Tender prices forecast to rise by 6% per annum in the next 5 years

Tender prices rose by 0.8% in 1st quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, and by 4.5% compared with the same quarter in 2014, according to the latest report from RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS).

Communities Secretary Greg Clark launches £26 million fund for starter homes initiative

A £26 million fund has been launched to support the delivery of homes for first-time buyers under the Government’s starter homes initiative.

Ninth straight quarter of growth for UK construction industry, but skills shortages remain a concern

The Construction Products Association’s latest Construction Trade Survey, published today, shows that firms across the construction industry reported growth in activity in the second quarter of 2015, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of growth. However, the near-term outlook is clouded by labour supply issues and rising wage costs.

Consortium starts work on first of 4,000 homes in Hull

Work has started on the first of 4,000 homes being built in Hull as part of a half a billion pound development which will stretch over 13 years.

High Court ruling on Section 106 (S106) affordable housing rules will heighten housing crisis says Federation of Master Builders

A High Court ruling overturning the Government’s policy to exempt small sites from Section 106 (S106) affordable housing rules has come under fire from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) amid concerns that it will heighten the housing crisis.

Industry calls for 'real steps' towards Northern Powerhouse

The extension of devolution deals to Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the Midlands announced by Chancellor George Osborne have been given a mixed reception by industry figures, according to UK Construction Week.

Work starts of £7 Million York development

Work has started to breathe new life into a derelict former office building in the heart of York to transform it into 50 apartments.

NHBC finds retirement housing is on the up

The NHBC has released figures showing that more retirement homes were registered to be built in the first six months of this year than in the whole of 2014.

New garden villages could create 1m new homes

The creation of new garden villages could create one million new homes, Lord Matthew Taylor has told a conference on ‘building sustainable communities’.

New home planning permissions hit 200,000 mark

Figures released today in Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Glenigan’s latest Housing Pipeline report show that planning permissions for 52,167 homes were granted in England during the first quarter of this year, a 19% increase on the 43,926 permissions in the corresponding quarter last year.

Lords Built Environment Committee to question government chief planner

The House of Lords Committee on the Built Environment will this week take evidence from Steve Quartermain, chief planner at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Gill Graham, head of heritage at the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and Ruth Stanier, director of planning at DCLG.

Construction product sales increase in Q2

The CPA’s latest State of Trade Survey for the second quarter of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter, driven by growth in all key areas of the UK construction market, together with a rise in export demand.

Summer Budget reaction: A smack in the chops for social landlords

Housing proved a prominent feature of George Osborne’s Summer Budget yesterday, but if anyone in the sector was smiling before the Chancellor began his speech, by its end that smile was surely swiped – this was no housing Budget.

Summer Budget 2015: key announcements

The Chancellor, George Osbourne, has presented his Summer Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

Budget: Chancellor urged to support jobs and economic growth by boosting homes for rent

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been urged to use today's Budget to support economic growth by boosting the supply of new homes.

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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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