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Construction now restarted on 86% of major sites

Construction now restarted on 86% of major sites

22/05/20

Major contractors are now working on 86% of sites in England and Wales as the return to work on construction and infrastructure sites gathers pace. An update from trade body Build UK on Wednesday revealed the number of operational sites for its contractor members – up from 82% last week. Build UK’s membership includes most […]

Latest tower for Canada Water unveiled

Latest tower for Canada Water unveiled

18/05/20

Developer Southern Grove has unveiled plans to build an £80m mixed-use residential and office complex in London’s Canada Water. “The Brooklyn” will provide 150 homes alongside 25,000 sq ft of office space and is designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The scheme will be 18 storeys high and will occupy a site called St Olav’s […]

Plan for world’s tallest octagonal resi tower

Plan for world’s tallest octagonal resi tower

05/05/20

Developer Argent has unveiled plans to construct the world’s tallest pure octagonal residential building at the Paradise site in Birmingham.   Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects has designed the Octagon tower which will rise to 49 storeys. It will house 346 build to rent flats, with up to eight to a floor getting their own uninterrupted panoramic […]

Interserve trials site social distancing alarm system

Interserve trials site social distancing alarm system

01/05/20

Interserve is using new social distancing technology which sounds an alarm if workers get too near each other on site.   The personnel distancing systems (PDS) from specialist SiteZone Safety have been used on the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham to enforce the ‘two-metre rule’ during construction.   The PDS consists of a 2kg […]

Fluor handed management of UK smart motorway programme

Fluor handed management of UK smart motorway programme

27/04/20

2 hours Highways England has signed an alliance with six companies to develop, design and construct the future smart motorway programme.   The 10-year framework deal is expected to deliver £4.5bn-worth of highways work, installing variable message board gantries and removing motorway hard shoulders to install all-lane running. The alliance comprises, in old fashioned terms, a project manager […]

ISG wins Sky innovation centre

ISG wins Sky innovation centre

10/03/20

Sky has signed-up ISG to build a new innovation centre at its campus in Osterley, West London. The new three-storey hybrid steel and cross laminated timber frame structure has been designed to maximise natural light in the 77,000 sq ft open plan structure. The raking aluminium and glass ziggurat façade leads to a roof structure […]

Next five-year £25bn roads spending plan delayed

Next five-year £25bn roads spending plan delayed

10/03/20

The Government is understood to be delaying the publication of the £25bn next phase of its roads programme. The next five-year Road Investment Strategy, known as RIS2, is due to come into action on 1 April and was expected to be published alongside the Budget statement tomorrow. But now the Government is reported by the Times to […]

Heathrow third runway grounded by appeal court

Heathrow third runway grounded by appeal court

02/03/20

Environmental campaigners have successfully blocked plans for Heathrow’s third runway in the Court of Appeal. But today Heathrow Airport Limited vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court saying that environmental concerns could easily be rectified. Judges this morning ruled that ministers had not done enough to tackle climate concerns when they gave it […]

Work begins on £8m Glasgow cycleway scheme

Work begins on £8m Glasgow cycleway scheme

02/03/20

The Connecting Woodside initiative will create protected cycle routes through Charing Cross and along Garscube Road, Woodlands Road, and St George’s Road. It is considered to be the missing piece of a jigsaw and will connect to improvements on Sauchiehall Street, the Forth & Clyde Canal and regeneration work at Port Dundas and Sighthill. Public […]

Digital future for construction

Digital future for construction

06/02/20

Digital technology may be finding its place in certain parts of the construction industry, but for many, a fundamental change in mindset is needed before the benefits can be fully realised.   Helena Russell reports on two initiatives that are intended to help the industry modernise – rather than let it die   Skills shortages […]

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