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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.

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Creativity

Big Builds: Battersea Power Station

With over 6 million bricks used in its construction, Battersea Power Station is one of the largest brick buildings in the world. Positioned ...

Creativity

Big Builds: Abu Dhabi Guggenheim

The Guggenheim galleries are home to the incredible art collections owned by the late Peggy Guggenheim. From Venice to Las Vegas, they are a must for any art lover or tourist. The latest addition to the ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Melanin

It colours our eyes and our skin and shields us from the sun, but could melanin have uses outside of biology? Scientists at MIT think it’s only a matter of time before melanin has ...

Technology

Smart Construction Materials: Materials that move with the sun

Smart construction materials are continuously defying the limitations of construction. Finding new and creative technology that can improve the lifespan of a project.

Sustainability

Is IKEA Greenwich leading the way for sustainable retail units?

There are so many ways that various industries can cut down their carbon footprint. The world needs construction and transport to be leading the way when we think about sustainability. Without fuel ...

Creativity

Upcoming London: Old Kent Road Regeneration

From the skyline to the pavements we walk everyday, London is in a constant state of flux, growth and development. It’s an exciting time. Next in line is the famous Old Kent Road!

Technology

Can the Tech Industry Change the Image of Construction?

As creative and dynamic as the construction industry is, we still have an image problem. It’s a tale as old as time. Construction has always been seen as a boys club and an industry afraid of change. Even ...

Smart Construction Materials: Banana Leaves

We have talked your ear off for over a year about the crucial nature of sustainable construction materials. Anything we as an industry can do to reverse the devastating effects of global warming is a good ...

Creativity

Upcoming London: The Spire

2019 is a big year for London’s developments. With the Battersea developments continuing on the Thames alongside the London mega-sewer update, there is so much to be excited about in the coming year.

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Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Consuming Co2

We’ve come along by leaps and bounds as an industry when it comes to reducing Co2. Whether that is to reduce the amount of Co2 created in the process of construction or implementing materials which work ...

Efficiency

How do you solve a problem like the Bloomsbury Theater?

Even the best planned construction projects can have twists and turns we didn’t expect. And sometimes, they’re outright complicated. Whether you’re building underground, at high altitude or even in space, ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Sustainable Insulation

Living in the UK means we have to deal with weather ranging from snow in April to a heatwave in February. Things change in a matter of hours and our homes and offices need to respond to that. Insulation ...

Technology

Big Builds: Hyperloop

Ways to improve the efficiency of transport that are faster and greener. We’ve all been stuck on a cramped commuter trains, struggling to get in on time. Imagine being able to get to work at 760mph? And ...

Efficiency

Smart Construction Materials: Shapeshifting Materials

Construction materials, along with better understanding on construction technology, are at the heart of how we are going to change the construction industry forever. Whether it’s more sustainable ...

Creativity

Future Builds: Moon Habitats

At Bobtrade we have one eye glancing at the past and the other firmly fixed on the future. We are firm believers that you shouldn’t turn your back on the past and present when you look at how we can do ...

Efficiency

Smart Construction Materials: Self Healing Supplies Pros and Cons

Self healing materials are the thing of the moment with everyone trying to find ways to save cost on their builds after completion. Maintenance on materials such as concrete have a huge drain on the ...

Creativity

Big Builds: Tower Hamlets Town Hall Project

Construction isn’t all about razing the old to the ground and starting again. Sometimes we can gain a great deal from renovating and updating old buildings that have brought us so much joy in the past. ...

Technology

Construction Technology: The Guardian XO

Construction technology and the efficiency it inspires is at the heart of what we do here at Bobtrade. We are always excited to see what new innovations are around the corner. There has long been a ...

Efficiency

DIY: Bricklaying Tips for Beginners

Whether it’s your first time putting brick to mortar or you’re an expert, there’s always room for improvement! Whilst we’ve previously shared tips and tricks for DIY ...

Creativity

Smart Construction Materials: Tadelakt

Looking to the past can have wonderful consequences for the design of a build. Whether it improves the strength or the design, when we look to the future, we should also take a glance at the past. ...

Technology

Construction Technology: The Guardian S

We’ve gushed about the magnificent Guardian GT many times before, but there’s a member of the Guardian family going unrecognised. From Sarcos robotics, the Guardian robots ...

Technology

Construction Technology: Taking BIM to the Mainstream

BIM has been welcomed with open arms in to the construction and architecture tech family. But, there still seems to be some nervousness around BIM and the ways in which it can better help the construction ...

Efficiency

Smart Construction Materials: The pros and cons of Structural Insulated Panels

Sometimes in construction we can fall in to habitual purchases when it comes to our materials. We won’t look outside of the options in front of us. You could be saving money and time and even improving ...

Technology

Construction technology: Bionic Builders

Robotics aren’t a new addition to the construction industry. Rovers being sent in to check out dangerous parts of construction sites and disaster zones have been used for many years. Injuries from heavy ...

Efficiency

DIY: Painting Tips for Experts and Beginners

Whilst there’s a lot to be said for hiring someone in to do your painting sometimes it’s exciting to give it a go yourself. But what if you’ve never decorated a room before? Or maybe you have but you need ...

Efficiency

World's Best Bricklayers

What makes an internationally recognised bricklayer? Is it the speed at which they lay the bricks, or the accuracy? Creativity? All over the world there are competitions which run to find the world’s best ...

Sustainability

Metal Recycling: Pros, Cons and Processes

Recycling scrap metal can be a big part of most construction jobs, getting rid of waste materials and moving on to the next job. But how much do you know about what happens after you drop your metal off ...

Efficiency

Smart Construction Materials: Solar Control Glass

We’ve all been there. The sun is blazing through a glass window, threatening to melt you and everyone else in the room. It can be completely insufferable and no one needs the drama. So what can be done to ...

Creativity

Construction of Tower Bridge

Tower bridge is a London icon. Spanning the width of the Thames river between Tower Hamlets and Southwark, it has stood for over 120 years. How much do you know about this crucial part of the London ...

Duogong: Simple and Effective

Hundreds of years old and still standing strong, this incredible innovation is one that could serve the future of sustainable construction. Duogong is the nail and glue free construction ...

Digitisation of the Construction Supplies Market

The construction industry is, unfortunately, notoriously behind when it comes to digitisation and taking planning, ordering and supply online. Considered the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ...

Efficiency

History of Tunneling

Tunneling has been a crucial part of construction since ancient times. But, how much do you know about the ways in which it has changed? What developments ...

Sustainability

3D Printing is Getting Hotter: ETH Zurich Knitted Conrete

3D printing is a hot topic in construction. What makes 3D printing so critical to the industry is it’s waste prevention and money saving capabilities. With less waste, comes less ...

Creativity

Bobtrade's 2018 roundup

As we wave goodbye to 2018 and look on to 2019 and beyond, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the brilliant innovations, smart ...

Creativity

Bobtrade's Festive Favourites: Giant gingerbread houses

Gingerbread houses conjure up images of childhood, magic, fairy tales and Christmas! All over the world, whatever the culture or religion, everyone knows the gingerbread house. With that ...

Creativity

Bobtrade's Best: London

London is an incredible city with a fascinating past and an exciting future. We’ve written bits and pieces about London from it’s big builds to it’s transport developments, London is ...

Efficiency

Bobtrade's Best: Alternative construction materials

In the world of sustainable construction there are a lot of factors to take in to account and none more important than the materials that we use. Whether it’s bricks made of cigarette ...

Creativity

Bobtrade's Best: Skyscrapers

At Bobtrade, we live for creativity and striking design and watching the face of the city change right before our eyes. Whether it means innovating to make the world’s tallest skyscraper ...

Sustainability

Bobtrade's Best: Green Construction

At Bobtrade, we are excited about the prospect of a greener and cleaner industry. Whether it means changing up our construction methods, changing the way we look at design or totally ...

Technology

Bobtrade's Best: Robotics

It’s been a big year for Bobtrade and for the construction industry as a whole. We’ve shed a light on some of the best new construction materials, game changing skyscraper proposals and ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Alternatives to concrete aggregate

Sustainable and create alternatives to everyday construction materials is something that many of us see as a luxury. Who has ...

Creativity

London's Changing Skyline: The Tulip

London is in a constant state of flux. It’s this fearless change that makes London one of the greatest cities in the world. ...

Technology

Construction Technology: TyBot

More incredible innovations are coming out of the construction tech industries and we couldn’t be more excited about it. ...

Technology

Construction Technology: The EZ Renda

One glance at our social media and blog posts will let you know that here at Bobtrade, we get very excited about anything ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Green Cake

War is a sad reality of modern life for many across the world. Rebuilding the infrastructure of areas devastated by warfare is costly, time ...

Creativity

Changing Skylines: Bank of Africa Tower

The Bank of Africa tower, aka BMCE Tower, or the O Tower, is a new skyscraper in Morocco’s capital. It will be the country’s tallest. The ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Pykrete

Construction materials are getting smarter and smarter. Every day we feel like we’re reading about a new way to build. Whether ...

Creativity

4 of the World's Weirdest Builds

We love structures, materials and creative ideas that are a bit out there. If it’s wild and weird, we want to see it! So, we have compiled a ...

Creativity

History of The London Underground

Although the first tube station opened in 1863, the story goes back further than that, to the 1820s. From humble beginnings, to a network ...

Efficiency

What can we learn from the North West construction boom?

Urban development is often seen as being a constant. But, as with any industry, it is prone to peaks and troughs. The construction industry ...

Creativity

London's future: Upcoming big builds

London is no stranger to change and expansion. As a city we have led the way in so many areas. When change is constant, it can be hard to keep ...

Creativity

Igloos and the future of Dome Construction

Igloos are totally iconic. Whether you’ve tried to build one yourself as a kid, you’ve seen them on tv or you learned about them at school, ...

Creativity

The history of modular construction

Whilst modular construction is the word on everybody’s lips right now, it’s actually nothing new. The concept is remarkably more than 100 ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Self Healing Asphalt

Road repairs of any kind are usually best done when the road is still in a relatively good condition. Arguably road repair should be somewhat ...

Creativity

History of Waterloo Bridge

Named after the Battle of Waterloo, did you know that there have actually been two Waterloo Bridges? There are 33 bridges in total which cross ...

Technology

Razed to the ground: Lesser known methods of demolition

Demolition is the planned destruction of a man-made structure. There are so many different kinds of methods and ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Cross Laminated Timber

Cross Laminated Timber, or CLT, is when solid sawn lumber is glued together. Not to be confused with glued laminated timber, or glulam. There ...

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Algae

We are constantly amazed by the green and sustainable innovations coming out of the construction industry. New ways to build and to power our lives. Our new favourite? The ...

Efficiency

History of welding

The history of welding goes back to the Bronze Age! As we discovered new ways of utilising metal we also needed ...

Sustainability

Green construction trends that we love right now

Green construction methods can range from the tried and tested to the avant garde and wonderful. You already ...

Efficiency

Stock Management for Small to Medium Merchants

Stock management is a perfect opportunity for your business to upgrade its efficiency. It might seem simple but there are always little ...

Efficiency

Smart Construction Materials - The history of tarmac

Tarmac roads are so much apart of our daily lives they are hardly worth mentioning. But, it wasn’t all that long ago that a happy ...

Efficiency

Digital Disruption: Changing Industries

Construction is lagging behind in the digital revolution and has never been more ready for tech disruption!

Creativity

History of Concrete

From ancient times to Mars and beyond. This is the fascinating history of concrete and our exploration of the ...

Creativity

Smart Construction Materials: Light Emitting Cement

This might look like an art installation but this is light generating cement. It absorbs and radiates natural ...

Efficiency

Empowering Women in the Construction Industry

Gender is the topic on everybody’s lips. Whether it’s entertainment, economics or indeed, construction, we’re all talking about the disparity between men and ...

Efficiency

Efficiency in delivery

The delivery hasn’t arrived. No bricks, no timber, no nothing. It’s every project and site managers worst nightmare. It could cost them thousands. 

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Efficiency

Empowering LGBT+ people in the construction industry

We believe people’s differences and the way we can work together make the world a better, more creative and beautiful place to live in. One ...

Creativity

Innovations that made skyscraper construction possible

The first skyscraper ever built was the Home Insurance Building, Chicago. Built between 1884 - 1885, it stood at 10 stories and 138 ft ...

Technology

Bricklaying robots

Opportunities to reduce heavy lifting and boring tasks for builders is an important part of increasing ...

Sustainability

History of dry stone walls

All over the world, dry stone walls, some dating back thousands of years, stand strong against the elements.

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Bioplastics

Bioplastics are a material made from renewable organic materials often used to make bottles and containers. In recent years however they are ...

Sustainability

Sustainable buildings to inspire you

One of the best things about the construction industry at the moment is how hard we are working to reduce our impact on the planet and be as ...

Efficiency

What is BIM?

Where to start with BIM? If you haven’t used it, you’ve certainly heard of it. And if you haven’t heard of it - where have you been?!

Sustainability

Smart Construction Materials: Alternative Bricks

If there’s one thing we love at Bobtrade it’s sustainable alternatives. And when they measure up as stronger or more efficient, all the better!

Technology

Skyline: Elevators to space

Bobtrade is full of daydreamers. People who gaze out of windows and imagine “what if…?”. And there’s nothing more “what ...

Sustainability

Brighton Waste House

“There’s no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place." It’s this line from a song by ...

Creativity

History of Scaffolding

Scaffolding, much like the crane, is a common sight in cities, towns and villages across the country and around the world. But, unlike the crane, would you believe that very little has changed when it ...

Creativity

Buildings that breathe

Cleaner air. It’s almost not worth mentioning how often the issue of cleaner air comes up in the news. It comes up a lot. We are regularly introduced to the innovations around making our ...

Sustainability

Living walls and bioactive concrete

Ever wondered why parks make us so happy in the summer? Or why we all run to the Cotswolds or the Lake District whenever we have a long weekend? Well, it could be the effect of ...

Creativity

History of the Crane

Cranes are the most iconic innovation of the construction industry. Sitting on the skylines of towns and cities all over the world as a symbol for growth and change, the crane has been ...

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