World’s best architects for Battersea plus construction growth beats Olympics

  • 30 Oct 2013

I live near Battersea power station, made famous by Pink Floyd’s inflatable pigs flying through its massive chimneys back in the seventies. The long overdue redevelopment of this iconic site will be at the heart of the regeneration of south London, not least because two of the world’s best architects, Frank Geary & Norman Foster, are to have a hand in the design. Amazing. Maybe pigs do fly.

The latest ONS statistics show that a 2.5% growth in construction in Q3 seems to have fired-up GDP which has grown too, despite the fact that last year’s comparative Q3 included the lift from the London Olympics.

Take a look at our selection from industry news sent in to Buildingtalk in the past 7 days. Highlights include details of the first trade kitchen price comparison site; the latest RIBA approved CPD from Abloy; a new roofing guide from Jewson; and much more, including some interesting project stories. Our VIDEO OF THE WEEK shows the impact of solar thermal hot water on green statistics. Check out all the story summaries below and follow the links for useful downloads.

And don’t miss-out on the chance to win a new van by entering the BAL prize draw.

Finally, I will be at the Batimat exhibition in Paris next week, including attending a digital presentation of the design concepts behind 50 innovative architectural buildings that have transformed the city. Follow the link below for more on this.


Tilers can win a new van with BAL Max-Flex Fibre tile adhesive

First UK kitchen price comparison website for the Trade 

 Plumbers welcome the iTherm chatter-free thermostatic radiator valve solution

Space saving sanitary modules for Four Points by Sharaton hotel in Milan 

 DAB recessed air curtains revamped by Dimplex 

Visit BATIMAT InSitu to experience the architecture that transformed Paris 

Technal announce new Sapa group now world leader in aluminium solutions

 New Roofing Guide from Jewson available at 600 branches across the UK

Graduates recruited for Ceram Construction Technology Development Group

Energetics growth means more Utilities competition



Solar thermal hot water systems from Stokvis help improve green statistics



Abloy CPD on Electronically Controlled Locking Solutions

Metframe pre-fabricated solution for Exeter student accommodation building

Troldtekt acoustic panels means all quiet at the Aldeburgh Music Cafe

 New cable protection guide for hazardous areas

SuperFLO pipework installed for student accommodation project at Glasgow University 

Safety first with Crossgrip walkway matting installed on roof of Pitsea Tesco

Next generation LED Energy Smart lighting at Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

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Frank Gehry & Norman Foster to co-design part of Battersea power station development in London

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More Utilities competition as investment grows in multi-utility connections providers

UK Chancellor George Osborne tried to block government commitment 2016 zero carbon target

Most expensive council home in UK at £2m is to be sold

Construction growth fires-up UK GDP growth

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