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May 10th 2019

Most Expensive Cities for Construction in 2019 Revealed

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The European cities of Copenhagen and Geneva complete the top five of the International Construction Cost Comparison. The ten least expensive cities for construction are mostly situated in Asia.

Andrew Beard, global head cost and commercial management at Arcadis, said: “In 2019 and beyond, smart investment in three key areas is crucial for the future success of construction companies and the sector in general.

“Firstly, innovation and digitisation present an opportunity for construction companies to increase efficiency, lower costs and increased productivity while improving the end product. Secondly, a strong focus on end-user benefits is necessary. Buildings will increasingly need to be part of the urban mobility ecosystem in order to create value in the long term.

Continue reading over at PBC Today to find out what the cities are spending the most on construction.

Incredible time-lapse footage shows the construction of Beijing’s new £9 billion seven-runway hub over three and a half years

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This fascinating time-lapse video made with hundreds of satellite images shows China’s new £9 billion mega airport taking shape over a period of three and a half years on the outskirts of its capital city.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, whose terminal building is designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, is in its last stage of construction.

It will become one of the world’s busiest and largest hubs when it opens late this year.

With a total of seven runways in plan, the airport occupies a piece of land four-fifth the size of Manhattan and is expected to handle 100 million passenger a year in the long run.

Watch the full video at Daily Mail.

Construction Work Begins on Academy Street Development

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The vacant site at 79 Academy Street – once home to Farmfoods – is in the midst of a £5million transformation to create multiple eye-catching affordable homes in the centre of town.

The development, named Wyvern House, will comprise 37 one and two bedroom properties, alongside four small commercial units located on the ground floor.

Contractors Morrison Construction first began ground works in November, with completion expected by summer 2020.

Press and Journal report the full story over on their website.

Self-Healing Concrete Could Cut Costs – But Regulations Need Time to Set

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Dr Benjamin Stafford, a materials science specialist at Matmatch, an online search engine that allows engineers to compare the properties of different materials, explains that the “Romans were technically the first to use self-healing concrete, using tuff together with a form of lime mortar containing volcanic ash, quicklime and water.

“The ‘pozzonic’ reaction between chemicals in the mixture and water (which enters through cracks) results in the growth of calcium aluminosilicate, filling the cracks. This is used, for example, in the Pantheon in Rome.”

The Institutional of Mechanical Engineers reports the full story.

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