PBC Today November 2018


In November’s PBC Today, we hear from the heart of government as Alex Lubbock of the Infrastructure & Projects Authority discusses Transforming Infrastructure Performance, a major 10-year programme to improve the delivery and performance of built assets, while boosting the productivity of the construction sector

We also have a piece from the Victorian Society on this year’s list of the UK’s top 10 most endangered buildings, which range from a collection of gasholders in east London to an ornate turn-of-the-century Winter Gardens and factory buildings that once formed part of Hartley’s Village in Liverpool, built for the workers of the famous jam company.

There’s much more besides, including a major report from Centre for London calling for Modern Methods of Construction to be embraced as a way of tackling the capital’s acute housing crisis, multi-million pound government backing for the UK’s first Active Building Centre and a call for the industry to consider going beyond the Hackitt Review in order to deliver safer buildings.

Here’s a selection of what’s in store:

  1. Transforming Infrastructure Performance: From strategy to delivery

Alex Lubbock, head of digital construction at the Infrastructure & Projects Authority, discusses Transforming Infrastructure Performance, the government’s plan to boost the performance of UK infrastructure by improving productivity in the way we plan, design, build and operate assets.

  1. Can Modern Methods of Construction solve London’s housing crisis?

A new report argues that Modern Methods of Construction can help London meet the huge challenge of improving the quality and quantity of its housing. Co-author Erica Belcher of the Centre for London examines their potential – and the barriers facing their adoption.

  1. The Endangered List: Charting the UK’s at-risk buildings

The Victorian Society’s 2018 list of the most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the UK highlights a diverse collection of striking, historically important structures in need of urgent care.

  1. Neuroscience in cities: A life-hack for better wellbeing?

Can neuroscience help us better understand how cities function and thereby reimagine them into healthier, more prosperous, places? Sam Markey of Future Cities Catapult takes a look.

  1. The impact of developer-led regeneration on Greater Manchester

A major report assessing a quarter of a century of developer-led regeneration in Greater Manchester concluded that it has done very little for the vast majority of residents. Professor Karel Williams of Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester explains the findings.

  1. The evolution of offsite timber construction

Lewis Taylor of TRADA discusses the innovations that have made offsite timber frame construction a fully modern method of delivering high quality, cost-effective and sustainable buildings.

  1. £36m boost for turning buildings into power stations

Research pioneered at Swansea University to create “active” buildings that generate their own clean energy has received a multi-million pound boost from the government. PBC Today profiles the new Active Buildings Centre.

  1. Investigating integrated security at the design and planning stage

Talking about integrating security into the design of a building is nothing new – but if we’re serious about it then project teams need to start working more closely together much earlier in the process, says Stewart Liberatore of RWS.

  1. AI in construction

Professor Peter Debney of Oasys Software looks at how Artificial Intelligence is impacting the construction industry, from planning and project management through to the build and post-completion.

  1. Site Showreel: 3 World Trade Centre rises in NYC, carbon neutral modular at the V&A and 3D printed homes in the Netherlands

In the latest Site Showreel, we take a look at the completion of Richard Rogers’ 80-storey 3 World Trade Centre in New York City, the world’s first 3D printed houses for sale and MultiPly, a carbon-neutral, modular timber pavilion built at the V&A for the London Design Festival.


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