National Infrastructure Assessment Credit Gar Butterfield via unsplash

It’s the May update: Another National Infrastructure Assessment, Technology Adoption in Construction, Formula 1 Crane, Westfield London Development & UK Construction Week!

Another National Infrastructure Assessment – more jobs & contracts

The first one was issued in 2018. Written by the National Infrastructure Council (NIC) once per parliament, the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) outlines a 30-year strategy with recommendations on.. you guessed it, national infrastructure. It’s been announced that the next one will be published in 2023 with work commencing this Autumn to inform the content of it, including consultation and analysis.

Today the NIC’s corporate plan was published outlining the next 3 years, including process and timelines for the NIA. It plans to commence with analysis on key infrastructure sectors.

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Is Construction Really Lagging in Technology Adoption?

Technology in Construction credit Hanso L via unsplash

Is construction’s digital transformation dependent on the introduction of new contracting models? Online event takes place 11am Friday 21 May to discuss contracting models in construction. Apparently, productivity has improved only 1% annually for the past 20 years with most buyers citing cost as a barrier to tech adoption. The panel will discuss how contracts can facilitate digital transformation. You can sign up for the free event here.

beable Saves Construction from COVID

Luckily, technology exists so Construction sites can stay open (law permitting) and take care of their workers with beable® Wearable which has been deployed at pilot stage at a large north London site to keep workers safe and productive; it facilitates physical distancing as well as interaction tracking. Co-developed by Electronic Media Services and COMIT Projects and funded by Innovate UK, the new technology has been well received and plans to rollout to further sites in Q2 this year are underway. Contact or

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Formula 1 Wheel Saves Crane Energy

Keir is trialling technology (PUNCH Flybrid flywheel) that decreases crane generator fuel usage by reducing generator size. It does that by capturing energy from the vehicle or machine that would normally be wasted, store it in the flywheel and use it to power the machine. We wonder if Lewis could be driving the crane.  

1,760 new in homes 46 story development in West London

Westfield Development credit Meado Marie via unsplash

Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved plans for 1,760 new homes across 9 blocks up to 45 stories in height. The £1.3m development by Whitmore will include 355 affordable homes (20%) and consist of almost 1.5 acres of public space plus pedestrian connections. Now all that has to be decided is who is going to live in them.

UK Construction Week Begins Today!

uk construction week begins today

Attendees can network & visit exhibitors and attend seminars. It runs 5-6 May and hosts many interesting talks, you can see the agenda here.

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Internet Connectivity for New, Temporary and Challenging locations…

For new, temporary and challenging locations why not consider the EMS i-MO OptiBond solution? Delivers fast / resilient aggregated 4G and / or fixed line services to site in days. The system is widely used on difficult to serve and new commercial and infrastructure projects.  See

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