UKCW 2018


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Big projects to drive 4% annual construction growth
Major projects like HS2, the London super sewer and Hinkley Point are expected drive the industry along after that at a booming 4% average annual growth level in the medium term. Professor Noble Francis, economics director, said: “The key fundamentals for the sector are generally positive and construction growth is set to be more balanced." Read more via Construction Enquirer 


Timber windowUK timber window market grew by 17.1%
Latest research shows the UK timber window market grew by 17.1% to 739,000 frames and by 25.4% to £439m in installed value, with growth set to continue until at least 2019. Forecasts show that the market share enjoyed by premium window materials (wood, aluminium and aluminium/timber) which is expected to grow at the expense of PVCu, which will decline whether measured by unit or installed value. Read more TTJ online 


TallestskyscraperPlans in for the City's tallest skyscraper
Another mammoth tower for London: Developer Aroland Holdings has just submitted plans for 1 Undershaft, the City's tallest skyscraper. The building, which will stand between the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin and will include office and retail space as well as a viewing gallery over the top two floors making it the City's highest viewing spot. Read more via City AM


tesla copyWelsh home installs UK's first Tesla Powerwall storage battery
Battery could revolutionise UK energy market by enabling people to store excess energy generated from rooftop solar panels. Although the setting is a utility room in a cul-de-sac in Wales, if the hype turns out to be right, this may be the starting point for an energy revolution in the UK. Read more via the Guardian


solarWorld's largest solar plant opens
The new site near the city of Ouarzazate could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760,000 tons per year. It is hoped that the project will positively impact the surrounding area. Approximately 583,000 people live in Ouarzazate town 10km (6.2 miles) from the site. Read more via CNN online


BIGBIG reveals design for The Spiral office tower in New York
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released a conceptual design for its latest project in New York, an office skyscraper wrapped in a ribbon of green terraces. The building's six-storey podium will contain retail space totalling roughly 2,500 square metres, along with a large "amenity terrace" on the seventh floor. Ceiling heights in the building's lobby will reach nine metres. Read more via Dezeen


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