oak construction news marchThese buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for blocks. They’re usually full of rental apartments, but they can also house college dorms, condominiums, hotels, or assisted-living facilities. Close to city centers, they tend toward a blocky, often colorful modernism; out in the suburbs, their architecture is more likely to feature peaked roofs and historical motifs. Their outer walls are covered with fiber cement, metal, stucco, or bricks.

To find out why all new apartment buildings are starting to look the same in the US, head over to Bloomberg.

Eurozone construction sectors boosted in February by German and French recovery

oak construction coverage march Construction firms in the Eurozone were boosted last month by an upturn in building activity following a slow start to the year.

German firms led the way with a sharp rise in activity, while there was also a return to expansion in France, according to the widely-regarded IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI).

Read more: Eurozone economic confidence falls to fresh two-year low

PMI rose to 52.6 from just above the no-change threshold of 50 in January.

But Italian firms saw a growth slowdown for the fourth consecutive month.

For more on this story, head over to City AM.

Worthing pupils brighten up seafront construction site with colourful mural

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Pupils at a Worthing school have brightened up a construction site on the seafront by creating a vibrant mural. After discussing artwork ideas to spruce up the Bayside Apartments development, pupils at Chesswood Junior School came up with the idea of Worthing Through the Ages.

They were provided with materials for the project by developer Roffey Homes and got to work to create a vibrant piece of artwork on the previously blank development hoardings to inspire the community.

Continue reading this great story over at the Worthing Herald.

The Christie Reveals Designs for Paterson Redevelopment

oak build news march The Christie has showcased its proposed 270,000 sq ft replacement for the Paterson Building, which was severely damaged by a fire in 2017, ahead of a planning application in May.

The existing building was ravaged by a fire in April 2017 which left it unusable, and following the incident many of the its staff were relocated to Alderley Park. The Christie had explored repairing the building but concluded either keeping it in its current state or refurbishing it would not be feasible.

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