Remastering the Future at
UK Construction Week
Videos showcase deep partnerships with Bluebeam and world’s leading construction and engineering companies
ITN Productions and The Chartered Institute of Building, the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, have announced the launch of “Remastering the Future,” a program featuring key industry interviews and news-style reports, along with sponsored editorial profiles, focused on the future of construction. The launch coincides with UK Construction Week, one of the most important annual gatherings of industry professionals in the world—and the largest in the UK—with stakeholders across the industry coming together at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on October 10-12.
As part of the series, Bluebeam has teamed up with ITN to sponsor two videos showcasing the partnerships between Bluebeam and two of the world’s leading construction and engineering firms, Skanska and Ramboll. The videos focus on major projects being led by the two firms in Sweden and the UK, respectively.
In Lund, in southern Sweden, Skanska is building the European Spallation Source Research Facility (ESS), a massive campus that will include the most powerful linear proton accelerator ever built. ESS will attract some 3,000 researchers a year and will also include a helium-cooled tungsten target wheel, a suite of laboratories and a data center. When completed, it will be one of the world’s top multi-disciplinary research facilities.
Skanska is also building a 4-mile-long light rail system to run from ESS to Lund’s central railway station. The city has seen rapid growth over the past decade, and the completion of ESS is expected to accelerate the boom.
In King’s Cross, London, a once-humming industrial zone that grew neglected over the past century, leading engineering group Ramboll has played a key role in reviving the neighborhood, with over 15 projects that are replenishing the district with people, culture, jobs and cutting-edge architecture. In 2016, work was completed on a historic lighthouse dating back to 1875, with engineers adding a story and a half to the top while also preserving and upgrading the lighthouse’s façade.
Another impressive Ramboll project is Dalston Works, a 10-story, 121-unit apartment complex that will be the world’s largest cross laminated timber (CLT) project ever built. Necessitated by poor soil conditions and continued underground development, the CLT-built apartment will be significantly lighter than it would have had it been designed with concrete, and it will save 2,400 tons of carbon compared with a concrete frame.
For both Skanska and Ramboll, building better means, in part, building digitally, and that’s why Bluebeam is a valued partner. Alex Lawrence, Head of Building Structures at Ramboll, believes the industry must go headlong into the 21st century, unafraid of change: “The digital mindset, if you like, is the way of the future, and, really, there’s no choice. We cannot continue to engineer as we have done for the past 100 or 200 years.” Lotta Wibeck, Programme, Business and Change Manager at Skanska Sweden, agrees and sees another benefit to using Bluebeam: “People really are their own islands, but Bluebeam brings them together.”
To watch the videos in the “Remastering the Future” series, visit: