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!

2016 is the year for the construction industry to invest

Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction, forecasts a positive outlook for the construction industry in 2016 and calls on all businesses in the sector to start to invest... He said: “2016 will be a good year for the construction industry. Tier 1s will stabilise, labour supply and price...

The modern role of land reclamation for housing

Andy Moffat and Danielle Sinnett of the British Land Reclamation Society summarise how land reclamation, or brownfield development, can be used to address a housing shortage, returning land into ‘beneficial use’… The term land reclamation is less used these days than it was in the last decades of the twentieth...

Firm pledges £100m housing investment

A new housing company has committed to investing around £100m in the social housing and mid-market rental sector… Ediston Homes has pledged to boost the social housing and mid-market rental sector over the next four years, injecting significant funding to develop it. The firm is the housebuilding arm of property investment,...

Specification for 2016 – an analysis

After a successful inaugural year, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification looks ahead to 2016 and how it believes the construction industry will respond following a year of mixed fortunes... Despite the dip in the latter part of 2015, latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA) predict that construction output...

Infrastructure boosts new orders in Q3 2015

A strong quarter from the infrastructure sector has boosted the number of new construction orders… Infrastructure, which formed a major part of the government’s Spending Review and plans for the future, contributed some £4.5bn to the economy—an increase of 42 per cent year on year. Figures from Barbour ABI, the chosen...
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New large-scale custom build pilot launched

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced a new development has been selected as a national pilot for large-scale custom build… A development in Basingstoke has been selected as the site of a large-scale custom build pilot scheme. The 122 homes will be built by ZeroC at Park Prewett and all...

A million extra construction workers needed

A million extra workers need to join the house building industry if the country is to build new homes at the necessary rate, according to new analysis from specialist recruiter Randstad CPE... The construction industry is facing significant demand for new homes to tackle a national housing crisis. However, the...
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Thousands of homes to be built on green belt

Councils will be allowed to build starter homes on green belt as planning laws are relaxed to meet the demand for properties… Strict rules surrounding green belt land could be relaxed under a new government proposal. Usually green belt, which prevents urban sprawl, is only allowed to be built on...
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Music industry could benefit from changes to the Planning Bill

The music industry has welcomed proposed amendments to the Planning Bill that would protect existing venues from new developments… Labour is pushing for new amendments to the Planning and Housing Bill that would mean grassroot music venues would have some measure of protection from new developments. The sector has suffered as...
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Ealing’s new planning notification system criticised

The move from neighbour notification letters to lamp post site notices near proposed developments in Ealing has been criticised… The way in which Ealing’s planning department informs local residents about new planning applications has allegedly led to an increase in complaints. Ealing replaced its neighbour notification letters system with new lamp...
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Construction growth hits seven-month low

UK construction industry drops to a seven-month low during November due to the weakest expansion in housing activity since the middle of 2013… The latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index revealed a decline in activity during November. According to the figures, the sector experienced a drop from 58.8 in October...
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£10m IoT prize for Manchester project

A new innovative project in Manchester has been chosen as the recipient of a £10m government-led technology competition…
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Architects say new homes are too small

A report from the Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed new homes are far too small for people to live in them comfortably… A new report has warned many new homes do not meet the minimum space standard required for a comfortable home. Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) said...
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Vanished London – unlocking new creations

Jake Mason, CEO of Evolve argues that developers should learn to make use of the rich, but now vanished history of neighbourhoods in London, highlighting how British Land could use the story of Norton Folgate… London echoes to the sounds of countless vanished neighbourhoods. These dimly remembered areas can be...

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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!