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Crossrail release new images
Crossrail has unveiled new images that showcase the new stations in central and southeast London that will comprise part of TFL’s new Elizabeth line from December 2018. The route will run through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Read more via UK Construction Media
House builders sign Government pledge to raise output
The commitment comes as concern grows in Whitehall that the Government will miss its target of building 1m homes in this parliament. Volume house builders claim to have doubled build rates on large sites to help deliver 30% growth in supply in just two years. Read more via Construction Enquirer
Plan to turn Mars Bars green
A new wind farm in the Scottish Highlands is set to power the creation of some of the nation’s best-known chocolate bars and pet foods. The move comes after Mars signed a ten-year deal with the wind farm operator that will see its entire UK manufacturing operation run on 100 per cent renewable power. Read more via The Scotsman
Heathrow Airport plan to ‘push boundaries’ of terminal design
Four leading architectural practices have been shortlisted to draw up details of Heathrow’s new terminal. The airport operator has asked the top architects Grimshaw , Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy to ‘push the boundary’ of what an expanded hub airport could look like. Read more via Construction Enquirer
Power in one handset
iOS 10 is likely to come with a dedicated Apple HomeKit app for controlling your entire world of smart home gadgets from a single platform. Currently, Apple HomeKit users have to use multiple third-party and product apps to run their smart home, with Apple HomeKit merely acting as the gateway between them and their devices.
Read more via Live Smart
Architecture Firm to Bring Virtual Reality to BIM
Although the popularity lies in gaming, practical use of VR could prove useful for architecture, engineering and construction. The goal of this joint effort is to develop a visualisation tool using mobile and cloud-based platforms that will allow designers and architects to show off their creations. Read more via Engineering.com
The route to lighting, furniture and design
Design Fields, Additions, Project and British Collection join as new sections for the award winning design event, Clerkenwell Design Week, London 24 - 26 May 2016. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. Get your free ticket now
From China to Pakistan
It is the biggest transportation infrastructure project planned for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and a key project in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With a total contract investment of $2.9bn, the Peshawar–Karachi expressway will be 392km long with a designed speed of 120km/h. Read more via Global Construction Review
Wellbeing takes centre stage
Atkins has launched a tool that will help architects put people’s wellbeing at the heart of good building design. Research shows that nearly half of UK employees don’t like their working environment, and 89% of people say the work environment plays a major part in whether or not they take a job. Read more via World Architecture News