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road and rail improvement

Northern road and rail improvements to create thousands of jobs

The Department for Transport’s analysis of future spending has shown there will be greater spending on road and rail upgrades in the north.
build out

Review highlights requirements to speed up housebuilding

A review of housebuilding has stressed the need for changes to the current system to ensure new homes are built faster to help meet government targets
Green Corridor

£8m of extra HS2 funding to deliver woodlands and safer roads

More than £8m of government funding will create new woodlands and deliver safer roads on the route of Britain’s new railway, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani announced today (25 June)

FSB urges Government to improve procurement for small businesses

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the government to accept a raft of public procurement reforms that will promote supply chain best-practice and unlock the potential of small businesses

Under the spotlight: Top construction trends

Technology is having a profound impact on the construction industry as it embraces innovative and disruptive technologies that were once thought to be science-fiction. Here we take a look at the trends shaping the industry and how companies are staying on top by adopting the latest cutting-edge techniques
affordable homes

Sadiq Khan launches new portal for Londoners to find affordable homes

The Mayor of London has launched an online property finder, 'Homes for Londoners', that helps those living in the capital to find affordable homes.
planning appeal

Chair announced for review into planning appeal inquiries

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has today (22 June) announced the appointment of Bridget Rosewell to chair the Independent Review into Planning Appeal Inquiries
construction contracts

Construction contracts struggle as new work dips to five year low

The value of new construction contracts in May reached £4.5bn, a decrease of almost 10% compared to April and the lowest amount for over five years

Minister quits to vote against third Heathrow runway

Greg Hands has resigned as trade minister so he can vote against the expansion of Heathrow Airport with a third runway

Planning function ‘watered down’ in 83% of councils

The planning function has been downgraded to lower positions in the corporate structure of local authorities across the UK, a new survey by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has revealed.
Social housing

Social housing construction down 90% since 2010

The amount of social homes being built has decreased by almost 90% since the Conservative Party were elected in 2010, according to new official figures

Network Rail takes industry leading step to improve how subcontractors are paid

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, will benefit from new contract terms as Network Rail changes the way major suppliers working on the railway pay their subcontractors.

‘Green steel’ to disrupt building approach

Steel and mining multinational ArcelorMittal has launched a "radical and disruptive" new concept for the use of steel in construction, designed to cut costs and environmental impact of building construction

ConstrucTech attracts more than 200 applicants

The £10m ‘ConstrucTech’ technology accelerator programme launched by Colmore Tang Construction and Virgin StartUp has attracted more than 200 applications from entrepreneurs and start-up businesses

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