Gemma Lloyd

  • Environment
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    Sustainability key in future highway design

    Key considerations of future road design will be sustainability and climate change, thanks to a panel of design experts who are working closely with Highways England. The Company’s Strategic Design Panel has published its fourth progress recommendations report. The report discusses the Panel’s progress over the past year and a half (June 2019 to end of 2020) and suggests key recommendations to take forward in the second period. The Panel recommendations include: accelerate communication and training to promote and embed its design vision and principles into its processes and culture act on the Panel’s recommendations for adapting to climate change,…

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    Flourish Nursery presents £25,000 Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree

    Flourish Nursery is delighted to display their newest arrival, a huge Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree. During a trip to Tuscany in September last year, Alex and his colleagues agreed to purchase the most expensive tree their Italian suppliers had to offer. The tree stands in a 2.5 ton wooden pot and is 3.5m in height and width. It is important to the nursery that they showcase the weird and the wonderful. Alex Bayman, director at Flourish Nursery, said: “We go out to the Tuscan Hills to buy amazing specimens for our nursery. We aim to have that extra special wow…

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    UK sets new net zero targets

    To keep the government’s commitment of achieving net zero green-house gas emissions by 2050 on track, it is estimated that around 350,000 new construction jobs will need to be created by 2028. The Building Skills for Net Zero report by the Construction Industry Training Board explores and discusses the need for green building specialists to reduce carbon emissions. This produces huge opportunity for the construction industry to meet new demands through the adaptation and development of new skills and services, driving a green job bloom. In turn this adds value to communities, people, and clients. The UK Green Building Council…

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    Green spaces key element in new housing in the North East

    Greener building and conserving wildlife work in unison in the North East as a new path to sustainable development prompts action. Natural England’s district level licensing (DLL) scheme, which primarily prioritises protecting wildlife, also helps support the Government’s ambitions to build greener. The program has been launched in Northumberland, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Tees Valley. Great crested newts are protected under UK and EU law due to their dramatic decline in population over the last 60 years. It is an offence to harm or disturb them. Therefore, developers must apply for a licence prior to any construction on or…

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    Construction output increases by 1.7%

    Construction output was off to a good start this year – outperforming the overall economy in January 2021 despite the disappointing entrance into a third national lockdown. The sector grew by 0.9% in the month-on-month all work series, projecting a rise to £13,639 million according to the Office for National Statistics. This promising return to monthly growth follows the 2.9% fall in December 2020. Prior to this there were seven consecutive periods of monthly growth. However, this is still 2.6% below the pre-COVID February 2020 level. The level of new work was 6.4% below this whilst repair and maintenance work…

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