Infrastructure

Rural Productivity Plan will allow starter homes to be built on Rural Exception Sites

Villages and towns will be allowed to build starter homes on Rural Exception Sites under the Government’s first ever Rural Productivity Plan.

Work on £6.4 million A38 bridge replacement scheme at Plympton starts this autumn

Highways England is to begin a £6.4 million project to replace Merafield Bridge on the A38 at Plympton this autumn.

Government boost for Northern Powerhouse

A blueprint for how £13 billion of government investment in transport will help create the Northern Powerhouse has been unveiled today as ministers visit major infrastructure projects that are transforming the region.

Government unveils £36m brownfield funding to drive starter home developments

The Government has unveiled £36m in funding to support the construction of starter homes aimed at first-time buyers.

World's largest offshore wind farm project gets the go-ahead to grow even bigger

The next stage of the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea – the biggest offshore wind project in the world - has gained planning consent from the Energy Secretary Amber Rudd.

New Bristol bridge gets the go ahead

A new bridge that will provide a vital life line to the new Arena Island will open up a world of opportunities for businesses, local growth minister James Wharton has said.

Plans submitted to build retirements homes at former sports stadium

A former Greater Manchester sports stadium is to be transformed into a retirement village for older people.

Glenigan reveals “dreary outlook” for social housing as starts drop 40%

A “collapse” in social housing starts has seen a market intelligence firm’s overall residential growth index plummet, reflecting a “dreary outlook” for construction of new properties in this tenure.

New uncertainty over the future of 4000 jobs at Tata Steel as Swiss company pulls out of deal

There is new uncertainty over the future of 4,000 steel workers' jobs in Scunthorpe after an American billionaire pulled out of plans to buy the Tata Steel works.

Flood prevention work at Lindal-in-Furness to get underway

Work to tackle flooding outside houses and along the carriageway of the A590 at Lindal-in-Furness in Cumbria will get underway next week.

Construction on 700 homes begins at Cane Hill site

An abandoned 205 acre site that was previously home to Cane Hill psychiatric hospital and appeared on the front cover of a David Bowie album is set to be transformed into nearly 700 new homes in Croydon.

National infrastructure pipeline update published

An update to the national infrastructure pipeline has been published today.

Just 32% of planned supermarket construction from the ‘big four’ ever gets completed

Since 2010, just 32% of projects submitted for planning permission from the ‘big four’
supermarkets across the UK have been built.

Investors pump almost £4bn into student accommodation market in six months alone

Investors have put more money into student accommodation in the first half of this year then they did in the entirety of 2014, according to commercial property and real estate services firm CBRE.

Construction industry partnership is a class act

Accredited learning provider, Class of Your Own (COYO), and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have continued their cross-industry collaboration to future proof the built environment sector.

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Features

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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