55 Council Homes To Be Built At Former School In Dumbarton

Plans to build 55 affordable new council homes on the site of a previous primary school in Dumbarton have been approved by councillors. The 1.9-acre area has been unoccupied since the former Aitkenbar Primary School was demolished in 2016. The new development will see the site renovated into mixed housing including 24 one-bedroom flats, two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses, two three-bedroom accessible bungalows and four-bedroom detached homes. A tree-lined road will be formed through the centre of the council homes site, from Howatshaws Road, and a new footpath will join the site with the adjacent children’s play area and woodland path. At a meeting of the planning committee, co

Sweden To Construct ‘World’s First Electric Road’

The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has revealed the team set to construct the world’s ‘first electric road’. The consortium Smart Road Gotland won the final round of the tender with the highest evaluation points. Electreon AB will lead the electric road project’s next phase to deliver vital knowledge of the future potential of dynamic wireless mobile power transfer through this demonstration road system. This initiative, based on Electreon’s technology, is expected to be the first in the world to charge inductively both an electric truck and a bus while in full motion. To enable the mission-critical knowledge transfer to the Swedish Transport Administration, the Smart Road G

IKEA Achieve A BREEAM Sustainability Rating

IKEA Greenwich has accomplished an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM UK New Construction certification, a sustainability rating and accolade held by just 320 buildings around the world. The sustainable store is the very first in the UK and only the second retail unit in the world to receive the sustainability rating with over 90%. IKEA Greenwich was designed and built to reach the highest BREEAM rating possible and by reaching ‘Outstanding’, it has achieved the highest rating of any IKEA store in the world. IKEA Greenwich combines a range of sustainable technologies such as solar power, LED lighting, rainwater harvesting and renewable construction materials while maximising the use of renewable electrici

Balfour Beatty Benefits From Drones On M6 Smart Motorway

Balfour Beatty’s experienced drone pilots Craig Matthews and Wayne Hughes shared their experiences. The smart motorways project In 2015, Balfour Beatty – in partnership with VINCI Construction – was selected to produce a Smart Motorway package on the M4, M5 and M6, worth up to £607.4m. Among the projects was a 13.6-mile section of the M6, from Junction 2 at Coventry to Junction 4 near Coleshill, at a cost of £212m. Once the two-year upgrade work is completed, the transformed stretch will increase capacity, decrease congestion and shorten journey times for the thousands of road users who use this network every day. Extra capacity will be added to the motorways through the conversion of the ha

Asbestos Still Putting Lives At Risk 20 Years Since Ban, Says IOSH

Lives are still being put at risk by companies lacking to manage exposure to asbestos, according to the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). Since the start of 2018, 135 companies or individuals have been ordered to terminate work activities because of non-compliance with asbestos regulations, with a further 130 being warned they must improve. A further 31 companies or individuals have been prosecuted for breaches, with fines ranging from £1 up to £200,000 and some directors being given prison sentences. The latest company to be sentenced was a Devon-based hotelier, which was fined £80,000 after asbestos-containing materials were disturbed during refurbishment work. While th

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