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Construction policy and government news

Plans site proposals hard hats workers PPE

Mears Group to run government's planning portal

A Mears Group subsidiary has been appointed to run a government planning portal aimed at speeding up the processing of planning applications.

Sir Michael Bear chairman RIO

Government agency in talks with foreign funders on £5bn of projects

The government’s Regeneration and Investment Organisation is in discussions with overseas investors on more than £5bn-worth of UK projects, its chairman has revealed.

Crossrail Boris Johnson at TBM Elizabeth breakthrough event at Canary Wharf May 2013 2

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.

MPs attempt to amend ‘profoundly undemocratic’ parts of Infrastructure Bill

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”.

David Fison Chief Executive Osborne

‘We need migrant labour’ – Osborne chief executive

Osborne chief executive David Fison has called on the construction industry to speak out against curbing immigration in the run-up to the general election.

Features and analysis

  • Jay Das partner Wedlake Bell

    Fracking opens up as trespass law changes pass with Infrastructure Bill

    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?

  • A soft landings approach helped to boost performance at the 2012 Olympic Velodrome

    Government Soft Landings: Bigger than BIM?

    GSL will be the ‘golden thread’ between the design, construction and operation of an asset. So what do you need to know?

  • Balfour Beatty Highways Agency A11 New grade separated junction near Elveden

    Highways Agency changes and commitments offer huge pipeline of work

    The most recent Budget seemed to confirm the government’s committment to spending more on roads. With major changes to the Highways Agency on the horizon, what skills will be needed to complete the pipeline of work on offer?

  • Ministry of Construction

    2025 Plan B: An alternative construction strategy

    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.

  • Tom Fitzpatrick

    Hold your politicians to account

    There are fewer than 100 days to go until May’s general election, which can mean only one thing: a surge of politicians in hard hats.

  • David Gannicott group business development director The Hyde Group

    Embrace new ways of building to solve housing crisis

    As the election campaign heats up, one area all politicians seem to agree on is that the UK faces a deep-rooted housing shortage.

  • Matrix Homes Darley dusk

    Councils turn builders: Why housebuilding is being reclaimed

    Local authorities are set to finally turn a government policy shift in 2012 into a housebuilding surge in 2015 that could be lucrative for contractors.

  • Bob Strachan CEO Stonewater

    Changing perceptions on housing policy

    As the election campaign gets underway, will we elect a government in May with progressive housing policies?

  • Specialists Awards 2014 entry AR Demolition 1

    SMEs look to grow in 2015 as opportunities return

    2014 proved to be a decent, if difficult, year for many SMEs. Anna Cafolla speaks to three specialist contractors about their plans for the year ahead and what challenges they expect to face - as well as what opportunities they will exploit.

  • Chris Hallam infrastructure partner Pinsent Masons

    Power to the People

    We’ve seen quite a lot of David Cameron and George Osborne in the North West over the last few months.

  • Paul Hammond head of economic and social development Mott MacDonald

    Building for the benefit of local communities

    In the UK, every major infrastructure project has to go through a cost-benefit analysis process to demonstrate that the business case is strong enough to justify the cost to the public.

  • Among recent notable PRS proposals is McGoff & Byrne’s 383-unit scheme in Manchester

    PRS: Will this be the private rented sector's year?

    Against the backdrop of electioneering, the private rented sector faces competition from expanding foreign investment and unleashed UK pension pots.

  • Green Deal retrofit sustainability low carbon insulation - Knauf Insulation


    The first half of 2015 is likely to be dominated by the forthcoming general election on 7 May.

  • 20 Fenchurch St


    It is impossible to talk about the year ahead in the commercial arena without confronting the impact of the general election.

  • CN 15 for 2015

    15 people to watch in 2015

    2015 will be a massive year for construction, with an election in May adding to the challenges of recovery. So who will have the biggest impact on the industry?

  • Skanska Balfour Beatty M25 widening motorway roads CN Award 2013 entry


    Roads contractors visiting Santa this Christmas will surely have had only one thing on their wish list: a safe passage through parliament for the Infrastructure Bill in 2015.

Construction policy and government news

Balfour Beatty bags £1.5bn Scape infrastructure framework

Balfour Beatty has been appointed to a new national £1.5bn civil engineering and infrastructure framework by procurement body Scape Group.

Councils to turn developers as Treasury backs '£20bn' housebuilding opportunity

English local authorities will be at the forefront of a new wave of housebuilding with a Treasury review set to recommend more councils establish their own development companies, Construction News has learned.

Leadership Council backs CSCS cards as only acceptable scheme

The Construction Leadership Council has agreed that clients and contractors should only accept card schemes carrying the Construction Skills Certification Scheme logo from this month.

US investment boost for £400m new sports facility

A US funder has backed a new £400m leisure development in the East Midlands.

Persimmon: Election must not derail NPPF 'momentum'

Persimmon has warned of the challenges ahead in delivering new homes, as local planning authorities begin to “sit on their hands” in the run-up to the general election.

Labour accuses government of 'watering down' eco standards

Labour has accused the government of watering down zero-carbon housebuilding regulations after ministers indicated that sites with small numbers of homes could be exempted from the ‘allowable solutions’ rule.

Government reveals housing zones shortlist

The government has shortlisted 29 areas outside London, which are each bidding to become one of 10 new housing zones in the country.

Hanson restarts brick production at Lancashire site

Hanson Building Products has restarted brick production at its site in Accrington in order to meet soaring demand in the construction sector.



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