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Demand for building regs revamp
Local council leaders are calling for an “urgent and immediate” review of the building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Lord Porter criticised the Building Research Establishment (BRE), contractors and manufacturers for not being completely open about previous tests. Read the full article here.
Government responds to Farmer Review
In February 2016, Cast CEO, Mark Farmer, was commissioned by the Construction Leadership Council, at the request of the ministers for Housing & Planning & Skills, to undertake an independent review of the UK’s construction labour model. Read the full article here.
HS2 Phase One winners announced
Winners of £6.6bn of main contracts for Phase One of HS2 have been revealed with the shortlist of firms that will design three new HS2 stations. The Phase One contracts award divides the 120 mile route between Euston and Birmingham into three principal sections of Area South, Central and North. Read the full article here.
Firms chosen for Westminster repairs
BDP and CH2M selected to lead a programme of work to rescue the Palace of Westminster from further disrepair. Parliament expects to spend around £12m under these two contracts over the rest of this financial year. Read the full article here.
Humber Bridge Grade I listed
The Humber Bridge has been given Grade I listed status - becoming one of only six structures built in England since 1961 to be afforded the honour. Only 2.5% of England's 500,000 listed buildings and structures are Grade I. Read the full article here
VR comes to your smartphone
Construction site workers can now see a mix of reality and digital drawings from their smartphones on site. Danish BIM-software company Dalux has launched Augmented Reality technology (AR) that works on mobile devices and is currently being used in the construction of a large hospital. Read the full article here
IoT changing bathroom design
When we talk about technological innovation, we seldom think of bathroom. But the so-called IoT (or ‘Internet of Things’) is touted to revolutionise the way in which washrooms both domestic and commercial are designed and used. Read the full article here
The Parthenon of Books
Argentinian artist Marta Minujín has used thousands of prohibited books to construct a replica of the Parthenon in Athens on a Nazi book-burning site in Kassel, Germany. Taking a stance against censorship, Minujín designed the Parthenon of Books to echo the classical Greek temple Read the full article
Forest canopy ramping up
A stunning new adventure park in Denmark is taking visitors to new heights—literally. Located in the preserved forest Gisselfeld Klosters Skove, the Treetop Experience aims improve accessibility to the forest while minimizing landscape disturbance. Read the full article here