Government plans to build 13000 homes on public land

Ground-breaking new policy will see the government fast-track the building of thousands of affordable homes on publicly owned land.

Construction industry reacts to Chancellor's Spending Review

Housebuilders broadly welcomed announcements by Chancellor George Osborne in today’s Spending Review to boost house building.

Britain building again as new homes rise by a quarter

The number of new homes in England has risen by 25% over the past year – the highest annual percentage increase in 28 years, according to latest government figures.

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.

Osborne unveils major shake-up of planning system

Developers could get automatic planning permission on brownfield sites, while ministers would be able to seize derelict land for development and step in if councils fail to act to meet local housing need under a major shake-up of the planning system announced by George Osborne.

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.

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.

Northern business leaders urge Osborne to put money into Northern Powerhouse scheme

Business leaders in the north of the country have urged George Osborne to put money behind his ‘northern powerhouse’ plan in his Budget tomorrow.

£100 million boost for small housebuilders

Small builders will benefit from a £100 million cash boost to recognise and support their important role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today.

Latest BIM survey shows Government on the right track

The Government continues to be driving the industry’s adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) according to this year’s NBS National BIM Survey.

New measures announced to keep the country building across the housing market

New measures have been announced to help deliver new homes across the country, help aspiring homeowners onto the property ladder and offer greater support to those renting privately.

Updated Crossrail 2 route protected from conflicting development

The government has updated plans to protect the proposed route for Crossrail 2 from conflicting development.

Industry reaction to the 2015 Budget

Senior figures and organisations give us their thoughts on George Osborne’s Budget 2015 speech

Chancellor unveils Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers

In his final Budget before the general election, the Chancellor announced a new 'help-to-buy ISA' for first time buyers.

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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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