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Off-site key to unlocking crisis
In a survey of 230 house-builders, 67per cent said that off-site construction will play a key role in new-home supply. The reason: speed. The build time for these homes is cut by six months or more. However Mark Farmer, founder of advisory group Cast, estimates that just 15,000 homes are constructed off-site a year, alongside prisons, schools and student accommodation. Read the full article here

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 £5bn fund set for small developers
Accordng to City A.M. the government is set to launch a £5bn fund to help small developers tackle the housing crisis in the run up to the Autumn Statement. The Home Building Fund, aimed at small and medium-sized developers, was announced as part of the Queen’s Speech in May, but has since languished at the bottom of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG). Read the full article here

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Highways England launch graduate scheme
Highways England is launching a range of opportunities for graduates looking to design, build, maintain and improve the country’s infrastructure. Roles including project managers, civil engineers and quantity surveyors are now open for applications and will lead to opportunities across Highways England’s nationwide offices, including Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Bedford and Guildford. Read the full article here

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Material Lab collaboration unveiled
The central feature at the Surface & Materials Show will be co-ordinated by leading materials resource studio, Material Lab. The space will present a curated material selection; products on display will be at the cutting edge of the industry and designed to meet the evolving needs of architects, interior designers, facilities managers and specifiers. Read the full article here

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Tesla to build roofs entirely of solar panels
A new venture will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions. Tesla has finalized a $2.6bn deal to buy solar power company SolarCity to produce solar “shingles” – photovoltaic material that would be fashioned into the shape of a house roof. Read the full article here

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Skills shortages hit quality of work
Sustainability in the Supply Chain found 58% of contractors and suppliers cited shortages as negatively impacting the quality of their workmanship. The problem is worse in the public sector with 85% of managers seeing the quality of their built environment projects negatively affected by skills shortages. Read the full article here

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Machinery exports remain strong
UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued to show growth in the second quarter of 2016, reversing the declining trend in 2015. Data shows that the value of construction machinery exports from the UK between April and June 2016 was £595m, which was 0.7% up on the first quarter, which was itself was 4.4% higher than the fourth quarter of 2015. Read the full article here

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Cyclists to ride 125 miles to UKCW
NLA Chairman, Peter Murray, and Wates Director, Andy Wates, will cycle 125.7 miles from London to Birmingham in aid of Construction Youth Trust. “Construction Youth Trust help young people as well as helping the construction industry – the UKCW community should know more about them,” says Murray. “Therefore I’m riding to raise a bit of money but also to highlight the good work of the Trust”. Read the full article here


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World’s tallest twisted towers revealed
A new industry study charting twisted buildings around the world reveals spiralling skyscrapers are more popular than ever. The latest report from the CTBUH has revealed that there are now 28 skyscrapers with twisted structures either built or under construction. The tallest of these is Gensler's 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower – currently the second tallest building in the world. Read the full article here


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$1bn indoor theme park set for Dubai
A new US$1 billion (£758m) indoor amusement park in Dubai will boast a Marvel Comics-themed zone; a first-of-its-kind 3D ride featuring 18 IMAX projectors; and a hair-raising Haunted Hotel where visitors must be aged 15 and over. At first glance, the dusty surroundings of IMG Worlds of Adventure cast doubt on the August 31 opening date. Read the full article here

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