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World’s Most Beautiful and Expensive Buildings

The most expensive building in the world is The Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. At a cost of $15 billion the huge development is also one of the most striking aesthetically, completely changing the landscape of the city.

Although 2 fires were reported during the construction process, there were no worker fatalities recorded.

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The Australian Parliament in Canberra is also on the list. The building cost $4.21 billion (adjusted for inflataion) and was opened in 1988.

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CFMEU Program Addresses Worker Mental Health


Workers going through depression and anxiety have been offered a free helping hand from a new training package introduced by the CFMEU and developed by beyondblue.

The ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ toolbox talk training package includes a 90-minute session educating union delegates on how to recognise the red flags of mental health problems, the relationship between the workplace and mental health and how to intervene if one of their members are at risk.

Some of the concerns the program aims to address include a lack of awareness of depression and anxiety and the negative stigma linked to mental conditions.

Building Materials from Rubbish

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has come up with a way to help rebuild structures destroyed by earthquakes using the actual building materials from the damaged buildings.

His latest work in Nepal, used the rubble from buildings destroyed during the earthquake and turning them into homes and buildings for a much lower cost than normal.


Construction Trades in The Highest Demand


According to a post on the tradies in the highest demand in Australia are electricians.

With construction booming in most states and tradies in high demand, the most jobs available are for

  1. Electricians
  2. Carpenters
  3. Plumbers
  4. Welders
  5. Estimators

The state with most construction jobs is NSW, followed by Queensland and WA. Tasmania has the least number of construction jobs. Find out more here.


Shortage of Tradies Worsens

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There’s never been a better time to start in a construction trade than now as construction across the country booms and skills shortages are driving up tender prices.

In a report, quantity surveying firm WT Partnerships state that tender prices across the civil, commercial and multi-residential construction sectors are likely to increase by 3.6 per cent in 2015 and subsequently by 3.8 per cent during each of 2016 and 2017.

Find out more here.

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