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A Vancouver developer is proposing a new 35 to 40 storey tower for the Broadway corridor, but the plan isn’t for a typical high rise.

Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Corporation, is working with architect Peter Busby from Perkins + Will to design a mass timber building that could revolutionize the way developers build.

The tower would be mostly mass timber, likely with a concrete core. The building will use a fraction of the carbon needed to build something similar in steel.

According to Langereis, it is worth the risk because time is running out on the environment.

For more on this proposal, head over to Global News.

Construction of First Phase of £5m Speculative Industrial Development Begins

business development in constructionWork has started on the first phase of a £5m speculative industrial development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

South Yorkshire developers Priority Space are behind the development at Aero Centre Yorkshire, which will provide 45,000 sq. ft of prime industrial space for businesses in the region. The firm is working with H.G. Sites to deliver phase one of the development which comprises units ranging from 1,250 sq ft to 2,250 sq ft.

The units are being marketed jointly by Commercial Property Partners (CPP) and Barnsdales and will be ready to occupy by autumn 2019.

The Business Desk reports more on the development process.

Scientists Working on Eco-Friendly Windows Made from Wood

wooden window constructionWood is a classic building material which has been used for thousands of years… but not often for windows, given that it can’t really be seen through. However, scientists now say it could be used to replace glass.

Researchers at Wallenberg Wood Science Center in Sweden have created a new kind of see-through wood!

They’ve also coated it in a special material called polyethylene glycol or PEG. The substance, which is also found in toothpaste, makes the wood a good insulator which means it is able to keep heat in or out.

So, the newly treated wood is now not only see-through but also has amazing heat capturing properties.

Learn more about how windows made of wood could be the next eco-friendly alternative.

Routes into Construction for Women

women in constructionAs Birmingham gears up for the arrival of HS2, Britain’s brand new railway which will transform the UK economy, thousands of jobs are being created up and down the country.

Sitting at the heart of the new network, the West Midlands is already feeling the benefits of HS2, and that trend is set to continue as major construction begins later this year.

30,000 people will play a role in designing and delivering the new backbone to Britain’s railway, and HS2 is eager to ensure that local people, under-represented and disadvantaged groups are amongst them.

This is an important movement, if you’d like to know more about this, head over to Gov.