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Next Mayor must start a joined up conversation to solve housing crisis
John Hicks from AECOM believes that from today, the new mayor must swiftly focus on delivery if London is to retain its position as a global leader. Connecting housing growth and infrastructure development will maximise opportunities, such as the next generation of development at rail nodes. Read more via Infrastructure Intelligence
Flood defences tested by Environment Agency & Army
A training event created an experience of working together in a flood scenario, in preparation for possible serious flooding in the future. Around 150M of a 1.25M high temporary flood barrier was set up around the substation, where over 80 soldiers practised sandbagging and setting up high volume water pumps.
Read more via UK Construction Media
Tesla boosts mass market car production
Tesla Motors says it is on track to deliver 500,000 electrical vehicles in 2018, two years earlier than expected. Deliveries of the Model 3 are due to hit the market in 2017 and the company received 325,000 orders for the car within a week of announcing it. This could result in $14bn in future sales. Read more via BBC news
Warming up to BIM
In the midst of housing progress, the new BIM Level 2 requirements marks an important turning point for HVAC within construction. For them, BIM offers a huge opportunity to deliver improved efficiencies. As it requires design and asset information, documentation and data to be electronic and finally delivered as an asset information model. Read more via Building Talk
Climbing up the list of holiday preferences
Proof that timber can go a long way - check out The Independent’s recently published top six treehouse holiday stays within the UK. Read more via the Independent
UK’s Most Considerate Sites revealed
Costain and Gentoo Construction are some of the names to be awarded ‘Most Considerate Site’ at the CCS’s 2016 National Site Awards. This year marks the first time four sites have won the esteemed Most Considerate Site accolade, as a result of ‘value bands’ being introduced, enabling sites to be assessed against projects of similar value. Read more via the CCS website
Food for thought
A collective of designers and artists in New York has proposed transforming a shipping barge into a verdant floating farm, with berry bushes, lime trees and swaths of lavender, among many other plants.
Read more via dezeen
Recycled coffee ground to make greener roads
Your morning pick-me-up could make your drive smoother. Engineers have turned coffee grounds into building materials for roads. Read more via News Scientist
Concrete plans for Civils Expo
Growing from last years’ event, where it formed a section of the Build Show, Civils Expo is now its own dedicated show backed by industry leaders including the ICE and the ACE. Attracting 76 per cent of the UK’s local authorities, 70 per cent of the UK’s top house building firms and 100 per cent of the UK’s top 20 construction companies last year, Civils Expo as part of UK Construction Week is set to be the best place to showcase the latest technologies, systems and products in the civil sector. Find out more via the Civils Expo website.