January 4th 2019
Timber frames: will we see wooden skyscrapers in the future?
Timber frames, for so long limited to the low-rise residential sector, have begun to break into commercial and higher-rise uses, thanks to technological breakthroughs. What does the future hold?
For more than 100 years steel and concrete have been the default structural frame material for tall buildings. Accordingly, while Western society has embraced wooden buildings across various typologies, the idea of a wooden high-rise or even mid-rise building has been something of an oxymoron, an impossibility from the realms of eco-extremism and fantasy fiction.
Head over to Building.co.uk for the full story.
ARC Minerals rises as it updates on construction of commercial scale demonstration plant
The mining firm said during November last year the technical team had completed the front end of the plant, comprising two crusher units, screen, a ball mill and conveyors.
The back end of the plant is due to commission in the next week, the company said, with initial production scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.
The plant has a fully permitted renewable mining license to 2025 and is funded to initial production, with ARC adding that it was currently in discussions with a number of off-takers regarding future sales.
Read more over at Proactive Investors.
‘Supply chain issue’ delays East London road bridge construction
A “supply chain issue” has been blamed for the construction delay to a major road bridge replacement scheme in East London.
In papers published ahead of a board meeting this week, Transport for London (TfL) revealed that the final phase of works on the £49M Ardleigh Green Bridge replacement has been delayed due to an “issue in the supply chain”.
New Civil Engineer reports the full story.
Latest market survey shows construction slowing, but housing is stronger
Construction in the UK saw a slowdown in the final quarter of 2018 but some house building sectors are stronger, a new market survey shows.
Growth in workloads within the commercial and industrial segments came to a standstill for the first time in six years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors construction report.
If you’d like to read more, Property Wire has the full report.