WALL-E… Sam the Semi-Automated Mason is making a name for itself, and becoming unpopular with human colleagues, as a super-productive bricklayer, laying 3,000 bricks a day compared to a brickie’s average of 500. The robot is set to arrive on building sites in the UK after being put to work in America by creator Construction Robotics. There are fears that Sam might replace people, but it could provide a boost to an industry fearful about lack of skills and labour shortages, with a need to speed up construction in the face of an ever-growing housing crisis.
ICE ICE BABY… Polar bears come to the Quays next month, in an exhibition of four giant sculptures which represent endangered species and explore the impact of human civilisation on the animal kingdom. Unnatural Borders, created by Netherlands company Sober Industries, will be at MediaCityUK’s piazza (because public ‘squares’ these days are now passé) from Saturday 20 May to Monday 29 May, and includes a visual projection show from 9pm – 11pm each day.
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MORNING AFTER… The eagle eyes of street photographer The Mancorialist have captured many a candid moment of the people of Greater Manchester. If you’re reading this feeling like a bear with a sore head after a busy night of moving and shaking on the networking circuit, rest assured that no matter how bad you feel, The Mancorialist’s latest subject will be feeling way, way worse. Someone please get that man a Berocca…
HIGH FLYER… Drone footage is out showing the pace of progress on the £600m Mersey Gateway Bridge. Captured last month, the video shows both the scale of the project and the activity of hundreds of people buzzing away on the new Widnes to Runcorn route, ahead of the scheduled opening in autumn.
HOUSE NUMBERS… Door manufacturer Origin has commissioned research into the average homeowner in the North West. Top facts: average age to buy a first home is 26, a typical homeowner will live in only two cities in their life, mortgages take 20 years and eight months to pay off, and are £13,537 lower than national average. And for the privilege of owning a home, expect to pay £12,000 in hiring removal vans, legal fees, and stamp duty.
TAKE ME TO CHURCH… because St Bride’s is getting a contemporary upgrade. A radical community hub and arts space in Liverpool which supports social justice projects for marginalised groups, the grade two-listed building opens its doors to a growing congregation, hosts regular arts events and community groups, and has become known as a welcoming space for LGBTQIA visitors in recent years. A popular gig venue, it hosted the Family Folk Up back in the day and pew-based drinking was not discouraged. Liverpool-based architect HBMA has designed a refurbishment using the church’s original features to create an exciting vision for inclusive worship and community space. A new lift and fully accessible unisex toilets will ensure inclusivity for visitors of all abilities and gender identities.