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In a big week for offsite deals, local authority procurement specialist LHC and Fusion21 pick winners for their respective modular frameworks. The McAvoy Group has won a place on 15 of 22 lots of the framework. Read the full article here.
PlanBEE scheme extended
An innovative scheme to tackle the skills shortage and attract talent into the built environment is extended after successful first year. Last year, Gateshead College teamed up with a strong partnership of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists to launch PlanBEE. Read the full article here.
Manufacturing alive and kicking
They say British manufacturing is dead – not in the construction equipment and machinery sector it's not, where exports double imports. UK exports of construction equipment grew 13% to £700m in the first quarter of 2017, reaching £700m. Read the full article here.
App measures stockpile volumes
Stockpile Reports iPhone app enables construction professionals to measure piled material themselves for a tenth of the usual cost. For a tenth of the cost, getting measurement results before the time it would take a measurement crew to even show up. Read the full article here.
Grow your own skills
Vocational training crucial to industry’s future and tackling poor UK productivity, says Tony Howard, Director of Training at BESA. The Tory Party’s election manifesto was almost as interesting for what it did not say as for what it did. Read the full article here
Bitcoin for construction?
With prototype apps in development, construction could soon be using its own bitcoin-style payment system. But what does this mean? DotBuiltEnvironment, formerly the BIM 2050 group, is working to develop two prototype applications tailored to construction for the technology. Read the full article here
BRE to build dementia-friendly home
Construction of new ‘dementia-friendly’ home to support those living with the condition will begin on the BRE Innovation Park this Autumn. The 100sqm Victorian house will be adapted to cater for different types, and stages, of the debilitating illness. Read the full article here
Giles Miller installs plywood pavilion
London designer uses 8,000 lightning-bolt-shaped pieces of plywood to create stunning pavilion for Clerkenwell Design Week. Miller's team was approached by Shinola, as the brand wanted to showcase its products to an audience in Clerkenwell. Read the full article
Infographic details the five most important mega projects in the world. Having been hit hard by the financial crisis of 2008 the infrastructure and construction industry is now experiencing a resurgence. Read the full article here
Running on renewables
LEGO group reaches 100% renewable energy target three years ahead of schedule. The company achieved its ambitious goal due to the completion of a 258 megawatt offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, building a giant wind turbine made entirely of LEGO to celebrate. Read the full article here