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Regional construction at record levels
Construction levels in UK regional cities have hit record levels according to the Deloitte Real Estate Crane Survey. The survey shows significant increases in activity in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Belfast. The Birmingham Crane Survey identifies 1.4m sq ft of new office space under construction – a 50% increase on the previous year (969,000 sq ft). Read the full article here.
Crossrail: A journey into the future
Why Crossrail has become a hotbed of innovation that will serve the construction industry for years to come. Projects such as Crossrail will leave a deep-rooted legacy across the industry. Europe’s most ambitious engineering project has already had a major impact on working practices in areas such as apprenticeships and procurement. Read the full article here.
100 Years of Construction
To celebrate the 100th edition of Construction Buzz, we revisit some of the most influential construction projects from the last 100 years. Read the full article here.
Government sets out Brexit plan
The White Paper lays out the government's 12 "principles" including migration control and "taking control of our own laws". Brexit Secretary David Davis said the UK's "best days are still to come", outside the EU. Read the full article here.
Mental health campaign launched
Health in Construction Leadership Group and the British Safety Council launch a new programme to raise awareness of mental health in construction. A new campaign has launched to raise awareness of mental health in the construction sector. Read the full article here
Social housing transformed
A new project to convert social housing into energy efficient smart homes has led to energy usage being reduced by over 80%. The pilot scheme, named Retrofit Plus, was undertaken by Beattie Passive alongside Birmingham City University, InteSys Ltd and iZDesign to investigate how homes could slash heating energy bills and take low-income households out of fuel poverty. Read the full article here
UK’s ‘wake-up call’ on renewables
New figures showing the UK is lagging behind the rest of the EU on 2020 renewable energy targets should be a ‘wake-up call’ to government, say REA. The targets, set by the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive in 2009, mean renewables should account for 30 per cent of electricity, 12 per cent of heat and 10 per cent of transport in the UK by 2020. Read the full article here
IoT ignorance revealed in survey
Lack of awareness of the Internet of Things (IoT) is proving to be a barrier in the development of smart buildings, according to a recent survey. The latest report reveals that 40% of clients responding to the Connected Technology Survey for Clients, conducted by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), CIBSE and SELECT, do not know about the IoT. Read the full article
Incremental building proposed
New housing concept allows residents to expand their homes as their finances grow. Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants' wealth grows. Read the full article here
Holland’s multifunctional timber tower
The Netherlands’ highest wooden apartment building can change its function like a chameleon. The tenants of Patch22, the highest wooden apartment building in the Netherlands, can design and create their own floor plans thanks to the project’s impressive level of flexibility. Read the full article here.