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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm each day

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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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Breaking the mould

Posted on: 21 November 2014
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Based at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment & Human Health, the European Centre for Environment & Human Health has just published findings that show damp and specific types of mould can pose a significant health risk to people with asthma. While homes are increasingly designed to save energy, this blog considers what can we do to prevent side-effects that pose a cost to our health.

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Skills to build: LCCI/KPMG Skills Index (London and the South East) 2014

Posted on: 20 November 2014
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This report aims to quantify construction skill shortages across London and the South East, showing how they impact on the delivery of key infrastructure projects and public policy goals. Using a unique methodology developed by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the report outlines the labour required to deliver the construction projects planned for London and the South East between 2014 and 2017, and the gaps in training provision that must be filled to meet this demand.

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London Olympics 2012 photos

Posted on: 20 November 2014
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One of the final acts of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the launch of a new photo gallery to archive 100 of the most memorable images of the construction of London’s Olympic and Paralympic venues and facilities. The images reflect the work of the ODA since it came into existence in 2006, and include iconic aerial photos from 2007 to 2014, showing the development of the Olympic Park, and how it changed as the construction programme progressed. They are being made available on the photo sharing website, Flickr, for non-commercial download and use as the ODA prepares to close.

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A study of the factors underpinning investment in the construction products industry

Posted on: 18 November 2014
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The Construction Products Association (CPA) has released a new report which is the second in a series of projects that the CPA is contributing to support the Industrial Strategy for Construction, seeks to understand the economic, political and regulatory risks that may be influencing investment, showcases examples of policies with positive and negative impacts, and advises on a best practice approach to regulation and policy. The report also features results of two surveys of CPA and industry executives regarding both the impact of energy costs, supply and security on investment and their views towards specific policies, such as Part L, the National Infrastructure Plan, Help to Buy, the Energy Company Obligation, Green Deal and the EU Emissions Trading System.

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UK industry performance report

Posted on: 18 November 2014
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This 32-page report, produced in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board and endorsed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and Constructing Excellence, the 2014 Construction KPIs suggest challenging economic conditions have undermined the construction industry’s efforts to deliver improved services to clients. Construction margins have plummeted to their lowest level for 15 years, according to research released today (13 November) by industry analysts Glenigan.

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Concrete: Part 3

Posted on: 17 November 2014
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In the final part of this ‘mini-series’, this blog focuses on other concrete defects, such as chloride attack, alkaline silica reaction and sulphate attack amongst other concrete defects.

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The role of the construction industry in China’s sustainable urban development

Posted on: 17 November 2014
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This research reviewed the role of the construction industry in China’s sustainable urban development. The social, economic and environmental impacts of the construction industry on China’s sustainable urban development are also analysed. This article appears in the latest issue of Habitat International (Vol.44, October 2014) which also includes articles covering sustainable development issues and urbanization in China.

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Adjacent Planning and Building Control Today: October 2014

Posted on: 13 November 2014
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Published by the National House Building Council, his issue looks at topics including planning and development, BIM, building control, safety in construction, and energy efficiency.

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CPD videos on timber in construction

Posted on: 13 November 2014
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Swedish Wood has launched the second in its RIBA CPD programme. This new Timber Cladding module is presented as three films, each relating to a RIBA Work Stage.

In the  first film, covering RIBA Work Stage 1: Core Objectives, Charles Barclay, of CBA Architects, takes viewers round his award-winning Walk Barn Farm and discusses the importance of specifying and detailing timber cladding correctly, as well as presenting a showcase of recent European cladding projects.

In the  second film, covering RIBA Work Stage 2: Concept Design and Outline Specification, industry experts explain the different cladding types and how to design, fix, coat and maintain timber cladding, as well as exploring sustainability and procurement issues and pre-painted exterior cladding.

The  third film, covering RIBA Work Stage 4: Technical Design, provides design details for external timber cladding, including technical details for installing different types of timber cladding, such as corners, cavities, structural supports and battens, as well as the relevant Standards and Regulations.

The first module,  Timber: the Building Material of the Future, Timber Cladding is also available.

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Skills to build

Posted on: 11 November 2014
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KPMG, in association with London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), have launched a report which analyses the skills gap in relation to the construction pipeline between 2014-2017. The report provides a detailed insight into the skills gap and the training shortage, and makes recommendations for policy makers, employers and training bodies to help drive change in the industry.

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