UKCW 2018


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Brexit could worsen skills shortage and constrain investment in house building
If the UK votes to leave the European Union on the 23 June referendum, housebuilders have warned that it could lead to a shortage of skilled construction labour, constrain investment in new house building work and so further worsen the country's housing shortage. The construction industry is already suffering a shortage of skilled workers and the Home Builders Federation admitted the industry was already reliant on overseas labour and would need it even more if the housing shortfall was to be closed. Read more via Digital Look


powerhouseNorthern Powerhouse must plan for foreign investment, says global infrastructure expert
Northern cities must ensure their planning structures are prepared to attract foreign direct investment to fund the Northern Powerhouse. As public sector and business leaders descend on Manchester for the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference, AECOM argues that to achieve the truly transformational change required to turn the North’s individual cities and towns into a connected economy, much greater levels of funding are needed than the government or our city regions can afford. Read more via Manchester Evening News


queenQueen visits Crossrail construction site
Construction staff and apprentices working on a Crossrail station beneath the streets of London have been treated to a special visit from the Queen. Her Majesty took an industrial lift 28 metres underground to view works being carried out on the station at Bond Street, including part of a tunnel that will form a major piece of the project. Read more via CITB


Loop summer houseLooping wooden pavilion to feature at summer gallery
The Serpentine Gallery has unveiled the designs for four Summer Houses that will accompany this year's Bjarke Ingels-designed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens. Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger, Paris-based architect Yona Friedman and British architect Asif Khan will each create an architectural folly to accompany the main pavilion, now in its 15th year. Read more via Dezeen


StudentStudent housing market tops £2.3bn
Investment in student housing has reached a five-year high, with construction contracts awarded in 2015 for more than 4,500 new student bedrooms. The total value of construction projects for student housing was worth more than £2.3bn last year, with investment in the sector showing no signs of slowing. Read more via the Construction Index


Smart ceilingDigital Ceiling Makes Smart Buildings Even Smarter
When fully implemented, the Digital Ceiling will offer building occupants a combination of information, efficiency, convenience, security, and comfort. When Cisco decided to create an intelligent building network, allowing many IoT (Internet of Things) devices to communicate with each other, a light bulb went on over some engineer's head: "Let's use the lighting system as our network!". Read more via


Birmingham TramBirmingham to introduce UK’s first battery-operated trams
The first battery-operated trams in the UK will be introduced in Birmingham to remove the need for overhead power lines. The battery-powered tram system, known as catenary-free running, will be used in architecturally sensitive areas, meaning the Metro line from New Street station to Centenary Square, which is due to be opened in 2019, can run through Victoria Square without having to attach overhead cables to the 182-year-old Town Hall. Read more via Rail Technology Magazine


Botanical gardens bridgeDutch plans new garden-tree bridge
The 120 acre garden will take the place of a golf course in Glenbrook Valley, close to William P. Hobby Airport. The Island will “be dominated by gardens, both naturalistic and cultivated”, and will contain a conservatory building, educational facilities, an events pavilion, a cafe and a lecture hall. Read more via Global Construction Review


Eco houseArchitecture inspired by nature
The main objective of this project, designed by Patrice BIDEAU architecte, was to build a house adapted to the marine climate of Brittany in France which complied with the French RT 2012 energy regulations. Bio-sourced materials including elements such as a conservatory, a wood-burning stove and a two-way airflow central ventilation system were all used. Read more via World Architecture News

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