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8 INDUSTRY NEWS


Report calls for better land assembly model in the Capital


and investment from the Government to help us truly shift gear and make a step change in the number of homes we are building.” The report’s key recommendations include: • Establishing a specialist team at City Hall to identify and bring forward land for housing, with the Government providing significant extra resources to support land assembly in London, as is the case in other countries around the world


Local authorities and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, should be given greater powers to get more land into development for new homes, according to new research. The report, Capital Gains: A Better


Land Assembly Model for London, has been led by Urbanism Environment and Design (URBED) and was commissioned by the Mayor.


Investigating how land, “often in a complex patchwork of different owner- ships, is brought together for development in various places around the world,” the research looks at the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the USA to “draw lessons for speeding up the assembly of land to deliver new homes in London”.


The report suggests the Mayor should be given greater powers over Compulsory Purchase Orders in London, particularly where developments are at risk of delay. It also proposes new mechanisms for putting a stop to land value speculation in areas due for development, a step which is hoped will enable more social rented and affordable homes to be built. Khan commented: “This report shows how giving City Hall more powers to bring land forward and ultimately buy it if necessary, as is common in other parts of the world, would help us build more homes, more quickly. It also shows how practical steps to curb speculation – where owners and developers trade land and see its value go up and up – could help us build more social rented and other genuinely affordable homes. “I am using all the resources I have to their fullest extent to get more homes built in London, and will implement the recommendations of the report as far as my current powers and resources allow. But we need greater devolution of powers


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• Reforms to speed up the compulsory purchase process with greater powers devolved to the Mayor, as is common in German cities


• Creating special Land Assembly Zones to promote land assembly through negotiation with the landowners or through compulsory purchase, where required. This could see land values frozen at market value on the date of designating the zones


that artificial intelligence (AI) will be commonplace, linking to sensors and cameras around construction sites, ensuring that buildings are being developed accord- ing to the architect’s plans. Humans will reportedly work along side AIs, and will not only see these robots as clever tools, but also colleagues and even friends as they start to develop unique relationships. Looking more than 50 years into the


future, by 2075 Dr Pearson suggests that self-assembling buildings under AI control will allow for a new form of structure – kinetic architecture – where a structure is literally thrown into the sky and assembled while gravity forms the materials into ‘beautiful designs.’ Colmore Tang Construction and Virgin StartUp have partnered to deliver a £10m innovation fund that is open to entrepre- neurial companies, as part of the ConstruTech technology accelerator programme.


Housebuilder & Developer man completes Paris marathon


The future of construction


3D printed walls, drones carrying construc- tion materials, and roofs made of recycled plastic bottles from the ocean are just some of the possibilities the construction industry could offer by 2025, according to a new report for the Construtech initiative. Authored by Dr Ian Pearson and commissioned by Colmore Tang Construction and Virgin Startup, the report indicates that floating buildings or apart- ments will be possible by 2050 thanks to carbon foam, which is lighter than air. In the immediate future, Dr Pearson believes it is 3D printing that will steal most of the construction headlines. Cheap homes, built quickly using 3D printing, “will essentially put an end to the housing crisis.” By 2025, he believes that drones will be able to carry large materials up construction sites and that bottles recovered from the world’s oceans will be recycled to create biometric buildings or roofs. Over the next decade, it is also predicted


Sheehan Edmonds, senior sales executive at Housebuilder & Developer magazine, has completed the Marathon de Paris 2018 as a team Schneider Electric runner. He commented on the experience: “I’m extremely proud to have ticked something off of my bucket list; it’s always been a goal of mine to complete a marathon!”


Sheehan continued: “I was really


impressed with how well run the event was, and I really enjoyed teaming up with Schneider Electric.”


This is the sixth consecutive year that Schneider Electric has sponsored the marathon, with the goal of reducing the event’s carbon footprint.


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