Murphy wins contract for public realm work with Lendlease at Elephant Park

Construction firm J Murphy & Sons has won a major multi-million public realm contract working on Lendlease’s 9.7 hectare Elephant Park scheme.

Heidelberg’s Bahnstadt passivhaus district passes the energy efficiency test

An entire district built to the Passive House standard in the German city of Heidelberg has demonstrated its energy efficiency performance with flying colours, according to a new report.

High Court orders two companies into liquidation after £1.5 million land banking scheme

Two Liverpool companies found to be the ‘bookends’ of the transactions to sell plots of undeveloped land to investors, one company being the land owner and the other being the ‘developer’, have been ordered into liquidation in the High Court on grounds of public interest following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Croydon development offers ‘shape shifting’ intergenerational housing

The first batch of a new design of family housing that can be expanded or shrunk to meet the occupiers’ needs has been created in Croydon.

London Land Commission opens for business with call for ‘Domesday Book’ of public land

A so-called ‘Domesday Book’ cataloguing brownfield public land in London is to be compiled in an effort to free up sites that can be used to build homes.

Multimillion pound boost for seaside towns

Seaside towns across the country will have a chance to bid for £90 million of government funding under measures announced by the Chancellor in the Summer Budget.

Construction begins on next phase of Ocean Estate

Construction has begun on the next phase of the Ocean Estate regeneration scheme.

Willmott Dixon to deliver Marwood Tower regeneration

Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has appointed contractor Willmott Dixon to deliver its £8m Marwood Tower regeneration project.

Turley planning appeal success for Gleeson Developments

Planning consultancy Turley, acting for Gleeson Developments, has secured a significant appeal decision that will see 140 new homes and an extension to a municipal park in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

New Covent Garden plans move forward

Vinci St Modwen has submitted a planning application to redevelop New Covent Garden Market in south London that, if approved, could see Vinci Construction start work on the site next year.

Work starts on £25m Catterick scheme

A joint venture between Kier Property and Lingfield Securities has marked the arrival of contractors on its £25m Catterick Garrison scheme with a turf cutting ceremony.

Liverpool library wins regional RICS award

The redevelopment of Liverpool City Library, which has seen a doubling of visitors since it reopened in May last year, was unveiled last week as the overall winner of the 2014 RICS Awards for the North West.

Latest stage of Blackpool regeneration is handed over

Eric Wright Construction and its client, Muse Developments, has handed over the completed Bickerstaffe Square office bulding that forms part of the Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme in Blackpool, to the council.

Elstree Studios boosted by site clearance

Specialist contractor Sanctus has nearly completed levelling a four-acre site at Elstree Studios that has lain dormant for over 30 years because of hazardous materials that were deposited there before Hertsmere Borough Council took over the famous site in 1997.

Canning Town scheme goes forward for approval

English Cities Fund (ECF) has submitted the planning approval the final phase of a regeneration scheme it is developing in Canning Town in east London in partnership with Newham Council.

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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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