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European Commission’s Work Programme 2015
On 16 December, the European Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2015. The main objectives of the next years’ Work Programme are creation of jobs, growth and investment; and bring concrete benefits for citizens.
The new Work Programme is a “New Start”, said Mr Juncker, the President of the European Commission who also announced the withdrawal of several legislative initiatives which, he claimed, were not anymore a priority of the new Commission. Amongst others, the review of the Waste Framework Directives has been withdrawn and a new, stronger proposition was announced to be issued during 2015.
At the same time, EU Environmental ministers expressed their opposition to ditching the circular economy package, on 17 December. Eleven environmental ministers, including Germany and Italy, wrote a letter to the Commission to express their concerns over the move.
National Award Winners
Inspiration for Austria’s New Railway Stations ©
Project definition: fictitious new railway station on the site of an existing station in Münchendorf (to the south of Vienna), where a lot of commuters are living. The solutions have to include island platforms for regional trains as well as passing high-speed trains, parking lots for busses, cars and bicycles, safe access for pedestrians, comfortable waiting areas as well as a good noise protection for the inhabitants of Münchendorf.
The sophisticated solutions presented by the students were highly appreciated by the members of the jury, consisting of architects, civil engineers, representatives of the building and cement industries as well as the railway company ÖBB.
The first (€ 4000.-) and third (€ 2000.-) prizes were awarded to teams from the Vienna University of Technology, the second prize (€ 3000.-) went to students from the Technical University in Graz. In addition four teams won appreciation awards of € 1000.- each.
Winning Project: “inside out” (Bernhard Ramsauer and Christian Szalay, pictured below) The winning team was the only one which dared challenge the ÖBB guidelines by opening the platforms for the local trains to the surroundings and guiding the high-speed and freight trains through a noise protection trough. Thus the station becomes integrated into the expanding town and the projecting parts of the noise protection walls shelter the passengers under a canopy.
Second project is “Trendy Station Münchendorf” (Bernd Hausegger, Theresa Reisenhofer and Stefan Leitner with Mélanie Bouissiere /absent in the picture/). The second project transforms the underpass into a bridge – the station concourse is lowered into the ground, the rails cross on a bridge construction. Step-like seats and ramps with integrated lights define the building similar to an artificial topography.
Third price project is called „Concrete Waves“ (Eva Himmelbauer, Isabella Penthor and Erasmus student Jakub Bielski). After a lot of trials the engineer was committed to this “crazy project”. The near-by river offered the context of waves which in the end set the course for the whole project. Parts of the roof let the natural light to enter, the divided supports offer comfortable seats for users. The noise protection walls stretch out “wave-like”, they are structured by translucent openings and elements with greenery.
© Zement+Beton, Vienna, Austria
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8 January 2015
BIBM advocacy event
12 January 2015
14 January 2015
CEN/TC 229/WG 1 and WG 4
21 January 2015
ECP TF Sustainable Concrete
23-23 January 2015
27 January 2015
AHG Concrete Initiative
27 January 2015
Masonry Alliance Dinner
3 February 2015
CPE TF Implementation of CPR
4 February 2015
BIBM Board meeting
11 February 2015
23 February 2015
BIBM Directors meeting
27 February 2015
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
6 March 2015
24-25 March 2015
BIBM Technical Commission
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List of Acronyms
CPE - Construction Product Europe
CPR - Construction Products Regulation
ECP - European Concrete Platform
TF – Task Force
AhG – Ad-hoc Group