Shortage of Skills in the Built Environment

The Construction Industry Council launched their Professional Services Survey yesterday stated that the Built Environment industry requires 12,000 competent new professionals to enter the industry every year to meet demand as major projects such as the Olympics gather speed. Added pressure is being put on the industry because 20% of current CPS professionals could retire in the next 10 years.
Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Landscape Sacrificial – Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute called for a greater role for the profession in response to the Government’s ‘Draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction.’

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said landscape was often “the sacrificial lamb” on projects, which undermined both the environmental and commercial value of developments.

Responding to the document produced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lovell said: “Landscape is the glue which holds development schemes together and should be a first consideration and not an afterthought when developing a new scheme.”

Landscape \Sacrificial.

Varna is the Best City to Live in Bulgaria

Varna was elected for the best city to live in Bulgaria, according to the special research of DarikNews.bg

On the second and third place are rated Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo.

The capital of Bulgaria takes the 4thplace of the ranking. These cities are followed by Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Blagoevgrad, Kustendil, Kurdjali.

News.bg – Varna is the Best City to Live in Bulgaria.

Crowded city challenges business recruiters

DEVELOPMENT Tenants looking for offices in uptown’s record tight market will have trouble finding space for at least the next year.

“There is a positive side,” said economic development recruiter Justin Hunt at the Charlotte Chamber. “It shows the vibrancy of downtown and corroborates what we tell people — but from a pure product standpoint, it does make things difficult.”

Charlotte Observer | 12/06/2007 | Crowded city challenges business recruiters.

Ireland outlines Transport spending plan

A total of €1.3 billion has been earmarked for public transport spending, while €2.3 billion has been set aside for investment in national and non-national roads.

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey said the public transport allocation will be used to fund extensions to Dublin’s Luas light railway; for planning and design work on Dublin’s proposed Metro systems and Navan rail line and for continued construction work on the Kildare route project, the Western Rail Corridor and the Cork-Middleton rail line.

ireland.com – Breaking News – Transport outlines planned spend.

Wind farm plan for Cardiff Bay

THE face of the waterfront in Cardiff and Barry could be changed forever, with plans to build wind farms on dockland sites.

Ports company ABP has brought in experts to look at the possibility building wind turbines on its sites across South Wales.

Wind farm plan for Cardiff Bay – icWales.

Richards to champion design in Wales – Design Week

The Design Commission for Wales has appointed Wendy Richards, former principal urban designer at Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited, as development director.

Wendy Richards

As an experienced urban designer and landscape architect, Richards has previously been involved in delivering a number of design projects, ranging from an urban park development in Hong Kong’s New Territories to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport.

Richards believes Wales has a unique opportunity to take a strong lead in innovative design in Europe through its use of sustainable design principles.

Richards to champion design in Wales – Design Week.

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