Constructing the value of social impact

Chris Farrell, managing director of Impact Reporting discusses the importance of reporting on social value in the construction sector Social value is often generated by construction firms funding charitable projects, launching a foundation, organising volunteering projects and introducing sustainability initiatives. Social investment ‘Social value’ and ‘social investment’ have become buzz words within the construction sector as more and more firms have a growing awareness that they need defined social, environmental and sustainability goals. The frameworks and methodologies associated with social impact measurement may differ between organisations and sectors, however some key themes are per

Government opens negotiations on built environment sector deal

Following a process of early engagement, the UK Government is now entering into formal negotiations on a built environment sector deal The government has released a letter from MHCLG and BEIS to the built environment sector deal champion, confirming they will open formal negotiations on a sector. As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government is striking a series of sector deals. These are partnerships between the government and industry on sector-specific issues and can create significant opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills. The built environment sector deal will bring together investors, developers, real estate and asset management, architecture firms

Boris Johnson could help ‘transform the built environment’, says BESA

The new government team led by Boris Johnson has an opportunity to dramatically shift policy on the built environment and deliver higher standards of safety, sustainability and social justice, according to the Building Engineering Services Association(BESA) BESA has urged the new administration led by Boris Johnson to back up rhetoric around climate change with robust legislation; to enshrine the recommendations of the Hackitt Review to improve fire safety in buildings; and tackle the scourge of late payment that is undermining thousands of SME and driving many into insolvency. It said the current lack of detail behind its commitment to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 could be addressed if

Construction sector sees rise in social housing construction

The construction sector is losing its patience with Brexit uncertainty, according to Q2 2019 RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey, as workloads for social housing construction rises This quarter, 16% more respondents reported an increase in construction workloads, up from a +9% net balance in Q1. Workloads in public housing grew at the fastest pace, closely followed by private housing. The rise in workloads in social housing (+26% up from +6%) suggests that the lifting of the HRA borrowing cap may have begun to influence sentiment in social housing construction, according to RICS’ construction and infrastructure survey. After a dip in Q1 2019, workloads in the infrastructure se

Khan rejects proposals for the Tulip tower

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has rejected plans to build the 300-metre skyscraper “the Tulip”, stating it would harm the skyline The Tulip was designed by Foster + Partners and would have been the second tallest in Europe. However, Sadiq Khan believes its design is lacking for such a prominent location. In April, the City of London Corporation (CLC) backed the Tulip tower proposals, to the site alongside the Gherkin tower. Despite this, Khan said a number of worries raised in a London Review Panel report also meant the tower would harm the skyline. The London Review Panel concluded The Tulip “does not represent world-class architecture, it lacks sufficient quality and quantity of public open sp

Environment Agency tells water companies to clean up their act

Water company efforts to protect the environment were described as ‘simply unacceptable’ in an Environment Agency (EA) report published with only 1 of the major water and sewage companies in England performing at the level expected Emma Howard Boyd, chair at Environment Agency, said: “Companies should be reflecting on their environmental performance and long-term resilience if this is poor they should be asking themselves whether dividends are justifiable.” Overall water company performance has deteriorated which reverses the trend of gradual improvement in the sector since the rating system began in 2011. Serious pollution incidents increased in 2018 causing damage to the rivers and wildlif

£150m renovation scheme to upgrade Gatwick Airport

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £150m renovation scheme to upgrade Gatwick Airport station, claiming that tens of millions of rail passengers travelling to and from Gatwick will benefit from improved accessibility and swifter journey The DfT says the planned renovation scheme will reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also improving passenger experience by providing easier connections to other destinations. Planned upgrades will include doubling the size of the station concourse, adding five new lifts and eight escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening two platforms to reduce overcrowding, with passenger numbers having grown by

Highways England takes control of asset management

Highways England is to take more control in asset management as part of its commitment to enhance the way England’s motorways and major A-roads are maintained, improved and operated The innovative new asset management system – Progressive Asset Delivery (PAD) – comes after more than a year’s planning and was rolled out in the Midlands and the South East on 1 July. PAD will provide a link between the traditional Asset Support Contracts and the Asset Delivery model that puts Highways England in direct control of asset management, maintenance and other services. The three-year contracts have been awarded to Kier as an extension to the existing ASC arrangements that have been performing at a hig

Work begins on £3.9m helipad for Manchester hospitals

Construction work on the new £3.9m helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) has begun and is set to benefit four major hospitals in Manchester The new helicopter landing site, being built on the roof of Grafton Street car park on Oxford Road will enable critically ill or injured babies, children and adults to be airlifted straight to four major MFT hospitals. A high-level patient transfer corridor will connect the helipad landing site to Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), Saint Mary’s Hospital (SMH) and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH). Each of the hospitals on MFT’s Oxford Road Campus offer world-leading, specialist services

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