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Construction pay gap below UK average
The gender pay gap in the construction is lower than the UK average, according to a new report by the Office for National Statistics. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings shows that while the UK currently has the lowest gender pay gap on record at 18.1%, the construction industry has gone further with a gap of 16.3% – 1.8% lower than the national average. Read the full article here.
Zaha Hadid scores stadium commission
In a world first for football, Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a 5,000-seat stadium built entirely from wood. The London-based firm set up by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid won an international competition to design the stadium for the National League team, seeing off competition from over 50 other entrants from Europe and America. Read the full article here.
Let councils borrow to build new homes
Allowing local authorities to borrow could help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate economic uncertainty, FMB tells Chancellor. Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: ‘The Autumn Statement presents an opportunity for the new Chancellor to think creatively about how to address the country’s growing housing crisis. Read the full article here.
Flood-proof jack-up house planned
Larkfleet Group has applied for planning permission to build a prototype house that can be jacked up on stilts in the event of flooding. Larkfleet wants to build the three-bedroom detached house in Weston Hills, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, to prove the concept. Read the full article here.
RIBA survey provides client snapshot
The results of RIBA's 'Working with Architects' survey, which highlights how architects are perceived by construction clients, has been published. The findings provide a snapshot of clients’ views regarding the design qualities of their projects and the services they received from their architects. The data provides intelligence for RIBA Chartered Architects and Practices, and will help the RIBA to prioritise events and services for members. Read the full article here
Europe’s tallest modular housing
Work has started on Europe’s tallest block of flats using purely modular construction at a site in south London. The 26-storey tower is London housing developer Pocket’s most ambitious scheme to date in the capital.Read the full article here
Altro resins break new ground
Altro resin flooring is providing the ultimate in colour, flexibility and durability at new £10m North Hertfordshire College campus. Altro FlexiflowTM and Altro MultiScreedTM EP Naturals have been used within the multi-functional hub space on the new campus, which links three teaching buildings. The award-winning design for the new campus was created by international design practice Scott Brownrigg.
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Energy that’s out of this world!
The far-out concept of space-based solar collection closes in on reality. Think about what you know about clean sources of energy. What’s the greenest? Hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and solar all probably spring to mind. Environmentally friendly though they may be, they all have significant limits on how much energy they can produce and where they can be used. Read the full article
Dubai’s BIG-designed Hyperloop
BIG and Hyperloop have combined in Dubai to develop a superfast transportation system. For some time now autonomous transportation and the possibilities that it will open up has been creating a buzz across the globe. The likelihood of it becoming a reality has now moved a step closer as BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group unveil a design for an autonomous transportation system which will open up huge opportunities for architects and engineers. Read the full article here