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Melbourne based modular building company Spacecube has appointed former Mirvac boss Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz to its board as a non-executive director.
Lloyd-Hurwitz was chief executive and managing director of Mirvac for 10 years.
Spacecube is an Australian company that designs, manufactures, and builds highly engineered modular structures that focus on ESG, local manufacturing and sustainability.
The company participates in projects across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Europe, deploying units that can be reconfigured, relocated, and reused.
Its products had included commercial projects such as residential show suits, retail brand activations, hospitality, and healthcare. It’s current work includes building semi-permanent schools for the UK Department of Education.
“I am delighted to be joining an innovative Australian business that is expanding globally and fundamentally changing the way the world builds. To meet the challenges of housing affordability, climate change and reducing carbon emissions we need to be more open to using innovative and creative solutions” said Lloyd-Hurwitz.
Prior to heading up Mirvac she was the managing director of Europe at LaSalle Investment Management and also held executive roles at the Macquarie Group and LendLease. She has also previously been on the board of the Australian Business Council and Chair of the Green Building Council.
The Responsible Investment Association Australasia has appointed Estelle Parker and Dean Hegarty co-CEOs of the organisation to lead Australia and New Zealand.
The two chief executives will take the reins from Simon O’Connor when he finishes up in December.
Australian heritage management and archaeological company, Extent Heritage has been acquired by engineers RSK Australia as part of RSK Group’s “ambitious growth strategy”.
Extent Heritage will join a number of Australian businesses including Pensar, SJA, Projence, WPS, EDP, Binnies and Adenco in the RSK stable as the company continues its expansion in Australia.
RSK has more that 200 businesses and 12,000 staff under its global umbrella.
Extent Heritage had previously participated in more than 1000 projects for clients such as federal, state and territory governments, Parks Victoria, Development Victoria, TAFE NSW, and a number of indigenous organisations with heritage and archaeologist specialising services.
Extent Heritage chief executive, Ian Travers will continue in the role.
The SmartCrete Cooperative Research Centre has approved eight industry led research projects to accelerate Australia’s transition to sustainable concrete. After the latest funding round, the CRC will invest $1.77 million of its industry-led fund into research and development projects that explore sustainable design, use and management of concrete.
Industry investment will match the CRC’s commitment to total $3.54 million along with $6.5 million in-kind contributions.
SmartCrete CRC chief executive Clare Tubolets said “At SmartCrete we’re helping to fast-track Australia’s transition to net zero concrete by 2050. The fact we’re seeing more funding go out to research projects highlights that industry is ready to tackle this challenge with us.”
Pathways2Resilience is calling for applications from European regions to get involved in the development of strategies and action plans to boost their resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Forty applicants will be selected to receive up to $349,000 each to advance their climate adaptation planning.
The project aligns with the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change and is hoping for applications with innovative approaches and strategies for a more resilient Europe.
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