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Developers must heed advice on sprinklers

19 February 2019

Thousands of London developers are told every year that sprinklers are a crucial recommendation for their planned build but, when the London Fire Brigade (LFB) did a spot check in 2016, only two out of the 15 blocks examined had the suppression system fitted.

New framework for Government and public sector development projects

18 February 2019

The Cabinet Office has published details of a new seven-year procurement framework introduced to make it easier for construction firms to bid for work on government projects.

Mixed messages from the construction sector

13 February 2019

Two recent surveys paint very different pictures of the current state of the construction industry.

EU issues guidance on Article 6 of the Habitats Directive

12 February 2019

Builders and developers will be aware of the possibility that their plans for a particular site might have to take account of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, which give effect to the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC).

Strengthening consumer redress in housing

8 February 2019

In February 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched a public consultation asking for view on the current complaints and redress landscape, the extent to which it was working and what could be done to improve it.

Housing market ends 2018 on a low

6 February 2019

December 2018 was a disappointing month for the UK housing market, with key activity indicators continuing to fall.

Construction sector growth could be a thing of the past

6 February 2019

The Government must act to avoid a growing and prosperous construction sector becoming a “distant memory”, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned following the publication of the latest figures issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Apprentices stressed, in debt, skipping meals

1 February 2019

A young women’s charity has warned that almost half of apprentices in the UK are in debt, with one in five skipping meals, raising concerns about their health and levels of work-related stress.

Government urged to act on modern slavery recommendations

30 January 2019

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has urged the Government to implement a number of key recommendations for improvements to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Huge change needed in SuDS delivery

29 January 2019

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are an important way of managing surface water runoff in built developments but, according to a new report, delivery of such systems in England is currently a long way behind the ambition.