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Affordable Homes top agenda
The number of affordable homes built in England in 2015-16 fell to its lowest level for 24 years, new data shows. There were 32,110 built, compared to 66,600 in the previous year, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government. UKCW will make this a priority for 2017.
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North West HS2 routes confirmed
The government has confirmed the new route for the high-speed HS2 rail line from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. Although, no final decision has been made yet on the location of the new station in Sheffield. Read the full article here.
Government on track for 1m homes
Government figures show that 190,000 homes were added to the housing stock in England in the last financial year, up 11% on 2014-2015. Of these, 163,940 were new build homes, up 6%.
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BIM to help deliver 21st century NHS
Together with BIM and offsite construction techniques, new NHS 21st century style buildings can be built safer and faster. The NHS is facing additional challenges as it moves towards delivering a 24/7 service. With patient welfare at the top of everyone’s agenda, building for the future has never been as important as it is now. Read the full article here.
Timber among fastest growing sectors
According to a recent report by TTF annual statistics, Timber has moved into the top 10 fastest growing UK manufacturing sectors. The growth rate in the wood and wood products sector also outperformed many related industries, such as furniture, plastics and the construction of buildings. Read the full article here
New growth on the high street
Designed by Aedas Arts Team, London’s new Tara Theatre provides an inspirational space for the country’s first cross-cultural theatre. Oriental elements were integrated into the design to pay homage to the history of the theatre being Asian-led and owned - and to express the unique identity of Tara Arts in the English theatre landscape. Read the full article here
It’s not all smoke and mirrors
British architect Scott Kyson creates charred timber playhouse, covered in sheets of smoked glass and lined in lengths of charred larch. The founder of London-based Studio Kyson designed and constructed Treehouse for his three children, who are aged between four and eight.
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Growth predicted for merchants
The plumbers’ merchants market is forecast to grow by around 4% in 2016, according to a report by AMA Research. Increasing demand has been attributed to the improving economic climate in general since 2013, with demand increasing for both new work and RMI activity. Read the full article
An engineering marvel
Japanese road reopens just one week after vast sinkhole appears. A section of road in the centre of the Japanese city of Fukuoka has reopened just days after a sinkhole opened up outside a busy railway station and threatened to topple nearby buildings. Read the full article here
SecondShore takes cyclists off road
A floating, solar-powered bike path could give cyclists a safer commute. It's getting easier to bike to work in Chicago. The city added 100 miles of new bike lanes over the last five years, and, by 2019, plans to add another 50 miles of "better" bike lanes, including lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars. Read the full article here