UKCW 2018


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Engineers could earn football salaries
Gas, water and electricity workers could demand Premier League-level salaries in future if the skills shortage in the utilities sector is not dealt with by the government and employers. The warning comes from Develop Training Limited (DTL), the UK’s leading accredited provider of compliance, technical and safety training in the utility sector. Read more via the Training Journal

MMCHalf expect MMC will slow down
More than half of housebuilders say roles of modern methods of construction (MMC) will remain static over the next three years, despite housing demand. Some 51% of respondents to a survey by the NHBC Foundation, said they expected no growth in MMC or offsite manufacturing, and 3% believe it will decline. However, 45% anticipated an increase in the role of MMC. Read more via Construction Manager

SolarSolar produced more than coal in May
Solar power in the UK produced more electricity than coal across the whole of May, the first ever month to pass the milestone. Solar panels generated 50% more electricity than the fossil fuel across the month, as days lengthened and coal use fell. Read more via the guardian

RecyclingwoodWood recycling rises as demand does
As the UK looks to reduce its carbon footprint, how it disposes of its wood will play a key role in hitting sustainability targets. The demand for timber across the world shows no signs of slowing down and has led to a number of environmental concerns including deforestation, negative impacts of wildlife and an increase in green house gasses. Read more via UK Construction Media

MEDIACITYUKMediaCityUK set for £1Bn expansion
New plans submitted to the council will see MediaCityUK in Salford, double in size over the next decade, in a £1Bn expansion of the site. The current creative and digital hub already houses 250 businesses including the BBC and ITV. Key developments include 50,000 m² (540,000 sq ft) of offices, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure outlets, public spaces and a promenade. Read more via UK Construction Media  

ArchitectsHave your say on architects at work
Win a night’s stay at Cotswold House Hotel by completing RIBA’s survey about your experience with architects. The findings from the survey will help to assess the services architects provide and identify where improvements can be made. Results will be revealed at UKCW. Take the survey here


Glass carriages websiteThrough the looking glass
Japan’s largest ferris wheel to open in Osaka featuring glass walls, floors and carriages. The country’s largest-ever ferris wheel is set to open at Osaka’s Expo City on July 1 this year. Standing at a height of 123 metres (403.5 feet), the Red Horse Osaka Wheel promises to be impressive not only in stature, but in modern-day aesthetics as well. Read more via Rocket News

Venice websitePeaceful retreats at Biennale
Swedish studios Kjellander + Sjöberg and Folkhem have installed a wooden pavilion between the Venice Biennale venues, in tribute to the 10 million trees used to build the city's foundations. Read more via dezeen


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