Tune in for this week’s architecture, construction and design news – with a brief commentary from our Development Manager, Daniel Thompson!

Construction Enquirer Top Ten award winners revealed


Best places to work at and best businesses to work with – more than 10 000 votes were cast in the competition for the top ten. Being chosen by industry peers is an achievement worth celebrating. Read more about the winners at constructionenquirer.com >>

D. T. > Will be a busy week in Birmingham during UK Construction week. Good luck to all those companies nominated for awards, come visit us within the NEC on stand B999.

Imaginative designs invited for defunct gasholder bases


National Grid and RIBA join forces to find innovative ways to fill in the unsightly voids left by disused gasholders. The winning designs will involve environmentally friendly and less costly solutions, and will hopefully attract developers to implement the project. The competition will be international. Read more at infrastructure-intelligence.com >>

D. T. > An interesting competition; any competition applicant needing design or material support for their ideas, please get in touch.

BIG unveils Cactus Towers next to a car-free IKEA in Copenhagen


Copenhagen’s Vesterbro District will soon be adorned by two spiky buildings, designed by architecture firm BIG. Rotated floor plates will create the spiky appearance of the two high-rise residential buildings, called the Cactus Towers. Read more about the project at inhabitat.com >> 

D. T. > Is interesting to see IKEA plan to open 100 houses across Europe. Meatballs for dinner anyone?

Breaking tradition – why construction needs an industrial revolution


Disruption has been slow to innovate construction, but today the industry sees an influx of modern technology. Read an insightful overview of this change in an article by John Stokoe, head of strategic development EuroNorth at Dassault Systèmes, at infrastructure-intelligence.com >>

D. T. > Although manufacturers have the ability to integrate technology into processes due to the inhouse decisions and labour force, to bridge the gap with technology solutions over construction trades, sub contractors and those in the supply chain will be far more difficult.

Manchester 20-storey hotel gets green light


A 1970’s building, known as Peterloo House, will make way for a 20-storey building housing a Motel One on the ground and a Staycity Aparthotel above. The project has been designed by Stephenson Studios in conjunction with Leach Rhodes Walker, and is set to be completed by 2020. Read more at constructionenquirer.com >> 

D. T. > Another high rise project announced in Manchester, the region is developing quickly. With HS3 in planning and airport upgrades underway, is Manchester now the second city after London?

Constructing the Right Security


Security breaches are an aching problem for all industries, but are rarely thought to be a significant danger to construction. This has changed following recent ransomware attacks which might have affected whole supply chains. Read more about the problem at ukconstructionmedia.co.uk >>

D. T. > Brings a whole new meaning to the term industrial espionage.

Peterhof Lakes Course Golf Club / Arch Group


Arch Group are the mind behind this amazing glass creation in Sankt-Peterburg, Russia. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the Golf Club is a modern interpretation of the classics, focused on young and active people. The design includes tinted glass and polished granite which add integrity to its volume. See more at archdaily.com >> 

D. T. > Use of modern design with traditional materials; black granite and glass. Beautiful.

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