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£500bn infrastructure pipeline published
Government releases details of its new £500bn National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline to support housing, and social and economic infrastructure. Twenty more projects have been added to the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline since March 2016, including the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
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Construction reaches eight-month high
Business activity and new orders grew at the strongest pace since March, with workloads boosted by a resumption of projects delayed after the Brexit vote. The rise drove further increases in employment, while commercial activity edged into growth for the first time since before the referendum result. Read the full article here.
Investment in new ideas for transport
Government announces £2.5m package in new technologies and ideas, available for those who can contribute to future-proofing the UK’s transport sector. A total of 33 Transport Technology Research Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) worth a total of £833,000 are awarded to early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations. Read the full article here.
Scotland a leader in green energy
Scotland is ideally placed to become a global leader in the generation of electricity from renewable sources, according to new research from Savills. Savills Energy and Savills Research have combined to produce innovative analysis charting the growth and performance of the onshore wind sector in Aberdeenshire. Read the full article here.
Track and train, together again
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is to reveal plans to overhaul England’s railway network that will see track and trains operated by the same company. He will pledge to “put the passenger at the heart of delivery” in plans that will see each rail franchise operated by one joint team but leaving Network Rail and franchise owners as separate entities. Read the full article here
Newt a problem
Environmentalists accused of 'planting' colonies of rare Great Crested Newts at proposed development sites, in a bid to scupper building plans. John Tutte is at war with Britain’s newts. And hibernating dormice, and bats, and nesting birds. Nature is getting in the way of solving the housing crisis.Read the full article here
£3m investment in Scotland’s “green gold”
Edinburgh Napier University to invest in new research hub that will use the “green gold” of Scotland’s forests to support construction of sustainable housing. Researchers will work with industry to accelerate the development of a range of timber technologies, including highly energy efficient walls, whole roofs constructed off-site and new coating techniques aimed at extending the life of timber.
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Deal secured to keep Port Talbot open
A deal to secure jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK has been made with Tata Steel. It follows talks involving representatives from Community, Unite and GMB at the Port Talbot steelworks on Wednesday. Read the full article
Taipei building to absorb CO2
Twisting, plant-filled tower to absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The building sits just a few blocks from the LEED-Platinum certified Taipei 101, the world’s eighth tallest building. Atwisted tower is a dramatic addition to any skyline and doesn’t require much else to catch the eye of anyone whose sightline it may come into. Read the full article here
Amazon go checkout free
Ecommerce giants to launch new kind of store with no checkout required. The Just Walk Out shopping experience uses the same types of technologies found in self-driving cars. The system detects when items are taken or returned to shelves and tracks them in a virtual shopping trolley. Read the full article here