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!

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...
Construction growth expected to rise

Construction growth expected to rise

Figures released by Glenigan suggest that the construction sector will see a 7.4 per cent growth in the number of projects started in 2014, rather than a 4 per cent rise as previously forecast. Construction insight company Glenigan has revised its growth forecast figures following the publishing of its '2014...
Innovative housing plan starts construction

Innovative housing plan to start construction

An innovative collaboration between Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, and the Homes and Communities Agency is under way in the city to stimulate affordable housing. Construction of 121 homes in Manchester has started under a new development company, Matrix Homes. The scheme, which is a partnership between Manchester...
Development project in Nottingham back on track

Development project in Nottingham back on track

The £70m Unity Square project to develop the city centre of Nottingham looks set to receive the green light as proposals are submitted to the city council. Planning officers at Nottingham City Council have recommended outline plans for the £70m Unity Square development should receive the green light. The redevelopment...
Plans for a new housing development on the site of a former piggery on the outskirts of Oswestry, Shropshire, have been submitted to Shropshire Council

Plans submitted to build on former piggery

Plans for a new housing development on the site of a former piggery on the outskirts of  Oswestry have been submitted to Shropshire Council. The plans to build on the site of Old Piggery at Park Hall have been welcomed by developers, who described the site as an "unsightly commercial...
Construction to start on Newcastle bypass

Construction of bypass awarded to Balfour Beatty

Construction company, Balfour Beatty, has been awarded the £44m contract to widen the A1 Western Bypass around Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Highways Agency contract to widen the Bypass around Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been awarded to Balfour Beatty. The project will see the existing 4-mile dual carriageway expanded to three lanes in both directions....
Kier awarded building contract

Kier awarded A&E building contract

The construction company has been awarded the contract to build a new emergency department at New Cross Hospital on behalf of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Kier have announced they have won the contract to build a £30m emergency department at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. The plans include a three-storey...

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