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Greenwich Uni First Construction Summer School

Construction Chat organised Greenwich University’s first Construction Summer School for Year 10 pupils from the Royal Greenwich University Technology College (UTC). More than 60 pupils keen to pursue careers in construction and engineering have spent three days at the University of Greenwich designing a new education centre for the World Heritage Site. After being presented with…

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

Design considerations – BBC GSCE Architecture

A futuristic performing arts centre in Leicester WatchClip duration:04.27 Does Leicester’s futuristic Curve Theatre fit in with the local community? A modern approach to designing department stores WatchClip duration:05.00 How department stores are being designed to create an exciting and interesting experience. A modernistic approach to design at London Zoo WatchClip duration:02.55 Dan Cruickshank showcases…

Posted on December 16th, 2014

Salaries break £100,000 barrier for construction professionals

A severe shortage of white-collar staff is seeing salaries for some construction professionals break the £100,000 barrier. Soaring salary rates are concentrated in London and the South East for pre-construction professionals like planning and design managers.  Estimators are also seeing wages rocket while the era of £100,000-a-year project managers is approaching. One recruitment specialist at…

Posted on October 11th, 2014

London air monitoring project receives £1m donation

500 air monitoring sensors rolled out in London schools as part of eventual planned network of 10,000 across Greater London, One million pounds has been donated by the founder of a taxi firm to help fund a project to monitor air quality at schools in London. Founder of Addison Lee, John Griffin, has donated the money…

Posted on September 27th, 2014

Japanese firm to build space elevator by 2050

Japanese construction firm Obayashi says it will have an elevator to space in operation by 2050. ABC News Australia reported that Obayashi’s space elevator will reach 96,000 kilometers (59,652 miles) into space. People riding the elevator will be inside robotic cars powered by magnetic motors. It will be able to carry around 30 people at a time and will…

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

Sneak peeks: Inside Inverness’ new campus

On land just off the A9 on the edge of Inverness a new campus is being developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. HIE has invested £25m in the project which will provide a new home for Inverness College UHI, an enterprise and research centre, a life science building, sports facilities and a hotel. The campus…

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Work starts on world’s first vertical cable car in Brighton

Building work has officially started on Brighton seafront to build the UK’s tallest observation tower outside London. The 162m tall i360 tower is being built with help from Brighton and Hove City Council, which lent £36.2m to the £46.2m project. The structure, designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Jacobs, is being built on the old West…

Posted on August 3rd, 2014

Didcot power station demolition caught on camera

Three enormous cooling towers at the disused Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire have been demolished. The blast, conducted with more than 180 kg of explosives, flattened 36,000 tonnes of material in seconds and was streamed live on-line. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the towers come down at 05:01 BST, despite warnings of a huge…

Posted on July 27th, 2014

Balfour Beatty and Carillion hold merger talks

Carillion and Balfour Beatty have made a shock annoucement that they are engaged in preliminary discussions about a possible merger. The discussion follows an approach from Carillion to Balfour Beatty. The boards of the two companies said that they believe that the merger of the two groups has the potential to create a market-leading services,…

Posted on July 27th, 2014

46,000 solar panel farm in Cwmavon, Port Talbot, Passed

Plans to build a solar park the size of 45 football pitches have been approved by Neath Port Talbot council. Eco Energy World Limited will build nearly 46,000 panels on 81 acres of land at Tyle’r-fedwen Farm in Cwmavon, near Port Talbot. The company said construction would take about 14 weeks and they wanted to…

Posted on July 22nd, 2014