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Construction of Vienna 24-storey wood building to start this Spring

Image courtesy of http://www.hoho-wien.at/Construction of the world's tallest wood building will start this spring in Vienna, Austria. 

When completed in 2017, the 'HoHo building' will have 24 storeys, surpassing by far 'The Tree', a 14-storey residential building under construction in Bergen, Norway

The wood high-rise is located in Seestadt Aspern northeast of Vienna by the Seepark park. With a height of roughly 84 metres and an estimated cost of £50 million, roughly 75 percent of the building will be made of wood. The service core will be constructed of solid reinforced concrete to which the timber supporting structure is secured.

 "Wood is a natural choice in Austria, because more of it grows than is used. Wood is cost-effective, it saves resources, it has high acceptability and wood surfaces create a natural atmosphere in indoor spaces. We have developed a technical wood construction system that enables construction of tall buildings", architect and planner Rudiger Lainer said.

"The starting point is to realise the building as efficiently as possible. We combine wood construction with concrete construction and with this synergy we strive for the best possible solution from the standpoint of building regulations, quality, cost-efficiency, fire safety and flexibility," Lainer added.

To read the complete interview with Mr Laner click here.

Visit the project website at www.hoho-wien.at.

[Image courtesy of www.hoho-wien.at.]

CITB research: Construction growth will create 232,000 jobs over next five years

According to the latest research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the UK construction sector will experience a dramatic growth over the next five years.

The annual average growth is expected to reach 2.5% in the period 2016-2020, mostly driven by infrastructure and private housing. That could lead to the creation of around 232,000 jobs.

The commercial construction sector will see a 3.4% increase per annum - CITB reports - while private housebuilding will also experience sustained growth across the forecast period, reaching £26bn output by 2020.

Wales will be the first in line with an annual growth rate of 7.1%, followed by the South West (4.4%), London (3.5%), and the North West (2.6%).

Steve Radley, Policy Director at the CITB commented: “All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work. This positive forecast should inspire more people to start apprenticeships, and more firms to take them on.”

2017 BMF All Industry Conference to be sponsored again by FAKRO

For the third year in a row, FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) All Industry Conference in 2017.

FAKRO  is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of roof windows in the world.  In the UK, distribution is via major builders merchants nationwide.  With a service and support offer geared to the merchant market, the company’s long-standing relationship with the BMF is a natural extension.

BMF MD, John Newcomb commented: “We are delighted that FAKRO is to sponsor the BMF All Industry Conference for a third time. The last two have both been hugely successful, with delegate numbers increasing each year. We have already started planning for 2017 and it promises to be the best event yet, so watch out for details of dates and venue later in the year.”

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