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Self-healing concrete materials to be developed
Through a project called Materials for Life (M4L), the researchers will evaluate the viability of three types of self-healing concrete: one with shape-memory polymers activated by electrical current, one with healing agents made from organic and inorganic compounds, and one with capsules containing bacteria and healing agents.
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Level 3 BIM gets £15m investment from George Osborne
The next phase of BIM, announced in the Budget, will extend technology from design and creation into the operation and management of built assets. However, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was unable to clarify whether the money will be used to support the continuance of the BIM Task Group, or to fund Level 3 BIM via other means. Read more via Construction Manager
£38M fund will use F1 technology to design greener cars
After an innovative research project won a share of a £38.2 million government prize. The project is one of more than 130 car manufacturers, technology companies and research centres across the country to have won a share of the money, announced in the Budget, which will create hi-tech jobs and help Britain become a global leader in exporting state of the art, emission-cutting technology. Read more via GOV.UK
November opening date announced for £83m Design Museum
London’s iconic Design Museum is set to open its doors at its new home in the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street on 24 November 2016, almost two years later than originally planned. Speaking at a press conference, museum director Deyan Sudjic said: “We need to do something like what Tate Modern did for contemporary art for design in this country.” Read more via Construction Manager
£340m railway upgrade planned for Liverpool
The project will include the creation of two new platforms between the existing platforms seven and eight. Spending is being brought forward as part of a new partnership between Network Rail, which will plough in £229m, and the Liverpool City Region, putting in £111m – much through Government’s Growth Deal funding.
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CIOB’s regeneration challenge inspires young people to build
The CIOB has teamed up with organisation MyKindaFuture to raise the visibility of professional careers in the built environment among young people. Teams had to devise a regeneration strategy for an existing centre, while taking into account the different needs and expectations of users, the local council and a conservation group.
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HS2 appoints engineering partner for 10-year Phase 1 contract
The team from CH2M/Atkins/Sener team will be integrated within HS2 Ltd to provide engineering and construction management support as well as assisting with preparation for the procurement of the main civils contracts for the London to Birmingham stage of the route. Read more via the Construction Index
American cities in $40m race to be the smartest
A fierce contest is under way in the US that pits cities against each other in a competition to develop the “smartest” transportation systems, including self-driving cars. Judges will be interested in self-driving and “connected” cars, as well as “smart streets” fitted with sensors. The aim will be to cut accidents, reduce pollution and increase commuter convenience. Read more via Global Construction Review
Architects to consider Cuban opportunities
It’s well known that looking at the architecture in Havana, Cuba, is like traveling back in time: the weathered buildings are a major part of the city’s attraction. However with the recent opening of a US Embassy and President Obama’s current visit to Cuba heralding a new era for relations with the US and the wider world the country is on the verge of a new wave of investment from architects and construction firms.
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