Construction Index: First T-pylons are erected

The first of National Grid's new T-pylons have been erected at the company's Eakring training academy in Nottinghamshire. The T-pylon was the winner of an international design competition to look for a 21st century design to carry high voltage overhead lines. The winning design from Bystrup, the Danish architects and engineering company, is 35 metres high - up to one third lower than the conventional steel lattice pylon.


The Telegraph: Is the general election result a NO win for the British economy and property market?

Big business has never been so "nervous" about a Tory win in a general election, says JLL boss Guy Grainger. "If the Tories are in office, there is less impact on the residential market," Mr Grainger said, however, a Tory victory could have negative implications for property developers and corporates, he claims.


City AM: Why your office space really counts: How your workplace environment can impact your productivity

Creativity, collaboration and contentment are determined by the environment you build. British employees work the longest hours in Europe, and 70-plus hour working weeks are the norm for many in our major cities. With the majority of our waking day spent in the office, it's never been more important for employers to ensure that their working environments engage and inspire.

Read more... Costa opens first 'zero-energy' coffee shop

Coffee shop chain Costa has launched a new 'Eco Pod' café concept, incorporating an array of innovative energy-saving technologies that could have a huge impact on the future of sustainable building design in the hospitality sector.


The Independent: David Chipperfield: Architect's controversial designs for a £125m Nobel Center in Stockholm could be scrapped

His eight storey building - with a bronze, stone and glass façade - which would be the new home of the Nobel Foundation, has been attacked by politicians and museum bosses as too "shiny" and a threat to the historic heart of the city.


Construction Enquirer: Bouygues bags £30m retirement village deal

Bouygues UK's Midlands regional business Thomas Vale has landed the contract to deliver a new £30m retirement village in South Derbyshire. Work will start on site next month on behalf of Richmond Care Villages which is part of Bupa.