Ambitious plans for housing, flood defence and roads set out in National Infrastructure Plan 2014

A radical new approach to housing, £2.3 billion of investment in flood defences and £15 billion of road improvements have been set out as part of the government's National Infrastructure Plan 2014.

Planning "revolution" to drive house building, says government

The Government will set aside almost half a billion pounds for local authorities to create "Housing Zones" designed to accelerate house building, George Osborne has announced.

Housing helps to boost Welsh economy

Investing in housing is helping to boost the Welsh economy says Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt.

Work underway to build new homes in Hunslet

Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA) is building six new homes at Arthington Place, to replace old, poor quality, back to back terraces which were recently demolished.

Monitor suggests housing is reaching a plateau

Further evidence that the housing market may be starting to cool comes today from chartered surveying practice e.surv, whose March mortgage monitor suggests that approvals fell by 7% compared with February.

Flood plains and homes can (sometimes) mix

We need new homes – but not on flood plains. Or can a compromise be sought? Tracy Hall considers the options

Britain 'already a million homes short'

Britain is already 1 million homes short of what a seminal report a decade ago would be needed to house the population adequately – and there is no sign of the gap closing up, the Home Builders Fedaration (HBF) is warning.

Planning permission total 'highest since 2007'

More homes were granted planning permission last year than any year since 2007, new figures from the Home Builders Federation suggest, while the final quarter figure for both permissions granted and new site was the highest since the first quarter of 2008.

Lack Of homes holds back property market

A shortage of homes coming onto the nation's housing market is seriously hampering growth and pushing prices higher in many parts of the country, says the RICS January Residential Market Survey.

£40m allocated to help build new homes for ex-forces personnel

Ex-armed forces personnel in need of housing will be able to benefit from funding for life-changing accommodation initiatives across the country, Defence Minister Anna Soubry has announced today.

Mortgage approvals fall sharply

Mortgage approvals in Britain fell by 56% last month to a record low of 27,968, according to the British Bankers' Association.

House sales hit record low

The number of house sales has fallen to a record low according to new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Mulalley and Mears win decent homes

The two social housing contractors Mulalley and Mears are set to share a £42m decent homes programme for Watford Community Housing Trust.

London eco-village planned

Plans to create a so-called eco-village in London have been unveiled.

Mixed messages from RICS workload survey

A slowing housing market has dampened confidence in the UK’s construction profit outlook, despite growth in construction workloads stabilising this quarter, according to the latest RICS Construction Market Survey.

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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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