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WSP responds to National Infrastructure Commision announcement

Yesterday shadow chancellor Ed Balls announced that the Labour Party would introduce an independent national commission responsible for identifying Britain’s long-term infrastructure needs: In response, Mark Naysmith, UK managing director of WSP welcomed the announcement saying: “Cross-party support is crucial... View Article

Ventrolla in control: reflecting on 2014

As a new year approaches, Christian Walker, Marketing Manager of period window specialist Ventrolla looks back on 12 months of progress. It has been another successful year for the company which has expanded its workshop space, invested in new machinery... View Article

Changes to CDM Regulations on way, CITB guides industry

Revised Regulations released by the Health and Safety Executive mean that for the first time, all construction projects, including work for householders, will need a health and safety plan. Developed in consultation with industry and supported by the Construction Industry... View Article

CML responds to Government starter homes announcement

The Council of Mortgage Lenders notes the Government announcement and consultation today on starter homes for first-time buyers. Paul Smee, CML director general, comments: “Mortgage lenders support measures that deliver affordable ways for people to access home-ownership. This new scheme... View Article

Resurgence in UK construction sector during Q3 2014

JLL and Glenigan’s latest UK Commercial Construction Activity Index reveals that non-residential new build activity is increasing rapidly, with the value of new starts over the year to Q3 amounting to £12.5bn, up 5.4% on the year to Q2 .... View Article

Abode – urban living in a rural setting

Joint winner of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards’ Development of the Year (with more than 100 homes) Countryside’s Abode community proves that volume housing does not have to look and feel like a faceless executive estate This exemplary development,... View Article

Jury out on need for further housing standards

It was confirmed at the recent Housing Standards Review briefing that the government would consider implementing further standards or regulations in the future if the review process identifies the need. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) head of... View Article

Getting the building blocks in place

Focus on sustainability and the environment has never been more important, no matter what industry you are in. But, with research stating that the construction and demolition sector is the largest contributor to waste in the UK, according to the... View Article

Christine Hammarling receives adjunct professorship at Chalmers

Tengbom has started a cooperation with ChaImers Architecture through Christine Hammarling receiving an adjunct professorship in healthcare architecture. The inaugural lecture was held on 29 October. The Centre for Healthcare Architecture (CVA) at Chalmers established a new adjunct professorship in... View Article

Value in the vision of health architecture

Paul Wainwright, a founding director of Leeds-based QAD Architects, delivered a keynote speech recently to the King’s Fund in London outlining the need for flexibility within health architecture in order to deliver both longevity and value for money. The King’s... View Article

Ensuring inclusive design in our public spaces

Stephen Williams met with key professional bodies, challenging them to do more to make buildings, streets and public space more inclusive. Communities Minister Stephen Williams chaired a roundtable discussion (20 October 2014) with key professional bodies and challenged them to... View Article
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