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UK’s biggest road upgrades underway
Cambridgeshire have welcomed the news that construction is underway on one of Britain’s biggest road upgrades. The announcement was made as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling visited the major improvement scheme, on the A14 in Cambridgeshire to formally mark the beginning of construction. Read the full article here.
Hard Brexit to cost 215,000 workers
New report warns the skills gap could turn into a skills gulf as the number of EU construction workers entering the country sinks between now and 2020. Hard Brexit could see the points-based system currently in place for non-EU migrants extended. Read the full article here.
London affordable housing set at 35%
Sadiq Khan confirms new deal under which private house builders will provide 35% of new homes as affordable housing, rather than the 50% pledged in his manifesto. The threshold was revealed today in a new housing strategy in which Khan announced he would grant £3.15bn allocated to City Hall by the chancellor to housing associations that build a minimum of 50% affordable homes “with some partners enabled to deliver at least 60%”. Read the full article here.
Grass to rival fracking to heat UK homes
Britain’s first ‘green gas mill’ will convert grass into biomethane to heat more than 4,000 homes and is set to come online in 2018. The grass is always greener than the shale gas on the other side, according to a British businessman who claims grasslands could provide enough gas to heat all of the UK’s homes. Read the full article here.
£290m boost for low emission vehicles
Government confirms commitment of £290m to reduce carbon emissions from transport, with the aim for nearly all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050. The funding is a major step towards improving air quality, and cutting emissions, with thousands of buses and taxis to be made greener and cleaner. Read the full article here
City approves 305-metre high skyscraper
The City of London Corporation has granted planning permission for what will be the second tallest building in Western Europe after the Shard. Singaporean developer Aroland Holdings has secured approval to build a skyscraper at 1 Undershaft, jostling between the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and the new 22 Bishopsgate tower that Multiplex is building.Read the full article here
MITIE leads way for workers with disability
Unemployed people with disabilities are being helped into work through an innovative £900,000 programme, piloted in Scotland by Mitie and CITB. The “Think Differently” initiative is designed to encourage employers to actively recruit candidates with autism, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems.
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Ten-point plan to overcome UK skills gap
Laing O’Rourke calls for the introduction of construction GCSEs and A-levels in a ten-point plan to solve the industry’s skills crisis. The suggestion is part of a ten-point plan put forward by the contractor in a report launched today. Read the full article
Waste collection goes down under
Australia to launch its first underground waste collection system on the Sunshine Coast. Australia will launch its first underground waste collection system in Sunshine Coast Council, the country’s fifth largest municipality, as part of a major redevelopment programme that will deliver some of the nation’s most sustainable building design and create over 30,000 jobs by 2040. Read the full article here
A model for rural healthcare
Philippines hospital to feature stone cladding, verdant courtyards and light-filled spaces. The healthcare facility will be constructed in Baler, a coastal community with approximately 39,500 residents, which is also where 1979 movie Apocalypse Now was filmed. Read the full article here