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May 31st 2019

International Project of the Year: Finalists

From Scandinavian skyscrapers, to a port in the Falkland Islands, these international projects have challenged contractors to go above and beyond, as well as adapt to a number of different environmental and political obstacles.

Upon completion, the Karlatornet will become Gothenburg’s first skyscraper, and, at 245 m high and 73 storeys, Scandinavia’s tallest building. Work on the high-rise’s foundations commenced in July 2017, with the last pile completed a year later by a Aarsleff Grundläggning / Per Aarsleff joint venture.

Head over to Construction News for the full story.

Aerial Footage Shows Vast Scale of £225m Construction Project in Countryside Near Hinckley

birds eye view construction progress

Stunning aerial footage shows the vast scale of a business park going up on the edge of a county town.

The drone footage, made for construction company Winvic, shows work on Hinckley Park – a new £225 million warehousing and industrial site, on land between the A5 and M69 in Hinckley.

Parcel company DPD is creating £150 million new super-hub on the 82 acre site which is set to eventually create around 2,000 jobs.

There will also be a 532,000 sq ft speculative warehouse as well as room for up to 450,000 sq ft of industrial space.

Head over to the Leicester Mercury for the full story.

Council Houses Built in Wales for First Time in Decades

Council houses are being built in parts of Wales for the first time in decades in response to a shortage of affordable housing.

The Welsh Government wants councils to take advantage of new rules allowing them to borrow more money.

But Cardiff council said it could raise more cash if the Welsh Government allowed it to increase people’s rent.

More than 8,000 council homes were completed in 1976, compared to an annual average of 15 since 2000.

The BBC reports the full story.

Concrete Spiral Staircase Twists Through Open-Plan Office by Hildebrand

A spiral staircase made of concrete rises through the centre of an open-plan office designed by architecture studio Hildebrand in Steinhausen, Switzerland.

Winding its way up the building’s four levels, the staircase ends with a large elliptical skylight that brings light into the centre of each floor.

Hildebrand designed the headquarters for Hapimag, a Swiss holiday company. As well as providing access, this stairway was designed to double as an informal gathering space for the office workers.

Dezeen reports more on their website.

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