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Ten shortlisted for new £3bn social framework

Property services firm NPS Group has shortlisted 10 firms to tender for its new £3bn Social Infrastructure Development framework, Construction News understands.

Jay Das partner Wedlake Bell

Fracking opens up as trespass law changes pass with Infrastructure Bill

By Jay Das

Controversial changes to trespass laws in the Infrastructure Bill take away all trespass rights for underground access below 300 m, meaning drilling can take place under a property without the owner’s permission. What still has to be considered for shale gas exploration?

Ministry of Construction

2025 Plan B: An alternative construction strategy

By Dr Stephen Gruneberg

The government’s industrial strategy, Construction 2025, was announced amid much fanfare in July 2013. But does it meet the needs of construction? Dr Stephen Gruneberg from the University of Westminster proposes an alternative approach.

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Goldman Sachs on the hunt for contractors for London HQ

US investment bank Goldman Sachs has gone out to the market for the construction of its proposed European headquarters quarters in London, despite opposition to the scheme, Construction News can reveal.

Laing O’Rourke lands proposed £118m Liverpool cancer hospital

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with Laing O’Rourke for a new cancer hospital on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital site.

Crest builds PRS model as affordable home delivery dips

Crest Nicholson is looking at ways to build a more “comprehensive” private rented sector model, as it revealed it will reduce the proportion of affordable homes it will deliver in 2015.

UKCG and NSCC to explore merger

Major contractors could join specialists in a new member organisation after the UK Contractors Group and National Specialist Contractors’ Council announced they are exploring a merger.

Councils should take control of public land to plug 100,000 home shortfall – report

Councils should be allowed to take control of local publicly owned sites to bring forward new housing developments, according to a report published this week.

Planning approved for £60m zero carbon development

A £60m zero carbon housing development in Cambridge has been given the green light following the approval of a planning application.

Crest Nicholson completions rise 16% for 2014

Crest Nicholson has posted a 16 per cent increase in legal completions for the year ended 31 October 2014.

Construction needs more than 223,000 jobs by 2019

The UK construction industry will need an additional 223,450 jobs over the next five years to handle expected output growth to 2019, according to new research.

Hard hats at the ready: election fever hots up

The general election is now 100 days away, which means the starting gun has been fired on the political parties’ campaign trails.

Scotland scraps women's prison plans a month before tender

The Scottish government has scrapped plans to build a new £75m women’s prison just weeks before the scheme was due to be put out to tender.

Berkeley launches £2m fund for safer sites

Berkeley Group has launched a £2m fund to encourage companies and individuals to come forward with ideas to reduce accidents on site.

MPs attempt to amend ‘profoundly undemocratic’ Infrastructure Bill

MPs will try to amend the government’s Infrastructure Bill today, claiming parts of it relating to fracking are “profoundly undemocratic”.

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Construction News front cover 30 January 2015

Construction News digital edition – 30 January 2015

Construction News speaks exclusively to Sir Michael Bear, chairmain of the government’s Regeneration and Investment Organisation, about the agency’s £100bn pipeline of work; New CITB research reveals that the UK construction industry will need an additional 223,450 jobs over the next five years to handle expected output growth to 2019; Does Construction2025 meet the needs of construction? Dr Stephen Gruneberg from the University of Westminster proposes an alternative approach; ...