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Technology and how it might change the construction industry

As with all industries, the construction industry is constantly evolving along with advancements in technology.  With engineers increasingly using software for architectural tasks, could we eventually see virtual reality playing a bigger role in building design, and the use of robots for practical activities?

Taking a look at what changes could be on the way as the construction industry becomes more advanced with technology, Oasys, specialists in structure design software, offer the following perspective:

Technology within Manufacturing over time…

In this article, we look at the ways in which technology has impacted the manufacturing and the effect this has had on productivity and efficiency.

Technology is continuing to amaze us in all walks of life. The automotive industry is no different, either, taking advantage of new inventions. It’s not only our cars that are benefitting from technological advances, though — the manufacturing industry is, too. Lookers, who offer Ford Servicing, is an example of this.

It’s anticipated that this human aspect can be removed completely in the future, with technology helping to provide a fully integrated and fully automated form of quality control. While some of the public are concerned that jobs will be lost as it keeps progressing, it can only be a good thing for manufacturing companies as it continues to help improve productivity and efficiency. It will be interesting to see what we welcome to factories next!

With key hire, Perkins+Will’s London studio bolsters workplace strategy services

  • Global architecture firm welcomes new addition to interiors team
  • New hire Jason Turner brings specialism in workplace strategy and business growth
  • Growing team indicative of firm’s continued success in the sector

The London studio of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will has announced the appointment of a new associate principal, Jason Turner, who joined the firm in early March.

Signbox raises the bar code with a show-stopping LED illumination installation at One Bartholomew

Signbox, the award-winning signage pioneer, has transformed a complex neon bar code wall art concept into a show-stopping LED illumination installation at One Bartholomew, an iconic new Grade A office building in Barts Square in the City of London.

Commissioned to deliver a CAT A signage project by architect, Sheppard Robson, on behalf of contractor, Mace Group, Signbox went on to devise a compelling solution for the architect’s ambitious bar code scheme that would create an exhilarating visual impact within the building’s vast, double-height reception space.

Farnborough’s first Homebuilding & Renovating Show smashes expectations

The potential concerns surrounding Brexit and the property market were debunked at the first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, which defied expectations despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting fifty per cent more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, welcomed over 9,700 visitors across the two days, with an average project spend of £154,834 per person.

The inaugural event’s success demonstrated how buoyant the self-build property market is within the South East region, delivering fifty per cent more attendees than expected, with over 75 per cent of visitors having a live project underway within the next 12 months, creating potential significant sales opportunities for exhibitors for future shows.

Counting the true costs of poor procurement

While column inches continue to report on major developments missing deadlines, spiralling out of budget control and in the worst cases, taking short cuts over safety, Silas Wilde, managing director of Harlestone Group, examines how the true cost of poor procurement can impact on more than just the bottom line.

Right now, Tottenham Hotspurs’ new football stadium is still being built. While that’s six months since the first ball should have been kicked in anger, projections for completion still vary.

SP Launches Bluetooth Alternative to Mechanical Load Cells

Straightpoint (SP) has unveiled its new single capacity Bluelink load cell that introduces Bluetooth technology to existing and prospective customers still utilising outdated mechanical force measurement products.

Bluelink is a 6.5t (14,300 lb.) capacity load cell, targeted at end users that remain loyal to traditional equipment but who might be receptive to enhanced technology and the inherent advantages of reading data on an iOS or Android smartphone installed with SP’s free HHP app.

The story behind these iconic buildings in Scotland

Sometimes, we just need to reinvent ourselves. This could be in the form of a new wardrobe, a dramatic haircut, or even an entirely new lifestyle choice.

The same can be said for buildings too! There are so many buildings in Scotland that have stood tall for centuries, so it’s hardly surprising that some of them have supported various different uses over the years. What might surprise you is just what those uses have been. In this article, we’re exploring iconic Scottish buildings to uncover their original purpose compared to their current use.

P C Henderson’s Flagship Product Specified for Modern Home Renovation in Belgium

Meca Welding, a small family run Blacksmith company based in Belgium, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Securefold folding door hardware for the renovation of a pool house at a residential property in Shilde, Belgium.

Specialising in the creation of wrought iron windows and doors – Meca Welding worked with the owners of the property to specify an exterior folding door solution for the property. The project brief required a system which could be fully opened during the warmer months and securely closed off during the winter – whilst also considering the architectural style and design aesthetics of the building.

The Screw-Tite® Revolution Continues @Screwfix

Screwfix is delighted to announce the launch of the next generation of Screw-Tite® award winning screws, designed to be the best performing woodscrew on the market.

The new Screw-Tite®2 product not only incorporates all the unique features of its predecessor but now with several new advancements, it provides the ultimate product in screw technology.

When the original Screw-Tite® screw made its debut, it revolutionised the Trade and DIY market in terms of performance, quality and price. Now, following extensive re- development, the new Screw-Tite®2 version offers even greater benefits for a wide range of applications.

GEZE solution is just the ticket

Laser precision proved to be just the ticket in the redevelopment of Telford’s bus station where the latest GEZE technology has combined efficiency with passenger safety.

The travel hub – part of the Telford Shopping Centre – has undergone a £1.9 million refurbishment and transformed an “out-of-date” terminus to a light and airy atrium geared to improve passenger experience.


Ministers are urging the UK tourism industry to recognise the potential value in catering for disabled visitors.

Following the 2018 VisitEngland awards for Excellence, both the Minister for Arts Heritage & Tourism, Michael Ellis and Minister for Disabled people Sarah Newton have called for the leisure attractions to cater for disabled visitors and enhance their accessibility. They point out UK tourism is growing by more than 6%pa, with a 5.8% increase in domestic travel; set alongside the fact that one in five people in Britain have a disability or health condition, they maintain there is a business case to justify any investment.

Mr & Mr: From lucky pants to hamster jam, find out how the co-founders of On The Tools succeed in both business and friendship

Mr & Mrs, there for one another and together forever. Or should that be Mr & Mr? We sat down Lee Wilcox, CEO of On The Tools, and fellow co-founder and Creative Director, Adam Barrie, to see how well they thought they knew each other, as well as delving in to what it’s really like to work and build a business with your best mate. Read more for some pearls of wisdom in work ethic, friendship and a taste of what it’s like to be part of the construction marketing giant, On The Tools, which now boasts over 2.5 million followers. To watch the full video click here.

Panasonic to Preview New Heating and Cooling Solutions at ISH

Panasonic Heating and Cooling will preview the new Aquarea J Generation at ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for the sustainable management of water and energy in buildings (Frankfurt, 11h – 15th March). Located in Hall 11, Booth E67, Panasonic will highlight the environmental benefits of its new Aquarea J Generation of air-to-water heat pumps and showcase new commercial solutions.

Centor® looks to expand its UK operation

Appointment of new Sales Manager and increase in dealerships pivotal to expansion plans

Birmingham, UK – 05 March 2019: Luxury door, window, screening systems and hardware manufacturer, Centor, has appointed a new Sales and Operations Manager, Mike Sullivan, to oversee the growth and expansion of its UK business.

The respected brand is looking to expand its network of professional dealer partners in the UK and Ireland, for its award-winning Integrated Doors and Windows, as well as for its range of bifold doors and stand-alone screening systems. In addition, Centor is looking grow its architectural joinery hardware business.