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.

construction material costs

SME margins squeezed by soaring construction material costs say FMB

According to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), a third of small building firms say that soaring construction material costs are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers. Construction SMEs have reported a range of material price...
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations: What does it mean for planning?

Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations: What does it mean for planning?

Tom Wells, Head of Environmental Planning and Assessment at CBRE UK, summarises the key changes in Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations
Accessible housing needs to be on the government's agenda post-election

Accessible housing needs to be on the government’s agenda post-election

Christina McGill, Head of Communications, Habinteg shares her wish list following the snap General Election and calls for accessible housing to be a priority
Construction site offices should not wait to get online

Construction site offices should not wait to get online

Hubert Da Costa, VP EMEA at Cradlepoint shares the importance of ensuring construction site offices are online and why they should utilise technology
Scottish builders take a hit to confidence levels over future pipeline growth

Scottish builders take a hit to confidence levels over future pipeline growth

The latest Scottish Construction Monitor has revealed confidence levels among Scottish builders have fallen in the past 12 months
tackling the housing crisis

Tackling the housing crisis must remain a government priority

Town and Country Planning Association's Kate Henderson argues that the government must not let Brexit distract it from tackling the housing crisis Brexit negotiations will be the top priority of the new government. However, it is essential that the government also focus on the issues that matter to people's quality...
The PlanTech era exhibition

The PlanTech era: Improving the UK planning system

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer at Future Cities Catapult, Nicola Yates, talks to PBC Today about the dawn of the PlanTech era In June 2017, Future Cities Catapult curated a series of events to celebrate the arrival of the PlanTech era – the revolution that’s exploring how digital innovation, urban...
Property Guardianship

London’s soaring vacant homes see boom in Property Guardianship

Empty property numbers are at their highest level in 20 years according to recent government figures with 1.4 million ‘spare’ homes lying vacant; having been left empty for at least six months. The UK is facing a housing crisis. The government must ensure 30,000 new homes are built every year...
offsite construction at Newcastle University

Modular offsite construction is delivering results for Newcastle University

The new student accommodation for Newcastle University is becoming a reality thanks to innovative offsite construction solutions, says Space Architects Established in 1834, Newcastle University has a mission to achieve a global reputation for academic excellence, and their new student village is a key strategic project to meet its growth...
Housing Advisers Programme

New funds available under the Housing Advisers Programme

The Local Government Association has unveiled the Housing Advisers Programme – a new scheme to help councils tackle local housing challenges The Housing Advisers Programme, which funds the provision of an independent expert, is available to local authorities undertaking a specific project that delivers and plans for new homes, reduces...
Modular buildings - Abbey Wood

Modular buildings – helping increased demand in all sectors

The popularity of modular buildings are now firmly in evidence for many sectors in the UK says The Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA)
Investing in technology to future proof construction operations

Investing in technology to future proof construction operations

Paul Mills, Group Sales Director, Six Degrees Group explores the role of technology in the construction industry, noting how it can future proof firms
Facilities management: The smarter choice for businesses

Facilities management: The smarter choice for businesses

Mick George’s Stuart Costello explains why facilities management is a necessity for many businesses and how it can help improve efficiency
Pioneering offsite manufacturing and prefabrication

Pioneering offsite manufacturing and prefabrication

SES Engineering Services' Will Newman shares how offsite manufacturing and prefabrication can improve the construction process while increasing efficiency