February 2016. It comes on the back of previous findings showing a year-on-year rise in the number of properties registered. Read more via CITB
Government unveils new Construction Strategy
The strategy follows news last week that over £100 billion of public investment is being committed to infrastructure projects to 2020, including the building of 200,000 affordable homes in the four years to 2018. New roads, railways, housing and energy projects will boost the economy and provide jobs across the country.
Read more via Spec Finish
Taking tiling trends to an organic level
Johnson Tiles has introduced new organic themed ranges to their portfolio including earthy materials in different shades, tones, texture and size. Darren Clanford, Creative Director of Johnson Tiles, says: “Good replications of brick work or natural effects in a tile has already been achieved, but these new collections take it to an entirely new level. Read the full release here
Waugh Thistleton unveils timber design for Shoreditch building
The architecture firm has revealed a redesign of a nine-storey building in London’s Leonard Circus that proposes to use cross laminated timber (CLT) and glulam. Andrew Waugh, director of Waugh Thistleton, said: “Building in timber offers a number of advantages, including minimised time on site and associated sound and waste disturbance." Read more via World Architecture News
“Parliament must ensure British-made steel is used to build infrastructure in the UK” - Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the government for not responding more strongly to the surge in cheap steel imports from China. Indian owner Tata Steel is planning to sell its entire UK business, which employs about 15,000 people. A Labour Party call for Parliament to be recalled early has been rejected, but the prime minister will chair a meeting of key ministers on Thursday. Read more via BBC news
EU project announced for Welsh & Irish water industry
The £2.5M project will create a new culture of innovation with the introduction of low carbon technology including micro-hydropower turbines. Designed to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply and distribution in both countries, as well improving efficiency, thes e new technologies will be tested in Ireland and Wales before being released commercially. Read more via UK Construction Media
Green infrastructure cools our cities but what are planners waiting for?
Despite many advantages to sustainability, delivering green technology can be an uncertain process due to economic, social and environmental challenges. Choosing appropriate forms of vegetation, for example, may be difficult. Decisions must be made based on prevailing climactic conditions, drainage capacity and species growth patterns. Read more via City Metric
Russia to China railway
Russia is about to begin the construction of its first modern railway bridge across the Amur river into China. The bridge will link the city of Tongjiang in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang Province with Nizhneleninskoye in Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. It is expected to shorten the distance between the two countries by about 700km in comparison with other railway routes.Read more via Global Construction Review
Architects propose sunken “skyscraper” for Central Park
US designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu have won an annual concept design competition with a vision of “a continuous horizontal skyscraper around the full perimeter of a sunken Central Park”. The idea is to create a “skyscraper” by excavating down to the park’s granite bedrock, thereby creating a cliff that could be used for housing, shops and offices. Read more via Global Construction Review