UKCW 2018


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UK 2016 Budget : Winners and Losers
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has unveiled the 2016 budget . Energy companies, Housing & Construction and Small Businesses were some of the winners. See who else made the list and who won't benefit from the recent budget announcements via Bloomberg Business


ChancellorWhat was the construction industry’s reaction to the budget 2016?
From an industry perspective, the fuel duty freeze was welcome, as were the cuts in corporation tax and the increase in small business tax relief which will exempt thousands of firms. Read more via Building Talk


PicaddillyPiccadilly lights get the green light
Fletcher Priest has won planning permission for a scheme to revive one of London’s most idiosyncratic and popular locations – the urban quarter that is home to the Piccadilly Lights. Fletcher Priest’s proposal lightly envelops the site with a folding geometric skin of ceramic tiles, and creates a roof-top landscape of creative workspaces that open onto terraces with breath-taking views across central London. Read more via World Architecture News

WomenWomen could be the answer to fill the skills gap
While the total number of national apprentices has risen by 57 per cent in the last five years, a figure to cheer in this National Apprenticeship Week, those in construction have plummeted by almost a quarter and females make up just 1.7 per cent. London’s Barking & Dagenham College is one bucking the trend however with four per cent of its construction students female. Read more via the Express

UK FundNew UK fund to drive up energy efficiency
Lloyds Bank in the UK has launched a new green fund to help owners of commercial property improve energy efficiency as New York City Council also pass laws aimed at increasing sustainability. A new £1bn (€1.28bn, $1.43bn) fund launched by London-based Lloyds Bank will offer discounted loans to real estate companies to help reduce carbon emissions. Read more via World Architecture News


Scottish constructionScotland to benefit billions towards infrastructure investment
Throughout Scotland during 2016, infrastructure projects totalling £6bn will be under construction. Major infrastructure projects such as the first phase of the A9 Dualling Programme, the new Acute District General Hospital in Dumfries and Galloway and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh all commenced construction last year, with others set to begin later this year. Read more via UK Construction Media


Building socialConstruction industry can show how it’s Building Social Value
Morgan Sindall, Kier Group and Land Securities Group are just some companies Considerate Constructors Scheme has teamed up with to create valuable social scheme. The concept of social value has been around for much longer than the Act and many contractors have this firmly embedded within their company ethos. Read more via Building Social Value


HyperloopHyperloop is coming to Europe
The future of high speed transport in America could also be heading for Europe. The Hyperloop transportation system, dreamed up by Elon Musk in 2013, is set to be installed in Bratislava as soon as 2020. Slovakia is planning to build a system to create routes from Bratislava to Vienna and Budapest and is designed to cut four-hour journeys to just 25 minutes. Read more via Daily Mail


SydneytimberCurving timber revealed
Kengo Kuma has revealed plans for his first building in Australia, a cylindrical civic centre by Sydney's Darling Harbour that will feature the Japanese architect's characteristic timber cladding. Ribbons of light-coloured wood will wrap the curving building known as The Darling Exchange in an "organic and spontaneous manner" according to Kuma. Read more via Dezeen

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