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!

Quality landscape design key to profitable development

Quality landscape design key to profitable development

Good quality landscape design is the key to long-term profitable development as Noel Farrer, President, Landscape Institute explains. We need 230,000 new homes every year to cope with predicted population growth in the UK. That’s more homes than at any time since the post-war building boom. Or to put it...
Thousands of homes to be built on brownfield sites

Thousands of homes to be built on brownfield land

New figures released by Homes and Communities Agency have revealed that thousands of homes could be built on available brownfield sites. Figures published by the Homes and Communities Agency have revealed that thousands more homes could be built on brownfield sites in the future. By 2020, the government wants to see...
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Smarter Printing for Construction

The construction industry was hit hard by the recession as housing activity slumped and building projects were cancelled. Recent months have seen a recovery but as construction businesses emerge from the downturn, many are uncertain what approach to take to printing. Construction companies need accessible printing that is dependable and...

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...

Planning loophole allows councils to be overruled

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed that housing targets set for councils has enabled developers to bypass opposition and build on greenfield sites. The report, 'Targeting the countryside', examined appeal decisions for major housing developments built on greenfield land between March 2012 and May...
First wave of housing schemes to receive £1m unveiled

First wave of funding for housing projects unveiled

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced the first wave of projects that will benefit from a share of £1bn to unlock housing developments across the country. A shortlist of large-scale housing projects set to receive a share of £1bn funding has been unveiled today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The...
Fulfilling the biodiversity obligation

Fulfilling the biodiversity obligation

The obligation for local authorities to protect and conserve biodiversity spans all activities but faces key challenges. Peter Dorans, Corporate Relations Manager at The Wildlife Trusts summarises their unique approach to assist with the current situation. Nature makes us feel better! Well-planned and thought-through development which integrates nature, bringing it...
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The safe approach for mobile elevating work platforms

Operating safely when working at height is a dangerous occupation, but with good management and training, working on mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) can be safe says Berlinda Nadarajan of IPAF. Work at height is by nature a dangerous thing. Falls from height are the largest cause of fatal accidents...

The case for insulating party cavity walls

Recognising that cavity walls are a source of heat loss, Nick Ralph from the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association (MIMA) looks at the background to the changes and the solutions available to meet the requirements of Part L. Historically, there was an assumption that cavity party walls were an area...

The evolution of Party Walls

Masonry party walls have seen many changes over the years, driven by the need to improve acoustic performance, prevent thermal bypass and reduce the cost of installation. Tom Foster, senior product manager at Saint- Gobain Isover, looks at the evolution of the masonry party wall and how Isover have...
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Concrete action on sustainable development

Concrete’s role in delivering a sustainable built environment through industry initiatives and performance benefits is increasingly recognised and utilised by design teams, here The Concrete Centre explains more. The UK concrete industry launched the Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy back in 2008, and has published its sixth annual performance report, presenting...
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Evaluating the archaeology

Dr Gerry Wait, Director at Nexus Heritage considers what ‘evaluation’ means for archaeologists and planners alike Following on from the field survey stage is typically ‘evaluation’, termed by archaeologists in the sense that the work is intended to ‘evaluate’ the archaeology. This stage reveals possibly the greatest diversity of approach...
4,000 homes will be developed on Tesco land

4,000 homes will be developed on Tesco land

Tesco has announced plans to develop 4,000 new homes on surplus land bought to build new stores. Supermarket giant Tesco will develop 4,000 new homes on surplus land. The chain decided to reduce its store building programme last year. The land that had previously been earmarked for new stores will now...
Development Security to expand Brighton University

Preston Barracks redevelopment under way

Development Securities has exchanged contracts with Brighton and Hove City Council to purchase Preston Barracks, which will be redeveloped as part of plans to expand the University of Bristol. Cathedral Group, part of Development Securities, have announced contracts have been exchanged for the Preston Barracks site. Brighton and Hove City...

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