Planning & Construction News

Planning & Construction News

The latest UK planning & construction news, including development, management, housing, retail & town centres, development plans, market information and contributions from key authors such as Karen Alford, Peter Capelhorne and Peter Hansford.

restoration of Big Ben

MPs call for McAlpine to be taken off restoration of Big Ben

The UK’s largest construction union, Unite supported calls by a group of 60 MPs to strip Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd of the contract for the restoration of Big Ben
build to rent

Build to rent development in Birmingham gains funding

Financial service Legal & General has agreed to fund a major Birmingham build to rent (BTR) development site known as Newhall Square for £53m
Growth Programme

London’s Growth Programme

Hiro Aso and Ian Malcahey from leading global architecture and design practice Gensler, share their thoughts on London’s unprecedented growth
Housing Infrastructure Fund

Housing Infrastructure Fund: What is it and will it really make a difference?

Does the £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund represent the next stage of a measured, strategic approach to tackling the housing crisis or is it another knee-jerk reaction? David Edwards of Place-Make assesses its likely impact
Self-builders

Self-builders in the UK ‘enjoy more space for less money’

Latest figures suggest that self-builders in the UK are doubling the size of their homes while paying up to 27% less than the price of an existing house or new build
urban green infrastructure

Green roofs and the future of urban green infrastructure

Research by Livingroofs.org has created the first national picture of the market for green roofs. Dusty Gedge, the report’s co-author, discusses its findings and what can be done to further encourage urban green infrastructure
Anti-Slavery Day

BRE puts modern slavery in construction under the spotlight

On Anti-Slavery Day this year, BRE, an international building science organisation, is assembling the second annual “Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium”
London boroughs

London boroughs estimated to fall short of housing needs

According to a new report, outer London boroughs in transport zones 5 and 6 are expected to build just 17% of the homes required in 2017
supported housing

DCLG minister says they are close to a decision on supported housing

Speaking to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, ministers from DCLG said it would not be long before a decision was made on supported housing
cold roll-formed steel

Adding value to cold roll-formed steel for construction and manufacturing

voestalpine Metsec plc is the UK’s largest specialist in cold roll-formed steel, providing products for the construction and manufacturing industries
Ten Streets regeneration

Steven Hunt & Associates awarded contract in the Ten Streets regeneration

Steven Hunt & Associates has won a multi-million-pound contract to work on the iconic Tobacco Warehouse, as part of the 125 acre Ten Streets regeneration at Liverpool’s North Docks
Construction Industry Scheme

Xero unveils new Construction Industry Scheme features

Cloud accounting software company Xero has announced new Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) features to help contractors and subcontractors manage their CIS obligations faster
housing development

Construction company awarded contract for housing development

Interserve has signed a contract with residential developer Dandara worth over £70m for a major build to rent housing development consisting of 744 apartments in Leeds
Halifax survey

Halifax survey highlights UK house price rise

According to the latest Halifax survey, buyers are ignoring Brexit uncertainty as UK house prices soar at their fastest rate for eight months in September