Heriot-Watt researchers develop ‘world first’ recycled brick

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have created a brick made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste to help support the construction industry’s sustainability ambitions The K-Briq produces just a tenth of the CO2 emissions of a traditional fired brick and is now being produced commercially by spin-off company Kenoteq. Up to 85% of bricks used in Scotland are currently being imported from England or Europe. The team now has an agreement with Hamilton’s Waste & Recycling to produce the K-Briq onsite at their recycling site, thereby reducing transport miles and carbon emissions. Supporting sustainable construction Professor Gabriela Medero, who conceived the idea of the K-Briq,

Plans revealed to invigorate North-East rail network

Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced a commitment to reviving the North-East rail network, outlining how new investment will boost the network and level up infrastructure across the country When visiting Horden Peterlee, a new £10.55m project set to be finished in May 2020, Grant Shapps acknowledged the importance of expanding the North-East rail network, ensuring passengers and businesses across the region have the frequent, reliable journeys they rely on. Improving connectivity for an area currently with no station over a 20-kilometre stretch, Horden Peterlee will be served by 1 train per hour calling at all stations between Newcastle and Middlesbrough and has been supported by

2020 New Year Honours list for the AEC industry

The Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2020 has arrived; here we take a look at those honoured in the AEC industry Much like the 2019 New Year Honours list, those recognised in the AEC industry for 2020 leaves a lot to be desired. With the Grenfell tragedy still sitting firmly at the fore, poor payment practices and issues with major project delays, it may come as no surprise that this year’s honours are short. Despite this, here are those within the AEC industry who made this year’s Honours list for 2020: CBE Professor John Ernest Nolan – chairman of the Construction Industry Council and president of the Institution of Structural Engineers – for services to structural engineering and the con

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