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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!

£43.1m loss for Morgan Sindall construction division

Construction and regeneration firm Morgan Sindall has confirmed it has seen losses of £43.1m last year in its construction division… Changes to the way in which construction and regeneration company Morgan Sindall reports its financial figures has seen a £43.1m loss recorded last year. The construction division recorded the significant operating...

Ashtead Groups sees share prices grow

Share prices for construction equipment provider Ashtead are up, revealing the resiliency of the housing market… Increased share prices at Ashtead Group, a major construction equipment provider, reflect the resilience of the housing market, according to experts. Prices were up in morning trading following an announcement from the firm of...

Weak first quarter offset by construction output bounce back in April

Construction output saw more growth than forecast in April, suggesting the economy might be bouncing back in the second quarter… After a disappointing start to the year, the construction sector will undoubtedly welcome the news that output increased in April. The first quarter of 2016 was filled with weakness and uncertainty,...

The search for productivity in the UK construction industry

Productivity in the UK construction industry is at an abysmal level according to Richard Ogden, Chairman of the Buildoffsite organisation. He explains how we should transform it here… I am going to let you in on secret – albeit a not very well kept secret. Productivity in the UK construction...
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Funding for flood defences is putting communities at risk

The government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding according to the Environmental Audit Committee. A lack of long-term strategic planning to manage flood risk from the government, and their subsequent reactive approach to funding for flood defence is highlighted by the Committee. They found that there is...

Revenge of the dormouse

The dormouse appears to be getting his revenge, from being a delicacy to now preventing developers from gaining planning consent if mitigation plans are not in place. Mark Thackeray of Walsingham Planning explains the situation… For centuries, back to Roman times and still in places such as Croatia and Slovenia,...

£18.3m from the Builders Finance Fund for Keepmoat

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has awarded national housebuilder, Keepmoat, with a landmark £18.3m through the Builders Finance Fund (BFF); which will accelerate the delivery of 2000 new homes across the UK. Keepmoat’s successful bid to obtain funding for 11 sites* across the country from the Builders Finance Fund...

Crap towns – where are they now?

 ‘Crap Towns’, the book first released in 2003 exposed towns and cities up and down the UK for being generally.. well.. crap. Property portal TheHouseShop.com have analysed house prices and crime rates in the top 10 Crap Towns from 2003 and 2004 to see how far these areas have...

Can councils cope with changes to green belt planning policy?

Developing green belt and brownfield sites for redevelopment in tackling the UK housing crises is firmly on the agenda, but can local authorities deal with the increase in pressure? Chris Kendall of Idox makes his case here... The current UK housing crisis is allowing everyone to have their say. Experts...
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A rare opportunity to ‘turn the tide’

Oliver Johnson, Policy Executive at Environmental Industries Commission outlines the challenges caused by flooding and highlights details from the Turning the Tide report... Previously occasional, major flooding in the UK is an increasingly dependable disaster. Every year, western and northern parts of the country are battered by ‘unprecedented’ rainfall. Meteorologists...

Smart Design: home adaptations helping us live longer at home

Altro outline how smart design is helping people to live longer at home... People today are living much longer than ever before, and as they get older they face the unenviable choice to either stay at home or move into care. Still, before they reach this point they commonly take advantage of...
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Construction orders fall for the first time in more than three years

For the first time in more than three years British construction orders fell amidst concerns over the vote for the EU… New figures have revealed construction orders fell last month for the first time in more than three years. Concerns over the outcome of the EU referendum have reportedly put...
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Funding cut to make brownfield land suitable for housing

The government has cut funding to make brownfield sites appropriate for construction, it has emerged… MPs on the environmental audit committee have warned funding aimed at preparing brownfield sites for housing developments will be phased out next year. Brownfield land has been touted by the government as a way of solving...
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London named in the top three most expensive places to build

New figures show Zürich, New York, and London are the three most expensive places to build in the world… Figures from the International Construction Market Survey 2016 have revealed London is among the top three most expensive cities in the world to undertake construction in. The data, which was compiled by...

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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!