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May's outlook on construction
As Theresa May steps up as the new Prime Minister for Britain, there is positive certainty of her appointment with plans to address the housing crisis. In the speech given in Birmingham to launch her leadership campaign, she announced “unless we deal with the housing deficit, we will see house prices keep on rising. Young people will find it harder to own their own home.” Read the full article here.
YO's awaits planning permission for new home design
YO! has teamed up with Glenn Howells Architects on the first Yo! Home project, aiming to provide compact but high-quality accommodation for city dwellers. Woodroffe first unveiled the concept for Yo! Home at the London Design Festival in 2012, where he presented a space no bigger than a one-bedroom apartment that contained as many rooms as a two-bedroom house. Read the full article here.
IEMA welcomes Brexit energy inquiry
The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) has welcomed the news that the Energy and Climate Change Committee is to launch an inquiry to investigate the impact of Brexit for UK energy policy. The Committee has invited responses to a number of issues and set a deadline Wednesday 14 September 2016 to respond. Read the full article here.
Smarthome training centre opens for property developers
Cornflake, a home automation consultancy and integration firm, has launched SmartAPPartment, a 4,000-sq.-ft. experience centre in London targeted at property developers. The SmartAPPartment has six fully working rooms showcasing the latest digital technology; all seamlessly threaded through the building’s infrastructure and controlled from a simple single app. Read the full article here.
Housebuilder Galliford Try confident after Brexit vote
The boss of Galliford Try has brushed off the jitters rocking the residential property following Brexit, and said the housebuilder had grounds for confidence. Shares in the builder jumped 58p, or 6.6%, to 940.33p after CEO Peter Truscott said that demand for new homes is strong. Read the full article here.
World FM Day celebrates positivity
The FM industry must remain ‘professionally focused’ in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, according to an FM consultant. Joanna Lloyd-Davies, FM consultant and BIFM International special interest group member, was speaking ahead of World FM Day, where the group is hosting a series of events, including a lunchtime event on the impact of the referendum result. Read the full article here.
Ministers reassure contractors over EU builders
The Government has issued a statement over the rights of EU nationals in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote.
It will help reassure contractors worried about the future of thousands of EU builders currently working in construction. Read more the full article here.
Coconuts to prevent earthquakes
Researchers are now hoping that the unique energy-absorbing properties of the coconut shell will add one more bullet point to the coconut’s resume: earthquake prevention technology. Read the full article here.
Students build huge timber steps to form bridge in China
This stepped timber bridge was built by a team of architecture students from the University of Hong Kong to provide a meeting place for residents of a rural community in southern China. Read the full article here.