Architecture studio Populous has unveiled designs for a temporary cricket stadium to be constructed with repurposed elements in New York.

The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium is a modular sporting facility and will be constructed to host eight matches of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s 2024 T20 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the United States and the West Indies in June 2024.

Planned for Eisenhower Park in Nassau County, New York – approximately 30 miles (48 kilometres) east of Manhattan on Long Island– the stadium will measure approximately 361,850 square feet (33,616 square metres).

Populous elected to use a modular construction system that could host the World Cup and then be “removed in legacy”.

“Our design for Nassau County International Cricket Stadium was inspired by the world-class standard set by the ICC and to serve as an exemplary introduction for those new to the sport of cricket,” Populous senior principal Jeff Keas told Dezeen.

“We developed an environment that not only embodies the passion and spirit of its fanbase but creates a remarkable experience for both US and international cricket fans to enjoy some of the sport’s greatest rivalries.”

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The stadium will seat 34,000 spectators across premium and general admission sections with six two-tiered sections and six lower single-tiered sections bracketed by support buildings. The modular grandstands are being repurposed from the Formula 1 Grand Prix facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, the facility will include VIP and hospitality suites, a party deck and cabanas, a fan zone with food and beverage outlets and media and broadcast areas. The wicket, which is a drop-in square similar to those in Australia’s Adelaide Oval and New Zealand’s Eden Park, is being created in Florida and will be delivered to New York in May.

Site work commenced in mid-January. Building construction is set to begin in early February and is projected to wrap up in early May with the first match of the World Cup slated for 3 June 2024 between the Sri Lankan and South African teams. International sports procurement firm The Parker Company and the Arena Group will coordinate the assembly of the modular stadium.

After the commencement of the eight scheduled matches, The Parker Company and Arena will remove the installation and return the venue to Nassau County – where it will remain one of the largest open spaces in the New York metropolitan area – to be enjoyed by the public as it was before, the Populous team explained.

“Event overlay and temporary modular structures are a key part of our work at Populous,” Keas said. “From a sustainability point of view, it is essential that event organizers can utilize high-quality, demountable and modular structures that can then be reused while making sure that the fan experience remains at the heart of the project.”

The Built Environment Committee has published a letter to the Government following its inquiry into the future of modern methods of construction (MMC) in housing.

The Government’s approach to MMC is in disarray. Millions of pounds of public money has been invested, but the money has not been backed by a coherent strategy and set of measurable objectives. Some Category 1 (modular) MMC firms have failed financially, though with the right approach it could still play an important role in the building of much-needed housing.

There is evidence of real barriers to MMC, such as risk aversion on the part of warranty providers, insurance companies and insufficient clarity for building regulations. However, the Government appears to have made limited effort to understand and address these challenges.

If the Government wants the sector to be a success, it needs to take a step back, acquire a better understanding of how it works and the help that it needs, set achievable goals and develop a coherent strategy.

These are some of the findings and recommendations published today by the House of Lords Built Environment Committee following its inquiry on the future of modern methods of construction. The inquiry was established following the collapse and closure of several Category 1 MMC companies during 2022 and 2023.

Lord Moylan, Chair of the Built Environment Committee, said: “Moderns methods of construction are successfully used to construct homes abroad and build high-rise and non-residential buildings in the UK, but this success has thus far eluded the building of MMC homes in meaningful numbers.

“In the context of an ageing skilled workforce and the need for greater building sustainability, MMC has shown some promise. We heard evidence that the Government couldn’t achieve its housebuilding targets without a sizeable contribution from the MMC sector.

“Our inquiry found that the Government has not set out clear objectives for the funding it provided the MMC sector. Homes England has not given any clear metrics as to how success is to be measured and over what timescale.

“The Government needs to change tack. Simply throwing money at the sector hasn’t worked. If it wants to encourage MMC it must acquire a much deeper understanding of how it works, develop a clear strategy, and demonstrate leadership.”

Construction is set to start on a £4m retail, leisure and events space at Wirral Waters following a significant approval.

Peel, which is bringing forward the Wirral Waters development with Wirral Council, has formed a strategic partnership with Starship Group to lead on construction of Egerton Village. Peel sought approval to novate grant funding to the company to complete the scheme.

Councillors approved the agreement at a Wirral Council economy regeneration and housing committee meeting on 22 January 2024.

In 2022, Starship relocated its head office to Hythe, the new Grade A office building at Wirral Waters. The low carbon developer and modular housing manufacturer also moved its entire manufacturing arm to the Mea Park neighbourhood of Wirral Waters.

The retail and leisure village will be constructed using low carbon Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and will involve students from Wirral Met College, through work experience opportunities and apprenticeships, throughout its 16-month build.

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Richard Mawdsley, director of development for Wirral Waters, said: “Egerton Village is a really important development for Wirral Waters. It is another jigsaw piece in the Four Bridges neighbourhood that will bring in much needed amenities to the area, including ancillary retailers, a café, restaurants, and workspace, with a southwest facing quayside and courtyard, where people can come together to enjoy the stunning waterside location and use the community, arts and events spaces, which are all important elements of its design.

“We are very aligned with the Starship Group on our vision for Egerton Village, with its low carbon, modular design, and I am thrilled, once again, to be able to offer construction students at Wirral Met College with yet another fantastic opportunity to learn about modern, low carbon construction right here on their doorstep.”

Simon Humphreys, director of Starship Regeneration, added: “Egerton Village will be a focal point at the heart of Wirral Waters providing valuable local amenities for this emerging neighbourhood. There will be host of new cafés, restaurants, arts, and retail space to choose from and we look forward to developing an events programme for the courtyard in this stunning dockside location.

“We are really excited about the future at Wirral Waters, which is why we are committed to investing in this project and working with our partners Peel Waters to accelerate projects like this and help create real change across the Left Bank of the Mersey.”

Egerton Village has been granted full planning permission by Wirral Council and was designed by award winning OMI Architects, following an architectural competition.


Elegant creases, interlooping yarns and stitch patterns; these are not just elements of a finely crafted garment but the poetic design language of Dutch design practice, the Studio RAP’s Ceramic House. In the world of architecture, the façade is the face of the building. Nestled in the heart of Amsterdam’s P.C. Hoofstraat, this boutique design transcends conventional norms and becomes a canvas, creating an organic, wave-like poetry. Far beyond a static exterior, this façade is a living testament to the delicate dance of form and function. It seamlessly blends tradition with innovation, not merely as a visual spectacle but as a tactile and immersive experience, inviting onlookers into a world where architecture becomes an art form.

In the genesis of the Ceramic House, the studio received a concise yet ambitious design brief from a client renowned for iconic architectural creations. Tasked with adorning Amsterdam’s shopping street with a unique boutique façade, the challenge was clear: conceive a retail design that transcends the ordinary. To meet this, the studio delved into the unexplored, seeking inspiration not from conventional architectural norms but from the world of knitwear.

The studio was in the midst of experimenting with 3D printing ceramic tiles for a previous project, New Delft Blue, when the idea of a façade entirely clad in 3D-printed ceramic tiles took shape. The result was the Ceramic House, an architectural masterpiece inspired by the artistry of knitting.

Amsterdam, with its cobbled stone streets and historic canals, is an architectural tapestry that weaves together the past and the present. Amidst this, the house stands as a distinct thread, weaving its own narrative. The key to the success of this project lies in its harmonious integration with the surroundings. Studio RAP meticulously replicated the silhouette of the original façade, maintaining the tripartite structure of the street. Expressive at ground level, the façade transforms as it ascends, synchronising with the surrounding structures. Architectural elements like rowlock arches and cross-bond brickwork echo the neighbouring buildings but with a contemporary twist. The connection of flushes between the new and adjacent facades, achieved through 3D scanning, showcases a commitment to precision, ensuring that the house stands as a luxury boutique seamlessly blending with its historical environment.

Digital design algorithms, a language of their own, become the brushes in Studio RAP’s hands. The Ceramic House explores the reinterpretation of glazed ceramics, infusing the historical city of Amsterdam with a new design vocabulary. The scale, size, type, and colour of the ornaments and materials are all carefully synced with the neighbouring buildings to allow a seamless integration of traditional and contemporary architecture. The façade’s intricate layers, inspired by textiles, mimic the elegance of creases and stitch patterns. An organic, wave-like quality unfolds as viewers approach, unveiling new elements within the bespoke 3D-printed ceramic tiles. This is not just architecture, it is a symphony of algorithmic design and historical resonance.

With inspiration drawn from the rich ceramic collection of the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of The Netherlands, the studio pioneers large-scale 3D printing technology. This isn’t merely printing tiles; it is an art form where architects collaborate seamlessly with advanced robotic systems. The result is highly differentiated and algorithmically designed details, showcasing a commitment to pushing the boundaries of architectural design.

The significance of using these innovative technologies lies in the studio’s vision to enrich the world with a new architectural language. Breaking barriers, they utilise 3D printing to gain unprecedented control over design, expression and precision. It is not just about industry digitisation; it is about preserving the cherished qualities of artisanal craftsmanship. Collaborating with Royal Tichelaar, one of the oldest companies in The Netherlands for ceramics and glazes, adds a touch of tradition to this technological partnership.

At street level, the house beckons with large 3D-printed ceramic tiles glazed in pearl white, subtly touched with yellow by Royal Tichelaar. Visually expressive at eye level, these tiles transition gracefully to a flush alignment with the ground, creating a harmonious aesthetic. Ascending higher, the façade unfolds another layer, showcasing 3D-printed bricks glazed in three shades of red. The abstract ornamentation dances with the original masonry cross bond, housed within the laser-cut stainless-steel cassettes, a nod to historical flushes.

For Studio RAP, 3D printing and algorithmic design aren’t just tools; they are the essence of the Ceramic House’s identity. Drawing inspiration from the art of knitwear, these strategies amplify the intricate layers of the façade design. There is a fascinating parallel between traditional knitting patterns and the tiles; both following conceptual instructions. The result is what the studio calls the “pearl-stitch”, a unique architectural expression merging historical ceramics with the allure of knitwear-inspired details. It is not just a building, it is a conversation between traditional architecture and the avant-garde.

As visitors approach the Ceramic House, a layered experience unfolds. From a distance, it seamlessly blends with the legacy of the street. Come closer, the undulating façade sparks curiosity, and the pearl stitch pattern emerges. Opening the door is an invitation to feel the texture, a tactile exploration of bespoke details. Each unique tile ensures that every visit unveils a new detail, creating a timeless and layered experience. It is not just a façade; it is an immersive journey through layers of innovation and tradition.

The Ceramic House isn’t an isolated project; it is a concrete manifestation of Studio RAP’s broader vision. Situated in Rotterdam, the team redefines the traditional role of architects. They aren’t just architects, they are entrepreneurs, craftsmen and innovators. The studio challenges conventions, injecting greater excitement and diversity into the world through innovative design.

In the words of the studio, “The Ceramic House project reshapes architectural expression by seamlessly blending tradition and innovation, reintroducing bespoke details to architecture. It’s more reshaping; it’s a revolution that challenges the status quo and presents a fresh architectural style. The project is a testament to the Studio RAP’s commitment to infuse the world with greater excitement and diversity through architectural innovation.”

Studio RAP isn’t just an architectural design company; it is a harbinger of change, challenging conventional ways of building. With architects, designers, roboticists, programmers and researchers collaborating in an industrial atmosphere surrounded by robots in Rotterdam, the studio embarks on a hands-on approach to solving problems in the building industry. Studio RAP doesn’t just create expressive buildings, it reimagines the entire architectural profession, embracing innovation as the cornerstone of its practice.



The Ceramic House stands not just as a building but as a testament to the marriage of tradition and innovation. As we trace the undulating façade and feel the tactile allure of each bespoke tile, we are invited into a realm where architecture becomes an immersive journey. Beyond its physical form, the house embodies a question: What other uncharted territories can façade design explore? Studio RAP’s revolution extends beyond a single, prompting us to ponder the possibilities that lie ahead in the dynamic tapestry of architectural innovation.

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War in Ukraine has had a significant human cost, with thousands of lives lost and millions of other people displaced due to the conflict. The country’s-built environment also bears the scars of the conflict and is currently the world’s largest construction site.

Homes, industrial facilities, and major infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed, with the cost of recovery over the longer-term likely to exceed $1 trillion: an international effort – pooling finance, skills, innovative processes and technology – is already underway to help Ukraine build back better.

For Ukraine’s government, its international partners, and global businesses, the reconstruction of Ukraine offers a significant opportunity to not only rebuild the infrastructure of Ukraine but to build back better and to reimagine the way in which infrastructure is designed and delivered to help modernise the Ukrainian economy.

The scale of destruction and cost of rebuild

A joint assessment by the World Bank, government of Ukraine, EU, UN, and Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) estimates the reconstruction and recovery needs of Ukraine over the next 10 years to be $411 billion – some 2.6 times the size of Ukraine’s GDP in 2022. This assessment accounts for surge pricing and building back better with investments in government-prioritised sectors for 2023 of $14 billion.

The estimate set out in the rapid damage and needs assessment (RDNA2), however, does not include the cost of reconstruction of buildings, facilities and infrastructure damaged or destroyed since the date of assessment on 24 February 2023 – such as the destruction of the Kakhovka dam on the Dnieper river and subsequent downstream flooding.

The eventual cost of reconstruction and building back better in nominal terms for such a colossal undertaking is likely, in our view, to be $1 trillion over many decades.

The quality of Ukraine’s existing infrastructure, as ranked by the World Economic Forum prior to the conflict, was relatively poor, at 57 out of 141 countries. Significant improvement and investment in Ukraine’s infrastructure will be needed to bring it up to the standard of EU countries, with Ukraine’s prospective membership of the trade bloc now seemingly on an accelerated path.

The RDNA2 provides an insight into where the most damage has occurred. Housing, for example, is estimated to have sustained the greatest damage at $50 billion, followed by transport at $36 billion. Damage to energy and extractives infrastructure is estimated at $11 billion.

In total, damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure and physical assets in the first year of the war to 24 February 2023 is estimated to have reached $135 billion and accounts for around 25% currency devaluation. Damage to infrastructure and physical assets is calculated using standard methodology and at 2021 replacement prices.

Total economic, social and other monetary losses are estimated at $290 billion.

According to the RDNA2, the cost of overall reconstruction and recovery will involve $92.1 billion being spent on transport infrastructure, $68.6 billion on housing, and $47 billion on energy and extractives infrastructure over the next 10 years. A total of $37.6 billion has been set aside for explosive hazard management.

The road to recovery

The scale of investment needed for Ukraine’s reconstruction is substantial and will require leveraging public and international donor financing together with a significant amount of private investment. It will also require a considerable mobilisation of engineering design, legal, financial and contracting capability from across the world.

Spending on construction in Ukraine has been recovering in 2023 from historic lows in 2022 but will take time to recover to pre-war levels – those levels had been driven up by spending on construction following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, with the rate of growth in the three-year period after 2014 particularly high.

The private sector plays a much more significant role in Ukraine’s economy than the public sector, accounting for up to 70% of total output. Private sector investment will therefore be critical to reconstruction. The state has a large involvement in both transport and energy sectors. However, a stronger public-private partnership (PPP) framework is needed to enable much greater private participation in infrastructure. Significant policy intervention is needed to support private financing and to mitigate and cover investment and delivery risk.

There are other significant market and institutional constraints that will make building back better challenging. For example, more than eight million Ukrainians have been displaced across Europe, which means that in the local labour market there is a shortage of the availability of contractors for undertaking repairs and reconstruction. There is also a shortage of available materials and manufacturing capacity. Insurance and guarantees to help protect private sector investment also need to be put in place, while reforms will be necessary to planning processes and local government institutional capacity will need to be strengthened as a priority too.

Notwithstanding the challenges that lie ahead, governments around the world and the international business community are already lining up to help.

For example, US company Bechtel has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ukraine’s State Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development on a national program that priorities key infrastructure corridors and AECOM will provide program management and technical advisory support, while the Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), Korail, and Korean National Railway (KNR) signed a memorandum of understanding to help rebuild Ukraine’s railway infrastructure and build a new high speed railway to link Ukraine with Poland

Pinsent Masons met with the Ukrainian State Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development and, together with Atkins Realis, Mace and Costain, produced a playbook called Reimagining Ukraine to set out how the UK professional services sector can help Ukraine rebuild its shattered infrastructure and build back better

What building back better in Ukraine might look like

Building back better in Ukraine will be a multi-faceted mega project, in infrastructure and economic terms. It will require a combination of political will, international finance, and the combined expertise of businesses from all around the world.

The size and scale of the task in Ukraine is so large and complex that it requires high-level collaboration. Lessons can be learned from giga projects in Saudi Arabia and large-scale programmes such as the Reconstruction with Changes Programme in Peru, which have shown that it is essential to coordinate programmes of infrastructure and buildings and to set up a program delivery partner organisation that can set the strategy for the procurement and delivery of many thousands of projects.

However, at Pinsent Masons, we consider that there will be a wide range of other critical components to not only restoring Ukraine to what it had pre-conflict, but to helping the country rebuild its built environment and wider economy.

PPP and innovative private financing models

The huge need for private investment will require much greater use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in key infrastructure sectors – principally transport and energy. This will be particularly relevant if Ukraine is to connect to an extended Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) which is a network of roads, railways, airports and water infrastructure in the EU.

Insurance and guarantees

The lack of available insurance is currently a major barrier preventing companies trading with and investing in Ukraine to help it rebuild. For its part, the UK signed a war-risk insurance statement of intent with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on 31 October 2023 to help UK companies to do business in Ukraine. The EBRD scheme will provide new support for boosting the provision of insurance against war related risks in Ukraine.

Investors looking to invest in reconstruction in Ukraine will also want to ensure that their investments are protected against political risks. This could include nationalisation, restrictions on capital transfer, government intervention, withdrawal of permits or future changes of policy by the government of Ukraine. Protection against political risk will be important as the state plays a more prominent role in commercial relations in Ukraine than many other Western countries. Sophisticated investors protect their business interests against political risk through bilateral investment treaties (BITs) or multilateral investment treaties. BIT arbitration is a powerful means of holding host nations accountable.

Land use and planning

Land use and planning underpin most physical aspects of an economy. Identifying how Ukraine’s land resources can be better used to support the country’s recovery is a fundamental issue affecting development. Consideration must be given to how land has been and is currently owned and occupied in Ukraine.

Understanding ownership under the Soviet system is also important. It wasn’t until the collapse of Soviet Russia that land began to be privatised – up until then all land resources belonged to the state. Thought needs to be given to any remaining legacy issues and to whether there are opportunities for more equitable distribution of land during the reconstruction process.

Procurement and contracting strategies

Procurement and contracting strategies for construction will need to be developed to deal with the need for speed as well as compliance with regulatory frameworks – but most importantly, a significant amount of innovation will be needed, which will need the careful development of contractual frameworks. Procurement processes must meet the highest standards of openness, fairness, and transparency.

Delivery of a complex programme of infrastructure needs high levels of collaborative working and a real understanding of how to manage alliances which need to handle and manage large amounts of innovative work that embraces net zero and the use of modern methods of construction. Project 13 is an example of an approach to collaborative working that has worked in the UK. It relies on an enterprise model where all project parties, including the commissioning client, are a part of the enterprise. This model is supported by NEC multi-party contracts and other collaborative contracting strategies.

Joint ventures

The development and use of joint ventures for major infrastructure programmes – and the structuring of those JVs – will be essential to success in delivery.

Bringing together JVs of the best capability to deliver complex and large-scale infrastructure requires a wide range of key considerations and to ensure that JVs have the best opportunity to perform. Bringing together the best capabilities and enabling technologies requires careful structuring to help ensure success.

Managing risk and disputes

With the size and scale of complex infrastructure, there is high potential for disputes which could delay reconstruction efforts in Ukraine.

The potential for a fast-track alternative dispute resolution and arbitration process to be established to aid reconstruction and accelerate the resolution of any issues that emerge is a vital area to examine and develop ideas.

The use of data and technology, as well as smart risk registers, will help avoid disputes, and the use of independent project boards can also accelerate dispute resolution.

Transparency and compliance

Transparency and compliance will be central to achieving success in the reconstruction of Ukraine. Without it, there is a risk of corruption and an associated risk that investors and best-in-class businesses will elect not to be involved in the project.

It will be important to ensure public and private sector organisations, including from supporting partner countries, develop mature systems of governance as part of fair and transparent procurement processes, and that those involved in the delivery of new infrastructure are subject to transparency laws and other regulation to mitigate the risk of corruption.

Industrialised construction

The use of industrialised construction will be essential to the fast-track delivery of high-quality housing and infrastructure.

A number of countries, such as the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia, are already world leaders in the use of modern methods of construction and advanced industrialised construction – and in deploying contractual frameworks that support industrialised construction and make modern methods of construction work.

The use of mass industrialised construction also provides the opportunity to decarbonise and to make a step change in productivity.

Building safety

Contractors from all over the world are likely to be involved in delivering new buildings and infrastructure in Ukraine – bringing with them different approaches to and cultures on building safety.

Importing world class building safety standards into Ukrainian projects can help ensure a uniform approach to reconstruction, which delivers not only safety for workers but also completed assets that are safe to occupy, operate and maintain in the long-term.

Endorsing best practice towards building safety can also be an enabler for other core objectives of reconstruction in Ukraine – including decarbonisation.

Climate change

There is a need to design lower carbon new infrastructure and design, construct, and adapt existing infrastructure to become more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Using an industrialised approach to design and construction, and adopting a regime that promotes building safety, will vastly improve the carbon footprint of Ukraine’s infrastructure – and help modernise Ukraine’s economy at the same time.

Rebuilding industrial production and supply chains

Rebuilding Ukraine’s industrial production capacity, as well as the supply chains and logistics that serve the manufacturing sector, is also of paramount importance.

This is especially important because Ukraine has a large industrial base that manufactures a significant amount of building materials which will be needed in the rebuilding of infrastructure and housing.

Shortened lead times in getting manufacturing facilities established and reimagining an industrialised approach to the production of components and factory-made houses, will be critical.

Agriculture, food and drugs, and associated supply chains

Both the agricultural industry in Ukraine and the pharmaceutical sector support a large workforce and make significant contributions to Ukraine’s exports.

Helping those industries recover will help provide more immediate incomes for Ukraine’s economy to start to become self-sufficient.

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An 800-square-foot home made from three steel shipping containers hit the real estate market last weekend in Sublette County and, based on web traffic generated by the listing, people are intrigued.

Camden Bennett with Pinedale Properties said the recently completed home was under contract for a short time, but the deal fell apart. An open house was held Saturday.

“There’s been a lot of traffic on our website, but there is some doubt that a container home can be desirable,” Bennett said. “Overcoming the lack of knowledge about container homes is the major goal. They can be comfortable, roomy, high-quality and low maintenance.”

Both the realtor and builder are optimistic about the potential for container homes in Wyoming because they can help solve a lot of the state’s construction and housing problems.

The containers are manufactured into homes and home parts in a Quonset hut near Fort Collins, Colorado. They can be hauled and dropped off in remote locations without a crane. Because they are modular, site construction work — including driveway, utility connections, foundation and landscaping — can be underway at the same time the house is being manufactured.

The modular design allows the container homes to be shipped almost anywhere in the world, and the company is looking at projects in Ireland and Alaska.

The home, located in the Barger Subdivision about 10 miles south of Pinedale, is listed at $315,000, or $393.75 per square foot. That may not seem like a bargain to some homebuyers. However, Bennett said because this is a spec home, no expense was spared in outfitting it.

The 2-bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom home is on a concrete wall foundation with a 5-foot crawl space, is fully furnished, has high-end appliances and cabinets, 9-foot ceilings, vinyl plank floors and low maintenance, long lasting exterior coverings.

And, the property which sits on 1.42 acres, has killer views of the Wind River Mountains.

Plus, public land is less than a quarter mile away with access to Boulder, Burnt, and Meadow Lakes and the greater Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The Man Behind The Concept

“We can build homes all winter long in our shop and have them ready to be set as soon as the ground thaws,” said Jeff Hanesworth, owner of Pivot Structures. “We don’t need as many people as traditional construction requires, so we get nearly twice the productivity by eliminating the waste and inefficiency of traditional construction.”

Hanesworth is an entrepreneur, Pinedale native and real estate developer who has worked as a luxury home builder in Colorado since 2017. He is part owner in a real estate development company and said this new container home venture is his “pivot” away from the luxury home business.

“It’s time for me to get back closer to home,” he said. “This will be my legacy, and it’s been a great opportunity to start a successful business.”

The Process

The number of possible configurations with this style of building is almost limitless.

The home on display in Sublette County is shaped like an H with 40-foot-long containers on either end connected with a 20-foot container in the center that serves as the entryway and passthrough between the larger containers.

There are large pergola-covered patios on both sides of the center section.

Container construction isn’t limited to just homes.

Hanesworth told Cowboy State Daily they build outdoor bars, man caves, mother-in-law apartments, concession stands, coffee kiosks and about anything else their customers can dream up.

He said they’re probably not going to design any conglomerations that include stacking containers four high. They’re “by the book,” when it comes to architecture and sound engineering practices, but they’re wide open for creative design ideas.

“Everything is engineered and architecturally designed,” he said. “There’s a lot of science that goes into using containers for buildings. We only use new ones and we design them so that the structure provides efficiencies.”

A recent Pivot Structures container project can be seen at Pinky Gs Pizzeria in Jackson. It’s a new bar and outdoor entertainment area.

The process begins with new or one-use shipping containers that are 8 feet wide and 9 feet tall. They also haven’t been used to haul hazardous materials. They come in lengths ranging from 10 feet to 40 feet long.

When they are first moved into the shop, the containers get painted and vapor barriers and subfloors are installed. A carpentry method called “firring in” is used to build the walls and ceilings. They attach 2-inch by 2-inch wood wall studs to the steel containers to create an interior skeleton.

Spray foam insulation is used to fill the walls and ceilings, followed by interior wall coverings. The Sublette County home has sheet rock walls, but there are several other choices offered. The walls are rated at R-21 and ceilings at R-25, Bennett said.

The large steel doors on the ends of the containers are generally removed and the opening is stick-framed with two-by-six boards, Hanesworth said.

Attainability Is The Goal

The only work Pivot Structures hires out is the site work, electrical and spray foam insulation. The company’s six employees do the rest. Prices for the smallest structures start in the $10,000 range and the company will cater to do-it-yourselfers who are looking to save a few bucks on construction.

Hanesworth said they’re happy to work with do-it-yourselfers on a budget. Hanesworth’s company will complete the rough framing and utilities, then ship the containers to folks who want to do the rest of the work themselves.

“My goal is to create attainability,” he said. “We want to create wins for consumers and build a product line that continues to be innovative and offer flexibility options for both homes and commercial buildings.”

Source: Cowboy State Daily

THE dome for Hinkley Point C’s first reactor building has been successfully lifted into place. The major milestone closes the roof on the first reactor building, allowing the first nuclear reactor to be installed next year.

The power station’s two nuclear reactors will provide reliable zero-carbon electricity for six million homes, boosting Britain’s energy security for decades to come.

Engineering teams lifted the 245-tonne steel dome precisely into place on top of the reactor building this morning (Friday 15 December). The achievement ends the year on a high as the 14-metre-tall dome sits on top of the 44-metre-high reactor building.

The lift, starting at 07:20, was carefully planned to take advantage of a weather window to allow the hour-and-a-half long manoeuvre to be completed in low wind conditions.

The dome is the top part of the reactor building’s inner containment – a steel cylinder encased in concrete. Measuring 47m in diameter, it is wider than the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral – and made up of 38 prefabricated panels which were shipped to Hinkley Point C and welded together in an onsite factory.  Prefabrication and modular construction are key features of Hinkley Point C’s construction.

Earlier this month, the 750-tonne “Polar Crane” was lifted into place in a single piece above the reactor building’s third – and final – steel liner ring. This internal crane will rotate 360° above the reactor and be used for refuelling and installing equipment.

Simon Parsons, Nuclear Island Area Director, said:

“Building the first nuclear power station in a generation is a challenging job and the success of this complex operation is due to the determination and commitment of our fantastic teams.

“Lifting the dome allows us to get on with the fitting of equipment, pipes and cables, including the first reactor which is on site and ready to be installed next year.”

Nuclear Minister Andrew Bowie said:

“This is a major milestone in building Britain’s first nuclear reactor in a generation, and a key part of the UK Government’s plans to revitalise nuclear.

“Generating enough zero-carbon power for six million homes, Hinkley Point C will reduce our reliance on imported energy and support our shift to net zero.”

The latest lift highlights the progress being made at Hinkley Point C, where 10,000 workers and 3500 British companies are building a power station which is essential in helping Britian achieve Net Zero. Hinkley Point C will power 6-million homes with reliable zero carbon electricity made in the UK.

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The government says it is slashing the current red tape around planning permission for solar panels under new rules announced last week

Changes to permitted development rights rules will allow more homeowners and businesses to install solar panels on their roofs without having to go through the planning system.

Under the new rules, homes with flat roofs will be able to install panels without planning permission.

And current rules that require businesses to apply for planning if their solar panels will generate more than one megawatt of electricity will also be scrapped, allowing businesses to install more panels more easily.

This will avoid the current ‘costly planning delays’ on solar panels, with applicants having to wait more than eight weeks, according to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The DLUHC says the move will drive down energy bills for homeowners and businesses that install solar panels, as well as driving down emissions to support the government’s net zero commitments.

Housing and planning minister Lee Rowley said: ‘By cutting red tape in the planning system we can make sure homeowners and businesses can install solar panels without being held up by costly delays.

‘Crucially, these permitted development rights are still subject to important conditions, including their use in conservation areas.’

The minister for energy security and net zero, Graham Stuart, said: ‘Removing the 1MW restriction for industrial rooftop solar will help us meet our target of 70GW of solar power by 2035 while supporting hundreds of long-term skilled British jobs, bolstering our world-leading renewables sector and reducing bills for consumers with panels.’

The government has said that, where possible, already developed land should be used for solar panels. The changes will also make it easier for panels to be installed in canopies above car park so long as they are over 10m away from homes.

The government said the new rules were in line with its commitment to speed up the planning system and slash bureaucracy, as outlined by chancellor Jeremy Hunt in his autumn statement last month.

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Today, NBS, the platform for connected construction information, reveals the results of its Digital Construction Report. The study explores the industry’s evolving relationship between digital technology and safety and sustainability – the sector’s biggest challenges. This year it showed two-thirds of professionals using digital tools to calculate environmental-related metrics, a sign that sustainable design is now intrinsic to construction processes.


Significantly, four in ten use digital methods to understand the embodied carbon attached to a project – that is, the amount of CO2 emitted during construction. A similar figure (38%) also uses it to quantify the energy demands of structures and the components that go into them. There’s room for improvement, but the figures show a clear push towards lower carbon outcomes.

Off-Site on the Up

Continuing with the theme of sustainable construction, NBS also analysed levels of off-site construction, an area often associated with greener building practices, due to greater control of materials and waste. The results found that MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) continues to gather pace.

Over half of professionals (57%) had been part of a construction project that had used or required off-site construction within the last year. This is an increase of 7% since 2021. This news comes despite the closure of several high-profile MMC factories.

Delving deeper, manufacturers are the group most likely to be involved with MMC – 7 in 10 had worked with an off-site element, followed by nearly two-thirds of contractors (63%) and over half of consultants (58%). This increase could reflect an industry drive towards net zero as well as recent government backing for further standardisation within MMC.

Living in the Cloud

The report also found that cloud computing is becoming further embedded within building practices, with four out of five now using it.

The stats highlight the positive way technology is supporting collaborative working, with three-quarters using it to share documents and information with clients (77%). A similar number (74%) use it to collaborate with team members and produce 3D models, specifications, and other important documents.

Taking Full Responsibility

NBS’ Digital Construction Report also highlighted increases in the number of professionals following naming conventions when sharing information (77%, up from 2021 figures) – an area that can improve the organisation and management of data. Additionally, over half of respondents reported using interoperable formats like IFC, revealing the growing importance of easily shareable construction data.

However, the report also showed that there are more opportunities to be unlocked by using digital technologies to help with compliance.

The study found that only a third of respondents (34%) were involved with detailed responsibility matrixes (DRM), a process that sets out responsibility for each element of design to ensure greater accountability. Worryingly, this figure has dropped since 2021 (39%). Notably, this figure hovered at around half for architects. This comes despite increased levels of legislation attached to the Building Safety Act, such as the introduction of planning ‘gateways’ which requires a detailed breakdown of responsibilities on an individual level.

Additionally, less than a third of suppliers (28%) currently use a PIM system to manage product information, pointing to information gaps in the construction supply chain. Nevertheless, well over half (56%) provide digital objects for the majority or all their products, a positive result.

Commenting on the survey’s results, David Bain, NBS’ Research Manager, said, “The uptick in professionals seeking environmental-related metrics shows an industry putting sustainability front and centre. The drive towards Net-Zero has no doubt been a catalyst alongside the evolving legislative landscape – there’s never been a greater emphasis on the environmental impact of building practices.

“The study has also yielded unexpectedly positive stats around off-site construction. Despite media headlines and high-profile factory closures giving the impression that MMC isn’t a popular choice, the results show a different story: more professionals are embracing off-site elements than ever before.

“Overall, we’ve seen some marked improvements that the industry should be proud of. There’s an opportunity here to improve digital information sharing, for which professionals have a legal requirement. The ‘golden thread’ and the use of structured data is creating a safer future for all.”

Click here for the full report



£13m project at Imjin Barracks is the first on British Army’s SLA Programme  


Vertically integrated off-site construction specialist Reds10 has completed work on the first project to be delivered as part of the British Army’s Single Living Accommodation (SLA) Programme at Imjin Barracks for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). The SLA is the first site to benefit from a new wave of net zero carbon construction, and has become one of the most advanced buildings in Europe for Smart Building Control.

Located in Innsworth, Gloucestershire, the three-storey building provides modern, high quality and sustainable accommodation for Army personnel based at the HQ of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), comprising 69 single en-suite bedrooms, alongside best-in-class communal facilities.

The SLA is a true example of an innovative, digitally-enabled, intelligent building. It generates and analyses over 21,000 data points (including humidity, door and window contacts, sound levels, temperature, daylight, power metering, water and more), whereas a typical Building Management System (BMS) only has around 220 data points feeding into it. Large volumes of real time data are processed and accessed via a platform powered by Reds10’s SMART building technology, ThriveTM, optimising operational performance and maintenance. Advanced monitoring and control drive significant energy and cost savings, provide actionable insights, and enhance user engagement, comfort and experience.

The £13 million project has sustainability at its core, in alignment with the DIO’s 2020-2030 strategy. It has achieved a Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM) ‘Excellent’ rating, scored more than 95% on the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) and complies with a BACS Class A building (BS EN ISO 52120). Compared with Class C, its integrated approach generates savings of:


  • 39% in heating
  • 24% in electricity (lighting)
  • 22% in electricity (auxiliary energy)
  • 20% in domestic water storage/circulation

Each bedroom is equipped with a programmable touchscreen that allows the occupant to customise their heating preferences, increase ventilation and identify any issues. Moreover, the touchscreen provides tenants with information on their monthly electricity and heating consumption, which is ranked on a building-wide leaderboard. The use of gamification helps to incentivise and motivate occupants to make conscious sustainable changes in their everyday lives.


With sustainability measures including the installation of photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps, there is also an adjacent Nano Crystal Cell Battery holding up to 1327 kWh of energy. The battery ensures resilience and continuity in the event of grid failure and is anticipated to enable the building to go entirely off grid during summer months.


Mike Green, Chief Executive, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said: “The new accommodation being delivered by DIO and its partners at Imjin Barracks reflects DIO’s continuing commitment to providing the best possible accommodation for the Armed Forces.”

Major General Richard Clements CBE, Director of Army Basing and Infrastructure said: “It is excellent to see the result of significant investment in new modern accommodation for Imjin Barracks, as part of the enduring commitment across Defence to enhance living conditions for our people.

“I am delighted that this building is now ready for occupation. The facilities and interior have been completed to an impressive standard and the design will contribute to local efforts to reduce the Army’s carbon footprint.”


Phil Cook, Defence Sector Lead & Director at Reds10, said: 

“It has been a pleasure to work on this first SLA alongside the DIO, the British Army, Arcadis and the rest of the project team, improving the lived experience for Armed Forces personnel. Thanks to true collaboration and agility throughout the project team, we have been able to deliver a SMART, sustainable space which reflects the way its occupants live and work in today’s modern society.”

The project was delivered for the Army by the DIO, contracting to off-site construction specialist Reds10, Technical Service Providers Arcadis and HLM Architects. Reds10 employed 3D volumetric construction with units arriving on site up to 90% complete, allowing for significantly faster programme delivery, increased security thanks to fewer people needed on site, minimal disruption to a live military site and stronger quality assurance.

The Army’s £1.4 billion SLA Programme is delivering 8,500 SLA bed spaces over ten years to improve living conditions for serving personnel. Additionally, 8,000 SLA bed spaces are being provided by the Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) Army Programme.