We are happy to announce our new rubric – the Dynamic Cladding Weekly Digest. Every week we will summarize the most important construction and architecture news and events, bringing you a synthesized account of what’s happening in the industry during the week.

Green light for London ‘Jenga tower’


A 53-storey landmark building near Blackfriars Bridge has has been granted planning consent. The tower, designed by architect Wilkinson Eyre, will dominate the skyline at 183.5m with its signature blocked facade. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >>

Government to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040


In an attempt to battle the “toxic air crisis” the government has proposed £3Bn Clean Air Strategy which includes substituting new petrol and diesel vehicles with cleaner electric and hybrid ones. The change will is set to take effect from 2040, should the strategy be approved. Read more at ukconstructionmedia.co.uk >>

Industry and government in the dock after Grenfell


After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower many questions have been asked and few answers have been given. With the inquiry still under way Andy Walker reports on a multitude of angles relating to fire safety and construction practices. Read more at infrastructure-intelligence.com >>

New rules to see drones registered and users take safety tests


With drones already playing an important role for the construction industry, plans to regulate their use will no doubt affect usage by professionals as well as amateurs. The government will require drone owners to register them, as well as sit a safety test to ensure they are aware of UK safety, security and privacy regulations. Read more at ukconstructionmedia.co.uk >>

Designing Out Terrorism at UK Security Expo 2017


More than 10 000 visitors will meet the 250 exhibitors at UK Security Expo where issues related to threats posed to UK citizens, borders and infrastructure will be tackled. The one-day “Designing Out Terrorism” conference will be held to discuss what industry professionals need to take into consideration when still at the concept stage. Read more at buildingtalk.com >>

Funding has been announced for a £30m flood defence scheme to protect Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire


Allocation of funding for the defence scheme has been approved and The Environment Agency will apply for planning permission. The scheme includes wall improvements, relocation of a bridge and more. Construction is set to begin this autumn and be completed in phases. Read more at theconstructionindex.co.uk >>

Focus on electrifying heating in buildings now for best air quality benefits


Consultancy WSP argues that converting buildings to electric heating will have a more immediate impact on air quality than suggested plan for electric and hybrid vehicles. A 40% reduction of emissions will be achieved by phasing out gas-powered buildings, which is a similar level to the expected electrification of transportation. Read more at infrastructure-intelligence.com >>

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