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.

Planning for 11-storey apartments in Manchester

Planning for 11-storey apartments in Manchester

Town Centre Securities has put forward plans to develop an 11-storey apartment block in Manchester city centre... Town Centre Securities (TCS), owner of Piccadilly Basin, has lodged plans with Manchester City Council to develop an 11-storey apartment block. The proposal includes plans for 91 apartments that would be located on...
Kent theme park could start building by 2016

Kent theme park could start construction by 2016

Developers of the Paramount theme park resort, planned for the derelict Swanscombe Pennisula, hope to start construction on the site by 2016... London Resort Company Holdings, which is 75 per cent owned by Kuwaiti company KEH, are hoping to build a theme park resort on the derelict Swanscombe Pennisula in...
Knowle wasteland turned into affordable homes

Knowle wasteland turned into affordable housing

An area of wasteland in Knowle, Bristol, has been developed into affordable homes for local people... Bath-based housing organisation Curo has developed an area of wasteland in Knowle into an affordable housing estate for local families. The site consists of 13 two- and three-bedroom homes, and was funded by Curo. An...
Britcon wins contract to extend recycling plant

Britcon wins contract to extend recycling plant

An anaerobic digestion recycling plant in South Yorkshire will be extended by building and civil engineer contractor Britcon, following a successful bid to undertake the £1.85m project... Britcon have announced it will carry out the extension of the ReFood AD anaerobic digestion plant in South Yorkshire. The contract, worth £1.85m,...
BAM launches cost-cutting programme

BAM launches cost-cutting programme

Contractor BAM has announced it is to launch a new cost-cutting drive, aimed at streamlining its organisation following a series of losses on projects... Sustainable construction company BAM has launched a new £80m programme to reduce costs throughout the business. The announcement comes following a series of heavy financial losses...
NPPF increases successful housing appeals

NPPF increases successful planning appeals

A report into the impact of the government's National Planning Policy Framework finds that since its introduction the success rate for planning appeals has risen... Planning consultancy company, Turley, has revealed that the number of successful planning appeals has risen since the introduction of the government's National Planning Policy Framework...
Councils to facilitate custom builds

Councils to help people undertaking custom builds

The Planning Minister has announced today that councils will be able to assist people seeking to build their own home... Under new measures announced today local councils will be required to assist people seeking to build their own home. Planning Minister Nick Boles said under the new rules, 'Right...
Carillion wins Liverpool Football Club stand expansion

Carillion wins Liverpool FC stand expansion

Construction company Carillion has won a contract to expand Liverpool Football Club's Main Stand in what will be the first phase of a £150m stadium expansion plan at Anfield... Subject to planning consent, Carillion has been named the preferred bidder by Liverpool Football Club. The club is looking to expand...
Construction vacancies growing at fastest rate in 17 years

Construction vacancies reach a 17-year high

A survey has revealed that vacancies within the construction industry are growing at the fast rate in 17 years... Construction vacancies are being created at the fastest rate in 17 years, according to a new survey. Results showed the rate is the highest since the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI began...
CPUK wins £500,000 contract to build Lancashire school hall

CPUK wins contract to build Lancashire school hall

Construction Partnership UK is to create a new assembly hall for a school in West Lancashire under a new £500,000 contract... Skelmersdale based Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) is to build a new assembly hall at Pontville School in Ormskirk. The £500,000 contract at the co-educational, independent specialist day and residential...
Willmott Dixon wins Oldham leisure centre contract

Willmott Dixon wins Oldham leisure centre contract

 Willmott Dixon has won a contract to create a leisure and sporting venue on behalf of Oldham Council... Construction, housing, and property development company Willmott Dixon has been awarded a contract to build a leisure and sporting venue for Oldham Council. Willmott Dixon, who recently won a £50m contract to build...
Pickles calls for statutory notice innovation

Government reveals mass housing programme

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced millions of pounds of investment is to be put into a range of housing programmes across the country, aimed at building thousands of extra homes... Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has today announced that millions of pounds of investment will be put into a...
Skills gap for construction SMEs

Construction SMEs hit hard by the skills gap

A new survey carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that the skills gap had affected many small to medium enterprises (SMEs), with the construction sector particularly hard hit... The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that the skills gap had affected many small to medium enterprises (SMEs),...
Contract to build two rail stations has been awarded

Contract to build two rail stations awarded

A £6m contract to build two railway stations on the new link between Coventry and Nuneaton has been awarded. The winner, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, will build stations at the Ricoh Arena and Bermuda Park... The new line, NUCKLE, is currently in the first phase. Subsequent phases plan to eventually...