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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.

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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.

Housing associations merge to form £160m company

Housing associations merge to form £160m company

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

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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.

Autodesk Render of building dataset highlighting progression of structural MEP and building design

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.

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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.

Pickles increases green belt protection

Eric Pickles has taken new steps to enhance the protections in place against development on green belt land.

New Skanska JV takes aim at Scottish onshore wind schemes

Skanska and Ecotricity will invest up to £500m in onshore wind through a new 50/50 joint venture, with their first three projects all based in Scotland.

Scottish Government sets out 2015 spending plans

The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £125m towards housing in its draft budget for 2015/16, with £1bn to be provided for new schools, digital infrastructure, low-carbon energy and transport.

ONS estimates August construction output dip of 3.9%

Estimates for construction output in August have shown a 3.9 per cent dip, compared with July, and is 0.3 per cent down year on year.

Contractors to tackle skills shortages in offsite construction sector

Laing O’Rourke and Skanska are among five employers working with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills to address skills shortages in offsite construction.

False self-employment crackdown making contractors ‘less competitive’

The introduction of new tax rules to crackdown on the false self-employment of agency workers is making contractors “less competitive” when bidding for work, a survey has found.

Hinkley Point C construction costs soar to £24.5bn

The European Commission has estimated Hinkley Point C will have construction costs of £24.5bn, significantly more than the initial estimate of £16bn.

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