Industry News Digest December 2023

Which construction events you should be visiting in 2024? When should your company switch from diesel to battery-powered construction equipment? Find out in this month’s news digest and take a look at the stunning terraces of a new residential building near Athens, Greece.


2024’s top construction events

With 2023 almost wrapped-up, let’s take a look at what 2024 has in store for architecture, engineering and construction professionals. Construction Dive listed the industry’s major expos and events, from concrete conventions to architect seminars. Take out your agendas and get planning! 

You can find the full overview here.


Is now the time to switch to electric machines?

As the development of battery-powered equipment grows swiftly and the construction sector becomes greener and greener, it’s time to ask yourself: is now the right time to ban diesel and switch to electric machinery? Or is it better to wait?

 “Switching to electric machines costs a lot of money – there’s no two ways about it,” says Mark Ashdown, a UK-based transport manager whose company recently purchased an electric machine worth around £ 58,750. That is 15% more than the closest diesel alternative. “But for a business of our size, cost wasn’t the main factor,” he adds. “The overriding consideration was buying a machine that could be used in a warehouse setting without producing emissions which could harm the health and safety of our staff.” Was Mark’s company right to act now? Or will these electric machines become cheaper in the years to come? 

Construction Europe found out, read the full story here.


BIG in Greece: Danish studio reveals Park Rise overlooking Aegean Sea

Danish architecture studio BIG has revealed designs for a luxury residential building, which will be part of the Ellinikon city masterplan near Athens, Greece. The plan will transform the grounds of Athens’ old airport into a 15-minute city, consisting of neighbourhoods arranged around a 200-hectare coastal park. According to developer Lamda Development Ellinikon will grow out to be Europe's largest urban regeneration project. With its striking cascading terraces, there is little doubt that the Park Rise building will be one of the site’s main eyecatchers. 

Take a closer look here.