The UK construction sector showed signs of stability in April as it returned to growth, helped by stronger house building, according to a closely watched survey.
The IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index for the construction industry rose to 50.5 in April, higher than 49.7 the previous month and marginally better than analysts’ expectations. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.
The figure was buoyed by residential work, which grew at its fastest pace of the year so far, while commercial construction and civil engineering activity continued to decline. A number of companies linked lower commercial activity to Brexit-related uncertainty and delayed client spending decisions, according to the report.
For more on the bounce-back of the concrete industry, head over to FT.
Construction of New Hotel in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Underway
Named “New Fountainbridge” by its developer Vastint Hospitality, the first phase of construction will see the creation of a new 59,554 sq ft Grade A office, a 262-room Moxy hotel, café, ground floor workspaces and a restaurant fronting a new civic space.
The Moxy hotel will be an anchor to the development, with the office space expected to attract new companies in Edinburgh’s business and tech sector.
For more on this, visit the Herald Scotland.
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How to Build and Keep Building a Cathedral Like Notre Dame
Monitoring the Development: The Roof of Notre Dame Cathedral
Sure, it kept the rain out. But what burned away in Paris last April was a technical marvel, the height—literally—of 12th- and 13th-century engineering. “If one imagines the stresses on a large sail of timber and lead rising over 100 feet from the ground, one can only marvel at the ingenuity and skill of these early builders,” as the historian Lynn Courtenay writes in an essay for the Society of Antiquaries of London.
The wooden trusses—made of trees cut down in 1160 or so—were specially braced with an extra plate linking them to the walls, and clasps to keep them from sagging across the span. The wood was in tension, helping to hold the tall, thin walls; this charpentre, or roof carpentry, was about a quarter of the cathedral’s total structure. And now it’s gone.
For more on the construction development of Notre Dame, head over to Wired.