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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!

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...
Planning for SuDs

Planning for sustainable drainage systems

Sam Ibbott, Deputy Public Affairs Director at Environmental Industries Commission examines the latest government consultation on SuDs and the new approach of delivering it through the planning system. The photo-op, when staged, can be a politicians dream. If you follow politics, particularly at a local level, they can often be...
The Disintegration of the Housing Debate

The Disintegration of the Housing Debate

In addressing the urgent need for more housing, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning, Alister Scott believes that key participants in the housing question need to embrace the economic, social and environmental drivers of development in a more joined-up discussion. As we move inexorably towards the general election in 2015,...
Taylor Wimpey reports house prices are slowing

Taylor Wimpey reports house prices are slowing

UK house building firm Taylor Wimpey has said house prices are growing more slowly and that the boom which made property unaffordable is now ebbing. The Nationwide building society recorded an 8.3 per cent rise in the average UK house price in 2014. However, forecasts of higher interest rates, coupled...
Balfour signs £32m Liverpool Baltic Triangle scheme

Balfour will deliver £32m residential scheme

A £32m contract to build a three-tower residential development in Liverpool city centre has been signed by Balfour Beatty. Construction company Balfour Beatty will deliver 342 apartments across the three towers, which will stand at 12, 10, and 8 storeys. The Baltic Triangle scheme, which is being carried out on behalf...
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First-time buyers are at the highest level in seven years

The Halifax has reported that the number of first-time buyers in 2014 reached the highest level since 2007, despite rising house prices. Figures from the Halifax estimate that a total of 326,500 people bought their first house or flat in 2014. This was a rise of 22 per cent compared...
New easy guide to the planning system released

New easy guide to the planning system released

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has published a new plain English guide to explain how the planning system in England works. It is hoped that the new guide will help local people to get involved in the debate over what is built in their neighbourhood. The guide will offer simple...

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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!