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TfL publishes sustainable development framework

23 November 2021

Along with its five principles: Build a Better London, Deliver Real Results, Think Long Term, Take a Holistic View, and Respond to Local Context, the framework sets out KPIs and application throughout RIBA stages. 


Read more here >

100 Liverpool Street named Building Magazine Project of the Year

4 November 2021

The net zero carbon project and Sir Robert McAlpine were selected among 8 shortlisted schemes in the first in person ceremony in 2 years.  


See the full list of winners here >


Read more about 100 Liverpool Street here >

Homes England's Chief Land and Development Officer resigns

3 November 2021

Stephen Kinsella, who led the Homes England's recently launched dynamic purchasing system, will be stepping down next year.  He will be joining Barratt as a group major projects director. 


No replacement has yet been announced.


Read more here >

Government publishes Net Zero Strategy and Heat and Buildings Strategy

22 October 2021

The Net Zero Strategy is based on four principles: 1) working with consumer choice 2) establishing fair carbon pricing 3) assisting the vulnerable and 4) working with businesses for affordable low carbon technologies. This document forms part of the Paris Agreement. Read more here > 


The core principles for the Heat and Buildings Strategy are: 1) taking the whole buildings / systems approach 2) enabling innovation 3) accelerating low-risk interventions 4) balancing certainty with future flexibility and 5) prioritising support for those who need it and public buildings. Read more here >

RICS publishes new rules of conduct, effective February 2022

11 October 2021

The new rules, set by RICS's independent Standards and Regulations Board, include explicit requirements to support diversity and inclusivity and maintaining professional skills and knowledge particularly in relation to sustainability.


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100 Liverpool Street and 1 Triton Square recognised by BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

27 September 2021

Two buildings in British Land's portfolio have been recognised for their sustainability credentials by BusinessGreen Leader Awards 2021. 100 Liverpool Street was named Green Building Project of the Year, while 1 Triton Square was Highly Commended. The awards aim to highlight achievements in green economy across business sectors and sizes.


Read more about BusinessGreen Leader Awards 2021 here >


Read more about 100 Liverpool Street > and 1 Triton Square >

Northern Line Extension opens

21 September 2021

The Extension comprises two new stations - Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms - and is projected by TfL to support 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 homes. Read more here > 


See the new Tube map here>


It will support the ongoing regeneration in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea (VNEB) area, which include the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms Park >. 

Michael Gove replaces Robert Jenrick as Housing Secretary

16 September 2021

Other new posts include Dominic Raab as deputy PM, Liz Truss as foreign secretary and Anne-Marie Trevelyan as International Trade Secretary.

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RIBA Design for Manufacture (DfM) guidance published

16 September 2021

The guidance aligns with the the RIBA 2020 Plan of Work across the the seven categories of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). It aims to acknowledge the potential of DfM as long term solutions that could incorporate good architecture.

Read the guidance here >

1 Triton Square "Highly Commended" - Construction News Low Carbon Project of the Year

16 September 2021

The Arup-designed project as cited by judges as "an exemplar for repurposing, retention and refurbishment", while the award for the category went to TopHat's White Road project for Medway Council.

Read more about the Construction News Low Carbon Project Awards here >

Read more about 1 Triton Square here >

Four step down at RICS as Independent Review published

13 September 2021

The RICS Governing Council has accepted all findings and recommendations of the Independent Review by Allison Levitt QC into the events following an internal audit of its treasury management, including the unfair dismissal of four non-executive board members. The report concluded that the events resulted from a "power struggle" rather than a cover up due to lack of clarity of roles and responsibilies as well as a lack of scrutiny.  Recommendations include that a comprehensive external review of the organisation's purpose, governance and strategy, greater oversight of the Governing Council, and revision of whistleblowing procedures.  


Chief executive Sean Tompkins, president Kathleen Fontana, governing council chair Chris Brookes and management board chair Paul Marcuse have resigned. Nick Maclean is acting as Temporary Chair of the Governing Council.


Click here for the full Independent Review report  and the RICS Governing Council's response to recommendations.

100 Liverpool Street shortlisted for Building Magazine Project of the Year

2 September 2021

The net-zero carbon project (Sir Robert McAlpine) are one of eight finalists, along side Morley House (Kier), GICU University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust (Bam), Hawley Wharf (AHMM), The North East Lighthouse Laboratory (T&T), Regent’s Crescent (JRL Midgard), St Edwards: The Quad (Gilbert-Ash) and The Grand Hotel, Birmingham (GRAHAM).


See full list of Building Magazine Awards here >


Read more about 100 Liverpool Street here >

£8.6bn Affordable Homes Programme funding allocated

1 September 2021

The funding is expected to deliver 119,000 affordable homes for ownership and social rent across the country.  Homes England will be responsible for c. £5.2bn to deliver affordable housing outside of London, while the GLA will oversee c. £3.4 bn for delivery of homes within London.


Read more here >

1FA, Broadgate among RIBA London Award winners

27 August 2021

1FA, Broadgate (1 Finsbury Avenue) has been named among the RIBA London Award winners yesterday.  Read more about 2021 RIBA London Awards > 


The sensitive, innovative refurbishment of the Grade II listed building has earned a number of industry accolades for design and sustainability, including AIA UK AIA UK Exemplary Performance in Sustainabillity Award, Civic Trust Award and New London Awards - Conserving Prize.  Read more about 1FA, Broadgate >

Government green hydrogen strategy published

18 August 2021

The government has published its strategy to grow the green hydrogen economy and replace reliance on fossil fuels including red diesel.  The strategy includes a £40m Red Diesel Replacement Competition and £55m Industrial Fuel Switching Competition.  Read more here >


Meanwhile, it has been reported that the government is considering increasing the Clean Heat Grant from the £4K to £7K to help homes replace gas boilers with lower carbon technologies like solar panels and heat pumps.  The scheme is expected to take effect April 2022 - March 2024, replacing the current Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.  Read more here >

Councils move to protect local commercial centres from PDR

16 August 2021

Local authorities including Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond, Wandsworth, and City of London have filed article 4 directions to protect local high streets and smaller commercial centres from permitted development rights (PDR) to convert the broadly defined Class E commercial premises into residential.  The article 4 directions will nullify PDR while the councils provide evidence for the government to make a decision.


Read more Building 12 August 2021 >

1FA, Broadgate shortlisted for Structural Awards - Zero-Carbon Ambition

5 August 2021

The project is one of four shortlisted projects in this category, alongside Oregon Forest Science Complex, Republic Masterplan and York House. 


See all the shortlists for Structural Awards here >

M3 announces four senior promotions

3 August 2021

M3 promotions July2021

M3 Consulting has announced four senior promotions within the firm, following a productive year for the business despite Covid challenges.

David Barnby has been promoted to Associate Director. In his seven years at M3, David has worked on a number of opportunity and feasibility studies, as well as managing complex projects through practical completion and handover. With a well-rounded view of development and a propensity for problem-solving, he has been instrumental in the successful design, planning and construction of the award-winning 100 Liverpool Street, which achieved net zero carbon and BREEAM Outstanding. He is currently leading the design and planning stages of a c. 400,000 sq ft cut and carve redevelopment in the City of London.

Emily D’Enrico has been promoted to Associate Director. Emily joined M3 in 2018 with more than 10 years of experience as senior development manager at the London Legacy Development Corporation and senior project manager at The Salvation Army. At M3, her ability to build and manage relationships with large development teams and varied stakeholders along with her drive towards win-win outcomes have propelled the ongoing delivery of the mixed use Nine Elms Park and, currently, the feasibility studies and masterplan for a life sciences cluster in London.

Marianne Thomas has been promoted to Associate Director. Equally adept at the commercial and practical aspects of development, she has steered the design and delivery of a range of design-led, technically challenging projects since joining M3 in 2014. These have included the conversion of disused offices and Mail Rail infrastructure into The Postal Museum, which was shortlisted for 2018 Museum of the Year, and the award-winning refurbishment of the Grade II listed 1FA, Broadgate. Involved since early opportunity studies, Marianne is currently leading a team for the refurbishment of the listed Northcliffe House .

Alec Smith has been promoted to Project Director. Alec joined M3 as an Assistant Project Manager with prior experience with developers and housebuilders. A natural leader, Alec has spearheaded the successful completion of major projects at Paddington Central and Regent’s Place, balancing the requirements of the client, tenants, and external stakeholders alike. Most recently, Alec oversaw the completion of 1 Triton Square , a BREEAM 'Outstanding' building and BREEAM Award 2020 winner, and Longford House, comprising 22-units of high quality affordable housing.

M3 is delighted to celebrate the promotions for David, Emily, Marianne and Alec, whose talent and drive have helped realise ambitious, sustainable development across London. These promotions reflect long-term commitment to nurturing talent as future leaders, to build on the success of the company as pre-eminent development and project management specialists.

House prices rise globally amidst pandemic

2 August 2021

Only three countries out of 40 covered by OECD post real-term falls in house prices. The boom is attributable to low interest rates, accrued savings during pandemic and greater demand for larger living spaces.   Read more here > 


The picture is broadly mirrored in UK, which has also been boosted by the stamp duty holiday.  The average house prices have risen by an annual rate of 5.4%, to reach £230,700.  According to Zoopla, demand in London's outer boroughs have increased by 87% over the 2017-2019 average, compared to 2% in inner London, reflective of the demand for family homes.  Read more here >

Energy performance bill gets first reading in House of Lords

22 July 2021

The  Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill aims to set targets for energy performance for domestic (EPC rating "C' by 2035 where  practical and cost effective) and non-domestic buildings (EPC rating "B" by 2030 where feasible and cost effective). 


Read the Bill here >

Liverpool struck off World Heritage list

22 July 2021

"Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City" had been on the World Heritage list since 2004 but was placed on the World Heritage in Danger list in 2012.  UNESCO has now deemed the impact of development around and within the buffer zone an "detrimental to the site's authenticity and integrity."


Read more here >

TfL publishes plans to deliver 46,000 homes

15 July 2021

A dedicated, self financing company to deliver housing will be formed as part of the emergency funding agreement with the government last month. 

Read more here >

Inflation exceeds expectations at 2.5%

7 July 2021

This reflects the third month in a row in which the consumer price index has risen above forecast, challenging the Bank of England's (BoE) view that the sharp rises are temporary.


The BoE predicts that inflation may reach 3% by the end of the year.


Read more here >

Lords issue call for evidence to investigate meeting housing demands

1 July 2021

The House of Lords Built Environment Committee has launched a wide ranging investigation inlcuding barriers to increasing supply, achievability of government targets and tenures and types of homes needed. A call for evidence has been issued comprising 11 questions, closing 10 September 2021.


Read more here >

Bigger and better: One Triton Square

21 June 2021

Building reports on how British Land increased the net area of One Triton Square by 57% but still saved 40,000 tonnes of carbon by opting for refurbishment over new build. 


Read more here >


Read more about One Triton Square >

Court rules on Jermyn Street interim and renewal rents

21 June 2021

In the long running case of The Cavendish Hotel Ltd vs S Franses Ltd under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, HHJ Parfitt has ruled on a renewal rent and interim rent substantially below the original rent.


The Supreme Court ruling in 2018 had previously established the tenant's right to renewal. 


Read the judgment here >

Eviction ban extended to March 2022

17 June 2021

The government has extended the protection for businesses unable to pay rent to 25 March 2022. New legislation will be proposed to help landlords and tenants agree amounts owed due to the pandemic.


Read more here >

Britain’s steel industry faces up to the climate challenge

8 June 2021

AExecutives want ministers to deliver comprehensive strategy to put sector on sustainable footing

Read more here >

Construction cost inflation at record high as supply shortages continue

8 June 2021

According to the latest IHS Markit / CIPS UK Construction PMI, inflation was also driven by strong demand, with housebuilding as the best performing sector, followed by commercial.


Read more here >

Builders face post-Covid materials shortage

30 April 2021

Shortage and rising cost of materials are expected to continue. However, construction output is also expected to rise by 12.9% this year.


Read more here >

City of London publishes post-pandemic plans

27 April 2021

Report focuses on three "core dimensions: Innovative Ecosystems, Vibrant Offer and Outstanding Environments, and includes commitment to building 1,500 homes by 2030 and net zero carbon by 2040.


Read more here >

Government appoints independent panel to review construction materials

21 April 2021

In the Grenfell aftermath, Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has appointed Paul Morrell OBE to chair an independent panel to review the safety of construction materials along with legal expert Anneliese Day QC.  They are tasked with leading a review into the system for testing construction materials, consult on how the system can be improved, and provide recommendations.


Read more here >

Bank of England and European Central Bank to start climate stress tests

16 April 2021

The BOE aims to review financial risks to banks due to climate change, impact to their business models and mitigation measures.  The ECB aims to test resilience and encourage banks to take adaptive measures.


Read more here > 

Construction output grows 1.6% in February

14 April 2021

According to the ONS, this reflects a return to month-to-month growth after flat growth in January, driven primarily by an overall 1.5% increase in new work and 1.9% increase in repair and maintence work.


The level of construction output remains 4.3% below February 2020 levels.


Read more here > 

Cost and restrictions on PI insurance harming industry, says CLC survey

12 April 2021

The industry-wide survey, conducted in mid-February to mid-March, reveals that premiums have increased four-fold at the last renewal, more than a quarter of the respondents have lost work because of inadequate cover, and 29% believe they have had to change work profile due to changes in PII arrangements.

Read more here >

Green Homes Grant scheme to end

30 March 2021

The scheme was announced last summer and was extended in November to March 2022 six months ago. During this time the scheme reached only 10% of the targeted 600,000 homes.  The government says £300m will be allocated to local authority programmes.


Read more here >

Net Zero Carbon at 100 Liverpool Street

18 March 2021

British Land has completed the offset of residual carbon at 100 Liverpool Street, making the 520,000 sqft development its first net zero carbon building. The residual embodied carbon has been minimised by retaining c. 50% of the structure and incorporating a number of low carbon strategies. 


British Land has committed to all future developments being net zero carbon by 2030.


Read more here >

Roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions

23 February 2021

The government has announced the plan for easing out of lockdown restrictions. This will see schools back in session 8 March, rule of six and outdoor activities 29 March, and reopening of indoor non-essentials including retail, leisure, pubs and restaurants 12 April, subject to data such as infection and vaccination rates.


Stay at home order is expected to be lifted 29 March.


Read more here >

Help to buy sales completion deadline extended

16 February 2021

Homes England has announced that the scheme has been extended to 31 May in response to delays to legal completions in sales due to COVID-19.  Last month, Homes England extended the deadline for builders to complete properties to 31 March.  


The government has stated that there will be no further extensions.

City of London take up highest since July 2020

12 February 2021

According to Colliers, January 2021 saw a take up of 420,000 sq ft, 70% of which reflected transaction for Grade A office space.  While this is 13% above the monthly average since the pandemic began, it remain signifcantly below pre-pandemic levels.


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Government announces new national construction products regulator

20 January 2021

The regulator for construction products will have the power to remove any product from the market that presents a significant safety risk and prosecute any companies who flout the rules on product safety.  It will have enforcement powers including the ability to conduct its own product-testing during investigations. 


Read more here >

Monthly construction output return to pre-pandemic levels

15 January 2021

According the the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the level of construction output in November grew for the seventh month in a row, tallying to 0.6% above February 2020.  Overall, this is attributable to repair and maintenance work at 7.4% above February 2020 levels,while new work reflect a 3% comparative decrease.


Read more here > 

Government announces intention to revamp leasehold system

13 January 2021

The proposals include extending leaseholds to 990 years at zero ground rent, as well as other recommendations made by the Law Commission such as establishing a Commonhold Council to prepare the market for wide spread uptake of commonholds. 


Legislation for is anticipated to be brought forward in the upcoming session of Parliament.


Read more here >

1FA Broadgate among Civic Trust Awards 2021 winners

12 January 2021

The Civic Trust Awards has published a list of their 2021 winners, including 1FA, Broadgate.  Winners will be formally announced 5th March.


See the list of winners here >

UK to prepare for no deal says PM

16 October 2020

Boris Johnson has said that unless there is a fundamental change in direction by the EU, it would be unlikely for a deal to be reached.  He had been pushing for a "Canadian" style deal but is now considering a more limited "Australian" style deal as an alternative.


EU's Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier is due in London for further negotiations next week.


Read more here > 

Office workers set for mixed working style, according to BCO survey

6 October 2020

The survey of 2,000 office workers shows 46% expect to split time between home and office in the next six months, while 30% said they are expecting a full five-day week return to office. 15% are planning to work solely from home.

A majority of the respondents felt that interactions enabled in the office environment is beneficial.  71% said that working in the office helps with learning and developing networks; 71% said that it helps form connections with colleagues and 65% said that the relationships formed in the office has helped their careers.


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Quadrant and AIMCo acquire office building at Nine Elms Park

30 September 2020

The 12-storey, 140,000 sq ft office building is one of eight development plots on Royal Mail's Nine Elms Park site, opposite the Battersea Power Station development. The deal is expected to close in December.


Read more here >   

Covid restrictions tighten

25 September 2020

Amidst the rise of Covid cases, the government is once again encouraging those who can work from home to do so while other places of business face stricter rules to make their premises Covid-secure.


Read more here >

Replacement for furlough scheme announced

23 September 2020

Under the Job Support Scheme the government will top up salaries for staff who work no less than 33% of their normal hours. This is to help employees keep their jobs while earning no less than two-thirds their pay.  Wages for the hours worked will be paid by the employer, and the rest will comprise a contributions of up to £697.92 per employee per month by the goverment and employer.


The scheme will run from 1 November 2020 for six months.  Read more here >

Construction continues recovery according to ONS

15 September 2020

The monthly output increased by 17.6% in July 2020, with growth in all construction sectors. This reflects the third consecutive month of growth following a decline of 40.2% in April 2020. 


Levels of output remain 11.6% down from February 2020, where Infrastructure is the only sector to fully recover since.


Read more here >  

Homes England announces joint venture with Invest & Fund

9 September 2020

The seven-year partnership will create a £25m revolving fund to support small builders by offerin construction loans of between £400K to £2.5m, at up to 80% loan to cost.


Read more here >

M3 Consulting announces three senior promotions

M3 Consulting announces three senior promotions

3 September 2020


M3 Consulting announces three senior promotions


London-based development and project manager M3 Consulting has announced three senior positions within the firm, fortifying the leadership team and highlighting the success within the business. The promotions of Jennifer Wilkinson, William Connolly and Alex Groot reflects M3 Consulting’s strong growth ambitions and pipeline of opportunities for future projects.

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House prices recover

2 September 2020

According to Nationwide, houseprices in August have recorded a 2% rise, the highest monthly rise in 16 years. The increase reversed the fall in prices in May and June, with the average of £224,123 a new high.  The annual house price growth is now at 3.7%.


Factors contirbuting to the recovery include pent up demand, stamp duty holiday and reassessment of housing needs following the lockdown. Read more here >

RIBA and ARB announce post-Grenfell reform plans

28 August 2020

The ARB has launched research and survey to review the competencies and standards required in order to register as an architect.  Read more here >


The RIBA plans to introduce  four new mandatory competencies: health and life safety including fire safety, climate literacy, ethics and social purpose, and research literacy.  The reforms also propose five-yearly reregistration, career role training, formalisation of specialisms, and education themes and values.  Read more here >

Legal challenge raised against permitted development rights

27 August 2020

Campaign group Rights:Community:Action (RCA) has issued a pre-action letter against the government's plans for permitted development rights (PDR) announced in July which allow for residential extensions and conversion to residential without planning permission. The grounds of the challenge are failure to carry out an environmental assessment, breach of public sector duty and failure to undertake consultation processes.


Read more here >

Crossrail opening delayed to 2022

21 August 2020

Originally scheduled for opening in December 2018, Crossrail will need to extend the anticipated openining date in 2021 to the first half of 2022.  It will require a further £1.1bn to complete, bringing the total cost to more than £19bn.


Read more here >

London City Airport expansion on hold

18 August 2020

London City Airport has put its £500m expansion programme on hold, due to significant fall in passenger numbers in the pandemic and concerns about the pace of recovery.  The airport says that a number of vital infrastructure projects and passenger facilities will have been completed by end of 202, and the intention is to complete the terminal extensiom and new east pier when demand returns.


Read more here >

Suburban Task Force kicks off call for evidence

17 August 2020

The government formed the Suburban Task Force in March 2020, to investigate issues and opportunities facing UK suburbs, starting with Greater London, to inform recommendations for policy initiatives. 


The initial call for evidence focuses on "The Nature of Suburbs", "The Suburban Experience", and "The Policy Framework".


Read more here >

UK economy in recession

12 August 2020

The UK's economy has shrunk by 20% in Q2 2020 amidst the pandemic.  Following a 2.2% decline in Q1 2020, UK enters technical recession for the first time since 2009 despite signs of recovery in June.


Construction was most affected over the quarter, but bounced back by 23.5% in June.


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Planning White Paper published

7 August 2020

Proposals include categorising land into land for growth, land for renewal and land for protection; replacing S106 and CIL with a "nationally set, value-based flat rate charge"; focus on design and sustainability; and move towards a data and digitally based planning system.


Read the document here >

Two month extension to complete Help to Buy schemes

3 August 2020

The government has confirmed that the deadline for practical completion of  help to buy homes will be extended from 31 December 2020 to 28 February 2021, due to the impacts of coronavirus. At present, the deadline for completion of sales remains at 31 March 2021, when the current scheme expires and is replaced with a more restricted version.


Read more here>

Homes England to include diversity criteria in next Delivery Partner Panel

3 August 2020

Following its first annual Equality, Inclusion and Diversity report, Homes England has announced that it is reviewing the criteria for joining the next iteration of DPP, scheduled to launch next year, to support greater diversity.  It is also reviewing ways to better reflect its diverse communities, and promote inclusive, equal access to its services.


Read more here >

Government report reveals PD has produced lower quality housing

22 July 2020

While the government is supporting permitted development for commercial to residential conversions, a government commissioned independent research report has concluded that residential units delivered via PD versus planning permissionn tend to provide lower standards in terms of space, daylighting, and access to amenity space. 


Factors that are comparable include external appearance, energy standards, and access to amenities.


Read more here >

Draft Building Safety Bill published

22 July 2020

A draft Building Safety Bill has been published containing measures for increased safety in homes. These include the requirement for an Accountable Person in residential highrises above 18m, and a new national regulator, who will oversee safety and standards particularly of high risk buildings.  


A new set of rules will be introduced for the design, construction, and management of buildings, including a clear party responsible for managing potential risks.


Read more here >

More than 750,000 furloughed in construction industry

17 July 2020

According to HMRC figures to 30 June 2020, the construction industry has seen furlough claims for 752,400 emplyments in the construction industry, reflecting 59% of those eligible through c. 75% of the employers in the industry.  This reflects the third highest take up rate behind accommodation and food services (73%) and arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (66%).  London accounts for 1,291,000 furloughed employments, but the rates are broadly consistent across the regions.

Read more here >

BD Architects of the Year shortlist announced

13 July 2020

As well as recognition for body of work for each sector, this year's awards features the new Social Impact Awards, the shortlist for which includes Atkins, HTA Design, JTP, Mikhail Riches, Pollard Thomas Edwards, RCKa, Squire and Partners and Turner Works.

Read more here >

RICS to close six UK offices permanently

13 July 2020

The announcement comes as part of its effort to provide its services on-line including assessments, which has proven success over the course of the lockdown. According to the RICS more than 1,000 assessments has been completed on line.


The remaining offices in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh is due to reopen in September. 


Read more here >

Apprenticeships, stamp duty and infrastructure among Sunak's Plan for Jobs

9 July 2020

The Chanceller's stummer statement outlined a three-pronged plan to create jobs. The first focuses on incentivising employees to protect jobs for furloughed works and hire young people and apprecentices and funding Department for Work and Pensions. The second elaborates on funding for capital projects, introducing Green Homes Grant and temporarily raising the threshold for stamp duty to £500,000. The third part encourages spending primarily in the leisure and tourism industry through a series of VAT cuts and subsidies.

Read the full speech here >

Affordable Housing Programme extended to 2023

7 July 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has extended the scheme by a year to address delays on projects due to the pandemic.  The £9bn scheme had originally required works on site to commence by March 2022. 


A new £12bn Affordable Homes Programme is due to commence next year to support the delivery of 180,000 new affordable homes.


Read more here >



PM announces Build, Build, Build

30 June 2020

Boris Johnson has announced plans for planning reforms that include removing the need for planning approval for conversion of relevant commercial premises to residential or other selected use classes. A policy paper is expected in July, with view to go into effect by September.


The plans are announced along side measures to support home building, including a £12bn affordable homes programme and an additional £450m to the Home Builders Fund. Read more here> 

PM announces £1bn for 50 major school projects

29 June 2020

The projects wll be announced later in the year, and will start in September 2021.  A further £560 million has been promised for school repairs and a further £200m has been earmarked for further education colleagues.  This forms part of a 10-year plan, details for which are expected 29 June.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill becomes law

26 June 2020

The Act includes both temporary and permanent measures that aim to allow "breathing space" for struggling busineses to survive. These include a moratorium from creditor action of 20 business days - extendable to 40 with court documents filed - to restructure or seek new investment and new restructuring procedures.   Retoractive temporary measures include restrictions on statutory demands and winding up petitions as a result of Covid-19, withholding supplies to businesses entering insolvency or restructuring (with exceptions), and personal liability to directors for wrongful tradings.  Filing deadlines at Companies House have also been extended.

Read more here> 

1FA shortlisted for AJ100 Building of the year award

16 June 2020

1 FA has been shortlisted alongside Murrays’ Mills by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Brunel Building by Fletcher Priest; English National Ballet by Glenn Howells Architects; The Standard, London by Orms; Leeds Playhouse by Page\Park; Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by Populous; Hounslow House by Sheppard Robson; and Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology by WilkinsonEyre.


Read more here >

Construction output falls by 40% in April

16 June 2020

The Office of National Statistics has reported 40% fall in construction output in April, amidst the Covid-19 lockdown, with a 41% fall in new work and 38% fall in repair and maintenance work.  This follows an 18% fall in the three months leading upto April. 


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TfL to restart projects in phases

11 June 2020

TfL is preparing to restart major projects including the Northern Line Extension, Bank Station upgrade and Old Street roundabout.


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Deadlines for furlough scheme announced

1 June 2020

Businesses already using the scheme will need to register employees by 10 June, while new entrants to the scheme must be registerd by 30 June.


Employers will be responsible for national insurance and pension contributions by August and contribute to 10% of the 80% salary (up to £2,500) in September. 

Read the Chancellor's statement here >

Code of conduct for commercial rent to be published

1 June 2020

Working with industy bodies including the British Property Federation, Revo and UKHopsitality, the government's code of practice will provide gudiance promoting transparent discussions between landlord and tenant. The code is underpinned by the principles that tenants should pay rent if they are able, and landlords should help struggling businesses if they are able.


Read more here >

Property agencies prepare phased return to work

27 May 2020

Several major commercial agencies have announced plans to return to work at limited capacities in adherence to government guidelines. These include Savills, JLL and CBRE.


Read more here >

AHMM remodels Broadgate for Generation Z

15 April 2020

Have a look at the building study for the refurbishment of the Grade II listed 1FA, Broadgate by AHMM in the Architect's Journal >


Government ploughs on with projects - HS2 and Homes England

15 April 2020

HS2 has been given the go ahead to issue the Notice to Proceed to four major civils works contractors. 


Read Building, 16 April 2020 >


Homes England buys 19 sites 


Read Building 15 April 2020 >

Jenrick announces fire safety measures

3 April 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has published new fire safety measures as a response to the Building a Safer Future consultation. The measures include mandatory sprinklers systems and consistent wayfinding signage in residential blocks of more than 11 meters, as well as appointing David Hancock to review the progress of ACM removal.  A roundatable with mortgage lenders is expected to agree mortgage valuations for buildings under 18 m.

Read more here > 


Business secretary's open letter to construction industry

1 April 2020

Sharma thanks the construction industry for continuing work amidst calls for closure, citing advice from Chief Medical Officer.


Read letter here >

Sir Robert McAlpine and other contractors shut down sites

25 March 2020

Amidst the wider debate as to whether construction sites should stop, Sir Robert McAlpine has announced it will pause operations as it is difficult to maintain the 2m social distancing rule. Read more here>


Other contractors that have also closed sites include Mulitplex, Barratt Homes and Galliard.  Leadlease has halted operations on site for 48 hours to assess activities that can be safely carried out, while Balfour Beatty continues to work on sites where it is able to maintain social distancing.  Read more here >

Measures to support businesses published

24 March 2020

These include deferring VAT and Income Tax payments, Statutory Sick Pay relief, business rates holidays and Business Interruption Loan Scheme.  Read more here >

The Government has also announced a ban on evictions for businesses if rent payment is missed in the next three months.  Read more here >

Emergency legislation halts evictions

19 March 2020

The goverhnment has introduced measures to help tenants and landlords affected by the coronavirus outbreaks.  The measures will see a ban on evictions proceedings and offer of landlord mortgage holidays for at least a three month period. Interest payment holidays are also extended to Help to Buy equity loans.


Read more here >

Bank of England cuts interest rates

19 March 2020

The Bank of England has cut interest rates a further 15 basis points to 0.1% and increased its holdings of UK government and corporate holding bonds by £200bn, as part of futher measures to buffer the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  This follows rate cuts and bond holdings already introduced earlier in the month, along with the new Term Funding Scheme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.


Read more here>

Government publishes Planning for the Future

13 March 2020

The Minstry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published wide ranging plans to stimulate housing and improve the planning system.  These include funding to infrastructure, reforming planning fees to fund local authority resources, and facilitating compulsive purchase orders. It also sets out intent to address climate change, improve home ownership and renters' rights and building safety.  Plans will be set out in a series of documents includin gPlanning White Paper, Social Housing White Paper, revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework. 


Read the Planning for the Future document here >

Government plans for stimulus in Budget

12 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Runak's first Budget includes for £30bn to stem the impacts of the coronavirus, including additional funds for the NHS, suspending rates for retail and leisure venues with rateable value below £51,000, and temporaray loan scheme for small and medium sized business.  In relation to property and construction, the Budget has allocated £50bn to stimulate housebuilding by housing associations, green transport solutions, roads and flood protection. A further £1bn has been pledged towards a Buidling Safety Fund and £640m to protect natural habitats.  The additional spending will be paid for an additional £96.6bn in borrowing.   Read more here >

MIPIM 2020 rescheduled for June

2 March 2020

Amidst the growing concern for the spread of coronavirus, organisers Reed MIDEM has postponed the annual international property event to 2-5 June.  The event was originally scheduled for 10-13 March.


Southwark Council Leader Peter John steps down

28 February 2020

Council Leader since 2010, pro-development John was active in regeneration and building programmes in the borough. Under his tenure, major schemes including Elephant and Castle, Old Kent Road and Canada Water were green lit, leading to significant delivery of housing, office, and leisure in the borough.

His successor will be elected later in March.

Read more here >

Court of appeals rules against Heathrow third runway

28 February 2020

The Court of Appeals determined that the plans did not comply with the current UK legislation for net zero carbon by 2050.  The judges ruled that the government had not taken into account the Paris Agreement.

Read a summary of the judgments here >

Developers for the airport intends to appeal.  The government however has said it would not fight the decision.

100 Liverpool Street signs six retailers and a gym

24 February 2020

The retailers include the UK's first JOHN REED gym, Tommy Hilfiger, L'Occitane, and Dune London. Only two retail units remain to be let ahead of the completion of the 520,000 sq ft commercial office building this summer.

Read more here >




Points based immigration plan published

19 February 2020

The point system favours highly-skilled migrants, students and academics, and treats EU applicants on the same footing as the rest of the world.  No route is proposed for low-skilled labour or self-employment.  The salary threshold has been reduced from £30,000 to £25,600. 


Read more here >




British Land’s 1 Triton Square Shows the Commercial Value of Circular Economy Leadership

14 February 2020

The 313,000 sq ft refurbishment project provides a car savings of 56% over a typical new build and 43% operational savings over a typical commercial building.  


Read article here >


Find out more about the project here >

National audit office recommends review of commercial investment by local councils

14 February 2020

The NAO has published its review of the prudential framework that has enabled £6.6bn of investment in commercial property by local councils, in efforts to generate income and local regeneration following reductions in funding since 2010-11.  The report considered the management of risks and has recommended that the government reviews how risks are evaluated and reported, framework compliance is measured and interventions are arranged.

Read more here >

New cabinet, new housing minister

14 February 2020

The cabinet reshuffle has led to the appointment of Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, as housing minister, 10th in the last 10 years. He replaces Esther McVey, who took on the post in July 2019.  Robert Jenrick remains in his post as the secretary for housing, communities and local government.


The most high profiles departure is former Chancellor Sajid Javid, to be replaced by Rishik Sunak, while George Eustace is the new environment secretary.  Alok Sharma and Grant Shapps remain as the business and transport secretaries, respectively.  Read more here >

Boris Johnson announces green light for HS2

12 February 2020

The long delayed railway project provides high speed links between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.  The project, costing more than £106bn, is expected to be delivered as three projects and fully operational by 2040. 


Read more here >

Migration Advisory Committee recommends mixed post-Brexit immigration system

28 January 2020

The MAC has recommended retaining the existing system for Tier 2 (General) work visa for those entering the UK with a job offer, but modifiying the points-based system for Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) to reflect promise rather than track record. It has also recommended reducing the general salary thresholds to £24,600 rather than £30,000 per annum, further reducing that for new entrants, and enabling different thresholds for different occupations. 


Read more here >

Housing secretary recommends combustibles ban

24 January 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a number of proposals relating to fire safety, including a ban on Aluminum Composite Material with polyethelene core on buildings of any height and reducing the threshold for sprinklers and combustibles from 18 to 11m. 


Read more here >

Mayor issues Intend to Publish London Plan

19 December 2019

The document has taken on board a number of recommendations by the Inspector's report, including targets for new housing delivery, but has retained on issues like restrictions on Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land and fracking.  The draft is with the Communities Secretary to comment or approve.  


Read the responses to the Panel's recommendations here > and the Intend to Publish version here >

Conservatives retain power with largest majority since 1987

13 December 2019

The Conservatives have secured a majority of at least 76, with 364 seats. This is the largest majority since 1987. Meanwhile, Labour suffered its worse results since 1935, with 203 seats. 


The Scottish National Party won 48 out of 59 seats - a gain of 13 over the 2017 general elections  This could lead to a second referendum on independence. Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson lost her seat for Dunbartonshire East to SNP and has announced her resignation as party leader.

Number of high court cases increases

9 December 2019

The Technology and Construction court has heard 397 in 2018/19, slighlty higher than the previous year.  This follows and spike up from 311 in 2015/16, following the collapse of Carillion. 


Read more here >  

British Property Federation publishes Accelerated Planning Manifesto

6 December 2019

Following its general elections manifesto, the BPF has launched its more specific manifesto for reforming the planning system.  These include better resourced local authority planning departments, more effective intervention by Planning Inspectorate, and publishing good practice guidance for use of Planning Performance Agreements.


Read the manifesto here >


British Property Federation publishes manifesto

29 November 2019

The manifesto outlines the policy changes the BPF would like to see following the general elections, including reducing o removing VAT on refurbishment, investing in local authorities to help speed up planning processes, and using business rates to incentivise investment in green technologies.


Read the manifesto here >


Parties pledge investment for housing and construction

25 November 2019

The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats have published their manifesto, each pledging investment to address housing, infrastructure, and sustainability issues.


Here is a summary from Building  >


Here are the published party manifestos in full: 

Read more >

Confidence in overseas inward investment falters

18 November 2019

The autum 2019 London Development Barometer survey reveals that only 42% of the respondents believe the level of investment will increase or remain the same, compared to 64% just six months ago.


Read the Property Week article here >


Click here for the press release and summary of results 



Crossrail delay to "as soon as practically possible in 2021"

8 November 2019

Otherwise known as Elizabeth Line, Crossrail was originally intended to open in December 2018.  The latest announcement pushes the operational date back from the previous projection of Q4 2020- Q2 2020.


The projected costs has also increased to over £18bn, well in excess of the £17.6bn agreed among the Mayor, the Government and Transport for London.  TfL is in talks with the Department for Transport to discuss how the additional costs will be funded.


Read more here >



No Starter Homes built under 2014 government pledge

6 November 2019

The National Audit Office has published a report on its Investigations into Starter Homes, revealing that no starter homes have yet been delivered despite having earmarked £2.3bn in the November 2015 Spending Review.  An estimated £250m has been spent buying land and preparing sites. However no legislation or planning guidance has been passed to support the programme.  Policy shifts has also meant that funds allocated to Starter Homes have been expended more generally on housing delivery.


Read more here > 




Mandatory registration for drones

6 November 2019

Drone operators are required to register drones between 250 gram and 20kg with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), set to become law 30 November 2019.


The new regulations required drone operators to pass an online test to obtain a flyer ID, register for an operator ID, and register any drones or model aircraft for which the oeprator is responsible.  Children must also pass the online test to fly a drone. 


Members of five model aircraft associations are exempt.  Read more here >


MPs vote for 12 December general elections

30 October 2019

Following EU's agreement to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 January, Parliament has voted to hold general elections 438-20.  More than 100 Labour MPs did not vote.


This is the first December general elections since 1923.

Private purpose-built student accommodation to surpass university beds in 2020

23 October 2019

According to StuRent's Annual UK Student Accommodation Report 2019, more than 34,000 private beds will be added in 2019, with more than 120,000 beds approved or awaiting a decision. 


Read more here > 

Government response to housing committee report regarding building safety reforms

22 October 2019

The Government has stated that making changes will take time, but cites actions undertaken and underway. These include the conclusion of consultations for ‘Building a Safer Future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory
system’ in July 2019; consultations on building height thresholds for sprinklers closing at the end of November, and funding for private building owners to replace ACM cladding systems.


Read the full response here >

Queen's speech outlines 22 bills

15 October 2019

A number of bills revolve around crime, NHS and Brexit, including the EU bill itself and bills on trade, agriculture, fishing and immigration. 


The speech sets out the intention to bring forward a National Infrastructure Strategy covering digital, transport and energy infrastructure; a white paper to "unleashing regional potential in England", building safety standards and an Environmental Bill. 


Read the Queen's speech here >

Goldsmith Street wins Stirling Prize

10 October 2019

The 100-home energy efficient council housing scheme for Norwich City Council was selected over London Bridge Station by Grimshaw; Cork House by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton; the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience by RSHP, Nevill Holt Opera by Witherford Watson Mann Architects and The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Pak by Feilden Clegg Bradley.


The scheme was the winner of a numer of 2019 RIBA awards, inlcuding the RIBA East Award, RIBA East Sustainability Award and the Neave Brown Award for Housing. Read more here >

Supreme Court has ruled that suspension of Parliament was unlawful

24 September 2019

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Prime Minister's advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament from week of 9th September until 14 October was unlawful, void, and of no effect, on the basis that:

  • The Court has the juridiction to rule on the existence and limits of prerogative power
  • The advice to the Queen to prorogue if it prevents Parliament to conduct its duties without reasonable justification is unlawful
  • Justifications for the "extreme effect" of the prorogation has not been put forward

Parliament is expected to reconvene 25th September.   Read president of the court Lady Hale's statement here >

Bank of Montreal takes 60,000 sq ft at 100 Liverpool Street

18 September 2019

Furthermore SMBC has committed to a further 22,000 sq ft, taking 184,000 sq ft in total at 100 Liverpool Street.


Read more here > 


Read more about 100 Liverpool Street here >

Parliament passes law to prevent no-deal Brexit

8 September 2019

In the run up to the prorogation, Parliament has passed a law to require a deal or parliamentary for no deal by 19 October. Otherwise, the prime minister must request a further extension to 31 January.


Opposition parties have also rejected the call for a general election before 31 October.