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UK construction sector reports mixed data after February flooding

UK construction sector reports mixed data after February flooding | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Index dips as housebuilders hit by wind, rain and flooding but local authorities found the funds for capital projects and maintenance after recent bad weather Britain's building boom shifted from the construction of new homes to civil engineering...
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British companies hiring staff at fastest rate since 1998

British companies hiring staff at fastest rate since 1998 | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Markit employment index rose from January, hinting economy is on course for around 0.7% growth in first quarter of 2014 British companies hired staff at the fastest rate in 16 years in February, as growth in orders and broader economic recovery...
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The Shard Skyscraper Documentary - Vertical Expectations

The Shard, is a skyscraper under construction (at this time of writing) in London Bridge, London. When completed in 2012, it will be the tallest building in ...
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The World's Most Advanced Building Material Is... Wood | Popular ...

The World's Most Advanced Building Material Is... Wood | Popular ... | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War ...
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Modern Seaweed Houses

Modern Seaweed Houses | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Modern seaweed clad houses utilize a traditional construction method in Denmark “Seaweed pillows [knit mesh tubes filled with dried seaweed] were used as cladding for this holiday house on the Danish island of Læsø by architecture studio...
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Corruption in Construction: What can be done?

CIC Deputy Chair, Tony Burton, explores current perceptions of corruption in construction and asks what can be done about it.
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London’s Forgotten Disasters: The Battersea Big Dipper Crash

London’s Forgotten Disasters: The Battersea Big Dipper Crash | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Wandsworth Council
Did you know that the world’s worst roller coaster accident happened right here in London?
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EcoBatt Green Insulation

EcoBatt Green Insulation | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
EcoBatt Green Insulation
“Knauf EcoBatt™ Insulation doesn’t look like any insulation you’ve ever seen, but that’s because its natural brown color represents a level of sustainability never before achieved.
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Two Possible Designs For A Thames Lido

Two Possible Designs For A Thames Lido | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
After we ran an article earlier in the week about a feasibility study into a lido on the Thames, we got an email about a previous lido concept that was floated for the South Bank.
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Catching A Train Through A Crossrail Tunnel

Catching A Train Through A Crossrail Tunnel | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Crossrail won’t open to the public until 2018. Yet it’s already possible to catch a train on certain sections…if you have security clearance and full personal protective equipment.
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Insulating Homes Trims Energy Costs

Insulating Homes Trims Energy Costs | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Millions of consumers are changing the way they think about energy use, in an effort to act more responsibly using natural resources.
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Scandal of Europe's 11m empty homes

Scandal of Europe's 11m empty homes | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Housing campaigners denounce 'shocking waste' of homes lying empty while millions cry out for shelter More than 11m homes lie empty across Europe – enough to house all of the continent's homeless twice over – according to figures collated by the...
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Affordable Homes Construction Slowing

Affordable Homes Construction Slowing | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
City Hall was criticised last week for underspending by around £120m on its affordable homes programme this financial year. The mayor’s office explained that there’s been a change in the way developers are paid (100% at the end of the project,...
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Why is the Blackwall tunnel so bendy?

Why is the Blackwall tunnel so bendy? | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts
Why are there so many kinks in the Blackwall tunnel?
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British manufacturers weather February storms

British manufacturers weather February storms | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
The latest PMI survey reveals jobs creation hits a 33-month record
Manufacturers are creating new jobs at the fastest pace since May 2011, according to the latest CIPS/Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) survey.
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CIAT and AIBD sign collaborative arrangement

Collaborative agreement signed between CIAT and AIBD
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The only way out of the housing crisis is to let councils build

The only way out of the housing crisis is to let councils build | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Our housebuilders are reporting surging profits, but we still won't have nearly enough homes to meet demand unless the government allows local authorities to get their hands dirty
Hooray! Happy news from housebuilders this week.
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Bricks and the City – The Happiness Advantage

Bricks and the City – The Happiness Advantage | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
“Clap your hands if you feel like a room without a roof”!
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Will Average London House Prices Hit £36 million?

Will Average London House Prices Hit £36 million? | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
By 2050, just looking at this photograph will cost you £450,000
There’s a theory in economics, known as Stein’s Law: if something can’t go on forever, it will stop.
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Mysterious Spitalfields Photos Go On Show

Mysterious Spitalfields Photos Go On Show | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
On the morning of Saturday 20 April 1912, CA Mathew wandered the streets of Spitalfields taking photographs.
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How do I become … a crane driver

How do I become … a crane driver | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Licences, competency cards, hundreds of hours of active service and, of course, a head for heights are all vital For 25 years Nigel Howard has had a high-rise view on the morphing skylines of the UK's major cities, which helps him recall major...
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Daily chart: Sights from the heights | The Economist

Daily chart: Sights from the heights | The Economist | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
London's overprotected vistas SKYSCRAPERS are sprouting all over London; the pace of construction is the fastest it has ever been. ... I think London needs more tall residential buildings, but not skyscrapers necessarily.
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Builders look safe as houses when it comes to executive bonuses

Builders look safe as houses when it comes to executive bonuses | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
The economic climate is favouring housebuilding at last, so clearly bosses at Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and elsewhere deserve a wheelbarrow full of cash When school career advisers ask pupils what job they aspire to, they supposedly get trite...
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Spain's crash landlords: empty homes spawn black housing market

Spain's crash landlords: empty homes spawn black housing market | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
In Madrid you can rent a repossessed home from an unscrupulous squatter – or even 'buy' one for €1,000 The hundreds of thousands of empty homes across Madrid has spawned a black market for cheap housing in which groups illegally break into, and...
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Housing market anticipates confirmation of recovery

Housing market anticipates confirmation of recovery | Building and construction news in and around London | Scoop.it
Housebuilders set to publish forecasts showing improved conditions for investors as government schemes bolster market Confirmation of a recovery in the housing market should be provided this week from the UK's biggest housebuilders that are...
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