Take a look at this year's round up of stories in 2016. Stay up to date with this week's top industry news with Construction Buzz.
MoD to sell off a dozen major sites for 15,000 new housing
The Ministry of Defence sells 12 sites to provide land for 15,000 new homes to support the government's ambition in building 160,000 homes by 2020. The MOD, which owns around 1% of all UK land, plans to slash the size of its built estate by nearly a third. Read the full article here.
Developers poised to start work on £1bn green scheme
Work on a green power scheme set to create more than 1,000 jobs in construction has been brought one step closer. The announcement comes after land for the project, in Holyhead, Anglesey, was handed over to developers Orthios. Set to be built on the site of the former Anglesey Aluminium works.
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UK 2016 Budget: Winners and Losers
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed the 2016 budget. See who were the winners and losers from this year's budget. George Osborne announced tax cuts and a levy on sugary drinks, while also lowering growth forecasts. The benchmark FTSE 100 Index for stocks rose and the pound fell.
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Pop-up pods to solve housing crisis
Utilising the space above car parks could provide an easily implementable solution to the UK's housing crisis. A ZEDpod is an affordable starter home, which clusters to create a pop up village - providing homes that require no land and have the potential for no net annual energy bills. Read the full article here.
Crossrail release new images
Crossrail unveiled new images that showcased the new stations in central and southeast London that will comprise part of TFL's new Elizabeth line from December 2018. Read the full article here
Engineers could earn football salaries
Gas, water and electricity workers could demand Premier League-level salaries in future if the skills shortage in the utilities sector is not dealt with by the government and employers. The warning comes from Develop Training Limited (DTL), the UK’s leading accredited provider of compliance, technical and safety training in the utility sector. Read the full article here
Brexit: A time for construction
Following the nation’s decision to leave the EU, we took a look at how the construction industry reacted to Brexit.
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Biggest rail boost since Victorian era
A huge contract for hundreds of new trains described as the “biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era” secures 1,000 engineering jobs. Read the full article here
Skills shortage at ‘breaking point’
The skills shortage in the Midlands' construction sector has reached "breaking point", according to new research by Scape Group. The company's Sustainability in the Supply Chain report surveyed more than 300 contractors across the region. Read the full article here
Heathrow given nod for new runway
Britain’s construction industry was today celebrating an £18 billion bonanza after the Government selected Heathrow to build a third runway in the South-East. Read the full article here
Prefab homes to make comeback
The government is planning to help tackle the UK’s housing crisis by making it easier for offsite home builders to finance their projects. As things stand the construction industry builds 130,000 homes a year at a time when we require 250,000. Read the full article here
£500bn infrastructure pipeline
Government releases details of £500bn National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline to support housing, social and economic infrastructure. Read the full article here