Construction policy and government news

Mayor\'s inward investment group urged to \'come out of shadows\'

Mayor's inward investment group urged to 'come out of shadows'

The company set up by the mayor to attract inward investment into London “must come out of the shadows” and be more transparent, a London Assembly member has urged.

Brandon Lewis housing minister

Housing minister: 'Messing around with planning not the answer for PRS'

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has insisted private rented sector development should be pushed through local authority plans, rather than by “messing around” with the planning system.

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Record number of new Green Deals in October

The number of Green Deal plans registered grew by nearly 1,500 last month, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Parliament restoration could cost up to £3bn

The restoration of parliament could cost up to £3bn and see MPs and peers move out of the aging building for five years.

Boris Johnson

Boris under fire as opposition demands investigation on £1bn Royal Albert Docks

The leader of Labour’s London Assembly group has called for an independent investigation into the £1bn Royal Albert Docks development after concerns were raised about the appointment of Chinese developer ABP to the scheme.

Features and analysis

  • Alasdair Reisner chief executive CECA

    Infrastructure Bill must not succumb to electioneering

    A roads revolution. That is how David Cameron described the planned investment programme in England’s strategic highways that is due to be announced in next month’s autumn statement.

  • Karen Bradley minister for modern slavery and organised crime

    Freeing the construction industry of modern slavery

    According to the latest figures from The Salvation Army, the number of modern slavery victims they help in the UK has risen by 62 per cent. Shockingly, there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history.

  • Denise Chevin

    Industry getting its day in the sun

    Let’s pinch ourselves, shall we? It seems to have happened by stealth but we’re in the midst of one of the most exciting times for construction in decades.

  • Robert Meakin partner Clyde and Co

    What's needed for biomass to help hit government targets?

    The government has amibitious targets for future renewable energy generation. Biomass could form an important part of that, but many factors must be considered to get a successful scheme off the ground.

  • Heart heartbreak merger jigsaw

    What makes a good merger: lessons from industry M&A

    Mergers and acquisitions have dominated recent headlines, with the Balfour-Carillion saga in particular capturing the industry’s attention. But why did that deal fail and what must CEOs consider when looking to take over rival firms?

  • Baroness Jo Valentine chief executive London First

    UKIP, the EU and my mother

    As winter draws in and the days grow shorter, my mother is considering emigrating to Provence.

  • FMB chief executive Brian Berry

    Next government must put housing front and centre

    Housing dominated the party conferences this year with each of the three main party leaders giving the issue top billing in their speeches.

  • Denise Chevin

    Unhealthy NHS estate offers risks and rewards

    The crippling financial crisis engulfing the NHS is having a devastating impact on the state of hospital buildings.

  • Average house price vs average weekly earnings_ONS and Halifax

    Detached properties: Why Help to Buy is failing to tackle regional and social divides

    Both David Cameron and George Osborne told the Conservative conference their party had closed the gap between North and South, rich and poor. Yet ONS data shows the housing market remains highly fragmented and the North-South divide is widening.

  • Martyn Kenny director of sustainability Tarmac

    'Capital carbon' focus is misguided

    With the publication of the government’s Construction 2025 industrial strategy and the Infrastructure Carbon Review, the phrase ‘capital carbon’ has entered the industry’s lexicon.

  • Graham Mather president The Infrastructure Forum

    Time for Armitt Lite?

    It is not surprising that British business has warmly endorsed Sir John Armitt’s proposals for an expert, long-term infrastructure commission to pull together a sustainable and informed revision of Britain’s infrastructure needs.

  • John Slaughter policy director Home Builders Federation HBF

    Now's not the time for political posturing on housing

    The party conference season preceding a general election is always a frenzied, high stakes period where policy statements, announcements and rebuttals come thick and fast.

  • David Melhuish director Scottish Property Federation

    Busy months ahead after Scottish vote

    Despite the fact that the outcome of the referendum is a no to independence, the coming months will not quite be ‘business as usual’.

  • Nicola Walker business environment director CBI

    Bold thinking on housing needed from conferences

    Of all the policy issues that will be discussed during this year’s party conference season, the need to significantly ramp up the supply of new homes is one where all parties are in agreement.

  • Julia Evans chief executive BSRIA

    Uncertainty - The enemy of investment

    As senior politicians of the main political parties fly north for a final push to convince the Scottish electorate on the merit of maintaining the union, it is time to consider the implications if they return to Westminster without the ‘No’ votes they need.

  • A frustrated Scotsman…

    A frustrated Scotsman…

    In my view, there is a certain inevitability to independence in Scotland, whatever the voting results this week.

Construction policy and government news

HS2 'vital for east-west connectivity'

HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins has argued that HS2 is vital to east-west connectivity and is a key part of northern transport.

Boris Johnson to be grilled on £1bn ABP Royal Albert Dock appointment

Boris Johnson is expected to come under fire from London Assembly opposition this week, after an investigation was launched into the selection process of Chinese developer ABP to London’s £1bn Royal Albert Docks development.

Treasury in £330m UK Guarantee for Northampton uni project

The Treasury has confirmed it will guarantee borrowing up to £292m to help finance the University of Northampton’s Waterside relocation project.

Exclusive: Fewer than half of all projects complete on time

Fewer than half of construction schemes were completed on time during 2012 and 2013 as the state of the industry is laid bare in a report shared with Construction News.

Client satisfaction falls to 10-year low

Client satisfaction for service and end-product for housing projects fell to its lowest point since 2003, according to new data from Glenigan.

EU exit debate could 'suspend' manufacturer investment

UK-based manufacturers could “suspend investment” in their businesses as a result of debate around the UK’s position in Europe, according to research from the Construction Products Association.

Labour sets course for Green Deal ‘overhaul’

The Labour Party has pledged to “overhaul” the Green Deal in its long-awaited energy efficiency green paper, after “disappointing” take-up with the government’s flagship scheme.

Airports Commission: Gatwick and Heathrow expansion costs underestimated

Three shortlisted plans for new airport capacity in the UK could cost billions more than bidders have estimated, according to the Airport Commission.

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