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New construction minster appointed
Chief Executive of FMB, Brian Berry responds positively to Lord Prior’s recent appointment as the new construction minister. The new Construction Minister has been appointed at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history. Read the full article here.
Tidal lagoon gets underway
A government commissioned review has supported plans to build the £1.3bn world’s first tidal lagoon power station in Swansea. Charles Hendry's independent report into the technology's viability said it would make a "strong contribution" to the UK's energy supply. He said it was cost effective and would bring "significant economic opportunity".Read the full article here.
UK manufacturing continues to grow
Construction manufacturing sales continued to climb for its consecutive fifteenth quarter in 2016 according to the latest survey by the CPA. Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a consecutive fifteenth quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the CPA's latest State of Trade Survey. Read the full article here.
Stonehenge sees the light
Plans to build a road tunnel past Stonehenge has been finalised by the government in an aim to cut congestion and improve journey times. Campaigners claim the 1.8-mile (2.9 km) dual-carriageway tunnel will cause "irreparable damage" to the landscape. Read the full article here.
Government considers £1K levy on EU workers
Home Office minister, Robert Goodwill is considering imposing a £1,000-a-year levy on EU workers post brexit. It has been estimated that nearly 12% of the UK’s 2.1 million construction workers come from abroad, mainly from the EU. Read the full article here
BIM, dubbed "a Google Docs for buildings", is transforming architecture in a way that hasn't been seen since the introduction of computers. "It's massive," says Benjamin Marks, who heads his eponymous architectural practice. "In the past few years, the way you design and construct a building has become markedly different." Read the full article here
The London Mayor steps in
Sadiq Khan has stepped in for the first time since being elected to take over two major planning applications in the capital. His intervention on the applications – one in Haringey and the other in Harrow – will allow City Hall experts to help create more suitable proposals and secure hundreds of genuinely affordable homes.
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If pigs could fly...
The process of anaerobic digestion in dead pigs could generate considerable quantities of biogas, a recent University study has found. UK scientists have found that bio-reduction through anaerobic digestion could provide a viable solution for on-farm storage or disposal of porcine carcass material. Read the full article
Africa powers up
The Kenyan biogas-powered electrcity plant produces enough surplus power to feed 5,000-6,000 rural homes. The farm, roughly 76km away from the capital Nairobi, is owned by the Vegpro Group, an East African vegetable and rose exporter. Read the full article here
Now that's what I call fast track
Africa’s first electrified gauge railway will cut the 750km travel time between Ethiopia and the sea from three days to 12 hours. The dignitaries present at the inauguration ceremony in Djibouti included Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh. Read the full article here