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Breakthrough smart wallpaper detects & resists fires

Researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed smart wallpaper that not only resists fire, but raises the alarm when one breaks out

Welsh government to invest £3m to replace cladding on tower blocks post Grenfell

The Welsh Government has announced that it will spend up to £3 million to replace cladding on three tower blocks in Newport
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RTPI awards honour planning excellence

A 10-year plan to regenerate a declining fishing village in Scotland has won the top prize at the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 last night (24 May)

Carillion collapse: Government ‘missed clear warning signs’

The government's system for assessing its major suppliers missed "clear and compelling problems" with Carillion in the months leading up to its collapse, the Public Accounts Committee has said.
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MPs seek advice to improve the safety of high-rise buildings following post-Grenfell report

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will ask construction industry experts for  advice on the changes that should be made to building regulations to improve the safety of high-rise buildings.

Brent Council appoints Wates for £23.4m redevelopment

Wates Residential has been appointed constructor to a new £23.4m project by the London Borough of Brent, which will see 149 new homes built by December 2021

Under the spotlight: Top construction trends

Technology is having a profound impact on the construction industry as it embraces innovative and disruptive technologies that were once thought to be science-fiction. Here we take a look at the trends shaping the industry and how companies are staying on top by adopting the latest cutting-edge techniques
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Cost analysis highlights timber frame savings

Timber frame construction is only marginally cheaper than masonry for affordable housing but is significantly quicker, according to a new study by cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall UK
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Tackling labour exploitation & modern slavery in London

Officers from the City of London Police’s Community Policing team visited a number of construction sites within the Square Mile from 14-18 May, and spoke to employees about their rights and entitlements, as part of the National Crime Agency’s campaign to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking

Laing O’Rourke completes first phase of Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Construction firm Laing O’Rourke has successfully handed over the first phase of the new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester

Contractors selected for £1.5bn Scottish housebuilding framework

Twenty building contractors have been confirmed for a £1.5bn local authority housebuilding framework in Scotland
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Planning Protocol to unite developers and planning authorities in Essex

Planning departments and developers across Greater Essex have signed up to a new Essex Planning Protocol. The Planning Protocol is an agreement committing parties to working together constructively to facilitate the growth needed across Greater Essex
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Kier launches education programme to entice the next generation into construction industry

Kier is launching a new education programme in Wales with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), to create effective links between local schools and the Kier supply chain.

Construction & Real Estate scale-ups optimistic about Brexit, report says

Almost half (42%) of the scale-up businesses in construction and real estate believe that the Government’s approach to Brexit and international trade will benefit them, while 40% say it will have no impact at all, according to a new report

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