27th October 2017

Site Scoop – This Week’s Top Construction Industry News

1. UK house building hits highest in a decade

"Builders registered in the third quarter of 2017 that they planned to build 37,936 homes, 9 per cent more than during the same period last year"

The UK's housing shortage has bought along a spike in house building this quarter. This is excellent news for construction workers in the northeast, central England and Wales, where house building will increase the most.

2. Insurers demand ban on combustible cladding

"Grenfell represents a systemic failure of the protection of buildings from fire in this country"

The Association of British Insurers has made demands for an ongoing review of fire safety and building codes. This comes after government tests on 278 towers fitted with aluminium cladding revealed that only 12 passed fire safety checks.

3. Swansea University to build first office that generates more energy than it uses 

"Swansea University is working with more than 50 partners from academia, industry and government to deliver its vision for buildings as power stations"

The office will occupy up to 40 staff, with an expected completion date next year. It will be built using innovative energy storage and release technologies.

4. Highways England reveal plans for £100m Lancashire bypass

"The new road will help secure and improve opportunities for housing and jobs in this part of Lancashire"

Work on the 2.7 mile section could start as soon as 2020.

5. Construction workers think Brexit will affect UK's construction industry

"86 per cent of workers expected to see a rise in demand for skilled workers following Brexit"

Researchers at Birmingham City University found that 88 per cent of workers believed the UK relied upon EU skilled labour and that 82 per cent thought exiting the EU would lead to the collapse of many government infrastructure projects.

Written by Taylor