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Buildings could be constructed by swarms of flying robots

18 Feb 2016: Scientists and engineers are collaborating on a project to develop flying robots that can make buildings in remote areas using 3D printing technology. more »

Smart windows could cut cleaning and energy bills

21 Jan 2016: Scientists in London have come up with a potentially revolutionary type of glass that they say could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings and also reduce heating bills. more »

Birmingham kids recreate famous photo

15 Jan 2016: Construction contractor Thomas Vale has apparently put the lives of 11 young schoolchildren in jeopardy by sending them out on a skyscraper girder high above the Manhattan skyline. more »

History revealed on the Great North Road

15 Jan 2016: Archaeologists working at a construction site to upgrade the A1 to motorway standard in North Yorkshire have uncovered more than 177,000 artefacts dating back to Roman times and beyond. more »

Skanska digs up Roman burial ground

17 Dec 2015: Skanska has uncovered Roman burials during groundworks on construction of a £250m Ministry of Defence college at Worthy Down near Winchester. more »

Animal magic

18 Nov 2015: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, said Muhammad Ali. Phil Bishop seeks further wisdom from the animal kingdom. more »

Half-sized Eiffel Tower tops out in Macau

2 Nov 2015: A half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower is nearing completion in Macau. more »

What would construction look like if Marty McFly went forward another 30 years?

21 Oct 2015: 21st October 2015 was the date to which Marty McFly went Back to the Future 30 years ago. With this peg, plant hire group Hewden has commissioned a report on what 2045 might look like. more »

Meccano bridge sets new world record

21 Sep 2015: Third-year civil engineering students from Queen’s University Belfast have built the world’s longest Meccano bridge. more »

Transparent 'Sky pool' to connect tower blocks

19 Aug 2015: Two London tower blocks are set to be connected at roof level by a swimming pool, 35 metres in the air, enabling residents to swim from the roof of one block to the next. more »

Engineers look to learn from stealthy owls

18 Aug 2015: Civil engineers are hoping that research into how owls fly so quietly could lead to new ways of making wind turbines quieter. more »

‘Electric highway’ trials to start this year

11 Aug 2015: Highways England is planning to trial new technology later this year that will enable electric and hybrid vehicles to automatically recharge as they drive along major roads and motorways. more »

Smart building management system will combat office drowsiness

17 Mar 2015: When the office drones start to fall asleep at their desks, the building of the future will automatically inject more oxygen to wake them up. more »

Thatchers make comeback to provide new take on modern methods of construction

17 Dec 2014: A project in Norwich could pave the way for the revival of a traditional craft for modern construction. more »

Offsite construction available online

22 Sep 2014: Publicity surrounding the record flotation of Chinese e-commerce website Alibaba last week has thrown a spotlight onto the commercial challenges being posed by Chinese companies to British builders. more »

Engineers spread happiness: Video

19 Sep 2014: The civil engineers behind some of London’s most iconic infrastructure projects have put on their dancing shoes to prove that they are not boring but are in fact full of joy and totally inspiring. more »

Drone sneaks look at construction of 'world's best office building'

2 Sep 2014: A video showing progress of Apple's Campus 2 under construction in Cupertino, California has registered 2.5m views a week after being posted. more »

Lafarge collects coffee pods to power cement plant

7 Aug 2014: Lafarge Canada is to burn used coffee packs as a replacement for some of the fossil fuels at a cement plant in British Columbia. more »

Noise-cancelling fences in development

29 Jul 2014: Scientists have come up with a way of using noise cancelling technology for acoustic barriers alongside roads and railway lines. more »

Boffins produce MDF from shredded paper

8 Jul 2014: Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed a new building material which is as strong as MDF but is made from shredded paper. more »

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