UKCW 2018


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Driverless cars to hit the UK by 2017
Highways England will spend £150M on harnessing new technology, including trials of driverless car technology on motorways. The on-road technology would wirelessly transmit the latest journey information directly to vehicles which, depending on the circumstances, could suggest changing lanes or taking an alternative route. 
Read more via GOV.UK


MergerMega-merger talks to create top four house builder
Three of London’s largest housing associations are in advanced merger talks to form a 135,000-home social landlord capable of building 100,000 homes in 10 years. The mammoth housing organisation would be worth an estimated £30bn and aims to build the new homes across London and the South East – 35,000 more homes than they could have achieved alone. Read more via Construction Enquirer

ZahaHadid“Zaha Hadid’s work was futuristic and ahead of time”
Tributes continue to flood in for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid who passed away suddenly at the age of 65 last week. Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs followed her career and made a personal tribute to the architect legend. "She was ahead of us, just as she was ahead of the design and construction technology that would later allow her gravity-defying forms to actually stay up.". Read more via Dezeen

TimberpollConfor releases EU poll about affects to Timber industry
Poll results from Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) will be revealed at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry (APPGF) at Westminster on April 19. The APPGF will discuss how a vote to leave the EU might impact on the sector, with two MPs speaking up for each side of the argument. Read more via TTJ Online

EnergyEnergy costs relief for steel sector and other energy intensive industries
The government published a consultation on 1 April 2016, introducing an annual exemption worth £390M from renewable electricity costs. The move which was first announced in the Autumn Statement, could save the steel industry over £400M over this Parliament, exempting all EII’s from paying £390M a year in policy costs of the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff. Read more via UK Construction Media

BIMnewBIM survey reveals gradual client uptake
Construction Manager's pre-BIM mandate survey recently showed how the industry is gradually absorbing BIM into its contracts and processes. The survey of 557 industry professionals also revealed that overall levels of confidence on BIM adoption are relatively low, with 27% scoring themselves as “very unsure” about working at Level 2 BIM, just 14% rating themselves as having “some confidence” and only 5% claiming to be “fully confident”. Read more via BIM Plus

SocialhousingArchitect makes housing designs access free for public
Chilean architect, Alejandro Aravena has released a number of his residential designs as an open-source resource to help tackle the global affordable housing crisis. Aravena announced the open-source initiative on Tuesday at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York, after being awarded the Pritzker Prize for his innovative social housing work. Read more via Dezeen

LockOz house to lock & leave
Kris Keen of Keen Architecture, has sent us their latest project, located in Perth, Australia, that they’ve designed for a couple with a busy lifestyle, who wanted a low-maintenance home they could just ‘lock and leave.’Read more via Contemporist


LandmarkcolourBuilding 10 wonders of the world — in colour
What would 10 famous landmarks from 1840s-1940s look like in colour? View the gallery here via Mashable




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