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Heathrow given nod for new runway
Britain’s construction industry celebrated an £18bn bonanza this week after Heathrow was selected to build a third runway in the South-East. London-headquartered engineer Arup and construction firm Mace, US consultant CH2M and Leeds-based consultancy Turner & Townsend are the four preferred contractors set to receive the first tranche of Heathrow’s £18 billion runway expansion works. Read the full article here.
Modern Slavery a domestic issue
Survey finds more than half of construction firms would not know what action to take if modern slavery was encountered in their supply chain. This week, the spotlight has turned on business action to eradicate risk of modern slavery and human trafficking. The survey by Supply Chain School - an initiative which represents a common approach to sustainability within supply chains. Read the full article here.
Renewable power capacity overtakes coal
Global renewable electricity capacity has overtaken coal to become the world's largest installed power source for the first time. Some 153 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity – more than the total generation capacity of Canada - was installed during the course of 2015, making it the fastest-growing electricity source, the International Energy Agency said. Read the full article here.
CTI makes its voice heard at Timber Expo
Four major trade associations came together at Timber Expo to celebrate the “relaunch” of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI). The event, backed by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Structural Timber Association and Builders Merchant Federation (BMF), also saw the launch of three CTI policy reports on skills, sustainability and value & growth. Read the full article here.
CityVerve initiative underway in Manchester
Property technology company Asset Mapping has connected a secure IoT gateway to Manchester Science Partnership’s Citylabs 1.0 building. The IoT gateway has been providing a stream of live data that will help the building become more efficient in terms of energy use and maintenance. Read the full article here
Fewer UK firms struggling despite Brexit vote
Insolvencies firm Begbies Traynor reports number of companies in financial distress fell 6% in three months after EU referendum. The number of UK companies struggling to stay afloat has fallen in a further sign that the economy is holding up after the Brexit vote. Read the full article here
All Tesla cars to have full self-driving hardware
Electric carmaker Tesla has announced that all cars it now builds will have hardware needed to drive completely on their own. Tesla has announced that it will only produce vehicles in the future that are fully capable of self-driving, although despite cameras, sensors and radars being introduced, it is still expected to be years before the vehicles become fully self-driving. Read the full article here
In Pictures: The UK’s ‘floating Parliament’
Architecture firm Gensler has provided a first look inside its radical concept for a temporary Houses of Parliament on the River Thames. The idea has been “floated” as a solution to enable a full decant of the Palace of Westminster to allow long overdue refurbishment works to proceed. Read the full article
Energy from Earth’s depths
Iceland drills 5 kilometre hole to tap into the energy of molten magma.Drilling into hot rocks to tap geothermal energy is one thing. Drilling deep enough to tap the energy from magma oozing into volcanoes is quite another, offering a massive increase in the potential to exploit Earth’s inner heat. Read the full article here
Spain to run on 100% renewables
Top energy boss predicts Spain will become 100 per cent reliant on renewable energy. Acciona boss Miguel Ezpeleta said there is currently enough wind energy being generated to power 29m Spanish homes every day. Read the full article here