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Prefab homes to make comeback
The “PREFAB” is to make a comeback following news that the Government plans to offer manufacturers help to build 100,000 ready-made homes in a bid to solve a looming crisis. As things stand the construction industry builds 130,000 homes a year at a time when we require 250,000.
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Transport link opens doors for North West
Bay Gateway, a £140M road linking Heysham to the M6 has been opened, nearly 70 years after it was first suggested. The biggest road to be built in Lancashire for decades, Bay Gateway, has been opened and is expected to boost economic growth by proving better access to the peninsula. Read the full article here.
WAN Round-Up of UKCW 2016
For the second year running, World Architecture News was delighted to be a major media and content partner of UK Construction Week which was held at the NEC in Birmingham between 18 and 20 October. WAN hosted three theatre sessions involving city leaders and professionals and also made two WAN AWARDS winning announcements at the event.Read the full article here.
Average home costs 6x annual wage
House price growth at standstill, but Nationwide warns that the average home costs six times the average wages. According to the Nationwide Building Society, the typical UK home now costs six times the average annual earnings, even though house inflation is slowing for the first time in 15 months. Read the full article here.
CITB puts £450,000 into BIM education
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has awarded a Liverpool business £450,000 of funding for a new project aimed at getting teachers and students excited about Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. The BIM4Education initiative aims to change the image of the industry among young people, their teachers and parents. Read the full article here
Waterloo terminal set for retail revamp
The former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo Station is being brought back into use after almost a decade, with Lambeth Council approving plans to turn it into a retail development. Client London & Continental Railways said the scheme will create 135,000 sq ft of space for independent, high street and food stores, spread across three floors, including a new mezzanine level.Read the full article here
Calls for timber supply chain support
The STA is calling for timber supply chain to support key themes outlined in Confederation of Timber Industries document. The Structural Timber Association (STA) is calling for the timber supply chain to support the key themes for sector growth outlined in the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) document ‘The Confederation of Timber Industries: Growing Our Industrial Future’. Read the full article here
Arup trials ‘living wall’ scaffolding system
Arup has just launched a scaffolding system fitted with a green living wall to make building sites healthier and more attractive for local communities. The new system is being piloted on a Grade I listed Mayfair building project in London with developer Grosvenor. Read the full article
LEGO® HQ modelled on toy bricks
Scandinavian firm CF Møller has designed a new headquarters for Lego in Billund, Denmark, featuring both work and play spaces for employees. The new 52,000-square-metre campus will be located a few streets away from the soon-to-open Lego visitor centre by BIG, in the home town of the Danish toy brand. Read the full article here
Tesla unveil solar roof tiles
In California, solar energy is already huge. The state’s 15,000 megawatts of solar—the equivalent of several nuclear power plants—can provide power to over 3 million homes. But not every state has California's sky-high energy prices or its green-energy subsidies to push homeowners to install solar panels. Solar energy needs a user-friendly makeover to really take off elsewhere in America. Read the full article here