Interested to see that an Interserve Kajima consortium has been selected as preferred bidder for the first batch of the Priority School Building Programme, which aims to deliver seven schools in Herts, Luton and Reading worth up to £150 million. Read more
Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring construction jobs, London road improvements, Ed Davey on the Green Deal and more
Construction jobs at three month high as flooding slows housing growth
Construction job creation has hit a three month high, but overall growth in industry activity has slowed owing to adverse weather, according to the latest figures from Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. read more
Mayor unveils £4bn of London road improvements
The Mayor of London has announced a £4bn programme to improve selected London junctions and roads. read more
Davey pledges to fix ‘disappointing’ and ‘clunky’ Green Deal
Energy secretary Ed Davey has pledged to improve the “clunky, “complex” and “disappointing” Green Deal. read more
Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the effect of the Ukraine crisis on Europe’s gas prices, the prediction that Europe’s flood losses will soar, and the UK wind farm industry in decline as it is found to be unprofitable, and more.
Ukraine crisis: Europe’s stored gas high as prices soar
Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the current crisis in Ukraine could have a damaging effect on one of Europe’s main energy supply routes, according to the BBC. read more.
Europe’s flood losses to soar by 2050, research shows
Floods like those experienced in parts of Britain in recent months could become more frequent in Europe by 2050, more than quadrupling financial losses, if climate change worsens and more people live in vulnerable areas, research published in the Nature Climate Change journal has claimed. read more.
Wind farm plans in tatters after subsidy rethink
Developers are abandoning plans for new wind farms in Britain because they are “no longer financially viable”, according to the Daily Telegraph. read more.
At the beginning of 2014, Madano’s built environment team made a prediction that ‘during the year the UK will start the highest number of new homes since the pre-financial crunch quarterly high of March 2007, we are targeting around 130,000.’ Read more
Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring careers in construction, Nick Clegg on Garden Cities, privately financed roads and more
Careers in construction involve ‘dirty hard work’, say 35% of teachers
More than a third of teachers and careers advisers believe construction is an unattractive career opportunity involving “dirty hard work”, new research has revealed. read more
Nick Clegg “build garden cities or face more countryside planning disputes”
Britain will see a “whole rash of planning disputes” unless the Government commits to building new garden cities, Nick Clegg has warned. read more
Transport minister warns against privately financed roads
Roads minister Robert Goodwill has pledged that the major roads network will not be privatised and said government-funded roads provided better value than private schemes. read more
I was intrigued to read this morning latest salvoes from Nick Clegg in the increasingly fractious pre-election planning and housing debate. Read more
As communicators we are challenged not only with crafting the “right” message, but also choosing the appropriate medium to make it as effective as possible. And as digital technology has fuelled the explosion of social media from Facebook, through LinkedIn to Twitter and beyond, we are faced with a head spinning array of choices we could barely imagine ten years ago.
Are we, however, becoming so focused on “new media” that we are forgetting the effectiveness of one of its traditional cousins, who is in fact also benefitting from digital technology? Read more
Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the British government’s plans to keep Scotland using the oil and gas sector, concern that the UK is losing its allure for clean energy investors, and the claim that volcanic eruptions could cause the global warming ‘pause’, and more.
Keen to keep Scotland, UK unveils boost to oil and gas sector
The British government has said that it will put in place measures to make it easier to unlock hard-to-extract North Sea gas and billions of barrels of oil as it tries to persuade Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. read more.
Is the UK losing its allure for clean energy investors?
A “worrying lack of clarity on the government’s long-term energy strategy” has seen the UK slip a place in a world ranking of the most attractive countries for renewable energy investment. read more.
Volcanic eruptions ‘contributed to global warming pause’, scientists claim
The impact of volcanic eruptions on global warming could provide a new explanation for the so-called “pause” used by sceptics to deny climate change is happening, scientists have said. read more.