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planning system reforms

Does the Queen’s speech deliver on levelling-up, planning system reforms &...

The Queen's speech has outlined plans for planning system reforms, cheaper, cleaner, and more secure energy and improved regulation of social housing.
National Rehabilitation Centre

IHP appointed as main building contractor to National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC)...

The National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) Programme has appointed Integrated Health Projects (IHP) as main building contractor.
zero carbon school

Galliford Try appointed to net zero carbon school scheme

Galliford Try has been appointed to a new net zero carbon school project under the Department for Education (DfE) Net Zero Carbon in Operation (NZCIO) scheme.
heat pumps

The future is looking bright for heat pumps

23rd May sees the launch of the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). Will this finally herald the long-awaited mass uptake of heat pumps as domestic heating systems? To get the lowdown, we spoke with industry observer Dr Paul Welsby, who has worked in the field of heat pumps and heat pump technology for over 40 years.
construction orders

PMI reports slowest new construction orders growth in 2022

S&P Global / CIPS UK Construction PMI reports slowest new order growth in 2022 due to rising costs and economic uncertainty.
offsite sector

How the Offsite sector can respond to the Construction Playbook

The Offsite sector has the opportunity to lead the way in meeting the government’s ambitious plans and policies established in the Construction Playbook, and in this response, Buildoffsite seek to explore how.
public sector procurement

Why public sector procurement holds many of the keys to levelling...

Values-based procurement has a crucial part to play in driving economic equity. LHC Group interim chief executive Elaine Elkington explains why, exploring the role of public sector procurement in delivering quality housing for all and supporting a more diverse supply chain for social landlords.
rebated fuel

Ending of rebated fuel: Will the construction sector see “red” or...

Friday 1 April 2022 marked the end of rebated fuel for the UK construction industry. David Savage, a partner in the construction team at Charles Russell Speechlys, discusses the new regulations and their likely impact on the sector.
social value

Social value goes to the very heart of the built environment’s...

Following the publication of its new social value toolkit, UKGBC's Simon McWhirter discusses the growing focus on social value in the industry and why it must be integrated throughout any built environment project.
levelling up agenda

Why MMC can be the key to the levelling up agenda

The levelling up agenda is more than just a phrase, it is tangible progress. Joseph Daniels, founder of Etopia, says MMC housing can play a huge role in realising lasting change across Britain.
Section 76

What does Section 76 mean for housebuilders and developers in Northern...

Northern Ireland's equivalent to Section 106 planning agreements, Section 76, designed to secure affordable housing in developments are set to become much more frequently used from next year. Chris Bryson of Gravis Planning and Drew Nesbitt of Wilson Nesbitt examine the likely impact.
safety in the built environment

Supporting compliance and safety in the built environment

With construction facing an increasingly complex regulatory system, the Construction Innovation Hub help firms navigate the evolving landscape.
building safety training course

CIBSE launches building safety training course ahead of new Building Safety...

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has developed a new building safety training course focused on the Building Safety Bill, which will support building services professionals in preparing and complying with the most significant reform to building regulations in 50 years.
energy efficient street lighting

Amey to help Walsall install energy efficient street lighting

Amey will be working alongside Walsall Council to install a £10m+ conversion programme of energy efficient street lighting.
rainscreen subframe

School for success: Why rainscreen subframe systems are crucial in the...

The government’s ambitious plans for a 10-year programme of school rebuilding face a major challenge, given the poor thermal performance of old building stock. David Fraser, business unit manager, NVELOPE® of SFS, explains how to get the best from the school building envelope using rainscreen subframe systems.
mandatory electrical safety checks

An end to the tenure lottery in mandatory electrical safety checks?

Electricity causes around half of the domestic fires in the UK, yet electrical safety regulations have, until recently, lagged behind those covering gas.
medical physics bunker

G F Tomlinson completes medical physics bunker to house UK’s first...

G F Tomlinson has built a new medical physics bunker at the University of Birmingham to house the UK’s first High Flux Accelerator-Driven Neutron Facility.
Eastern European supply chain

The Russia-Ukraine conflict ripples across the Eastern European supply chain

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is having far-reaching effects on international trade and supply chains spanning many countries and continents, sparking shortages and rising prices across the Eastern European supply chain. Marc Meyer, CCO at Transmetrics, takes a look at how AI can help.
ukrainian refugees employment opportunities

Murphy to offer Ukrainian refugees employment opportunities

Murphy & Sons Limited is working with the Home Office to offer up to 175 Ukrainian refugees employment opportunities across a variety of roles.
building safety bill 2021

How can we improve the Building Safety Bill 2021?

Jonathan Moulam, president of the Association for Project Safety, argues that the Building Safety Bill 2021 risks becoming a missed opportunity.
housing industry agreement, building safety

Government reveals £5bn housing industry agreement to address building safety

Michael Gove has set a housing industry agreement, which will see developers commit a minimum of £2bn to fix their own buildings, and contribute a further £3bn through an expansion to the Building Safety bill.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Heating engineers urged to sign up to £450m Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Heating engineers are being urged to sign up to help deliver a £450m government Boiler Upgrade Scheme to heat homes and small businesses with green technology.
Peter Quinn

Renowned housing leader, Peter Quinn, appointed as LHC Group’s new chair

Peter Quinn has been appointed as LHC Group’s new chair – the first in a series of new appointments to the LHC Board.
2022 Energy Strategy

The UK construction industry reacts to the 2022 Energy Strategy

This week, the UK government announced a new 2022 Energy Strategy, which aims to accelerate the use of renewables such as new nuclear, hydrogen, and wind power to secure clean and affordable British energy for the long term.
UK Energy Strategy inadequate

Ashden says UK Energy Strategy inadequate

Ashden says UK Energy Strategy inadequate and misses the ‘3 Rs’: rapid transition away from fossil fuels, more renewables and major retrofits.
heat pump

Heat Pump Association welcomes £30M investment in British heat pump manufacturing

Heat Pump Association (HPA) receives £30M investment in British heat pump manufacturing from the UK Energy Security Strategy.