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  • Photo of UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund

    UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund

    The UK Prime Minister announced at the 2019 UN General Assembly a £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund (BLF). Biodiversity is declining worldwide faster than at any other time in human history. In the last 50 years, human pressures have increased, while animal populations, on average, have been reduced to more than half. To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced at the 2019 UN General Assembly the BLF with £100 million to cover at least five transboundary and precious biodiversity areas around the world. Amongst these, the Mesoamerica Landscape covering Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and…

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  • Photo of Major milestone as work is set to begin at York Central

    Major milestone as work is set to begin at York Central

    Homes England has entered into a contract with John Sisk and Son Ltd to deliver over £100m of vital infrastructure at York Central. Homes England has today confirmed that John Sisk and Son Ltd are to deliver over £100m of critical infrastructure at York Central. With work expected to begin imminently, this marks another significant milestone for unlocking the city-centre brownfield site, which has been stalled for more than forty years. York Central is one of the UK’s largest regeneration sites. Situated at the heart of the city adjacent to York Station, the 45 hectare site offers a unique opportunity…

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  • Photo of Government pledges £233 million infrastructure funding to bring dockland site back to life

    Government pledges £233 million infrastructure funding to bring dockland site back to life

    Homes England will provide £233m of infrastructure loan funding to bring to life a new £3.5bn neighbourhood at Silvertown, East London as part of one of the country’s most significant regeneration projects. Sitting within London’s only Enterprise Zone at the Royal Docks, the Silvertown site in Newham has been derelict for the last 40 years and is one of the largest brownfield sites in London’s historic docklands. The major regeneration project will include improvements to the infrastructure around the site and will support The Silvertown Partnership (TSP), a joint venture between Lendlease and Starwood Capital, to build 6,000 new homes…

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  • Photo of Transformation of Middlewood Locks to continue with £30m deal

    Transformation of Middlewood Locks to continue with £30m deal

    Homes England, the Government’s housing and regeneration agency, has agreed a £30m loan to continue the transformation of Middlewood Locks in Salford. The agreement with Middlewood Locks KLM, a partnership between Scarborough Group International and its joint-venture partners Metro Holdings and Hualing Group, will see 189 new homes built as the third phase of the 25-acre brownfield site. Middlewood Locks is a significant regeneration project in Salford, being created over a number of phases. Once complete, it will deliver over 2,000 homes, 900,000 sq. ft of commercial space, including a hotel and leisure amenities set in a calm canal side…

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  • Photo of Thousands of families helped to build own homes

    Thousands of families helped to build own homes

    Thousands of people and families in England will be supported onto the property ladder and given the opportunity to build their own home, with the launch of the government’s Help to Build scheme. Help to Build equity loan scheme launches, with 5% deposits backed by £150 million of government funding Scheme will boost self and custom build sector, supporting SME builders and creating new jobs It is the latest government action to support families onto the property ladder – with over 765,000 households helped into home ownership since 2010 Thousands of people in England will be supported onto the property…

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  • Photo of New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    Housing programmes delivered by Homes England resulted in 38,436 new houses starting on-site and 37,164 houses completed between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, as the sector began to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Proportion of affordable homes started and completed was up on the previous year Increase in both starts and completions a result of a recovery in housebuilding activity following the slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Housing programmes delivered by Homes England saw an overall increase in starts and completions in 2021-22 compared to the previous year, according to official statistics released today (23 June). Last…

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  • Photo of HS2 starts work on first ‘Green Tunnel’

    HS2 starts work on first ‘Green Tunnel’

    HS2 on Friday 10th June announced the start of construction at the site of its first ‘green tunnel’, designed to blend the high-speed railway into the landscape and reduce disruption for communities. Unlike a normal underground tunnel, the one-and-a-half mile (2.5km) Chipping Warden green tunnel in Northamptonshire is being built on the surface using a pioneering off-site manufacturing approach to speed up construction and improve efficiency. This approach will see more than five thousand giant concrete tunnel segments made in a factory in Derbyshire before being assembled on site. The completed tunnel will then be covered by earth, with trees,…

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  • Photo of Red diesel reform: Will it drive a shift to electric in UK construction sector or will it just cause inflation?

    Red diesel reform: Will it drive a shift to electric in UK construction sector or will it just cause inflation?

    From April 2022, the UK Treasury has banned the use of red diesel within the construction industry. Alastair Hayfield, senior research director at Interact Analysis, discusses in his new insight whether this new government policy will drive more investment towards electric powered construction vehicles. From 1 April, the UK government has banned the use of rebated diesel – Red diesel – for machinery used for construction work. The construction industry has lobbied hard against this change – particularly given the recovery from COVID-19 and the impact of the Ukraine conflict on oil prices – but the UK Treasury has stuck…

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  • Photo of Average UK house price jumped 10% in January

    Average UK house price jumped 10% in January

    The latest house price data, published by the Office of National Statistics, has shown that average house prices in the UK increased by 9.6% in the year to January 2022, down from 10% in the year to December 2021. Because of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on both the number and supply of housing transactions, we might see larger revisions to the published UK House Price Index (HPI) estimates than usual. There may be increased volatility in this month’s estimates, particularly at the lower geographical levels where transaction volumes are smaller. We are looking at options to improve this, including working…

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  • Photo of Environmental Impact Report points towards sustainable construction

    Environmental Impact Report points towards sustainable construction

    The Envirobuild 2021 Environmental Impact Report is setting new standards when it comes to sustainability and accountability within the carbon-hungry construction sector. The report not only highlights the changes that have been made within the company to meet their own ambitious sustainability goals but also their vision of a carbon-neutral construction sector. James Brueton, co-founder of EnviroBuild says that after the dramatic changes of 2020, the company entered 2021 with a renewed purpose about its sustainability mission; “Our measure of impact and success are the same, and this report should go some way toward showing you behind the company curtains…

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  • Photo of Allianz Risk Barometer: Main concerns across construction industry

    Allianz Risk Barometer: Main concerns across construction industry

    Ongoing supply chain issues and operational disruptions are the main concerns across the global construction industry, according to Allianz Risk Barometer 2022 respondents from the sector. Business interruption ranks as the top threat for construction companies worldwide (43% of responses), with the consequences of a natural catastrophe event ranking a close second (42%). Fire and explosion follows in third position (24%). The Allianz Risk Barometer 2022 was published in January 2022 for the 11th time. The annual survey, conducted at the end of 2021, features the insights of 2,650 experts in 89 countries and territories, including CEOs, risk managers, brokers and insurance experts.…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: December findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: December findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of December 2021, Christmas was on the way, Omicron was spreading, and the start of the winter season was upon us. Anecdotal evidence suggested there was a strong feeling of uncertainty about what the new year could bring as many expressed their deep concern for inflation and further pressure on the industry. UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: National turnover increased by 25% Enquiries increased by 13% Projects increased by 19% Conversion rates rose by 13% Projects for commercial landscapers rose by 42% Conversion rates for domestic landscapers increased by 30% Domestic…

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  • Photo of Construction exceeds pre-pandemic level

    Construction exceeds pre-pandemic level

    According to official figures from the Office of National Statistics, construction activity has overtaken its pre-pandemic level. Annual construction output increased by a record 12.7% in 2021 compared with 2020. Monthly construction output increased by 2% (£281m) in volume terms in December 2021. This is the second consecutive month of growth and the largest single-month growth since March 2021 (3.9%). The increase came solely from an increase in new work (3.5%) as repair and maintenance saw a decline of 0.7% on the month. Nevertheless, these figures could indicate that the growth trend is set to continue. Anecdotal evidence suggested some…

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  • Photo of Can the UK construction industry weather the brewing economic storm?

    Can the UK construction industry weather the brewing economic storm?

    In normal circumstances the construction industry is a bellwether sector for the wider economy and it’s not difficult to work out why. When homes, offices, factories, and roads are being built, it’s the most visible sign of confidence in the economy because people are funding their construction for others who are willing to pay to live in them, use them or employ people to work in them. But circumstances are nowhere near normal, and they haven’t been for some time. Just as the effects of Brexit are starting to kick in, the stop-start impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made…

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  • Photo of Construction output bounces back as material shortage softens

    Construction output bounces back as material shortage softens

    Monthly construction output increased by 3.5% in volume terms in November 2021, which is the largest monthly rise seen in construction output growth since March 2021. Anecdotal evidence suggested the strong demand for work, in combination with supply chain bottlenecks for certain products easing and the unseasonal mild and dry weather were the main reasons for the increase. The increase in monthly construction output in November 2021 came solely from an increase in new work (5.7%) as repair and maintenance saw a slight decline of 0.2% on the month. Because of the strong November 2021 monthly growth, the level of…

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  • Photo of House price growth in 2021

    House price growth in 2021

    Areas with the biggest house price growth of 2021 have seen the value of homes rise by three times the national average, according to the latest data from Halifax. Taunton in Somerset saw house prices grow by the fastest rate (21.8%) over the course of the last year, compared to an average of 6.2% nationwide. In cash terms prices in Taunton rose by £56,546 to £315,759. With its good links to the M4, nature, and rural surroundings, the Wiltshire town of Chippenham also benefited from the ‘race for space’ amongst buyers, with the biggest increase in house prices in cash…

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  • Photo of Mapped: The UK cities offering the best value for money

    Mapped: The UK cities offering the best value for money

    The ONS have released the latest house price index, noting a rise in average house prices across the UK from £264,000 to £270,000. A new study has revealed where UK homebuyers will get the most value for their money, based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square meterage, chances of a driveway and the type of house across the top 30 most populated UK cities. Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and Kingston upon Hull offer the most value for money, according to the analysis by conservatory supply and installation company, ConservatoryLand, while Southend-on-Sea, Reading and London offer very little for upwards of £270,000.…

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  • Photo of Construction output grows despite supply chain problem

    Construction output grows despite supply chain problem

    Monthly construction output grew 1.3% in volume terms in September 2021, compared with August 2021. This is the first monthly increase since June 2021 and the largest since March 2021, when output increased by 4.8%. New work and repair and maintenance both grew on the month, increasing by 1.3% and 1.2% respectively. Despite the monthly growth, declines in both July 2021 (1.2%) and August 2021 (0.7%), saw quarterly construction growth fall 1.5% in Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2021, compared with Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2021. This is the first quarterly fall since Quarter 2 2020, after four successive…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer August findings

    UK Landscape Barometer August findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare August 2021 to August 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (October 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of August 2021, it is clear the material and labour shortages are continuing to have a negative impact on the industry as participants explain, and show, they are tackling the issue. Those feeling more confident dropped significantly, which may be disappointing to see given the small increase shown last month. However, demand is still there as many…

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  • Photo of As construction returns to normal can supply chain keep up?

    As construction returns to normal can supply chain keep up?

    Profits seem to be returning to normal for the construction industry, as Lendlease’s profits rebound to £20m and it seems as though the supply chain is just about coping. Lendlease Construction (Europe) has delivered a strong rebound in profit this year to £20m – a huge increase from just £3.9m in 2020. This is due in part to its strong pipeline of work which has increased its profit to £78m from £65m. Revenue at the business has also bounced back to £554m in the year to June 2021. This work includes HMP Glen Parva in Leicestershire and Camden Town Hall…

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  • Photo of Construction labour costs climb 2.8%

    Construction labour costs climb 2.8%

    The latest payroll data from Hudson Contract shows that the average weekly earnings for self-employed tradespeople had increased to £929 per week during August 2021. Year on year, earnings increased by 5.9%. This increase has encouraged the cost of hiring labour to increase too, rising by 2.8% last month. In particular, labour costs in the East Midlands hit a new all-time high of £1,022 per week, with demand driven by new regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects. Earnings also rose in every region across England and Wales for the second consecutive month. Ian Anfield, Hudson Contracts managing director, said: “Most construction…

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  • Photo of House prices in July 2021

    House prices in July 2021

    England house prices grew by 7.0% in the year to July 2021, down from 13.2% in June 2021. The North East was the fastest growing region with annual growth of 10.8% in the year to July 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 2.2% over the year to July 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England decreased by 4.5% between June and July 2021, compared with an increase of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (June and July 2020). On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    February 2021 saw a dominantly high performance across all industry types, displaying no declines, according to our latest UK Landscape Barometer. ONS recently released statistics stating that work in the construction industry saw an increase of 1.6% in February 2021, and our latest UK Landscape Barometer supports this. Nationally, projects were up 61% on average and conversion rose by 35%. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Each sector experienced an increase in turnover in February 2021. On average, turnover rose by 31%. In addition, confidence has shown a continued steep increase since the beginning of this year. SECTOR PERFORMANCE year-on-year Domestic landscaping Domestic…

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    House prices in February 2021

    House price headline statistics for February 2021: The average house price was £250,341 The annual price change for a property in the UK was 8.6% The monthly price change for a property in the UK was 0.0% The monthly index figure for the UK was 131.3 House prices UK house prices increased by 8.6% in the year up to February 2021, up from 8.0% on January 2021. This is the highest annual rate for growth since 2014. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK were unchanged between January and February 2021, compared with a decrease of…

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  • Photo of Construction output records show highest month on month growth since September 2020

    Construction output records show highest month on month growth since September 2020

    Construction output rose by 1.6% in February 2021, marking a second monthly rise according to the latest ONS figures. New work saw an increase of 1.5% and there was a 1.9% rise in repair and maintenance. This was the highest monthly growth in all work since September 2020 when it grew by 1.8%. The monthly increase in new work was due to growth in all new work sectors apart from infrastructure. The largest contributor to this growth was the private commercial sector which grew by 4.0%, and public new housing which grew by 13.5%. However, the level of construction output…

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