Last week I visited Stonehenge, once voted Britain’s most embarrassing tourist attraction. This iconic pre-historic archaeological site used to be surrounded by car traffic and one million mostly overseas visitors were serviced with a couple of old portacabins and loos. Now one road has been grassed over and ‘world-class’ Visitor Centre, sporting a VM Zinc canopy, spares our blushes. A great reminder too that zinc is one of our most ancient and sustainable building materials.
Didier Roux was at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre recently explaining how Saint-Gobain spend 400m a year on R&D and that 1 in 5 of the products they manufacture didn’t exist five years ago. We have link to a video of him waxing lyrical about how some of the biggest challenges in construction are being met by R&D and collaboration. Is R&D the key to a profitable and sustainable building industry.
The Guardian highlighted growing concerns about safety with a headline that more builders have died on UK sites than soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. We have included details below on a tagging product for forklifts and last week we featured a scaffold visual tagging system – both help reduce on-site accidents. Buildingtalk is keen to include features and products that would support site safety, so do be in touch on this.
And finally, an invitation from Buildingtalk to Grand Designs Live, 3-11 May 2014 at Excel, London: click here to claim your free weekday ticket valid on one day from 6-9 May* quoting BTLK14′. *t&cs apply.
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