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Budget 2017: Industry reaction
A rise in National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed among the more significant measures in the spring budget statement. There has been plenty of reaction from construction industry organisations to the budget.Read the full article here.
Training centre ‘first of its kind’
Work on a new £6.5m state-of-the-art construction training centre for aspiring builders and tradesmen will start in Swansea this summer. The £6.5 million Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) will host a variety of training courses for aspiring and working builders and tradesmen. Read the full article here.
Green light for Snowdonia scheme
The government has approved plans for a £100m hydropower project in Snowdonia – the UK’s first onshore hydro scheme. Now that the DCO has been granted, construction is expected to start within the next 12 months once the DCO requirements have been discharged. Read the full article here.
Solving construction’s image problem
A Virtual Project Manager app has been launched to highlight construction management careers to young people. The app takes youngsters inside an animated 3D world where they are in charge of building new homes. Read the full article here.
Daniel Libeskind reveals latest project
Libeskind Studio has unveiled a stunning larch-clad centre for cosmology and astronomy researchers at Durhame University. The larch-clad building is conceived as a series of stacked and intersecting blocks, with a skylit atrium at its centre. Read the full article here
80% drop in SME developers
Four in five of Britain's housebuilders have gone out of business in the last 30 years, according to new research. In 1988 — when Britain's last housebuilding boom stalled — the number of smaller UK housebuilders stood at 12,200. Read the full article here
Kids uneducated on construction
Half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by teachers or careers advisers. The shockingly low profile of the industry is laid bare in new research from Redrow. Read the full article here
In celebration of International Women's Day, Dezeen profile 50 inspirational women from the world of architecture and design who inspire them
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First images of Hyperloop One
The American start-up has revealed the first images of its full-scale Nevada test track. The 500m full-scale Hyperloop test structure weighs over 1,000 tonnes, with a tube measuring 3.3m in diameter that is described by the firm as the only “functional Hyperloop system” yet built. Read the full article here
Many nations are investing in new clean energy infrastructure that is allowing them to supply enough power to meet their energy needs by great percentages, if not entirely. On February 22nd, Denmark generated enough energy with its wind turbines to power the entire country for the day. Read the full article here