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!

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...
housing

The housing crisis requires ‘tough decisions’

Business Secretary, Vince Cable said more houses need to be built, even if it means using green belt. With housing inflation reaching 'dangerous levels', Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said Britain needs to make tough decisions regarding how to double the number of new homes...
project

Flood mitigation project set out

Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Environment Agency are working together on a major infrastructure project which will provide flood defences for parts of Bath’s city centre and begin to build a positive relationship between the city centre and the River Avon. The Bath Quays Waterside Project will...
local roads

£168m pothole repair fund available for councils

Councils are being invited to bid for a share of a £168m Pothole Fund to repair local roads, making them safer and smoother for motorists, cyclists and other road users
BAFE

Certifying the assessors

SSAIB Chief Executive Geoff Tate describes the BAFE SP205 UKAS-accredited certification scheme’s aims, what it involves and the benefits to customers and certificated service providers alike The important area of fire protection standards is one that British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the independent third party registration body for the...

A devolution of Building Regulations

Andy Thomas, Building Regulations Manager covering Wales, examines the changes to Part L and the differences between the English and Welsh versions. With the transfer of powers in 2012, the Welsh government now has full responsibility for Building Regulations. They have been working on the changes to regulations and guidance,...
property

Support for local developers and new home buyers

As developers face the ongoing challenges of the property market it is obvious that many will be looking for support, not only in land acquisition – or even disposal – but also in finding potential buyers. Yet, whilst there is often support out there, it can come from an array...

Introduction – Planning and Building Control Today

Welcome to the April 2014 edition of Adjacent Planning and Building Control Today. It’s been a busy few months with some headline-making events for the planning world. The Chancellor’s Budget extended Help to Buy, offering house builders greater certainty on delivering new homes. The National Housing Federation believe Help to...

Councils could build 10,000 affordable homes

New borrowing powers will enable councils to build up to 10,000 affordable homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today (7 April 2014). From today, councils can bid for a share of £300m of extra borrowing, which will be made available through an...
nppf

MPs launch inquiry into NPPF

The Communities and Local Government Committee today launches an inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework. The inquiry follows research findings, published by the Committee today, that some local planning authorities may be meeting the Government’s planning performance targets despite being ineffective and displaying poor practice. The...

A good week for the construction Industry

Rob Oliver, Chief Executive, CEA (Construction Equipment Association) talks about the recent Budget and how it affects the construction equipment sector. In his HS2 Plus report, Sir David Higgins, started the process of turning up the pressure on politicians to approve the necessary regulatory framework to get the HS2 show...
builders

Government announce plans to raise housing standards

Government plans will make it easier and cheaper to build homes to high standard. Currently house builders face a myriad of different standards to implement each time they build new homes in an area. Publishing the government’s response to its housing standards review, the minister said the move would remove this...

Preserving our heritage

Dr Gerry Wait, Director at Nexus Heritage provides an overview of Desk-based Assessments and their importance in early-stage heritage advice. A Desk-based Assessment (DBA) is usually the first formal opportunity for organisations proposing changes in use or management of land or buildings to benefit from professional heritage advice. Because of this...

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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!