Supply issues have also driven up the costs of building materials, with brick prices up by an average of 9 per cent, timber and roof tiles up by 8 per cent and insulation increasing by 16 per cent. More than half of the firms surveyed said increased material prices were squeezing their margins, and 56 per cent said they had to pass costs on to their customers.
Source: Building firms waiting more than a year for bricks as raw material costs rocket, study shows | The Independent
The original stable corridor, which the architects retained, now functions as an elegant enfilade.
Until one day when Andy Ramus of AR Design Studio, which was completing renovations to the Manor House, recognized the potential of this historic stable. Shortly after, Lovely Cottage’s stable received a new lease on life as a modern three-bedroom house featuring much of the structure’s original barnlike character.
With the exterior of the single-story brick structure refurbished, the original wood-framed windows were replaced with modern glazing and powder-coated steel frames. (more photos at Dezeen)
via Manor House Stables, A Champion’s Home Reborn: Remodelista.
Cuddy Recycling Ltd, a start-up firm supported by the Welsh government, is establishing a wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. The centre, which represents an investment on £1.2 million, will be the first of its kind in the area and will create 22 jobs.
The facility will process and recycle demolition aggregates from construction and demolition projects in Wales, in addition to waste timber and plasterboard, which will be sourced from the construction sector and civil amenity sites. The aggregates will be sorted for reuse within the construction industry and waste timber will be used for biomass fuel, panel board manufacture and animal bedding. The plasterboard will be reused in plasterboard manufacture where possible and the gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for application in the agricultural industry. It may also be used as a cement additive.
via Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates.
CEW said that it is implementing the latest technology to carry out the project, including photography drones (pictured) and design modelling.
A drone from Cardiff-based Heli-Eye is being used at various points throughout the project to easily and quickly capture aerial images, whilst Arup and Gillard Associates will be using BIM modelling to look at how design changes might affect reductions in waste.
via New Project Uses Drones to Cut Construction Waste & Increase Reuse & Recycling in Wales – Waste Management World.
Holey Smokes – these guys!
Malcolm Hopper, Phil Matthews, Stephen Pickering and Martin Hopkins from Top Drawer
“We are very concerned about this because a lot of people in the area rely on us. What we offer is top quality furniture at a good price and last year we provided more than 100 families with furniture – many had been homeless. We’ve also helped people with finding work in the area.
“We want to keep on serving the community and stay where we are, but without the support of the council we might not be able to.”
via Plans to save upcycle store (From Swindon Advertiser).
According to investors, the plant will prevent 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being released and, over its 20-year lifetime, will save around 1.3 million tonnes of wood from landfill. There is, however, only so much waste wood available — and plenty of other potential uses for much of it, including reclaiming it for future construction. In the long run, the question of sustainable sources of feedstocks will be a central concern for any large-scale expansion of wood gasification.
via Power plant to create electricity from waste wood (with no burning involved) | MNN – Mother Nature Network.
The pilot Floating Cinema 2011 project navigated the waterways of the Olympic host boroughs during summer 2011. Designed by Hackney based architects Studio Weave and programmed by Somewhere, the customised narrow boat hosted a varied and vibrant programme of free on board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops including tours into the Olympic Park prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games hosted by writer Iain Sinclair, comedian Holly Burn and comedy writer Susie Donkin. The Floating Cinema also presented larger scale outdoor screenings to bankside audiences including a fancy dress screening of Fantastic Mr Fox outside the Three Mills studios where the animation was created.
via The Floating Cinema: About.