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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!

Annual planning performance in Scotland reveals mixed results

Annual planning performance in Scotland reveals mixed results

The scale of a project determined the average length of time it took it decide the outcome of planning applications in Scotland, according to new data... According to new statistics local developments have seen the average time taken to decide the outcome of planning applications speed up. However, major developments...
Making consideration in construction top of the agenda

Making consideration in construction top of the agenda

Robert Biggs, former Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme outlines how the Scheme can address modern day challenges in the construction sector… In today’s world, we’re continuously faced with a barrage of information, advice and guidance – much of which can often lead to confusion rather than being helpful. The...
Network Rail seeks contractor for £20m Waterloo refit

Network Rail seeks contractor for £20m Waterloo refit

Train infrastructure firm Network Rail is searching for a contractor to refurbish its general offices in Waterloo, London... Network Rail has started the hunt for a contractor to refurbish its offices based in London. The building at Station Approach is located within the train station at Waterloo. It spans 90,000...
Galliford Try signs £46m Birmingham university contract

Galliford Try signs £46m Birmingham university contract

Construction firm Galliford Try has won a £46m contract to carry out work on behalf of Birmingham City University... A £46m Conservatoire in central Birmingham will be constructed by Galliford Try. The firm signed contracts with Birmingham City University to undertake the project. It was estimated the original price of the...
A 21st Century approach to infrastructure decisions

A 21st Century approach to infrastructure decisions

Amy Mount, Senior Policy Adviser at Green Alliance examines the opportunities available to improve public engagement in infrastructure decisions… The scale of change required to build a green economy has been compared to the Industrial Revolution. A key difference today – aside from the lack of smog and workhouses –...
VolkerFitzpatrick wins Siemens factory contract

VolkerFitzpatrick wins Siemens factory contract

Contractor VolkerFitzpatrick will construct a wind turbine blade factory in Hull on behalf of Siemens... Hertfordshire-based contractor VolkerFitzpatrick will build a 430,000 sq ft factory in Hull. The facility, which will produce wind turbine blades, will create around 200 jobs during the construction process. The construction firm was founded in 1921...
Planning applications for new supermarkets fail to complete

Planning applications for new supermarkets fail to complete

Less than a third of planning applications for new supermarkets result in a completed project, according to new research... Data collected by construction intelligence firm Barbour ABI revealed that of the 556 planning applications submitted by Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, and Morrisons since January 2010 only 179 successfully completed or are...
New Construction Leadership Council announced

New Construction Leadership Council announced

The government has announced business leaders will join ministers on the renewed Construction Leadership Council... In a bid to streamline the Construction Leadership Council the government worked alongside David Higgins, the chief construction adviser, to create a smaller, more business-focused team. The council will consist of people who have been identified...
Self build on the increase

Self build on the increase

A new survey has revealed growth in the self build sector despite discrepancies in the way councils support it... According to a new survey by the National Custom & Self Build Association almost 40 per cent of England's planning authorities have taken action to help residents looking to build their...
Public land database for London

Public land database for London

A new initiative to create a database of publicly owned land in London has taken the first step... The first stage of compiling a register of brownfield land in London is underway. The initiative, which is set to complete by the end of the year, will assist with home building...
Brownfield planning rules may be relaxed to boost house building

Brownfield planning rules may be relaxed to boost house building

Chancellor George Osborne is pushing plans to change the rules surrounding brownfield sites in a bid to increase house building across England... Housing developments on brownfield sites could be granted automatic planning approval under new rules. Brownfield refers to land that has been previously developed, but is now vacant or...
Canary Wharf to trial smart city technology

Canary Wharf to trial smart city technology

Canary Wharf Group is set to pilot new technologies as the latest winners of the Cognicity Challenge are announced... The Cognicity Challenge is a competition aimed at bringing smart city technologies to the Canary Wharf estate. The three latest winners of the challenge are BlockDox, Puckily, and 3D Repo. Their technologies...
Five radical ideas for improving the planning system

Five radical ideas for improving the planning system

Professor Yvonne Rydin of UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning presents five ideas that could result in a planning system that delivers a strategy that works for the UK… The run-up to the recent General Election prompted a group of academics at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning to address the parlous...
Planning (Wales) Act receives Royal Assent

Planning (Wales) Act receives Royal Assent

Royal Assent has been given for the first separate planning Act since it was devolved in Wales... Planning in Wales took a step forward yesterday when the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 was granted Royal Assent. The Act, which aims to address five objectives, is not a wholesale reform of the planning system...

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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!