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  • Photo of Housing minister confirms final extension of Help to Buy practical completion deadline

    Housing minister confirms final extension of Help to Buy practical completion deadline

    Housing minister, Lucy Frazer has granted an extension to the practical completion deadline for Help to Buy transactions in England by six weeks. The minister confirmed the extension in a letter to the Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) executive chairman, Stewart Baseley on Thursday evening (26 January 2023). The update follows HBF’s contact with Homes England and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), alerting them to a small number of plots that would struggle to meet the 31 January ‘First Longstop’. While expressing disappointment that the additional forbearance is required in these small number of cases, the minister has…

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  • Photo of £43m in government support for Darlington’s new Burtree Garden Village

    £43m in government support for Darlington’s new Burtree Garden Village

    Thousands of new homes will be built in a new garden village in Burtree, Darlington, thanks to £43m government funding announced by Homes England on 26 January. Burtree Garden Village is set to create a new sustainable community of 2000 homes and state-of-the-art facilities that will help more people into homeownership, while also providing affordable homes and accommodation for older people. Homes England has today announced £43m to fund vital infrastructure for the new village – including new highways, sustainable travel links, and a public park and nature reserve, which will eventually cover almost half of the 307-acre site. The…

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  • Photo of PfP Capital acquires igloo Regeneration

    PfP Capital acquires igloo Regeneration

    Aligned experience, purpose and values will service significant demand for PfP Capital’s end to end sustainable development and investment capabilities. PfP Capital, the social value and ESG-focused real estate fund manager, which is part of the UK’s leading social enterprise £5Bn Places for People, has acquired the UK’s first real estate B-Corp accredited organisation, and award-winning development manager, igloo Regeneration. PfP Capital and igloo have been working together since 2018 through a successful joint venture partnership formed following Places for People’s acquisition of the igloo Regeneration Fund’s joint venture holdings and development pipeline. PfP Capital’s acquisition of igloo will enable…

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  • Photo of Balfour Beatty secures c.£90m Fife College campus contract

    Balfour Beatty secures c.£90m Fife College campus contract

    Balfour Beatty today announces that it has been awarded a c.£90m contract by Fife College for the design and construction of a new learning campus in Dunfermline, Scotland. Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the delivery of three interlinking buildings spanning over 20,000m2, which will house state-of-the-art teaching facilities and learning spaces for students, staff and business clients. As part of its commitment to leaving a lasting, positive legacy for the communities in which it operates, Balfour Beatty has committed to 50% of its workforce being made up of people from the local, surrounding area. Once complete, the campus will…

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  • Photo of Wates to build 334 new mixed-tenure homes in Barking and Dagenham

    Wates to build 334 new mixed-tenure homes in Barking and Dagenham

    Wates has been appointed by Be First to build 334 new homes as part of an £874m regeneration of the Gascoigne Estate in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. This will be the third project Wates has undertaken for Be First in the area, having recently completed 201 homes at Gascoigne West Phase 1. The £142m Gascoigne East Phase 3B scheme will provide 277 apartments, 46 houses and 11 maisonettes as well as new public spaces connecting pedestrian and public transport links, centred around a garden square at the east of the site, as well as delivering £30m in social value to…

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  • Photo of Living Wall industry launches Best Practice Guidance to allow architects to specify with confidence

    Living Wall industry launches Best Practice Guidance to allow architects to specify with confidence

    The Living Wall industry has launched a Best Practice Guide for designers, specifiers and architects to provide clarity on the latest National Building Regulations. On 1 June 2022 the government introduced a new framework to further strengthen and clarify building regulations and fire risk guidance as part of wider reforms to building safety. National legislation now clearly determines the building types where external cladding can be used, which includes Living Wall installations. This means that residential dwellings above 11m high where people sleep are no longer compliant, but all other building types are. In response, the Living Wall industry’s two…

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  • Photo of Kier Construction appoints new head of sustainability

    Kier Construction appoints new head of sustainability

    Kier has appointed Anna Baker as head of sustainability for its Construction business. This latest appointment builds on the Group’s newly formed Responsible Business team and underlines its commitment to sustainably delivering infrastructure which is vital to the UK. Anna will be responsible for delivering Kier Construction’s targets as part of the Group’s Building for a Sustainable World. These include achieving net zero carbon across business operations by 2039, eliminating avoidable waste by 2035, the delivery of 30p in every £ of impactful social value, and helping customers deliver on their sustainability targets, working with them to co-create sustainability solutions. Prior to joining Kier,…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: October 2022 findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: October 2022 findings

    There has been a steady fall in enquires this year, similar to that of the lack of confidence in the industry. However, as the year comes to a close, we are seeing 6% of our respondents gain confidence in just one month (from 10% of respondents feeling more confident in November 2022 to 16% in December 2022). Enquiries are also slowly going up, with 27% of respondents reporting an increase in enquiries in October 2022, compared to 16% in August. One respondent commented that “since the economic turmoil of the mini budget has subsided, enquiries and conversions have increased again…

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  • Photo of “Legislate for eco development now” urges Langley new build lead

    “Legislate for eco development now” urges Langley new build lead

    Recently appointed new build lead at the Langley Group, Simon Griffiths is calling on the government to urgently legislate for all new developments to feature at least one green or sustainable element. Langley’s calls follow an Autumn Statement which saw the government pledge to invest in the country’s energy efficiency and make a renewed commitment to a 68% reduction in UK emissions by 2030 as agreed at COP26. Describing the number of empty roofs in the country as “a wasted opportunity for our planet and our wellbeing” Griffiths suggests that all new buildings should wherever possible be fitted with at…

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  • Photo of Planning permission granted for Chapel Place

    Planning permission granted for Chapel Place

    The London Borough of Redbridge has approved plans for a mixed-use scheme in Ilford, East London. Designed by HTA the scheme will deliver 837 new homes and 447 new student bedrooms, all supported by what will be the largest piece of greened public realm in Ilford and activated at ground level by new retail, workspace and leisure spaces. The impact of the Chapel Place scheme will be transformative and, supported by the nearby cross-rail link, represents a large and important contribution to growth in Ilford as envisioned by LB Redbridge in its development prospectus. The 2 hectare site, currently occupied…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: September 2022 findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: September 2022 findings

    Confidence has taken another dive across the sectors compared to the previous month, but even more so compared to the same time last year, when confidence appeared to be on the up.   Design and build seems to have taken the biggest hit during September 2022. All respondents in this sector reported that their turnover had decreased from the previous year and that there had been no change in the number of enquiries, projects that they’re working on, or staffing numbers. They also all reported a decrease in their conversation rate from last year. One respondent said that they now had…

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  • Photo of Funding secured for next stage of Lichfield Canal restoration

    Funding secured for next stage of Lichfield Canal restoration

    HS2’s Community & Environment Fund has provided a £75,000 grant to restore the Darnford Moors section of the canal, transforming the area into a wildlife haven. Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) has been awarded £116,200 to create an ecology park at Darnford Moors. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is providing a grant of £41,200, with match funding of £75,000 from HS2’s Community and Environment Fund (CEF). This will enable LHCRT to make habitat improvements to the Darnford Brook wetlands, existing woodland and hedgerows from Darnford Lane to past the lift bridge. It will also enable the Trust…

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  • Photo of Carbon calculators won’t solve construction’s carbon problem says Soben

    Carbon calculators won’t solve construction’s carbon problem says Soben

    Global construction consultancy, Soben, is calling for industry-wide improvements to how carbon is calculated and reduced, as it launches a new Carbon Cost Management service. Led by ex-Bouygues Energies & Services UK sustainability lead, Dr Bonahis Oko, Soben’s challenge comes at a time of increasing pressure on the industry to focus its net zero efforts on reducing emissions from embodied carbon. The construction industry will face renewed pressure to support the transition to net zero following the meeting of world leaders at COP27 this month. The industry’s role in meeting global goals has the potential to be significant, with construction remaining…

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  • Photo of ‘No need to panic as housing market remains strong’, says expanding housebuilder

    ‘No need to panic as housing market remains strong’, says expanding housebuilder

    Widespread panic was unnecessarily spread throughout the UK as predictions that the housing market would suffer in the current economic climate were ‘way wide of the mark’, it has been claimed. This was the opinion of Nicky Gordon, the managing director of rapidly expanding Cumbrian housebuilder Genesis Homes, who has been buoyed by recent reports of house prices remaining stable amidst a suggested fear in some national media outlets that asking prices would be slashed to tempt buyers, while lenders have also started to reduce interest rates on mortgages to encourage movement in the market. Nicky said: “Widespread fear has…

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  • Photo of Construction to start on £26m industrial park at Botany Bay

    Construction to start on £26m industrial park at Botany Bay

    When complete, the scheme will deliver 33 units for light industrial and commercial use across 405,000 sq ft and a drive-thru food outlet. FI Real Estate Management received planning permission for the development from Chorley Borough Council in July and the development will be the largest ever built by their construction arm, FI Construction. FI Real Estate Management are proud to manage assets totalling more than £1bn and their founder and managing director, Tim Knowles said the Botany Bay development was one of the most important in the company’s 40-year history. Tim said: “We want to create the highest quality…

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  • Photo of Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

    Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

    The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has resolved to approve the refurbishment and extension of Cripplegate House, which will create 15,471 square metres of high-quality, Grade A flexible office floorspace together with a new community and cultural space. The refurbished and extended building at 1 Golden Lane – proposed by Castleforge – will add an extra 2,485 square metres of space to the existing site to meet continuing strong demand from occupiers in the Square Mile. The scheme will form part of Culture Mile, with the community and cultural space at ground level set to be combined…

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  • Photo of Work on public square underway as part £200m regeneration scheme

    Work on public square underway as part £200m regeneration scheme

    Work is underway on a new public square next to the #BuiltByGMI apartment block at the £200m Becketwell regeneration project in Derby city centre. GMI Construction were joined by developers St James Securities as well as representatives from Derby City Council, D2N2, and other key stakeholders at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of building works on Springwell Square, which will be located on the site of the former Central United Reformed Church. Springwell Square will the centrepiece of the #BuiltByGMI development, adjacent to the two-bedroom Build to Rent (BTR) apartments, currently being built on the site previously occupied…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

    The number of factors contributing to the lack of confidence within the landscaping industry keeps growing; the cost-of-living crisis, the threat of recession, the summer heat waves and overall uncertainty from clients themselves. Yet despite all of this, turnover remains steady with 50% of respondents reporting no change compared to last year and full-time staff continue to grow with 45% of respondents having more full-time staff than last year. The main consensus among our respondents is that they’re waiting for the new year to come with one stating, ‘I think clients are holding off with the uncertain times ahead and…

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  • Photo of Planning approval welcomed for a site on the outskirts of Swindon

    Planning approval welcomed for a site on the outskirts of Swindon

    Wessex region has welcomed Swindon Council’s green light for 113 new homes on land in South Marston on the edge of Swindon. Planning approval was given for the Catsbrain Farm site at a meeting of the Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 11th October. The development will include a mixture of semi-detached, terraced and detached homes, which vary from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom dwellings. The six apartments will be located above a new retail store and close to the proposed access point on Kingsdown Road on the southern side of the site. This access to the development will be via a newly constructed…

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  • Photo of Willmott Dixon to deliver £30m new homes and community facilities for London Borough of Brent

    Willmott Dixon to deliver £30m new homes and community facilities for London Borough of Brent

    Willmott Dixon’s housing workload in London is increasing after the London Borough of Brent appointed the company to build 55 affordable homes as well as two community centres. The work will be delivered under two contracts with a combined valued of over £30m. The largest is the £17.3m Brent Indian Centre project, which involves demolition of an existing building to be replaced with a new community facility and 29 affordable homes.  The current building’s occupants, the Brent Indian Community, will move into the new development, which will include a large multi-purpose hall, commercial kitchen, offices and an IT training room.…

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  • Photo of These are the areas that have seen the highest increase in house prices in the past decade

    These are the areas that have seen the highest increase in house prices in the past decade

    New research shows the UK areas with the highest increase in property prices in the past decade with Waltham Forest in London taking the top spot, with a house price increase of 113.6% over the last ten years. The study conducted by online trading platform, CMC Markets, analysed house price data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for each local authority in the UK between 2012 and 2022 to discover which area saw the highest increase in house prices and therefore provides the highest return on investment. The 10 UK areas with the biggest increase in house prices  Rank …

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  • Photo of Selco gives staff £2.5m boost for cost-of-living crisis

    Selco gives staff £2.5m boost for cost-of-living crisis

    Selco is to unveil a £2.5m boost for its colleagues to help them deal with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Selco will provide 96% of its 3,000 colleagues with a payment of £750 spread over five months. The scheme will run from November until March, with £150 payments per individual each month, and has been implemented as a direct response to rising energy bills and general inflation. Howard Luft, Selco’s chief executive, says: “We are living through an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis and it’s placing pressure on household budgets, from energy to food and fuel to mortgages, up and down the country.…

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  • Photo of Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to Scape Civil Engineering frameworks worth up to a combined value of £4 billion

    Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to Scape Civil Engineering frameworks worth up to a combined value of £4 billion

    Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been appointed as the sole contractor to both the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, covering the entirety of Scotland.  The frameworks are worth up to £3.25 billion and £750 million, respectively. Both frameworks – which enable local authorities and other public sector bodies to commission works through a procurement process that provides a quick route to market – cover a period of four years, with an option for a two year extension. Balfour Beatty will continue to…

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  • Photo of Homes England makes cornerstone investment in new development finance fund

    Homes England makes cornerstone investment in new development finance fund

    Homes England, alongside Greater Manchester Pension Fund, clients of listed wealth manager Mattioli Woods and other private institutional investors, have committed £80m to the Initial Close of the Newstead SME Real Estate Lending Fund (RELF). The Fund is to be managed by specialist fund manager Newstead Capital and the intention is to grow the fund to £300m in subsequent capital raised and deliver £1bn of funding over the Fund’s lifetime. The Fund will help to meet Homes England’s mission to accelerate change in the housing market by bringing in new sources of institutional capital and diversifying lending channels to the…

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  • Photo of HS2: One million cubic metres of chalk from Chiltern tunnels used for landscaping

    HS2: One million cubic metres of chalk from Chiltern tunnels used for landscaping

    Align JV is using chalk excavated from the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnels to create grassland habitats in the Chiltern Hills. The environmental project on High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) largest construction site reached the 1M.m3 milestone this week. The chalk has been laid out around the south portal of the tunnels. In total, around 2.6M.m3 of chalk will be excavated during the construction of the 16m long tunnels. It will be used to landscape the site, which is set to become a 127ha wildlife haven. This will include the largest areas of chalk grassland in the Chiltern Hills. The plans have been…

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