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October 10, 2018

Utilities deal connects Stanton Cross development

Utilities infrastructure provider GTC has signed a deal for the provision of gas, electricity and fibre networks to a Bovis Homes development in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Stanton Cross is a £900m development of 3,650 homes and 144,000 m2 of commercial space. GTC will make the electricity connection from the primary substation

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Self-employed trader fined for safety failings

A Bradford self-employed trader was sentenced today for safety breaches after poor scaffolding arrangements at a domestic property put himself and others at risk. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mark Podstawski, 47, after an investigation found poor planning, the absence of guard rails and a scaffold not of a recognised design, put himself

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US producers fall victim to low oil price

©AP The strain on oil and gas producer balance sheets pushed two companies into default over the past three days as the recent stabilisation in crude prices fails to staunch energy failures. Bankruptcy protection filings from Ultra Petroleum and Midstates Petroleum Company on Friday and Saturday, respectively, have propelled the

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Wates lands £24m housing maintenance deal

9 September 2016 | Jamie Harris Wates Living Space Maintenance, part of the Wates Group, has secured a £24 million housing repairs and maintenance contract with Network Homes. Under the terms of the five-year deal, which has an optional five-year extension, Wates Living Space Maintenance will be responsible for

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Debate around digital hits a higher level on day one of UKCW

The future success of digital construction lies with improved planning, more consistent procurement by Government, integrated software systems, the education of the young and the development of hybrid solutions that don’t scare the industry, according to the opening debate at this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW).   Chaired by architect

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ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY PURSUES GLOBAL GROWTH WITH HSBC

Pell Frischmann, the globally recognised engineering consultancy with headquarters in central London, has secured a multi-million GBP finance partnership with new banking partner, HSBC UK, to support its ambitious growth strategy in the UK and overseas. The business, which was established in 1926, carries out major public and private sector

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Morgan Sindall Delivers School in Suffolk

Morgan Sindall has delivered the new £4.9 million Pines Primary School in Red Lodge, Suffolk, on behalf of Suffolk County Council. The development includes first-class facilities and places for reception, year one and year two pupils. A pre-school was also built to accommodate two to five year-olds. “The journey from

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Leeds Council Approves City Centre Regeneration Plan

Leeds Council has signed off a city centre planning agreement on a £350 million mixed-use development on the six acre site in the heart of the South Bank. Work is set to begin next month and it involves demolishing the former warehouse on Water Lane and preparing the site for

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8 Technologies That Will Change the Future of Construction

Technology has been revolutionising every aspect of modern life, and shows no signs of slowing down, with advancements being made every single day. The vast majority of industries have been, and are being, affected by technological advancements that bring sectors ever nearer the future. For the construction industry, continual updates

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October 10, 2018

Utilities deal connects Stanton Cross development

Utilities infrastructure provider GTC has signed a deal for the provision of gas, electricity and fibre networks to a Bovis Homes development in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Stanton Cross is a £900m development of 3,650 homes and 144,000 m2 of commercial space. GTC will make the electricity connection from the primary substation which is expected to serve all the planned homes and commercial properties. To provide for potential further homes should they go ahead, GTC will also install a second duct to allow for the installation of a new, GTC-owned, primary substation on site. Every home will have fibre optic cabling, with unlimited download and upload speeds, and will not need a satellite dish or television aerial. GTC will install a fibre integrated reception system (FIRS), which means that satellite and digital television can be received via a community dish and aerial, with the television signal transmitted by the fibre-to-the-home network Bovis Homes Group land director John Lougher said:  “Technology plays an increasingly important role in our lives, especially in our homes and businesses where high-speed fibre and a super-fast Internet connection is in such demand. We are delighted that future businesses and residents of Stanton Cross will benefit from this very latest technology by GTC.”     This article was published on 12 Jul 2016 (last updated on 12 Jul 2016). Source link

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Self-employed trader fined for safety failings

A Bradford self-employed trader was sentenced today for safety breaches after poor scaffolding arrangements at a domestic property put himself and others at risk. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mark Podstawski, 47, after an investigation found poor planning, the absence of guard rails and a scaffold not of a recognised design, put himself and others, including people on the ground at risk. Mark Podstawski of Horton Bank Top in Bradford pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was given 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £918.02 costs by Bradford Magistrates Court. After the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Thompson commented: “Mr Podstawski had been served with a Prohibition Notice six months prior to this incident when he breached the Work at Height Regulations for similar circumstances. This incident could and should have been prevented. Scaffolding should always be erected to the appropriate standards and previous enforcement action should not be ignored”. Notes to Editors: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases. Source link

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US producers fall victim to low oil price

©AP The strain on oil and gas producer balance sheets pushed two companies into default over the past three days as the recent stabilisation in crude prices fails to staunch energy failures. Bankruptcy protection filings from Ultra Petroleum and Midstates Petroleum Company on Friday and Saturday, respectively, have propelled the default rate for US junk-rated energy groups to its highest level on record. More On this topic IN Oil & Gas The defaults are the latest failures to strike an industry struggling with an oil price that has declined more than 60 per cent from a 2014 peak. Analysts with credit rating agency Fitch have tracked a surge in energy delinquencies over the past year, with the trailing default rate climbing to a record 13 per cent from less than 2 per cent a year ago. Fitch expects the default rate to reach 20 per cent by the end of the year. “This is not the end of the energy defaults,” Scott Roberts, co-head of high yield at Invesco, said. “There are a number of companies with capital structures that are not sustainable at $45 oil.” The two latest groups to default counted almost $6bn of debt between them and a combined cash position of $362m, according to the latest regulatory filings available. The bankruptcy filings come as banks conduct twice-yearly lending determinations, with investors braced for cuts to many revolving credit facilities. Economists with JPMorgan noted on Monday that banks have tightened lending standards for commercial and industrial loans, citing “deterioration in the energy sector” as a likely contributing factor. Separate figures tracked by Standard & Poor’s showed the overall high-yield default rate in the US climbed to 3.9 per cent at the end of April, its highest level since September 2010. Sharon Bonelli, an analyst with Fitch, said defaults had been “very concentrated” in commodity-linked industries, as companies adjust to the lower prices. The bounce in crude prices from January lows, when the international oil marker slipped to $27.10 a barrel, has confounded investors who warn a global slowdown could again weigh on commodities. The rise has also fuelled concern that shale producers may begin to pump oil again, potentially leaving the industry with so-called zombies — companies that operate with too much debt to adequately invest in the underlying business but can cover their interest payments. “If we stayed for a while at $30 a barrel, strategic bankruptcies would have accelerated,” Mr Roberts said. “That would have entailed companies filing for bankruptcy, saying ‘There’s no hope here. We need to restructure’. “But if we have this rapid appreciation in crude, you’ll end up with companies that should have restructured but that will muddle along with too much debt.” eric.platt@ft.com Twitter: @ericgplatt Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. You may share using our article tools. Please don’t cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web. Source link

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Wates lands £24m housing maintenance deal

9 September 2016 | Jamie Harris Wates Living Space Maintenance, part of the Wates Group, has secured a £24 million housing repairs and maintenance contract with Network Homes. Under the terms of the five-year deal, which has an optional five-year extension, Wates Living Space Maintenance will be responsible for year-round maintenance, responsive repairs and voids for nearly 14,000 homes across 18 London boroughs and surrounding counties. The work is to be delivered in the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Harrow and Westminster. Wates has also pledged to “utilise its presence across London to positively benefit the communities in which it works”, including opportunities for training and employment.   Gerry Doherty, director of asset management at Network Homes, said: “Having a top quality responsive repairs service is absolutely essential to helping us achieve our ambition of 90% customer satisfaction. Our appointment of Wates is a major step towards this and I am confident we will keep improving and providing an excellent service to our customers.” Source link

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Debate around digital hits a higher level on day one of UKCW

The future success of digital construction lies with improved planning, more consistent procurement by Government, integrated software systems, the education of the young and the development of hybrid solutions that don’t scare the industry, according to the opening debate at this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW).   Chaired by architect and TV presenter George Clarke, a panel of digital construction experts took the discussion on digital to a new level compared to previous years. Offsite construction, BIM and even the use of robotic technologies on site were all acknowledged as established solutions – but what matters now is how these are applied and approached with a completely different mindset, the panellists agreed.   “We are at a point of acceptance of BIM”, said David Clark, head of manufacture and innovation at offsite specialists McAvoy. “We all want to take digital data and bring this to the front line of manufacturing. But we need a long-term pipeline coming through – a guaranteed demand which unlocks investment,” he said.   The role of Government was central to this, as the industry’s largest client responsible for 40% of the sector’s capital expenditure, explained Mark Bew, chairman of PCSG.   It’s hard to be a client, Mark acknowledged, but he told the packed auditorium about what he described as “the first glimmer of hope” – outcome-based contracting and new forms of procurement which are now starting to be used and which lift the requirements around data. “It’s now an adult-to-adult conversation, not adult-to-child approach,” he said.   He also urged greater Government uptake of common components which, just as in the car industry, allow a huge variety of customisable products for the end-user but essentially all stem from a simple, standardised portfolio of parts.   Lara Ayris, managing director of Waste Plan Solutions, expressed concern about disjointed software solutions which were still not talking to each other and the problems of getting BIM models to reflect the real world, but Raphael Scheps, CEO of Converge, explained how sensors inbuilt into building materials are now starting to cross-reference and validate the on-site reality with the digital models used at design stage.   In the strong international line-up on the UKCW stage, Grant van Wyk, founder of Future Construct and Automation, also told of robotic scanners which check for performance against design, and SAM – the Semi-Automatic Mason – which is possibly a more culturally acceptable form of automation in construction.   “SAM is a co-bot, not a robot,” he explained. “It works alongside traditional trades and makes their work more interesting and enjoyable. These are the incremental steps we need, otherwise the shift is too large. We need easy-to-use interfaces.”   From Eindhoven University of Technology, Theo Salet emphasised the essential role of education, and the way companies and students are increasingly working, exploring and learning together about the best ways to apply digital construction. “It’s multi-skilled workers we will be looking for in the future,” he said.   Again hybrid solutions appear to work best at the moment – George Clarke himself admitted that MOBIE, his new education initiative, is developing courses which integrate traditional construction with digital, in order to gain wider housebuilder take-up.   Despite their continued frustration at the pace of change, the panel provided plenty of evidence of the take up of digital construction and ended with a strong call for increased R&D, based on data and learning from what is currently happening. “We need to look at how it performs and listen to how these new systems, and system of systems, really work,” said Mark Bew.   This virtuous circle and learning loop came up in other presentations too. Elsewhere at the show, building quality and safety were hot topics across the UKCW seminar and CPD programme and culminated in RIBA’s official launch of its Building in Quality tracker. Developed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RIBA president Ben Derbyshire introduced the tracker and details of the five-month pilot set to transform building safety forever.   Other show highlights included:   Lord David Blunkett, Heathrow Skills Taskforce, talking about strategies to address the skills gap in construction; Property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker leading a vibrant panel discussion on diversity, equality and inclusion; and The launch of the Passivhaus 2019 student competition, aiming to arm the next generation of architects and designers with the tools and design skills needed to deliver sustainable buildings.   Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:   “Today has been a powerful opening day. The calibre of debate has been higher, more detailed and more positive than in previous years, and the examples of innovation and best practice are more plentiful. Combined with record numbers for a first day, I’m confident that this show is delivering on its promise to make visible the future of construction.”   The top sessions tomorrow are expected to be:   Keynote speaker Barbara Res, who will discuss her experience as a female engineer working on Trump Tower, the renovation of New York’s Plaza Hotel and the successes and challenges of working with Donald Trump;   A major debate on solving the UK’s housing crisis, looking at the long-term strategy for housing growth and what roles will be adopted by planning authorities, councils, housing associations, developers and others.   The seminar on ‘Quality in construction post-Grenfell’, looking at the outcomes from the Hackitt Review as well as the latest updates on product testing regimes and use of combustible materials in high-rise construction.   All these events are happening on the UKCW stage and will be chaired by TV presenter Steph McGovern.   On display is the EksoWorks exoskeleton in action as featured on BBC Breakfast, and more than other 650 exhibitors to visit, seminars to attend, lots of networking opportunities and all of this under one roof.   UKCW continues until Thursday with nine shows: Build Show, Energy 2018, Timber Expo, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC

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ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY PURSUES GLOBAL GROWTH WITH HSBC

Pell Frischmann, the globally recognised engineering consultancy with headquarters in central London, has secured a multi-million GBP finance partnership with new banking partner, HSBC UK, to support its ambitious growth strategy in the UK and overseas. The business, which was established in 1926, carries out major public and private sector infrastructure projects in the UK, India, Europe, and Middle East. The backing provided by HSBC UK has enabled Pell Frischmann to secure a number of major infrastructure projects in India and Iraq. These new projects will contribute to Pell Frischmann’s growth and are expected to create hundreds of new jobs across both countries and in the UK. With HSBC UK’s support, the company will now also look to accelerate its plans to make asset purchases in the UK. A combination of growth by acquisition and continued organic growth is expected to contribute to Pell Frischmann’s ongoing success. Daniel Russell, HSBC UK’s Area Director for London North, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Pell Frischmann with its exciting global expansion plans. HSBC UK’s ability to provide the business with cross-border finance, which it hadn’t had access to before, helped us stand out amongst our competitors and means Pell Frischmann was able to win two exciting new projects overseas. These projects will create hundreds of jobs and puts the business on track to significantly increase its turnover in the next few years.” Jonathan Grady, Chief Financial Officer at Pell Frischmann, added: “With HSBC UK’s support, we’re able to operate more efficiently in the countries in which we work. With access to cross-border finance, we now have the ability to secure larger projects in some of our key global territories. The contract wins in India and Iraq represent exciting next steps for Pell Frischmann and demonstrate our commitment to continued growth both in the UK and overseas. With plans to expand further into Asia and the UAE, we are pleased to be working with a truly global bank.” Part of RSBG Investment, Pell Frischmann has 17 offices globally. In response to a number of significant wins and to accommodate it’s growing UK team, the company has recently taken larger premises in Birmingham and Luton and opened new offices in Maidenhead and Manchester. Pell Frischmann has won a number of industry accolades, most notably the British Expertise International Master Planning Project of the Year Award in 2017 and The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a second consecutive time in 2015.

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Morgan Sindall Delivers School in Suffolk

Morgan Sindall has delivered the new £4.9 million Pines Primary School in Red Lodge, Suffolk, on behalf of Suffolk County Council. The development includes first-class facilities and places for reception, year one and year two pupils. A pre-school was also built to accommodate two to five year-olds. “The journey from concept to completion is a rewarding experience. It is even more pleasing when you recognise the extent to which that project will impact the local community,” said Saul Humphrey, managing director of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in the East region. “We are incredibly proud to hand over the completed building, at the start of the new academic year to the Pines’ first cohort of pupils. We are confident that the new facilities will not only support the Red Lodge community with its immediate requirements, but create a legacy that will be of benefit for generations to come,” he added. The ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new school was attended by children’s author Tony Mitton. Head teacher at the Pines, Kerry Darby, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our new school. The Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure team has seamlessly managed the project from start to finish, to ensure that we were able to open for the beginning of the new academic year. The completed state-of-the-art building has surpassed our expectations and is allowing us to deliver an enriching and engaging curriculum for all our current and future ‘Pines Pioneers’.” “We are proud to open what we believe will become an outstanding educational facility and are honoured to be joined by members of the Red Lodge and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure communities for our special opening ceremony,” Kerry continued. Project partners on the scheme included design and property consultants Concertus.  

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Leeds Council Approves City Centre Regeneration Plan

Leeds Council has signed off a city centre planning agreement on a £350 million mixed-use development on the six acre site in the heart of the South Bank. Work is set to begin next month and it involves demolishing the former warehouse on Water Lane and preparing the site for development. A programme of archaeological excavation will uncover whatever remains on the site. CEG has already invested £300,000 into securing the Grade II listed bridge which formed a historic route for the Marshall empire and will once again form a physical link over Holbeck, connecting Water Lane and Marshall Street to the new development at Globe Road. “Our proposals for South Bank bring together the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Leeds; the home of Marshall’s first two Mills, as well as the Marshalls’ last, and greatest creation, Temple Works. This is an exceptional opportunity to breathe life back into these, creating locally and nationally important iconic landmark buildings and innovative public spaces. This is not just about building on a historic legacy; it is about creating a new one,” said Jon Kenny, strategic development director at CEG. CEG’s South Bank development has received detailed planning permission for two office development with ground floor retail and leisure, totalling up to 26,100 sq m and outline planning permission for mixed-use development of up to 103,900 sq m of offices, retail, leisure, hotel, health, education and community uses, parking and up to 750 new homes, along with new public spaces and landscaping. “Many years of hard work are being realised as we launch to market an exceptional opportunity for the highest quality office developments just minutes from Leeds City Station. This, along with the retail, leisure, hotel, residential and community uses, benefitting from innovative outdoor spaces and the waterfront, will bring a strategic development of a critical mass and international standard, putting South Bank Leeds on the map as a place to live, work and enjoy,” explained David Hodgson, head of strategic development north for CEG. Overall, the wider South Bank regeneration area covers 253 hectares south of the River Aire in Leeds and it is set to double the size of Leeds City Centre, providing more than 35,000 jobs and 8,000 homes – making it one of the largest City Centre regeneration initiatives in Europe.  

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Architectural Proposals Bring the Modern City to Earthly Roots

Urbanisation is something that is now more or less natural in modern society. Cities are something that a large chunk of the population live in, work in or at least visit from time to time. Vincent Callebaut Architects, France, have been taking a stand in recent years to bring the modern city back to earthly roots, by implementing designs for a variety of high rise buildings that would redefine Paris as no longer just the City of Love, but a sustainable, green utopia. Despite the majority of people viewing Paris as a much desired place for tourism, one that casts beauty and grace in the form of the Eiffel Tower and homemade croissants, Paris has within it huge amounts of housing and density issues. The new city proposal is known as Paris Smart City 2050, and is devised from the idea that high rise buildings will utilise a variety of self-sustaining technologies, such as rain retention systems for irrigation, insulating bio-facades that create bio-fuel, and photo-sensitive electro-chemical shells that use sunlight to generate electricity. An architectural proposal unlike any other, the Smart City design consists of Phylolights, in which devices use wind turbines to provide lighting and energy across to other buildings. Every single one of the structures aims to be energy positive (BEPOS) certified which in turn, over time, will produce more energy than they are able to consumer, delivering huge positive impacts in the way of climate change and city sustainability. The most popular city in France could be getting a makeover in the way of environmental care any time, and if plans were to go ahead, the idea stands that an Eco-friendly city could be in motion by 2050. The new Paris will look like a sci-fi fantasy, through stacked vertical farms (farmscrapers) , honeycomb towers and green towers wrapped in bamboo mesh that hold orchards and vertical food gardens. Although plans have not been implemented into practise, they have been in discussion since 2015 and with climate change growing ever nearer irreversible damage, proposals such as Smart City at least offer acknowledgement that there are options in attempting to create sustainable, functional spaces, beneficial for both man and planet. Smart City aims to combat climate change with green designs that still maintain Paris’ rich, architectural past.

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8 Technologies That Will Change the Future of Construction

Technology has been revolutionising every aspect of modern life, and shows no signs of slowing down, with advancements being made every single day. The vast majority of industries have been, and are being, affected by technological advancements that bring sectors ever nearer the future. For the construction industry, continual updates and upgrades in the latest and greatest advancements mean some huge changes are on the way to how the industry functions and provides for clients. Here is a a list of 8 of the most futuristic technologies set to take over construction, and how they will change the industry as we know it: 3D Printed Houses: Printing houses via 3D services offer a glimpse at what the future of home building might look like. The process involves creating housing parts, both on and off site, which can be constructed together at a later date. Apis Cor of San Francisco, have been deemed the pioneers behind the project, after they proved the ability to create 3D print walls from concrete in a short space of time. The Printer itself resembles a small-scale crane and 3D printed houses offer an efficient solution to aid the homeless epidemic, provide spaces for those living in poverty, and bring hope to those who have lost their houses in natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Smart Roads: Smart Roads or Smart Highways are set to be the future of transport. They involve the use of IoT technology and rely on sensors in a bid to make driving not only safer, but more sustainable in terms of climate change impacts. The innovative technology can charge electric vehicles while they are moving, generate electricity to do so, and provide real-time information to drivers about changing weather conditions, potential traffic implications and parking suggestions. Self-heating Concrete: Currently millions are being invested in restoring, fixing and maintaining roads, buildings and bridges every year. Self-heating concrete however is less likely to crack, and therefore needs less frequent restoration, which could be valuable for the life span of a road or building, leading to millions of pounds being saved annually. Self-heating Concrete works by reactivating bacteria used when originally being mixed to excrete calcite, which can heal a crack when water enters the concrete, something that previously would have caused lasting damage. Transparent Aluminium: Almost as strong as steel, Transparent Aluminium actually looks like glass. This breakthrough technology aims to add a futuristic feel to buildings, but despite herculean strength, it is still fragile under certain circumstances. This creation looks as though it is fresh of a Star Trek episode and is set to bring some exciting features to modern builds. Vertical Cities: As land space becomes ever more sparse, Tetris inspired designs could be taking over, as vertical cities offer space saving solutions to preserve the land while continuing to offer housing solutions to the population. Smart Bricks: Similar to Lego, Smart Bricks are modular, high strength concrete creations that are thermal energy controlled and can be connected to form a variety of shapes that aim to cut construction costs massively. They are very easy to assemble into any shape required and offer space for insulation, electricity and plumbing. An easy way to construct a dream home. Pollution Fighting Buildings:   These remarkable innovations, also known as Vertical Forests, aim to tackle air pollution by providing cities with new approaches to urbanisation. Home to over 1,000 tress and 2.500 shrubs which absorb air pollution, the buildings can act as a filter that makes the air we breathe cleaner. This is cost effective in construction as the trees and shrubs are able to absorb carbon dioxide. Bamboo Cities: Bamboo cities use structures that interlock, creating a build that is stronger than steel and more resilient than concrete, yet remains completely sustainable. Modular structures are easy to apply to bamboo cities and they aim to offer refuge for Cities that are already overpopulated by creating homes in trees. These remarkable designs can withstand certain natural disasters such as earthquake tremors, due to the highly flexible nature of bamboo.  

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