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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!

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...
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...
guides

Digging in the right direction

Dr Mike Heyworth, Director of the Council for British Archaeology, details the vital contribution of expert archaeological advice to guide planning authorities. Rarely a week goes by without national media reports of another important archaeological discovery somewhere in Britain. Recently, we have seen huge worldwide interest in the discovery by...

Plan and prepare

The Environment Agency explains how communities can take steps to prepare for flooding. Flooding can be devastating and it poses a risk to life, property and vehicles and can force people out of their homes. December 2013 was the stormiest since records began and was followed by further gales and extensive...
regenerating town centres

Sustaining confidence when regenerating town centres

Alan Piper of the Alan Piper Consultancy discusses the importance of sustaining local confidence when regenerating town centres.

All HS2 appeals dismissed

The Supreme Court has today (22 January 2014) unanimously dismissed the appeals against HS2. Responding to the ruling Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “We welcome that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the appeal, which addressed technical issues that had no bearing on the need for a new north-south railway. The government’s...

A sustainable CIL approach

Angus Saunders Principal Project Officer at Brent Council highlights how CIL can be used for sustainable growth and development. Brent recently introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), being amongst one of the first London boroughs to do so. We have plans for extensive growth in both homes and jobs over...

Unnecessary red tape to be cut

Changes to help simplify the planning process are to be phased in as part of the Red Tape Challenge. Unnecessary red tape that is no longer needed and which added to the cost of providing new houses and enterprises will be cut as part of the Red Tape Challenge. These changes will help...

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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!