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The Housing White Paper revealed
Government unveils Housing White Paper to “fix the broken housing market”. Here is a handy section by section guide to the document. The government has moved away from its “ownership at all costs” mantra of the Cameron administration. What are your opinions on this recent White Paper article. Read the full article here.
Land hoarding claim wrong, says Redrow
Redrow's chairman has rejected accusations of land hoarding by the industry and called the housing White Paper "disappointing". The suggestion that housebuilders were sitting on landbanks in order to maximise profits was "completely incorrect". Read the full article here.
SME boost to construction industry
The Vinden Partnership says the chance for SMEs to challenge larger property developers could be a boost for the construction industry. The government has today published its housing white paper to tackle what, by its own admission, is a “broken” market. Read the full article here.
Construction employment to top 2.6m
The number of people working in construction is expected to exceed 2.6m, with industry growth buoyed by the prospect of large infrastructure projects. According to the latest Construction Skills Network report from the CITB, construction output is expected to grow by 1.7% over the next five years. Read the full article here.
Rail firms mull iris scan train fares
Technology such as biometric scanning and smarter trains could improve rail travel for customers, a body representing UK rail firms has said. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has unveiled its plans for the future of rail travel. Read the full article here
Lord's to run on 100% renewables
Lord's has become the first UK cricket ground to run entirely on clean energy, as new figures reveal the impact of climate change on the sport. The ground’s owners announced the deal as part of the group’s overarching sustainability programme, which has seen a 7% fall in electricity since 2010. Read the full article here
“Alarming” disparity in gas training
New research has found an alarming lack of consistency in the level of training provided to gas engineer students, potentially leading to unsafe practices. The work was undertaken in light of an increase in unsafe gas work from recently qualified engineers. Read the full article here
Creative subjects drive up standards
The government has urged schools to promote art and design subjects, after a report found creative pupils achieve significantly higher grades. Released today, the New Schools Network (NSN) Arts Report reveals that schools with more arts GSCEs per pupil achieve above-average results. Read the full article
5 King takes Oz timber crown
Brisbane office development to become tallest engineered timber building in Australia. The 52m* high tower in Brisbane has been designed by Bates Smart for Lendlease. It will also hold the title for the largest gross floor area (GFA) for an engineered timber office building worldwide. Read the full article here
Brazil’s major housing programme
‘Minha Casa, Minha Vida’ (My House, My Life) programme to target 610k new homes. Brazil announced the major programme to extend the supply of affordable housing. Read the full article here