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London council bags £1m from sale of 'dilapidated shed'

A London borough has netted almost £1m after auctioning off a prefabricated 1950s bungalow.

Wakefield council unlocks £50,000 of Govt funding to kickstart housing development

A bid by Wakefield Council to unlock £50,000 from the Government’s Site Delivery Fund to assist it in building new homes across the district has proved successful.

Construction still booming say buyers

The UK construction sector experienced strong growth in October, although expansion was slightly slower than in the previous month.

Neighbourhood Plans boosting housebuilding by 10%, says minister

Neighbourhood Plans have led to a more than 10 per cent increase in housebuilding plans, housing minister Brandon Lewis has said.

Notting Hill Sales launches first phase of homes at Royal Albert Wharf in the Royal Docks

Notting Hill Sales has launched the first phase of homes for private sale at the new waterside neighbourhood in the Royal Docks.

UK new home market is buoyant says NHBC despite a marginal fall in new home registrations

The NHBC has reported a buoyant new home market for the UK despite a marginal fall in new home registrations.

Could timber clad shipping containers help solve the housing crisis?

A prefabricated portable home has been constructed to illustrate alternative solutions are viable when it comes to solving the housing shortage.

Figures show Welsh Government is on track to exceed 10,000 affordable homes target

The Welsh Government is on track to exceed its target to provide 10,000 additional affordable homes this Assembly term according to the latest figures.

Contractors and hour builders join together to simplify supply chain

A group of the UK’s largest contractors and house builders have taken significant steps to further simplify the paperwork their supply chains complete, removing the need for thousands of material suppliers, manufacturers and consultants to duplicate information during the procurement process.

Framework and contract win continues ForWorks’ run of success

A construction company forming part of a North West housing provider is celebrating a double win after it secured a contract win and a place on a procurement framework.

One in five office-to-residential conversions vetoed by English councils

One in five of around 5,000 applications to convert offices into flats across England under permitted development rights (PDR) were blocked by councils between April 2014 and June 2015, according to new research.

Corbyn: Councils key to solving housing crisis

There is "no answer" to the housing crisis that does not start with a new council housebuilding programme, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said as his party committed to building 100,000 council and housing association properties a year by 2020.

Skills shortages threaten construction upturn

Plans to tackle the nation’s housing crisis and build a million new homes are unlikely to provide an immediate boost to construction sector because skills shortages are still putting a break on growth.

We can build 100,000 affordable homes a year by 2020, says report

It could be possible to build up to 100,000 affordable public homes a year to rent and buy by 2020, according to Shadow Housing Minister John Healey who is to release a major discussion report today.

New home levels continue to rise despite August dip, reports NHBC

House building activity in the UK this year is set to top levels seen in 2014, according to new figures released today by NHBC.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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