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Construction growth to create 232,000 jobs over next five years
Latest research from the Construction Industry Training Board forecasts annual average growth of 2.5% from 2016-2020. That growth will create the need for thousands of new jobs including 9,400 office based roles every year, 2,800 bricklayers and 4,320 carpenters. CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) report predicts sustained growth from 2016-2020, driven by infrastructure and private housing. Read more via Construction Enquirer


Bored tunnel£6bn bored tunnel selected for new Thames crossing
Highways England has laid out its preferred route for a new Lower Thames Crossing featuring a two mile twin bored tunnel between East Tilbury and Gravesham. A tunnel bored beneath the Thames at this location is the only viable alternative because a bridge would present a lot more impact on the local environment, according to route analysis published by Highways England. Read more via Infrastructure Intelligence


MegatallMegatalls take skyscrapers to the next level
Height is the new frontier for the world's tallest buildings as the era of the megatall skyscraper begins and set itself to rise from three to seven in the next five years. This includes the 1,000-metre-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the 606-metre Wuhan Greenland Center in Hubei Province, China. Read more via World Architecture News


80 publicland80 public land sites put on the block for new homes
The Government has put up the for sale sign over 600 acres of surplus public land to drive forward house building. The Homes and Communities Agency has more than 80 public land sites for sale and will bring a further 40 more sites to market over the next 18 months. Read more via Construction Enquirer


Government energyGovernment responds to energy policy
Find out what Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd responded with to the letter about energy policy in the Times newspaper on 26 January 2016. "This Government is taking long-term decisions today to tackle a legacy of under-investment, build a system of energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century and to create the right environment for business to invest in clean, affordable and secure energy." Read more via Gov.UK


Japan solarJapan’s begins world's largest floating solar project
Japanese Kyocera has started construction on a floating solar photovoltaic power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir at Ichihara City in Chiba Prefecture. With an estimated capacity for 13.7MW, the project is claimed to be the largest floating solar project globally. Read more via Power Technology


GlassboxUS architect creates new countryside glass box home in New York
US firm Desai Chia Architecture used prefabricated elements to construct this glass and steel home in rural New York that serves as a weekend retreat. Names LM Guest House, the single-storey, rectilinear dwelling is situated on a rocky outcrop that overlooks a trout pond and farmland. Read more via Dezeen

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