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Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn of 2017 that an extra 300,000 homes would need to be built annually to try and tackle the housing crisis.

Managing the housing crisis, how technology can help

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn of 2017 that an extra 300,000 homes would need to be built annually to try and tackle the housing crisis. An investment of at least £44 billion will be required over the next 5 years for this to be possible. There are currently several initiatives in place to try and manage the housing crisis from the removal of stamp duty applied to purchases below £300,000, to encourage first time buyers to get themselves…

Milestone for Big Ben Conservation Project

The final piece of the 98 metre high scaffolding was installed by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and it was celebrated with a ceremony at the top of the Elizabeth Tower. "The steel structure encasing the Elizabeth Tower consists of nearly 24,000 elements, weighs 800 tonnes and has taken just over a year to complete,” said Ian Ailles, director general of the House of Commons. "Despite a complex programme and challenging weather conditions earlier this year, we are on schedule,…

Sisk Selected for Manchester Development

Sisk Selected for Manchester Development

Property developer Bruntwood has chosen construction company John Sisk & Son (Sisk) to deliver the first phase of the commercial development at Circle Square, a new city centre neighbourhood in Manchester. Carrying a £96 million development value, the award comes after Sisk was chosen to deliver the £140 million Circle Square Affinity residential development for Bruntwood’s joint venture partner Select Property Group in November 2017. Sisk will complete all current contract works on the project, which will employ at its…

Glasgow Garages Transformed into Urban Mansion

Glasgow Garages Transformed into Urban Mansion

Page\Park Architects have brought forward the proposal to transform a redundant Arnold Clark garage in Glasgow’s Charing Cross into a development consisting of 65 flats with parking space, a raised garden deck and two shops. Although the existing buildings are still of some interest, including early and late examples of industrial Art Deco, the architects are confident that the development presents an opportunity to complete an urban block of tenements, while rationalising backcourt areas to provide more green space. The…

Leeds Building to Become Yorkshire's Finest Working Environment

Leeds Building to Become Yorkshire’s Finest Working Environment

Knight Frank in Leeds is working with a high-quality project team that includes GMI Construction, Richard Boothroyd Associates and DLG Architects to create the perfect working and leisure environment for Yorkshire law firm, Walker Morris. The 76,000 sq ft building on 33 Wellington Street in Leeds is on a 15 year lease, the largest pre-let office deal in Leeds in 15 years. “The property is a flagship office building in a superb city centre location and it is fitting it…

Southampthon PRS Scheme Secured Funding

Southampthon PRS Scheme Secured Funding

A £27 million private rental scheme in Southampton secured funding after developer National Regional Property Group had sold the development to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Grainger’s GRIP REIT real estate investment trust joint venture with APG has unconditionally agreed to forward fund and acquire the 132-home build-to-rent development on a disused shopping site in Southampton’s East Street. "Southampton is a target location for Grainger and this scheme on East Street will deliver 132 new high quality, purpose built…

Work Start at New Care Home on Warwick

Work Start at New Care Home on Warwick

The new £7.5 million dementia specialist care home in Warwick has officially started its construction work, marked with a ground-breaking ceremony. The event at the site was attended by residents, staff and guests, including Warwick Mayor Stephen Cross and Cllr Richard Edgington. The care home will be operated by WCS Care and will replace the former Woodside care home. Due to open in summer 2019, the new home has been designed by Warwick based architects Robothams and will be built…

New Spurs Stadium Is Closer to Completion

New Spurs Stadium Is Closer to Completion

Cameras have captured the progress of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, which is rising quickly on the north London skyline. The club still aims to open the new 62,062 seater stadium in time for Premier League, although Spurs are expected to ask the league to reschedule their opening few fixtures away from home, in order to allow extra time in case of unexpected delays. By the looks of it, progress has been made on all sides of the stadium. Currently, perforated…

Football-Themed Homeless Complex in Edinburgh

Football-Themed Homeless Complex in Edinburgh

The proposal to build a football-themed self-management and personal development centre for people experiencing homelessness in Edinburgh has been unveiled. The Change Centre, which is the idea of Street Soccer Scotland founder David Duke, could see 32 en-suite bedrooms, living facilities and a community hub with six football pitches, created at Morgan Playing Field off Peffermill Road. The complex is expected to cost around £5 million and a public consultation has been launched to seek the views of residents. David…

Balfour Beatty Secures Contract for Wapping Wharf

Balfour Beatty Secures Contract for Wapping Wharf

The second phase of the Wapping Wharf regeneration project in Bristol will be delivered by UK-based infrastructure company, Balfour Beatty. The £43 million contract was awarded by Wapping Wharf Living, a joint venture between Umberslade and Muse Developments. “There has been significant interest from the local community in the redevelopment of this historic part of the iconic Floating Harbour,” said Jonathan Winter, Balfour Beatty South of England regional managing director. “We look forward to delivering the next phase of this…