eco friendly wood buildingIn an era of glass and steel construction, wood may seem old-school. But now researchers say they have given timber a makeover to produce a material that is not only sturdy, but also transparent and able to store and release heat.

The researchers say the material could be used in the construction of energy-efficient homes, and that they hope to develop a biodegradable version to increase its eco-friendly credentials as an alternative to plastic, glass or even cement.

The Guardian reports the full story.

“Construction Needs Someone to Fight its Corner” as Sector Suffers Another Slip

construction fighting its cornerAnother fall in commercial work and civil engineering activity in March has led industry bosses to fear that the recent weakness of the UK construction sector may not be just a blip, but a sustained soft patch.

It comes as construction firms in the UK saw workloads slip for the second month in succession in March. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index posted 49.7, up fractionally from 49.5 in February but still below the 50 no-change threshold. A reading above 50 on the survey indicates growth.

Infrastructure Intelligence reports the full story.

Housing Construction Starts Plummet

housing shortagesThe value of residential construction work beginning on site has dropped by a tenth in a year, new research has revealed

Economics unit Glenigan calculated a 10 per cent fall in the size of registered project starts across the UK between the first quarter of 2018 and the same period this year.

January to March 2019 was the 20th consecutive rolling quarter during which the value of new housing work was lower than a year previously – the worst run since records began in 2006.

Architects Journal talks more about the crisis.

Bournemouth Training Ground Construction Work to Begin

bournemouth construction newsPremier League side Bournemouth are set to start work on a new multi-million pound training complex, a move manager Eddie Howe says is “huge news”.

It will be located on the 57-acre former Canford Magna Golf Club site.

Poole Council granted planning permission in December 2017 and once revised, improved plans have been approved, construction work will begin.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the club,” Cherries chief executive Neill Blake said.

“It has always been the board’s intention to develop and improve our infrastructure to something that is befitting of a Premier League club with elite international players.”

The BBC reports more on the Cherrie’s construction plans.