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In the papers today - Friday 27 June

Work has begun on Britain's first flat-pack school, which is arriving in a convoy of 20 lorries from a prefab building specialist in Switzerland...

....St Agnes CE Primary in Longsight, Manchester, will be built from ready-made wooden frames that cut construction time, saving hundreds of thousands of pounds. Six hundred computer-cut wooden panels will be added, to complete the three-storey building. The biggest panels weigh two tonnes and are 12m (36ft) long. The school's 240 pupils, who are in temporary accommodation, will move into the building in March - The Times

Plans to raise upfront payments to builders working for public sector landlords will be unveiled next week as ministers battle to stay within striking distance of home construction targets. Caroline Flint, housing minister, will announce initiatives to help builders and homebuyers amid growing signs of a crash - Financial Times

BAA has paid £3.1M in rebates to airlines at Heathrow and Gatwick for failing to meet service standards in April and May. The penalty payments are part of the tougher service regime introduced at the biggest UK airports by the Civil Aviation Authority - Financial Times

The UK's manufacturing sector could be revived through investment in low-carbon technologies, according to government plans unveiled yesterday. Gordon Brown, the prime minister, set out his vision of a "low-carbon manufacturing" sector encompassing renewable energy equipment, electric and hybrid cars, aircraft that produce less carbon than today, and "green" buildings - Financial Times

In the next 12 years, 7,000 wind turbines will spring up across the hills and around the coasts of Britain, in a £60bn renewable energy programme outlined by Gordon Brown. They will be the highly visible symbols of what the Prime Minister called "the most drastic change in our energy policy since the advent of nuclear power" – a shift to producing at least a third of UK electricity from carbon-free renewable sources, compared to under 5% today - Independent

The university town of Marburg is where the Brothers Grimm collected many of their fairy tales, and the cobbled streets and medieval buildings look like they could have come straight out of one of their illustrated children's books. Now, following the approval of a new law, the quaint red-tiled roofs may soon have to be adorned with solar panels and the usually genteel residents are up in arms - Independent

Household gas bills could rise by up to 37% and electricity costs by 13% as the government lines up consumers to pay for a green revolution that would move Britain from oil dependence to a low carbon economy. A renewable energy strategy outlined by ministers yesterday signalled that energy bills could soar by hundreds of pounds, and could push over 2 million extra people into fuel poverty - Guardian

Scotland is planning a renewable energy revolution that would trump the ambitious strategy announced yesterday in London by Gordon Brown - and without building any nuclear power stations. Brown's UK-wide strategy sets out how the nation as a whole could reach a target of 30-35% of electricity being generated from renewables by 2020. But ministers in the devolved government in Edinburgh said Scotland will reach this target within three years, and by 2020 would be at 50% - Guardian

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