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Posted: 30th November
By: rlf

Building news: 9 new super prisons on their way

Chancellor George Osborne and Justice Secretary Michael Gove have unveiled a major “new for old” prison reform programme, which includes plans to build nine new prisons in England and Wales.

At a cost of £3 billion, the aim of the programme is to ensure that Britain’s prison system is fit for purpose, by closing down ‘ageing and ineffective’ Victorian prisons and selling the sites off for the construct...

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Posted: 23rd November
By: rlf

Rooftop science lab focuses on sustainable building

Students at Watford Grammar School for Girls will soon be able to study and conduct research in one of the most unusual science classrooms in the UK - one that revolves around sustainable building.

Wanting to create an extension to its existing facilities, the school explored various options, but opted for a SOLARDOME® PRO geodesic dome.

Geodesic domes are structures that look like half spheres. They are mad...

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Posted: 16th November
By: rlf

Housing news: return of the prefabs

In housing news, rising house prices and changes to the benefits system have resulted in rent becoming too expensive for many Londoners. This is leading to an increasing number of people living in shared hostels, or on the streets.

To tackle the problem, YMCA London South West and architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners joined forces to find a potential solution.

Following three years in development,...

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Posted: 10th November
By: rlf

Landlords face Osborne’s 100% tax hike

Britain’s two million buy-to-let landlords were left reeling after the chancellor slashed tax relief for property investors, provoking warnings of a mass sell-off of homes - or a widespread rise in rents.

George Osborne announced the tax change, (on which there was no consultation), in the summer Budget on July 8, and as a result, an increasing number of landlords are considering selling, to enable them to pay o...

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Posted: 4th November
By: rlf

5 rules for smooth construction project management

As a construction contractor, you’ve got to wear many hats. You are quality control, business manager, human resources and finance manager, to name a few. Part of your job is knowing how to combine all these roles to ensure a smooth and safe construction process.

Addressing the following issues from the start will increase awareness of possible pitfalls, and help to ensure a successful and profitable build.

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