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Councils plan Black Country blueprint

A new core strategy for the future development of the Black Country region is being drawn up by the councils covering the region in recognition of its changing economic and demographic situation.   While the cluster of towns north and west of Birmingham gained its nickname from the coal and... More >

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Birmingham's potential Commonwealth housing legacy

Birmingham's bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games was officially launched this week, and the city council believes the sporting event could help create new housing in the area.    The UK's second largest city had already been gearing up to bid for the 2026 Games, but brought its... More >

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Former factory set for sweetest of conversions

For many years, Rowntree and the city of York were synonymous, a sweet maker whose influence was such that local football side York City even briefly switched to a chocolate-and-cream striped kit in the 1930s in tribute. But times have changed.   Rowntree was subsequently taken over by Nestle... More >

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Baltic developments boost for Liverpool

The phrase "It's Baltic" usually means the weather is rather cold, but for insulation fitters in Liverpool it's a word they will soon be associating with fitting work to ensure new apartments and hotel rooms stay very warm.   Liverpool's answer to London's Silicon... More >

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Huge golf and housing project planned for former hall site

A major development featuring a new hotel, a championship-standard golf course and over 1,000 homes has been proposed for a site in Bolton, Greater Manchester.   Peel Land and Property has submitted a planning application to Bolton Council for its proposed redevelopment of the Hulton Hall... More >

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Conservative housing policy may be survivor of manifesto "pruning"

In the aftermath of the shock general election result, there is considerable uncertainty about how the Conservative government will proceed with its programme. However, the housing policies in the manifesto may be more likely than others to proceed.   The Conservatives have been in discussions... More >

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Celtic seek permission for new hotel and museum complex

Celtic Football Club have enjoyed a dream season on the field - and now they plan to create something special off it too.   The Scottish champions are seeking planning permission to build a new hotel and museum complex adjacent to their Celtic Park stadium in the Parkhead area of... More >

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Leicester Passivhaus scheme recognised for green credentials

A recently-built environmentally-friendly housing scheme in Leicester has won a prestigious industry award thanks to its energy-efficient credentials.   Saffron Acres has been awarded the 2017 East Midlands Residential Award by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for its innovative and... More >

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Massive regeneration of Swansea city centre approved

Swansea city centre is set for a huge transformation after the city council approved a masterplan that will transform the area.    The opening phase of the £500 million Swansea Central Scheme will include the transformation of the St David's Shopping Centre into a retail and... More >

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Housebuilding pushes construction activity to 17-month high

The UK construction sector has seen the sharpest rise in activity in 17 months, with housebuilding reasserting itself as the strongest area of activity.   Housebuilding has risen overall in recent years, but the rate of growth stuttered somewhat in the last few months, Prompting some to... More >

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Are the manifestos green enough?

The general election was ostensibly called over Brexit, to give prime minister Theresa May a large mandate to negotiate with the EU over the next couple of years. Naturally enough, a whole array of other issues have been debated over the last few weeks.   But while there has been much said... More >

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Former football stadium set to be turned into houses at last

There are many football clubs that have moved stadiums in the last couple of decades, including Premier League sides ranging from last year's Champions Leicester City to the new Olympic Stadium tenants West Ham United. Next year, newly-promoted Huddersfield Town will be another club hosting... More >

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Burrell collection work tenders invited

Tenders are now being invited to carry out the major redevelopment of the building hosting the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.   Glasgow City Council is seeking contractors to carry out a £32 million project to transform the envelope of the building. One key element of the scheme will be t... More >

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Modular homes central to UKIP housing policy

The mass factory production of modular housing is a key element in the UKIP proposals for housing, which were outlined when the party launched its manifesto today (May 25th).   Pitching this idea as the big factor that can help overcome the shortage of skilled staff for conventional... More >

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Experts question Tory council house plan

There is no doubt that the country needs more homes, with the housing crisis high on the agenda of all the political parties. Moreover, these new properties will also need to be of a good standard and have plenty of insulation to make sure they are up to scratch, delivering the kind of energy... More >

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Refurbishment to help maintain heritage

There is nothing worse than seeing an historic old building being left idle to slowly decay and crumble. In the years after the second world war, many buildings of the kind that National Lottery cash would rescue nowadays fell into ruin. This long list of country houses includes historic places... More >

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Green guarantee 'should inspire other political parties'

The Green Party may not have any chance of winning the general election, but its plans to insulate nine million homes should inspire the larger political parties to adopt such a policy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).   Responding to the 'Green Guarantee' in the... More >

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Boom time for PRS developer as more projects promised

Built-to-let developer Grainger has pledged to build a dozen new private rental scheme (PRS) developments over the next two years as it capitalises on the opportunities presented by the property market in its present state. The firm - the largest residential landlord in Britain to have a stock... More >

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Quality as well as quantity in housing manifesto pledges

The last week has been a fun one for political nerds, as the formal launches of the various party manifestos took place. Amid a wide range of areas where the policy programmes on offer will be markedly different, one theme was common: the need to construct more and better homes. Indeed, just as... More >

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Greener homes a feature of Liberal Democrat manifesto

Greener homes with more insulation have been pledged by the Liberal Democrats in the party's manifesto. The document, which places much stress on the party's environmental commitments in energy, transport, housing and the economy, has pledged to raise the level of housebuilding to an... More >

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Developer set to submit Canada Water planning application

Developer British Land is preparing to submit a planning application to develop a 46-acre site around Canada Water in the Rotherhithe area of south London. The project would see a major mixed-use development measuring 5.5 million sq ft. It would include 3,500 new homes, as well as new leisure,... More >

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Insulation and shower cubicles on list of desirable home features

The importance of having cavity wall insulation has been emphasised by its inclusion in the list of the 20 most important things people look for when buying a home. A study by found that having cavity wall insulation was included alongside a new boiler, central heating, double glazing... More >

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Conservatives in new council house pledge

The Conservative party has pledged to reform the way councils can acquire land to make it easier for them and social housing providers to build new homes for rent. Under the new plans, regulations will be eased to make it simpler and cheaper to buy up available land, and cash will be provided to... More >

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Contract awarded for former Edinburgh infirmary insulation work

An enabling works contract has been awarded as part of the project to transform the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary into a facility for Edinburgh University. Sir Robert McAlpine has been given the £3.6 million contract to take out and replace old insulation made of asbestos, as well as work... More >

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Barratt building boost - a sign of growth?

The gradual recovery of the house building industry in recent years has been a notable story on the construction news front, and last year saw the annual tally rise to 190,000, just 10,000 shy of the target set by the government in 2015. With the housing crisis making headlines all the time and the... More >

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Plans unveiled for revamp of central Manchester building

Plans for the long-awaited revamp of the former London Road Fire Station building in central Manchester have been published by developer Allied London. It wants to transform the Grade II-listed building with a major refurbishment plan that will include a new boutique hotel and spa in a newly-built... More >

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Essex councils join forces in garden communities scheme

The need for more housing is as acute in the east of England as it is anywhere else, and while Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has a new metro mayor to oversee efforts to tackle the issue, different district councils are joining together elsewhere in the region to formulate their own schemes. In... More >

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How metro mayors will determine building policies

The general election campaign may have been centre stage in recent weeks, but the metro mayor elections in city regions across England last week will have their own significant implications for these parts of the UK. While experts have been analysing the results - along with local elections... More >

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Major wet room facility project planned for the Belfry

The Belfry has been well known down the years as a venue for major golfing events - including several Ryder Cups - and a conference centre. It's Bel Air Nightclub has also been famous, with plenty of celebs seen there down the years. However, the Warwickshire venue is set for a major new... More >

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Scottish householders to get new help with insulation funding

There is no doubt that having good insulation can help cut energy bills, helping to reduce fuel poverty, while the fact this also means less fuel is burned and less warm air escapes from homes also ensures that emissions are reduced. As a result, the fitting of insulation and other... More >

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