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Builders get personal on EU Ref
FMB has released a report that shows more than 80% of small construction firms bosses will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the EU on their broader personal beliefs. Most support from builders for remaining within the EU stems from continued economic stability membership would be likely to provide.
Read more via Builders Merchants News
Skills shortage boosts weekly wage
Skills shortages and fears over the EU vote have seen bricklayers’ wages hit £1,000 a week as competition for site workers intensifies. A survey of construction recruitment firms by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) found 63% of agencies saw demand for temporary workers increase over the last year. Read more via Construction Enquirer
Clerkenwell's high temple of timber
In the heart of London, Flea Folly Architects installed a jaw dropping wooden walkway as part of Clerkenwell Design Week. The 4.5-metre-tall structure, titled HakFolly, has been constructed from Dutch flooring company Hakwood's finished planks, as well as leftover timber elements created during the manufacture of floorboards. Read more via Dezeen
£21M granted for greener transports
23 travel initiatives across England have been given government funding, offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options. Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education.
Read more via UK Construction Media
Warning over foreign investment
Over-reliance on foreign investment could make UK cities less resilient and more vulnerable to global market fluctuations. According to Professor Raco, if a global recession leads to higher costs, “there would be growing pressure from investors for stronger guarantees from taxpayers." Read more via Infrastructure Intelligence
Improving visibility with new hard hats
An Irish firm has launched a see-through version of the traditional hard hat, claiming it will improve workers' visibility and site safety. Portwest says its PV50 Peakview Translucent Vented Hard Hat allows the wearer to “see from any angle without excessive head tilting or turning the hat back-to front”.
Read more via Construction Manager
More organisations join Build UK
Build UK continues to grow and has welcomed two new members as it looks to share and promote best practice across the industry. J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) has become Build UK’s first new Contractor Member since forming in 2015, and the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) are
the third Trade Association to join Build UK this year. Read more via Build UK
Power of pigwaste
Power giant Duke Energy announced plans on Tuesday to buy gas generated by the waste from pigs on farms in North Carolina. The company will use the gas, made of methane, to generate electricity at two power stations. Read more via Fortune.com
The world's first 3D printed office
Dubai opens a 250 sqm office that was printed and installed in 17 days. A 3D-print machine measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide – equipped with a robotic printing arm – was used.
Read more via Global Construction Review