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Editor’s comment – November

Visiting Foster + Partners’ new building, nestling inobtrusively behind the Victorian and Grade II listed City of London Magistrates court, you are somewhat unprepared for the delights contained within. As well as the contrast between relatively humble exterior and stunning... View Article

RIBA calls for progressive UK immigration policy post-Brexit

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today published a new policy paper recommending the creation of a post-Brexit immigration system that ensures the UK job market remains open to skilled professionals from around the world. The Building a post-Brexit... View Article

Lord Henley appointed as construction minister

Lord Henley, who until June was a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been appointed as construction minister. His appointment comes as Lord Prior leaves after less than a year, having taken up the role in... View Article

KAPSARC opens to the public for design conference

KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) is a non-profit institution for independent research into policies that contribute to the most effective use of energy to provide social well-being across the globe. KAPSARC develops policies and economic frameworks that... View Article

New device will shatter current earthquake-proofing practice

Engineers at Heriot-Watt University have designed a ‘sacrificial device’ for buildings that will absorb the impact of earthquakes or blasts, preventing collapse and reducing the damage and residual drifts that can render buildings uninhabitable. Current European ‘earthquake-proof’ buildings were designed... View Article

Smaller construction companies hit hardest as work volumes fall

With Brexit creating huge uncertainty in the construction sector, smaller companies in Hertfordshire and North London are struggling to cope, according to new research from accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson. Financial performance across the sector is very mixed, with only... View Article
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