Sharjah apartment tower fire in UAE injures at least seven people

ABC Reports that flames have been observed shooting up the sides of an apartment tower in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah after it caught on fire just as residents were finishing their nightly Ramadan feast.

The blaze at the 48-storey Abbco Tower in Sharjah, a city-state neighbouring Dubai, caused flaming debris to shower neighbouring parking lots and left metal siding littered on surrounding streets late on Tuesday.

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Construction in Australia is at a crossroad – NSW Building Commissioner writes

David Chandler OAM – the NSW Building Commissioner – has set out his stall with a post on LinkedIn this weekend.

David’s summary is:

The message in all of this for government, is that building sovereign capabilities has never been more important. We should be fostering initiatives like the NSW Schools DfMA procurement model. We should be challenging local manufactures to invest in new capabilities and value propositions – and breaking out of the current race to the bottom. And we should be looking to leverage every cent of post COVID-19 stimulus to drive this at home and not let a single dollar to escape and allow Australian jobs to go off-shore.

David Chandler LinkedIn Post

David singled out a number of clear areas where he anticipates/expects the industry to move. Namely:

  • Role of Government
  • Need to leverage manufacturing and delivery capabilities before going overseas
  • Focus on materials
  • Role of Designers, Constructors and Certifiers

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Dubai’s Torch Tower catches fire for second time in two years

A large blaze has ripped through one of the largest residential buildings in the world, the Torch Tower in Dubai.

Flames shot up the side of the skyscraper, sending debris tumbling from the 337m (1,106 ft) structure.

One resident told Reuters people were screaming as they woke to the late-night blaze before having to flee.