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!

Twickenham Film Studios

Plans in for £15m Twickenham Film Studios transformation

Twickenham Film Studios has announced a £15m investment to rejuvenate, transform and expand London’s oldest film studio.

Roofers concerned about material shortages, data shows

When asked to rank their top three concerns for 2021, almost half of roofing and cladding contractors (48%) put material shortages at the top of the list, according to the State of the Roofing Industry Survey, by Glenigan for NFRC.
Michael Ashton

Suspended sentence for disqualified builder

A builder has been handed a suspended sentence for breaching his disqualification and illegitimately managing three building companies in Staffordshire.
National Treatment Centre, NHS,

Balfour Beatty awarded £32m Inverness NHS facility

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £32m contract to build a new, world-class Ophthalmology and Orthopaedic health facility in Inverness on behalf of NHS Highland.
contractors

Contractors sought for 2,500 low carbon homes across Oxford

Oxford City Council is seeking contractors for more than 2,500 low carbon homes across Oxfordshire in the next 10 years.
train manufacturing

GMI bags £40m contract to build Goole train manufacturing site

Siemens Mobility has awarded the £40m contract to build its new train manufacturing site at Goole to GMI Construction Group.
carbon-neutral road

Amey Consulting designs ‘UK first’ carbon-neutral road project

Amey Consulting has designed the UK’s first carbon-neutral road improvement project – an £8m Highways England carriageway reconstruction in Cumbria.
performing and digital arts

Willmott Dixon to build £9.7m performing arts facility

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver a new performing and production digital arts facility at North Kent College's Oakfield Lane campus.
public sector contract,

Contractors will face ‘intense scrutiny’ if they submit low bids

Contractors will face “intense scrutiny” if they submit unrealistically low bids for public sector contracts, according to a senior official at the BEIS.

BRE launches Open Innovation Hub to support built environment

Building Research Establishment (BRE) is set to create an Open Innovation Hub at its Garston campus in Watford to house innovative businesses.
construction frameworks, Construction Playbook

Independent review of construction frameworks launched

Professor David Mosey of King’s College London has been appointed to lead an independent review of public sector construction frameworks.
Build-to-rent homes

Build-to-rent homes increase by 23% in 2020

The number of completed build-to-rent homes increased by 23% in 2020, according to research by the British Property Federation (BPF).

Kier starts construction of new £15.5m leisure centre

Kier has started construction works at the £15.5m leisure centre and community hub project on the Festival Hall site in Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Reston station

Go-ahead for Reston station development

Scottish Borders Council has given the green light to plans for Reston station development, which will see a station open in the village for the first time in more than half a century.
construction contractor

Hub South East hunts new tier 1 construction contractor

Hub South East, the Lothians and Scottish Borders is seeking to further strengthen its supply chain with an additional tier 1 construction contractor.
Thamesmead Waterfront,

Firms shortlisted for final stage of Thamesmead Waterfront masterplan

A diverse group of architects and designers have made the shortlist to potentially become strategic master planners for the £8bn Thamesmead Waterfront development in southeast London.
glass innovation facility

Plans in for £54m glass innovation facility

Network Space has submitted plans to St Helens Borough Council for a £54m glass research and innovation facility.
UK construction output

Builders feel the pressure in January, as UK construction output drops

UK construction output dropped slightly in January, as the third national lockdown leads to hesitancy across the industry.
Cheshire flooding,

Council calls for investment to safeguard Cheshire West from flooding

The leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council has called for significant investment to prevent future flooding incidents in the borough.
Stallings Lane

Keepmoat Homes acquires former brickworks site on Stallings Lane

Keepmoat Homes has purchased the former brickworks site on Stallings Lane in Kingswinford, which will be transformed into a new 169-homes development.
lower thames crossing

Jacobs wins £162.5m Lower Thames Crossing contract

Highways England has awarded Jacobs the £162.5m Integration Partner contract to assist collaboration on the Lower Thames Crossing scheme.
canal village

Green light for first phase of £115m ‘canal village’ in Warwickshire

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has given the go-ahead to the first phase of a £115m canal village in Hawkesbury, Warwickshire.
Flood Strategy, Port of Tilbury, flood defence,

£34m flood defence scheme underway at Port of Tilbury

Construction work has started to improve the Port of Tilbury’s flood defences with the installation of new dual-function flood lock gates.
m62 construction, rochdale

Construction of new M62 Rochdale scheme underway

John Sisk & Son has started work on a new link road at junction 19 of the M62 in Rochdale, one of the biggest regeneration schemes in the region.
Bristol regeneration, Bristol, infrastructure,

Bristol Council appoints new strategic partner

Mott MacDonald, in collaboration with Arcadis and Arup, has been appointed as strategic partner by Bristol City Council to help bring its regeneration plans to life.
VAT

Chancellor urged to abandon construction VAT changes

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has urged Rishi Sunak to abandon changes to VAT which could cause serious financial issues across construction.

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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!