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UK housebuilding hits seven-year high
Latest totals of UK housebuilding were the highest in nearly a decade, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The number of new-build homes being started and finished in England is at its highest level since 2008, according to government figures. Construction on approximately 37,080 new homes was started between October and December 2015, up 23% on a year earlier, while 37,230 were completed, marking a 22% increase on the same quarter in 2014. Read more via the Guardian


HS2New report says HS2 is already changing Britain
Chairman of HS2, David Higgins has said that HS2 is already changing the way private investors, as well as local and central government plan for the future in Britain. But he has also said HS2 must help change the way that infrastructure is delivered, so that the country can benefit from future projects such as Hinckley Point. Read more via UK Construction Media


BristolBristol Arena construction jobs "from region" pledge
Councillors have deferred a decision on Bristol's planned £92.5m arena, amid concerns over transport and parking. The 12,000 capacity entertainment venue, championed by Mayor George Ferguson, had been due to open in 2018. But Bristol Council's development control committee said the plans were lacking in detail and were not ready for a decision. Read more via BBC news


School visitSchool visits are the way to tackle skills shortages says Beard chief
Construction firms could help tackle the chronic skills shortage in the south by having a stronger classroom presence, according to the chief executive of regional contractor Beard. Mark Beard believes that skills shortage in the south of England could be tackled within a few years if more contractors worked with local schools to improve careers advice from an early age. Read more via Construction Index


SlidePlanning permission was granted for world’s longest slide
Bblur Architecture has won approval to wrap a giant slide around the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The slide will plummet from a 76-metre-tall viewpoint within the sculpture, with visitors reaching speeds of up to 15 miles per hour on their 40-second descent to the ground. Read more via dezeen


Scotland yard£1bn New Scotland Yard redevelopment approved
Developer BL Development Ud, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi Financial Group, has gained permission to tear down three existing buildings of seven, nine and 21 storeys on the 1.78-acre triangular site just south of St James’s Park in Westminster. It will now clear the way to build six residential-led buildings ranging from 14 to 20 storeys. The Squire & Partner-designed plans deliver 246 super prime apartments. Read more via Construction Enquirer 


CCSStar ratings for considerate construction sites
The national scheme to improve the image of the construction industry has announced a new star ratings system. Star ratings posters and certificates will be available to use alongside existing Considerate Constructors Scheme signage. This will provide an opportunity for those registered with the Scheme to show to the public how they have performed against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice. Read more via Considerate Contractors Scheme


CarFoster + Partners and Nissan reveal self-driving car that can power a home
The design, which was revealed at the International Motor Show in Geneva, envisages vehicles being charged overnight on “smart streets”, after which they would be able to distribute energy to a house or the National Grid. According to Nissan, the energy to charge the vehicles would come from renewable sources, and cars, houses and the grid would all work in sync, with batteries that are interchangeable.Read more via Global Construction Review


BridgeArup unveils designs for $300m bike lane to fill in city's gap for cycle links
Cyclists in San Francisco have been shown six designs by consulting engineer Arup for a 4.7km bike path over San Francisco Bay, from the island of Yerba Buena to the city proper. Now cyclists can pedal north from San Francisco over the Golden Gate bridge to Marin County, and vice-versa, but they cannot pedal east over the Oakland Bay bridge to Oakland and Berkeley. Read more via Global Construction Review

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