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Planning & Construction is a crucial and somewhat challenging part in the execution of construction projects. It incorporates a whole host of tasks, from the estimation of resources and duration of tasks to the choice of technology and predicted budget of a project.
Developing the planning & construction strategy is a vital task in the management of construction. It may also be helpful when making organisational judgments about the relationships between project participants and even which organisations to include in a project.
Our team of editors offer a wide range of planning & construction-based articles. We look at projects applying for planning permission, projects successfully completed and the planning system as a whole. There are plenty of newsy pieces and features delving deeper into the world of construction for you to get your teeth into… enjoy!

suspected fraud,

SFO opens suspected fraud investigation on construction projects

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has opened an investigation into suspected fraud on three construction projects in Manchester and Liverpool.
Dispute resolution

The hitchhiker’s guide to mediation

Dispute resolution through mediation can avoid the uncertainty, cost and rancour of court proceedings, Peter Vinden of The Vinden Partnership explains how it works.
£100m framework,

Homes England announces winners of £100m framework

Twenty highly skilled housing specialists have been appointed to Homes England £100m framework to help speed up housebuilding across England.
nuclear power station, Hitachi,

Hitachi freezes construction of £13bn Anglesey nuclear power station

Work is being suspended on a £13bn nuclear power station on Anglesey because of rising costs, the company behind the project has announced.
housing scheme, Govan,

CCG awarded £15m Govan housing scheme

Contractor CCG (Scotland) has been awarded the contract for a £15m housing scheme in Govan, Glasgow.

Farrans appointed contractor for Tribeca Belfast regeneration

Farrans has been appointed as the preferred contractor for Phase One of the £500m Tribeca Belfast urban regeneration scheme.
housing market

The freezing housing market

The UK housing market ended 2018 on a weak note with uncertainty still biting, alongside continuing lack of stock and affordability issues.
vent shaft, HS2, Euston,

HS2 unveils designs for new vent shaft at Euston

HS2 has released images of its proposed replacement London Underground substation and vent shaft at Euston, the first major structure to be built as part of the transformation of the station.
Compton and Edrich, MCC,

Compton and Edrich stand redevelopment gets the go-ahead

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has received the green light by Westminster City Council to construct two new three-tier stands to replace the existing Compton and Edrich stands.
contracts, construction companies,

Financing UK construction – Earthquakes and tidal waves

A small earthquake hit the British construction industry on New Year’s Eve.  Nobody seems to have noticed but a tidal wave is about to hit the UK construction sector in 2019 (and beyond) as a result of this major event. What am I referring to?
SME contractors,

New project payment measures must protect SME contractors

David Jazani has called for a government consultation to ensure SME contractors are at the forefront of a project bank account system.
Construction, Site diary,

The importance of good record keeping of everyday site activities

UK construction disputes cost the industry £27m in 2017, making them more expensive than their counterparts in the US and mainland Europe. Let’s see how a modern record system can protect everyone involved and bolster overall productivity.
Ebbsfleet Cross, new homes,

Ebbsfleet Cross development set for new homes

Bellway Homes has been given the go-ahead by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation for the development of new homes on Ebbsfleet Cross.
permitted development rights

Planners condemn permitted development rights

Permitted development rights that bypass local scrutiny to deliver housing in England put quality and affordability at risk, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

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