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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!

Ecobuild: Sustainability policy, BIM, and more

Lisa Carnwell, Editor for PBC Today submits her first thoughts on day one of Ecobuild... As any 'Ecobuilder' will know, the challenge is to miss as little as possible. This isn't easy. If my feet could talk they would tell you that they've worked hard today, yet still managed to...

Balfour Beatty sign housing regeneration deal

Balfour Beatty has announced it has signed a development agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation to invest and construct the new East Wick and Sweetwater housing development project This will see the company’s first entry to the sector as a major housing developer in the UK. Balfour Beatty Investments will...

Extra funding for Laing O’Rourke hospital project

The government has agreed to put up an extra £60m funding to enable the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to get under way Laing O'Rourke, the main contractor on the scheme, expects work to start on the project this year after the government agreed to an...
New measures will speed up the planning process

New measures will speed up the planning process

Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has proposed new measures designed to make the planning system work more efficiently and effectively... The changes relate to the section 106 agreements, which attach conditions on planning permission being granted. This process can often lead to extended negotiations that can cause significant delays to the...
Building for life could help the housing crisis

Good urban design could help the housing crisis

John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) details how ‘Building for Life’ represents good urban design, and could help with the national housing crisis… The design of housing developments is rightly of interest to all those involved in or affected by the delivery of new housing...
Profit increase for Bovis Homes

Profit increase for Bovis Homes

Housebuilder Bovis Homes has reported it has seen significant increases in its annual profits over the last twelve months... News has emerged that housebuilder Bovis Homes has seen a 69 per cent increase in its annual profits. Figures rose to £133.5m after what the firm described as an “excellent” year. Bovis...
Guidance urges designers to consider “bin blight”

Guidance urges designers to consider “bin blight”

The National House Building Council Foundation has called for designers to consider the visual impact of bins and waste facilities when planning new homes... Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has welcomed new guidance aimed at encouraging designers and builders to avoid creating “bin blight” when developing new properties. The guidance, which...
Housebuilding rates continue to grow

Housebuilding rates continue to increase

New figures have shown that there has been an increase in the number of homes being built across the country... According to the latest figures, the number of new homes built in 2014 totalled 137,010. This represents a 10 per cent increase when compared to 2013, and is the highest...
Recovery plan for Balfour Beatty unveiled

Recovery plan for Balfour Beatty unveiled

The Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty has announced new plans to improve the future outcomes for the company following financial issues Leo Quinn, the new chief executive of Balfour Beatty, has unveiled his 'Build to Last' business programme. It is hoped this will transform the firm and improve the outcomes...
Advanced Manufacturing Centre plans submitted

Advanced Manufacturing Centre plans submitted

Plans for a £3.38m Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre at Furness College in Barrow have been submitted... Planning permission has been submitted for a new centre dedicated to engineering and advanced manufacturing research at Furness College in Barrow. The centre, which will comprise of 14,000 sq ft of space, will include prototyping...
£16m mine water treatment works deal awarded

£16m mine water treatment works deal awarded

Civil engineering firm JN Bentley has been awarded a contract to build a mine water treatment on behalf of the Coal Authority... The £16m scheme will see JN Bentley design and build a mine water treatment works for the Coal Authority. JN Bentley, which was bought by Mott MacDonald last year,...
Plans for 700 homes in Bath approved

Plans for 700 homes in Bath approved

Councillors have unanimously approved plans to build new homes and community facilities in Bath, it has been announced... The outline planning application for new homes in Bath has been approved by the local council. The plans, which comprised of 700 new homes, open spaces, and community facilities were approved unanimously on...
Developers sidestep affordable housing commitments

Developers sidestep affordable housing commitments

A new policy that enables housing developers in the UK to step around affordable housing commitments has come under fire. News that housing developers are dancing around affordable housing contributions has caused something of a furore among local councils. It came to light yesterday that a new government policy has...

Damage and the Party Wall Act

When damage is done through party wall building activities, the Party Wall Act can sometimes not cover the issue. Sara Burr, Chair of The Pyramus and Thisbe Club explains. Surveyors only need to get involved in a disagreement by agreeing the extent of damage and remedial repairs and who is...

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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!