Planning & Construction News

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!

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Major housebuilder says cost inflation is expected to fall next year

Taylor Wimpey has reported it expects building cost inflation to fall next year from the five per cent increase seen in 2015… According to a trading statement, major housebuilding firm Taylor Wimpey said it has seen a 23 per cent increase in its order book compared to last year. This...

Under construction: research shows what kind of homes are being built

New research from the NHBC has revealed the type of properties under construction across the country… The National House Building Council (NHBC) has unveiled a varied picture of the type of properties that have been built across the UK. Figures for the year to date showed stark differences in the type...
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Housing shortage pushes up prices in Scotland

According to a new survey, Scottish house prices are on the rise and are set to increase by around 25 per cent over the next five years… A new survey from RICS has revealed Scottish house prices are set to increase by 4.2 per cent per annum over the next...

Conserving our heritage

The greatest challenge is finding ways for that building to earn its keep. Yet with the right uses and presentation, it can be a focal point for wider regeneration and a real asset to the surrounding community.
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Global construction expected to see massive growth by 2030

Research carried out by Global Construction Perspectives has revealed global construction could grow 85 per cent by 2030… The global construction sector is expected to grow by 85 per cent to US$ 15.5 trillion, according to new research carried out by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics. The data suggested China,...

Office building in London hits seven-year high

A new survey has revealed building activity in central London has hit a new high, increasing 28 per cent in the past six months… Despite the latest data for the Markit Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) revealing a slight decline in output from 59.9 in September to 58.8 in October...

An action plan for a sustainable Stockholm

Katarina Luhr, Vice Mayor of Environment in the City of Stockholm outlines how they strive to become a truly sustainable city for generations to come… 

Victorian jails will be replaced by nine new prisons

Plans have been unveiled to replace nine old prisons with new fit for purpose facilities as part of the government’s plans to save money…
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Positive outlook for construction in October

While the UK construction sector saw a slowdown in growth during October, the outlook remains positive… The latest data for the Markit Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has shown a slight decline in the figures from 59.9 in September to 58.8 in October. Growth is indicated by any figure over...

100,000 new homes needed for Scotland by 2020

Homes for Scotland has warned Holyrood needs to build at least 100,000 new homes by the end of this parliament to tackle the housing crisis… The lack of affordable homes has become so dire it now considered a crisis. Across the UK, the situation is reaching critical levels. Westminster has...

Scotland’s chief planner calls for a flexible approach

In a letter, the Scottish government’s chief planner has called on council planners to adopt a positive and flexible approach to private rental applications… Scotland’s chief planner John McNairney has asked for a positive and flexible approach to private rented sector (PRS) planning applications. In a letter to the heads of...
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Addressing the UK housing shortage

When we consider the problem of the UK housing shortage, we must recognise all the constraints traditional homebuilding methods face which result in the current limited number of houses that can be built in any one year
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Neighbourhood planning powers boost housebuilding

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said neighbourhood plans have helped housebuilding rates increase by more than 10 per cent… Giving local communities a say in the future development of their area has increased the amount of housebuilding taking place. Through neighbourhood plans residents can influence where new homes and...

New Infrastructure Commission launched

The government has launched a new infrastructure committee, as well as granting £100bn funding to develop projects over the next five years…

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