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Revised plan promises landmark skyscraper for Birmingham

For plumbers and insulation fitters, the recent increases in the output of new homes have been good news, as this has generated more business. But much of it has also created technical challenges. This is certainly true with tall buildings, as there are various technical challenges involved in... More >

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Housing summit aims to boost housing output

This week saw a housing summit at Downing Street as prime minister Theresa May summoned leaders and authorities from the housebuilding sector. The aim was to find ways of accelerating the number of homes being built. Among those in attendance were heads of major housebuilding companies like... More >

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Nottinghamshire site set for over 1,000 homes

More than 1,000 homes could be built on a site in Nottinghamshire if a newly-submitted planning proposal is accepted. The scheme at Bingham in Rushcliffe, a few miles east of Nottingham, will involve 317 new homes. However, the masterplan for the site envisages extending this to... More >

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Residential redevelopment to be pushed through by London mayor

Plans to redevelop the former headquarters of the National Institute for Medical Research in north London are to go ahead after all, following the intervention of the capital's mayor Sadiq Khan. The scheme by Barratt's to redevelop the building to create 460 homes had originally been... More >

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Lancaster Castle refurbishment contractor appointed

The next phase of the refurbishment of Lancaster Castle has been detailed, with a contractor being appointed to carry out the task of opening up more of the former prison for public visitors. Salford-based MC Construction will be taking on the second part of the project, having worked on the... More >

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Council unveils huge swimming complex plan

Derby City Council has unveiled plans for a £35 million swimming complex that will enable the city to host major regional competitions. The complex will include a ten-lane pool, a teaching pool and a water play area, supplemented by other facilities such as a cafe, a soft play area for... More >

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Manchester warehouse set for massive refurbishment

Few cities in Britain have undergone as much transformation in recent years as Manchester, particularly in the city centre. An area that had just a few hundred inhabitants as recently as the 1990s is now home to tens of thousands, with a plethora of apartment blocks and a whole string of massive... More >

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Swansea housing project proposed

There was a time, before the slightly byzantine reorganisation of local government in Wales, when Swansea was just a city. Now, however, the local authority is the City and County of Swansea, enabling the second-largest city in Wales to join Bristol and London in being both a county and city at the... More >

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Croydon joins Britain's super skyscraper race

Britain has seen some huge skyscrapers being built in recent years. The 1,016 ft Shard at London Bridge is the tallest of the lot, but many more high-rise buildings have been constructed across the capital and also in other cities.  Manchester, for example, set a new record for its tallest... More >

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New council HQ scheme to include apartments

The new council headquarters for the District of Warwick will not just need offices to be furnished and insulated, but a lot of homes too.  Indeed, shower waterproofing insulators will have around 44 new homes to deal with as part of the project to replace the existing council building with... More >

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Cardiff 'on course to build 11,000 homes in five years'

There is no doubt that the next few years should see high demand for the services of insulation and waterproofing fitters - be it for showers or cellars - if the UK comes anywhere near meeting its annual housing targets. Having come into office in 2015 on a pledge to build a million new homes by... More >

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Meadowbank revamp work set to begin

A major project to redevelop the Meadowbank Stadium site in Edinburgh is moving closer, after the closure date for the site was confirmed. The stadium will shut on December 3rd, following the closure last month of the velodrome on the site. This will be followed by the start of work early next... More >

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Bournemouth set for major Winter Gardens revamp

Bournemouth is set for the most ambitious redevelopment project in the town's history as a partnership between the town council and a major construction firm has devised a £150 million scheme for the old Winter Gardens site. Built in 1875, the Winter Gardens was the main entertainment... More >

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Manchester set for three new skyscrapers

Plans for a major new development of residential skyscrapers in Manchester has been unveiled, with a trio of buildings set to stand next to four huge skyscrapers that are already being built. De Trafford Estates is seeking to construct three tower blocks of 18, 26 and 32 storeys on top of a... More >

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British towns 'needs to build more than one new home a day'

British towns and cities will need to build at least one home a day between now and 2039 to meet the projected increase in population, according to a new report.  A study titled Britain's Demographic Challenge by the think-tank Civitas has said Britain is on course to have see its... More >

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Birmingham nears Commonwealth dream

The work of fitting wet room waterproofing facilities is an important part of developing any new swimming, watersports or spa facility - and there may be plenty of contracts available in the Birmingham area soon. Having spent years preparing a bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026, the city is... More >

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Development partner selected for garden village project

A development partner has been chosen for a planned garden village of 5,000 homes at Uttlesford in Essex. Grosvenor Britain and Ireland has been selected by Great Chesterford District Council to push the project forward, with the property firm having previously worked on major new developments... More >

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Major student halls development plans submitted

Plans have been submitted for a major new halls of residence at Oxford Brookes University.  The development will involve the construction of 885 student rooms on land that used to house the Cowley Barracks. The site on James Wolfe Road is next to the existing university student residence of... More >

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English housing starts soar

The number of homes being started in England has jumped to its highest level since the financial crisis, providing plenty of work for insulation fitters. During the 12 months to June 2017, 164,960 homes were started, with the best-performing local government areas being Gloucestershire, South... More >

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Revised Manchester skyscraper plans unveiled

The transformation of the skyline of Manchester by the arrival of a plethora of skyscrapers is a process that is well underway, with some built, others under construction and more on the way. But this has not been the free-for all that some have imagined. Many were less than impressed with the... More >

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Third Shard tower contract awarded

Of all the London skyscrapers with colloquial names built in recent years, there can be no doubt that the Shard stands out. The extraordinary pinnacle of steel and glass overlooking London Bridge is not just the tallest building in the capital, but the first to top 1,000 ft in height.  While... More >

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Apartment scheme gets go-ahead

A new apartment scheme in an iconic Manchester sporting location has gained planning permission. Cole Warehouse has been given the green light to build No. 1 Old Trafford, a £68 million development of two apartment towers measuring 15 and 19 storeys respectively. These will include 139... More >

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Manchester building boom may continue as city dubbed 'most liveable' in Britain

Manchester has seen a housing and property boom in recent years, a trend that could be set to continue or even increase following news it has retained its title as the most liveable city in Britain. Brits may find the list of most liveable cities in the world - published by the Economist - to be a... More >

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Unique Bradford mill set for mixed-use transformation

There are many old mills across the country, particularly in the Midlands and North, that have been converted down the years. Some have been turned into office or leisure facilities, some into residential developments and others revived as mixed-use schemes combining some of these elements. But no... More >

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Housing remains strongest area of UK construction

Housing remained the strongest area of the UK construction sector in July 2017, despite the level of growth in this area easing slightly in comparison to the previous month. Nevertheless, continued growth in residential construction projects across the country means that there would have been... More >

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Newcastle skyscraper contracts awarded

Contracts have been awarded for a new development that will be the tallest building in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The 26-storey Rutherford Street project will take place in a part of the city centre formerly occupied by a derelict warehouse, with the tower featuring 162 apartments. It will be delivered... More >

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Manchester's 'vertical village' gets planning permission

Manchester's skyline has already seen some significant changes in recent years, but a whole plethora of skyscrapers are now on the way, with six more getting planning permission yesterday (July 27th).   These include a 40-storey apartment building on Albion Way, almost next door to the... More >

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Former fire station to get new lease of life

The former London Road fire station in central Manchester is to get a long-awaited new lease of life after planning permission was granted for a mixed use project. Built in 1906, the fire station has undergone a few changes of use in its time, with parts of the building being used as an ambulance... More >

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Application submitted for major new housing development at Rochester Riverside

Planning permission is being sought for a major new housing development that will form the centrepiece of the development of the Rochester Riverside site.  Once part of the City of Rochester docks - Rochester actually lost its city status in an administrative error in 1998 that has never been... More >

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Manchester skyscraper scheme set for green light

Of all the plumbing and engineering challenges involved in constructing a new building, an oft-neglected one is the difficulty of getting water pressure to the necessary levels on the upper floors of a skyscraper. This is, of course, a task that can be accomplished by pumps to get the water up to a... More >

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