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UK construction contracts at fastest pace since 2009

“Clear loss of momentum” marked in first post-referendum PMI All three sub-categories record lower output The first construction PMI compiled entirely after the EU referendum result has signalled a further downturn in UK construction output. It is led by the steepest... View Article

LSE urges Metropolitan Green Belt review

Housing should be strategically built on the Metropolitan Green Belt while protecting environmentally important areas, says a new report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) today (Monday 1 August). According to the report, A 21st Century... View Article

Timber structure tests new boundaries in construction

An experimental hardwood installation which can enhance the use of timber in construction will be exhibited during the London Design Festival. “The Smile”, a 34-metre curved cross-laminated tulipwood tube, showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood using American tulipwood. The structure is the result... View Article

Twenty projects shortlisted for Wood Awards 2016

Twenty of Britain’s best architectural designs in wood have been featured on this year’s Wood Awards shortlist. The shortlisted schemes are divided into five sections – Commercial, Education & Public, Private, Interiors and Small projects. Some of the projects are St Clare’s... View Article

Wild about increasing footfall

In the competitive market of the leisure sector, it is important to get the right mix in order to entice visitors to your attraction. Attractions need to provide great customer experience from providing a clear and welcoming entrance, to attractive... View Article

Gatwick reveals shortlist for £1.2bn frameworks

Gatwick disclosed a list of 17 preferred contractors selected to work on its low and medium complexity frameworks as part of its five-year capital investment programme. The new CIP has an additional £200 million attached to it, bringing the 5-year projected spend to... View Article

Plans for Oxfordshire community centre approved

Planning permission has been granted for the development of a new community centre in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Developer Countryside Properties (Bicester) is going to build the centre as part of its Kingsmere development which includes housing, primary and secondary schools and health facilities. The community centre will... View Article

Energy efficient affordable rental homes open in Uckfield

Two small developments of affordable homes for rent have been opened in Uckfield by leading social housing provider Stonewater. The firm delivered eight new homes on previous underused car parking sites. The company stated all properties were designed to be energy efficient. The development comes... View Article

Westbury is seeking sustainability

Staff at Westbury are passionate that the use of tropical hardwood is no longer necessary and have set themselves a goal to be completely tropical hardwood free by the end of 2016 – a tough objective for a big player... View Article

2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the prestigious 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building has been announced today (Thursday 14 July). Six buildings will compete for architecture’s highest accolade which will be awarded in October. Half the shortlist are... View Article

Zaha Hadid’s “stacked vases” tower given green light

A mixed use tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects will be built in Melbourne’s Central Business District in Australia. The 54-storey curved tower called 600 Collins Street will include 420 apartments, offices, retail and public spaces. Zaha Hadid’s design features converting the building’s... View Article
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