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Heaven versus Hell – time to make our autonomous vehicle choices

According to Robin Chase, founder of the Zipcar vehicle rental club, the first truly autonomous vehicles could be nipping around the streets of major global cities as early as 2020, Antony Oliver reports. Speaking at the recent Infrastructure Investor Global Summit in Berlin, she made clear that the use of autonomous vehicles will be the…
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Key themes of health and wellbeing and social sustainability emerge at Ecobuild

The 2017 edition of Ecobuild delivered some thought-provoking and highly relevant content with a key theme emerging around social sustainability and health and wellbeing. Or people, for short. PCSG’s Barbara Rinkel reports. With mental health issues affecting one in four people in the UK and accounting for a significant percentage of the NHS budget, the…
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What’s in store for Sustainability in 2017

Given the roller coaster of a year we had and an already exciting start to the New Year, now seems a good time to cast forward and try to predict what the rest of 2017 has in store, by Paul Gosling. In terms of significant events from 2016 (Brexit, Trump etc) we are yet to…
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New report provides further evidence of return on investment

At a time of fierce competition and shareholder drive for transparency is becoming increasingly important BREEAM is providing further evidence of its value and return on investment. “Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Value of BREEAM to Retail in the UK” is published today at MIPIM and shows how retailers and developers can use BREEAM to help attract…
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Our climate is changing.

We are seeing more extreme weather events which could lead to increases in heavy rainfall and significantly increased risks from river and surface water flooding. A growing population means more houses, which means more people will be at risk. Over 5 million households and businesses in England – that’s 1 in 6 – are currently…
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How to deliver smart agendas at local level

Infrastructure Footprint’s editor (and now PCSG’s Head of Cities and Communities) John Twitchen will be chairing two BRE conferences over the next few days, both looking at the Smart Cities transition and with highly knowledgeable and influential speaker line-ups. On Thursday 26 January, ‘Connected Cities’ considers how to deliver smart agendas at the local level.…
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Transformational development in the heart of Manchester

The Partnership behind the new St. Michael’s development (formerly known as Jackson’s Row) has revealed the first images of its 700,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme. The Jackson’s Row area has been under-utilised for many years and, in many ways, is a forgotten part of the city. It is surrounded by a number of key regeneration…
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Marginal gains

Land Rover BAR launched the team's new Portsmouth base for their 2017 America’s Cup bid, as the city welcomed the America’s Cup World Series to the Solent for round 4 of 6. Why was Infrastructure Footprint there? Primarily because the building has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating with 100% of demolition concrete used in the foundations…
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Route map for low carbon concrete

Alkali-activated binders for precast and ready-mixed concrete products: A route map to standardisation, certification and guidance. Approximately 5% of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by humans currently arise from cement production. As a consequence, there is commercial interest in developing low-carbon cements and related binders suitable for use ‘at scale’ in concrete production.…
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Winning ways for FM Conway and the environment

Leading infrastructure services company FM Conway continues its winning by building recycled content products, innovation and self-delivery into highways contracts. The London-based firm recently won a £56 million contract to deliver highways surfacing work for East Sussex County Council, working as a sub-contractor to Costain/CH2M. The contract is a seven-year agreement worth c. £8m per…
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Rise of the machines

A new joint venture between global asset management consultancy, Amey, and world leading drone technology experts, VTOL Technologies, will use precision, long-range drones to transform asset management inspections. The use of drone technology promises to make it safer, quicker and easier to assess vital infrastructure such as bridges and railways, not to mention much more…
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Electric leg-up

Drivers of electric cars are to be allowed to drive in bus lanes in London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Bristol as part of the ongoing government investment in electric vehicle infrastructure. On these increasingly congested towns and cities, allowing such an advantage to electric car drivers at peak times offers a genuine incentive to invest…
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