UKCW 2018


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MoD to sell off a dozen major sites for 15,000 new housing
The Ministry of Defence has put 12 sites on the block to provide land for up to 15,000 new homes to support the government’s ambition in building 160,000 homes by 2020. Government Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said the land sale was expected to raise £500m, which will be ploughed back into frontline defence budgets. Read more via Construction Enquirer


BrightonLook out for Brighton’s new i360 tower this summer
The futuristic glass pod will allow 200 visitors at a time to enjoy the surrounding view as it slowly unfolds and is ten times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye. At 162 m high with an observation pod rising to 450 feet, the i360 will be the world’s first vertical cable car, offering a new perspective on the seaside city of Brighton. Read more via World Architecture News


DECCDECC kicks off energy innovation consultation
Government invites energy industry players to come forward with ideas for stimulating innovation across the sector. In the wake of its controversial moves to axe a host of clean energy policies, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd recently stressed the importance of innovation in delivering new cost-effective low carbon technologies that are less reliant on subsidies. Read more via Business Green


Nano window copyNew Nano-engineered self-cleaning window will cut bills by 40%
Researchers at University College London (UCL) claim that a “revolutionary” new type of window could cut cleaning costs in tall buildings and reduce heating bills by up to 40%. The prototype, revealed earlier this week, has conical nanostructures engraved on its surface that trap air and prevent all but a tiny amount of water coming into actual contact with the glass. Read more via Global Construction Review


Rise in jobsRecent findings shows house-builders created 100,000 jobs
Government figures show there were 170,690 net additions to the housing stock during 2014/15, an increase of almost 25% on the previous year. North Yorkshire experienced the biggest proportional growth with employment numbers doubling. Outside London, Greater Manchester saw the biggest increase in house building employment with an additional 5,418 people recruited last year. Read more via The Construction Index


International ChinaChina to help build UK homes
BusinessGreen reported on Friday that WElink Energy, BSR and CNBM are teaming up with Chinese building firm in a £1.1bn deal to build 8,000 low-cost zero-carbon homes in UK. This is a major boost for the UK’s green housing sector, especially after the government scrapped the zero-carbon homes standard last year. Read more via Building Talk


WICEWICE nominations closes 28 Jan
Get your entries in for European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards. Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK and most of these jobs are office based and only 2% work in manual jobs. The aim of the awards is to make these industries more enticing to women. Click here to enter the WICE awards

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