PM at Housing 2019: ‘New design standards for high-quality homes’

As expected May’s ‘surprise’ attendance at the CIH Housing 2019 certainly didn’t go unnoticed. Queues began forming two hours prior to the speech and our Digital Editor was front and centre! May entered the stage to address a fully-packed auditorium, noting, “The last time I visited this venue it was hosting the 2017 Conservative Party conference – when, it is fair to say, I had one or two problems with my speech. “And if anyone is planning on running on stage waving a P45. “You are a little bit late.” The Prime Minister went on to urge new design standards to ensure high-quality homes, more social housing, and further tenant rights as part of an ongoing housing revolution. She also set out

Masterplan to regenerate Scotland’s largest brownfield site approved

A masterplan to regenerate one of the largest brownfield sites in Europe at Ravenscraig has been approved by the North Lanarkshire Council The planning application for the former steelworks site at Ravenscraig near Motherwell was granted, giving the applicant, Ravenscraig Ltd, permission to develop the 376 hectares of derelict land. The masterplan includes residential areas, education and community facilities, business and employment areas, open space including a town park, hotels, a new town centre with retail, leisure, business, housing and associated transport infrastructure. Council deputy leader councillor, Paul Kelly, said: “This is the most significant regeneration project in North La

Unite granted approval for student accommodation scheme in London

The Unite Group has received a resolution to grant planning permission for its 913-bed student accommodation development on Middlesex Street in London The planning consent for the student accommodation development on Middlesex Street remains subject to approval from the Greater London Authority, which is expected in the next few weeks. The site occupies a prime location in central London and will provide much-needed accommodation for students. The Middlesex Street scheme will generate a development yield in line with Unite’s target returns for University Partnership schemes in London and is expected to be delivered for the start of the 2021/22 academic year. The development will be funded fr

UK construction forecast lowered for 2020 due to Brexit delay

Mace’s latest UK tender cost update reveals how the extension of Brexit has resulted in continued uncertainty among construction firms and developers The latest research from Mace’s cost consultancy experts explains how – following minimal output growth of 0.1% in the first quarter 2019 and a 1.9% decline in new orders numbers in the final quarter of 2018 – construction firms have been hoping for a Brexit outcome and a subsequent improvement in conditions over the summer. Of course, an outcome has not yet materialised and is unlikely to do so until October. This means the construction industry, along with the rest of the economy, is operating in a state of limbo. In addition to the Brexit ch

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