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Listed buildings: Bus shelter and cattle trough get listed status

Image copyright Historic England Image caption The thatched bus shelter in Osmington, West Dorset, was built by a couple in memory of their son who died in World War Two A bus shelter, a cattle trough and a Rolls-Royce test hangar are among the more unusual heritage places gaining listed status this year. Highlights from the 952 buildings and sites given new or upgraded protection also include an elaborate pedestrian subway in London and a thatched cricket pavilion at Uppingham School in Rutland. Historic England said 2018 saw 924 new…

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Bomb threat at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarter, buildings evacuated

The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) evacuated a few buildings at its headquarters campus in Menlo Park following a bomb threat, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. Everyone is safe and the company is looking into the incident, the spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Menlo Park Police Department said bit.ly/2SNkkoj a building at 200 Jefferson Drive has been evacuated and the bomb units are on the scene going through…

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The London buildings that never were

London has some of the world’s most iconic architecture, with landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament bringing millions of tourists to the city each year. But the capital could have had a completely different look if certain planners had got their own way. Images have now been produced showing what some rejected development plans would have looked like if they had gone ahead. Source link

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Meet the woman combing abandoned office buildings for unwanted treasures.

In 2014 the UK generated 202.8 million tonnes of total waste. 59.4% came from construction, demolition and excavation, according to DEFRA Environmentalists say that finding new uses for old materials should have as much prominence as recycling. Meet Cat Fletcher, the self-styled ‘Resource Goddess’ who runs re-use programmes in Brighton. She has saved thousands of tonnes of useful but unwanted goods from landfill, donating them to charities, social enterprises and good causes. Source link

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‘I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent’

Image copyright Tom Hull Image caption Bella has lived in this former retirement home in east London since January Between them Bella and Rex have both lived in former retirement homes, empty schools and even an old pub. They are property guardians – people who live in disused buildings to keep squatters away in exchange for cheap rent. Supporters say ministers should embrace such schemes so empty buildings can offer thousands more affordable homes across the UK. But critics argue that this form of housing can be insecure and of…

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Brazil homebuilder to offer Renault electric cars in buildings

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Latin America’s largest homebuilder, MRV Engenharia e Participacoes SA (MRVE3.SA), is partnering with the Brazilian unit of French automaker Renault SA (RENA.PA) to offer electric car sharing in its buildings. Co-Chief Executive Officer Rafael Menin said in a Thursday statement that the pilot program was part of the Brazilian homebuilder’s energy efficiency initiatives. The homebuilder aims to offer solar energy panels included in all of its new housing by 2022. In the first phase of the electric car program, two Renault Zoe vehicles will be offered…

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Historic England: The endangered buildings saved from ruin

Image copyright Historic England Image caption Pictured in 1987, Tynemouth Station was looking tatty and uncared for Since the heritage “at risk” register launched 20 years ago, more than two thirds of the original entries have been saved. But while hundreds are removed from Historic England’s list each year, nearly as many are added. Which sites count as success stories – and which remain in danger? The Midland Hotel, Morecambe Image copyright Bob Skingle Image caption Pictured in 2008, the Midland reopened as a four-star hotel and since 2013 has…

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Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

LONDON (Reuters) – Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain’s Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can produce a stronger and more environmentally sound product.     “We found out you could increase the strength of concrete by 80 percent by using a small amount of this new material,” lead researcher Mohamed Saafi told Reuters. Slideshow (4…

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Victorian Society reveals top 10 buildings ‘crying out’ to be saved

Image copyright Victorian Society Image caption The old Legat’s Ballet School is hidden by thick woodland and “shrouded in mystery”. An old Islamic school once suspected of training terrorists and a group of gothic cemetery chapels have been named on a top 10 endangered buildings list. The former Legat’s ballet school in East Sussex was raided by police in 2006 – now a campaign hopes to save it. The Victorian Society’s annual list aims to expose the plight of Victorian and Edwardian buildings at risk. Society president Griff Rhys Jones…

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The drug that makes people jump off buildings

Image copyright Staffordshire Police Image caption Police have warned that the use of monkey dust is at epidemic levels It has led people to jump off buildings, bite others and run into people’s homes. Now police say it is only a matter of time before someone dies as the result of “monkey dust” – a synthetic drug rising in popularity in the West Midlands. “At night time I won’t go out, because that’s when the people on drugs tend to come out,” Molly Lawton, a 19-year-old chef from Stoke, tells…

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