Singapore developer gets green light for £130m London flats

Singapore developer Frasers Property (UK) has gained planning permission for a landmark £130m apartment building next to the Thames in London’s Wandsworth area. Its marks the final phase of the firm’s Riverside Quarter scheme and will provide 172 mixed-tenure flats with ground floor commercial premises. Fronting onto the Thames and River Wandle, the landmark crescent-like glass, steel and aluminium panelled […]

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Every building must be ‘net-zero’ carbon by 2050, says WorldGBC

The construction sector needs a “dramatic” shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). Only 500 net-zero commercial buildings and 2000 ‘net-zero’ homes currently exist around the world, the study found. WorldGBC are calling for a “monumental and coordinated” effort […]

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Berkeley cleared to fast-track scheme for Grenfell survivors

Berkeley Group has been given cash from the Government to speed up a housing scheme to house survivors of the Grenfell tower fire in West London. Extra construction staff have been committed by the group’s development arm St Edward and working hour restrictions will be relaxed so work can continue around the clock. The government is putting […]

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The hidden way that architecture affects how you feel

As more of us flock to urban living, city designers are re-thinking buildings’ influence on our moods in an era of “neuro-architecture”. “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless […]

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Willmott Dixon wins £20m medical school

Willmott Dixon is adding to its £300m workload enhancing university campuses with a £20m contract to build the new Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine for Anglia Ruskin University. Procured through the Scape Major Works Framework, the three-storey building will be the first undergraduate School of Medince in Essex. The Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine will be on the university’s […]

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Aecom lands main construction package for £800m Spire London tower

Chinese developer Greenland Group has selected Aecom Tishman as construction manager for its £800m Spire London development. Spire London is set to be the tallest residential tower in western Europe, standing at a 235 metres (771ft) high over West India Quay in London Docklands. It is already well into its first construction phase. Work will […]

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Twenty London high-rises with Grenfell cladding system

At least 20 high-rise blocks in London are believed to have a similar cladding system to that fitted on the Grenfell tower. Research by the Enquirer found that social housing buildings across the capital have been fitted with similar aluminium cassette rainscreen cladding to that used on the west London tower block which was engulfed in an inferno killing at least 17 […]

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London fire: Grenfell Tower’s design helped spread blaze up the outside, experts say

The design of Grenfell Tower might have helped the deadly fire that ripped through it spread, according to experts. The building was covered in cladding that spread the fire quickly up the entire 24-storey building, according to architects and firefighters. “The cladding was clearly spreading the fire,” said Mike Penning, a Conservative MP who worked as […]

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Willmott Dixon seals £23m deal on Plymouth History Centre

Plymouth City Council and preferred contractor Willmott Dixon have struck a deal on the final price for the city’s planned new history centre. The council signed Willmott Dixon up for the central library and museum conversion project a year ago with a pre-contract agreement to develop the project then costed at £34m. Following a series of […]

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Construction industry digests implications of a hung parliament

Construction industry representatives and commentators have been swift to offer their insight and wisdom into the implications of the 2017 general election result, which returned Theresa May’s Conservative Party with the most seats but no overall majority. The implications of a Conservative government propped up on an ad hoc basis by 10 Democratic Unionist Party […]

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London City office plan resurrected

Developer Fairplay Estates is seeking planning permission for a new 315,000 sq ft office building at the edge of the City of London high-rise cluster. The new Bevis Marks House plan proposes to replace a series of existing buildings at 21-22 Bevis Marks and 24 Bevis Marks. The design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates features a […]

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