UKCW 2018


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Tech revolutionTech revolution predicted for construction
Predictions for how technology could revolutionise the world of construction over the next 100 years have been made in a new report. Experts from the Future Living Report suggested that developments in 3D printing will allow the industry to print off structures like houses using recyclable materials. As populations in our cities grow, these materials will allow us to build ‘super skyscrapers’. Read more via CITB


Civil costs2Civil engineering costs to drive tender price hikes
According to the latest report from RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), civil engineering costs rose by 1.4% in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, but remained unchanged compared with the same period last year. The BCIS report says that new work infrastructure output is expected to remain virtually flat in 2016. Read more via Construction Index


Floating PVConstruction begins on Europe’s largest floating PV system in London
Construction of Europe’s largest floating solar PV array is underway on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir, where the installation will help Thames Water meet its target of self-generated a third of its own power by 2020. Just over 23,000 solar panels will be installed to make use of the reservoir near Walton-on-Thames, which is surrounded by residential properties. Read more via Solar Power Portal


GehryTompkins to replace Gehry at Brighton seafront
London firm Haworth Tompkins has been appointed to lead a major seafront redevelopment in Brighton and Hove, England, eight years after a controversial scheme by California architect Frank Gehry was scrapped. The project will include a new leisure complex, a community art centre, shops, offices, housing and a public square that connects the site with the seafront. Read more via dezeen


M6M6 smart improvements to start this month
Works to improve a major section of the M6 will commence later this month, with a 20mile stretch between Crew and Knutsford upgraded to a smart motorway. Highways England will start work on 26th February on the first section, near junction 18, with the works undertaken in phases to minimise disruption. Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph limit will be introduced for the duration of the works. Read more via UK Construction Media


ProfitUK construction leads recovery at BAM Group
BAM’s UK construction and property business has bounced back into the black and become the most profitable part of the international Royal BAM Group. Financial results released this morning for 2015 reveal that UK turnover grew 10% over the year to £1.79bn as the firm benefited from the upturn in the market. Read more via Construction Enquirer



Considerate Constructors Scheme launches new Monitoring Checklist
Since 1 February 2016, all registered sites, companies and suppliers are now monitored on the new 2016 Checklist. Each year the Checklist is revised to reflect the ever-improving construction industry, and is updated as a result of extensive feedback gathered throughout the year from Scheme Monitors, Associate Members, other contractors and clients. Read more via Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS)


Glass roofBenthem Crouwel's new station for The Hague introduces huge new diamond-patterned glass roof
Now open, the new 20,000 square-metre Den Haag Centraal station in the Dutch city replaces an old 1970s structure, creating a new light-filled terminal for trains, trams and buses. The entire terminal is sheltered beneath a flat glass roof, measuring 120 by 96 metres. The surface is divided up into a diagonal grid punctured by diamond-shaped panels, which integrate a series of useful functions. Read more via dezeen 


SwedenSweden to go carbon neutral by 2045
Seven out of eight parliamentary parties back proposal for rapid greenhouse gas emissions cuts, boosted by Paris agreement. The Scandinavian country will cut territorial emissions at least 85% from 1990 levels and offset the rest by investing in overseas green projects. Read more via Climate Home



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