Tune in for this week’s architecture, design and construction news – with a brief commentary from our Development Manager, Nathan Kirk!

Phenolic foam board cladding system fails fire test


Four of the seven types of cladding combinations failed the large-scale fire tests so far (the seventh one is yet to be published). This means that at least 228 residential towers don’t meet the building regulations. The Government is said to provide advice for building owners regarding the maintenance and need of remedial work for their property. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>

N. K. > The market waits for clarity and enforced direction on materials that are truly fit for purpose.

New predictions for engineering’s digital future


A white paper called Digital Engineering: Building Reality by GeoSLAM predicts radical changes in the way buildings will be designed and managed in the years to come. Digital innovations have disrupted many industries, and now it’s time for them to make their way in the construction business. Learn more about the expected growth in the construction sector and its connection to the digital revolution at infrastructure-intelligence.com >>

N. K. > The importance of using 3D mobile mapping technology in modern construction techniques is becoming more and more apparent. By identifying potential risks and avoiding costly delays using the methods and technologies of 3D mobile mapping, accurate costs and time scales can be achieved.

Balfour Beatty wins Bristol-Cardiff rail electrification


Balfour Beatty will collaborate with Network Rail on an Early Contractor Involvement basis to reach an agreement about crucial aspects of the project. Completion is expected at the end of 2018, with the electrification of an important route section between Cardiff and Bristol. Find out more at theconstructionindex.co.uk>>
N. K. > With 20%-30% less carbon monoxide emissions from electric locomotives against standard diesel engines, the much-needed upgrade is welcomed. Interesting enough, electric locomotives reduce wear and tear on the tracks due to being lighter because of the non-requirement to carry diesel fuel, this in-tern should equate less maintenance and route disruptions. Thank-You Balfour Beatty, we look forward to a cleaner and smoother ride.

Radboud University Dental Sciences Building / Inbo


Plenty of glass and light make the renovated Dental Sciences Building (Faculty of Medical Sciences) of the Radboud University in Netherlands an amazing place to learn and practice. The works were aimed at making the building more modern, functional and comfortable to use, while increasing energy efficiency. Read more at archdaily.com >>

N. K. > We are so glad the original building wasn’t demolished and new build constructed. Inbo Architects have done a fantastic job of modernizing and improving the Radboud Universities functionality however maintaining some of the existing structures appearance. Click here to see Dynamic Claddings products that are ideal for over-cladding existing structures.

Mace to build third Shard tower


Shard Place, next to the The Shard and The News Building, will provide 180 000 sq ft of apartment with different sizes. The Renzo Piano designed residential tower will also feature a rooftop garden. Mace will provide all services for the construction, set to be complete in 2020.  Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>

N. K. > Another fantastic building for London Central, congratulations to Mace on the awarding to them of Full Construction Management.

How your construction business can cut costs without cutting corners


The Construction Products Association doesn’t have a very optimistic outlook on the construction business growth for next year – Chris Matenaers from Cromwell shares his suggestions how to avoid financial problems in the events of a downturn. Read more at buildingtalk.com >>

N. K. > Some sound advice from Chris Matenaers!

CF Møller covers Copenhagen school in 12,000 solar panels


The Scandinavian firm covered the waterfront school with blue-tinged solar panels facing different directions, thus creating a spectacular pixellated view. Apart from being a beautiful addition to the renovated harbour, they will provide more than 50% of the school’s electricity. Read more at dezeen.com >>

N. K. > The use of solar panels to produce 50% of the school’s energy requirement is truly amazing. This Scandinavian school building is leading way in sustainable energy and is truly a beautiful masterpiece.

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