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.

UK construction PMI hits eight month high

UK construction PMI hits eight month high

According to the latest Markit/CIPS construction PMI survey, British construction activity grew at the fastest rate on record last month... In September the Markit/CIPS construction PMI rose to 64.2 from 64.0 in August. The survey showed that growth in British construction activity rose at one of the fastest rates on record...
Scottish Planning Policy – Homes for all?

Scottish Planning Policy – Homes for all?

Can Scotland’s National Planning Framework 3 and revised Scottish Planning Policy help to solve the scale of housing required? Blair Melville, Head of Planning Strategy at industry body Homes for Scotland, examines the situation… Scotland’s National Planning Framework 3 and revised Scottish Planning Policy, published in June, place clear emphasis...
April 2015 will see a transfer of planning powers to 11 reorganised councils throughout Northern Ireland. Karen Smyth of NILGA outlines the changes

A clear vision for planning in Northern Ireland

April 2015 will see a transfer of planning powers to 11 reorganised councils throughout Northern Ireland. Here, Karen Smyth of NILGA outlines what the changes will mean for local communities… The bulk of planning powers will be transferring to councils in Northern Ireland on the 1st April 2015. In just...
Balfour Beatty may close Blackpool Airport business

Balfour may close Blackpool Airport business

If a buyer cannot be found by early next week, Balfour Beatty has said it will close its loss-making Blackpool Airport business... Construction company Balfour Beatty has announced plans to close its Blackpool Airport business if a buyer cannot be found. The firm bought the site back in 2008 for...
Planning submitted for Plymouth cinema complex

Planning submitted for Plymouth cinema complex

Plans to build a £40m 12-screen cinema complex in Plymouth have been submitted by developer British Land... The proposal will see the 12-screen cinema complex built next to the shopping centre in Plymouth on the site of the city's derelict coach station. The plans, which have been submitted by development company...
1600-bed student housing deal signed

1600-bed student housing deal signed

McAleer & Rush has signed a deal with developer Knightsbridge Student Housing to deliver 1600-beds across sites in Bournemouth and Portsmouth... The contract will see McAleer & Rush design and build 1,000 beds in Portsmouth, and 600 beds in Bournemouth, subject to planning. The company, which is currently under contract to...
Balfour Beatty issues profit warning

Balfour Beatty issues profit warning

Concerns about the UK's biggest construction company have been compounded after Balfour Beatty announced a warning about its profits Balfour already issued two profit warnings earlier this year, and announced there would be a further shortfall of £75m in its UK construction services division. Accountants KPMG will be appointed to...
The construction industry is “cautiously optimistic”

Construction industry is “cautiously optimistic”

A new survey has revealed that confidence in the construction industry has remained cautiously optimistic despite a decline in the third quarter of 2014... A survey conducted by the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) found that overall the industry had a positive outlook about the future prospects of construction. However, there...
BAM unveils Glasgow office scheme

BAM unveils Glasgow office scheme

A new joint plan between BAM Properties and Taylor Clark Properties to create one of the largest office schemes in Glasgow has been unveiled... Planning permission is being sought for a joint venture between BAM Properties and Taylor Clark Properties. The proposal is for the 300 sq foot Atlantic Square project,...
Chester entertainment complex receives green-light

Entertainment complex receives green-light

Kier Construction has been granted planning permission to build a £38m theatre, library, and cinema complex in Chester... Planning permission will see Kier Construction work with architect Bennetts Association to redevelop the former Odeon Cinema on Northgate Street, Chester. The plans are still being drawn up, but work is expected to...
Major business park plans unveiled in Yorkshire

Major business park plans unveiled in Yorkshire

Keyland has unveiled plans for a new industrial and business park on the site of a 57-acre former water treatment works in West Yorkshire... Keyland, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and the sister-company to Yorkshire Water, is preparing to submit a planning application to Kirklees Council. The proposal...
Campaigners call for more protection for green spaces

Campaigners call for more brownfield builds

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has called for the government to do more to protect green spaces and increase brownfield development... Removing obstacles to brownfield development is vital to protect green spaces, according to a new paper published last week. Recent statistics show that building housing developments on brownfield sites...
Almost half of Britons oppose housing developments

Almost half of Britons oppose new housing

A new survey has found that half of the population would oppose major housing developments in their immediate neighbourhood... Despite recognising that new builds are crucial to resolving the UK's housing crisis, 49 per cent of Britons are opposed to building more than 300 properties in their neighbourhood. A further...
Planning set for £350m GSK facility in Ulverston

Planning set for £350m GSK facility in Ulverston

Planning officers at South Lakeland District Council have recommended that planning permission is given for a £350m GlaxoSmithKline facility in Ulverston... During a meeting on the 25 September, planning officers at South Lakeland District Council will recommend that subject to a section 106 agreement a £350m pharmaceutical facility in Ulverston...