Hyder makes 5.4% on turnover

The latest figures give Hyder a profit margin on 5.4%, down slightly on the previous year. However Hyder says it is making progress towards a goal of a 10% margin.

Hyder Consulting has reported a 15% rise in turnover to £230m while the group’s forward orderbook is up by almost a third at £310m.

During the past year Hyder made six acquisitions at a total cost of £31m.

Net debt rose by £3m, as a result of the spend on acquisitions and the increase in need for working capital, to stand at £11m.

The biggest increase in the orderbook was from international markets “especially the buoyant Middle East region”.

SOURCE: Contract Journal

Site choosen for New housing for earthquake victims

A national earthquake relief team has chosen a site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat, which was severely devastated in the earthquake.

This is the Bandengqiao area of Mianyang city, and it covers ten square kilometers. After a 20-day field research, experts decided to recommend this site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat.

Li Xiaojiang, chief of China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, said, “It is safe. Earthquakes and other geological disasters will occur less frequently here than in other areas.”

read more @ the SOURCE: CCTV International.

Irrigation dam ‘inappropriate’ – Stuff.co.nz

Central Plains Water’s (CPW) proposed dam across the Waianiwaniwa Valley would be like a line of tower blocks extending 2km across the Canterbury countryside, a hearing has been told.

Landscape architect Di Lucas, who was giving evidence on behalf of the Malvern Hills Protection Society, produced a photo montage of the 55m-high dam based on the comparable height of the Forsyth Barr tower in Christchurch.

SOURCE: Stuff.co.nz Irrigation dam ‘inappropriate’

Unsustainable Seattle – Crosscut Seattle

When you consider the carbon footprint of new construction, this city promotes growth and development policies that are wasteful, destructive, and myopic. Greens and historic preservationists need to find common cause in creating a truly sustainable urban landscape.

SOURCE: Crosscut Seattle – Unsustainable Seattle.

The battle of the skyscrapers – Salon News

For an entire century, New York was the city of skyscrapers, the epitome of the vertical city. It just kept growing into the sky, faster and faster. It was an exhilarating adventure in stone, steel and glass — and seemingly unsurpassable.

In “Delirious New York,” his legendary 1978 book about the giant city of skyscrapers and its magic, the young Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas raved about what he called the “colonization of the sky.”

Even the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center have not diminished the enthusiasm the now world-famous architect has for the skyscraper as a model of success. Despite the disaster, says Koolhaas, the skyscraper is still “about the only type of building that has survived the leap into the 21st century.”

From a Western perspective, at least, this is precisely the problem. Economically booming megacities — such as Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai — where extravagant skyscrapers are shooting up all over, mean that cities like New York are beginning to look old and outdated, despite attempts to modernize. In Europe, the eastern part is beginning to look more modern than the western part. Cities like Istanbul and Moscow are more dynamic than London, Paris or Milan.

SOURCE: Salon News – The battle of the skyscrapers .

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