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Boles: Error to invest further in London before north

Nick Boles: Failure to back HS2 would be 'historic error'

Construction minister Nick Boles has said it would be a “historic error” to fail to back HS2 or to make “huge” investments in London’s infrastructure before improving transport links in the North.

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London mayor reveals preferred route for £20bn Crossrail 2

London transport authorities have revealed a preferred route for Crossrail 2, as mayor of London Boris Johnson labelled the scheme “vital” for the capital.

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NHS estate sell-off required to plug financial hole

A radical plan to close the massive shortfall in NHS finances will demand the large-scale sell-off of health service estates and the rapid transformation of many remaining facilities.

Sir David Higgins chairman HS2

HS2 requires global construction advice and new transport hub

The UK construction industry needs to “learn lessons from elsewhere in the world” where new design and construction techniques have helped build high-speed rail quicker and cheaper, according to HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins.

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Regional leaders seek new devolved funding powers

Business leaders from Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland have backed increased spending powers for local authorities.

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IUK chief: ‘Chancellor could increase value of UK Guarantee scheme’

The chancellor George Osborne could raise the value of the UK Guarantee scheme for infrastructure projects, according to the head of Infrastructure UK.

Sir Michael Lyons: 'Church of England can help solve housing crisis'

The Church of England and supermarket chains should enter the housebuilding market as developers, according to Sir Michael Lyons.

Housing minister hits out at Lyons Review

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has dismissed Sir Michael Lyons’ Housing Review for failing to address the “practical” delivery of new homes.

Housing associations merge to form £160m company

Two housing associations have merged to form a £160m social housing company called Stonewater.

MIPIM UK: Housing crisis tops agenda

The inaugural MIPIM UK was disrupted by protestors calling for ‘homes for people, not profit’. But after negotiating her way through the protest, Construction News property correspondent Robyn Wilson found affordable housing one of the many topics at the forefront of developers’ minds.

Green Deal assessments up 11%

The total number of Green Deal assessments grew by 11 per cent between August and September, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

BIM an 'exportable skill' for UK contractors in emerging economies

Building information modelling will soon be an “exportable skill” for UK contractors in emerging economies, according to Autodesk vice-president Phil Bernstein.

Labour unveils Lyons' 'road map' for 200,000 homes a year

Labour leader Ed Miliband has endorsed plans set out by the Lyons Housing Review to increase housebuilding to 200,000 new units a year by 2020.

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