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How to Win Planning Permits – Read these insider tips.
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An insider’s guide to the planning application system – RIBA Conference Guerilla Tactics Architects attending the RIBA’s recent Guerrilla Tactics conference were treated to some insider tips on how the machinery of planning works in the real world, and how they can get the best out of it. Read on to ‘win with the best’!

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Housing Can’t Be Both Affordable and a Good Investment
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The Two Pillars of Housing Policy are Fundamentally at Odds Daniel Hertz, senior fellow at City Observatory writes that promoting homeownership as an investment strategy is a risky proposition. In his view, no financial advisor would recommend going into debt in order to put such a massive part of your savings in any other single […]

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Ready ot not: Offsite construction is now mainstream in the UK
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Business Opportunities “Offsite construction methods are increasingly being used in all sectors of the UK, providing excellent business opportunities.” Off-Site Hub reports this as the view of Ian Pannell from Build Offsite, a company which has been advocating the intelligent use of offsite methods for almost 13 years. Ian argues that this view is increasingly […]

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Gardens of interwar estates could house thousands more – Intelligence Densification – RIBA J
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Is this Really Innovation? Eleanor Young writes that a one-bed wheeled home is being trialled on a housing estate in Bristol in an innovative bid to help solve the housing crisis. But is this really ‘innovation’ (see Britain’s Housing Crisis) Read more

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Drain Repairs London – Commercial – Speciliased Drainage Services | SDS
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Blockchain and construction: the opportunities and challenges – BIM+ CIOB
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New Research As BIM+ reports, the construction sector has struggled to embrace technological advancements in comparison with other industries. Lack of trust in other parties and traditional procurement approaches aggravate the inadequate levels of collaboration in construction. BIM processes and technologies have been contributing to address these challenges, but their adoption level remains slow globally. […]

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The future of work won’t be about college degrees, it will be about job skills – CNBC
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Skill Training Is More Useful According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, 93 percent of college-educated freelancers say their skill training is more useful in the work they are doing now than their college training. – click to read more

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Growing Underground – the next ‘Renewables’ – Revolutionary Subterranean Farms
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Effective Land Use Many crops are now being grown in greenhouses. Although this provides a controllable growth environment, greenhouses are heavy energy consumers. Vertical farms are a relatively recent adaptation of the traditional greenhouse and are suitable for use in cities, as their tall glass structures provide high crop yields on a small land area.

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£1B for SME House Builders
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Housing Delivery Funds A new government partnership with Barclays will offer development finance to small- and medium-sized housing developers. The £1 billion Housing Delivery Fund is an attempt to diversify the range of housing providers. Applicant developers will need a track record of delivering projects on time and on to budget, but the new fund […]

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31 Timber Skyscrapers for 5,000 homes
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Stockholm New Neighbourhood Stockholm’s Centre Party has selected local firm Anders Berensson Architects to design a neighbourhood in the city’s central dock area that will include 31 cross-laminated timber towers.

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Build to Rent BOOM – or BUST?
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“Build to Rent Booming” says RIBA 30% p.a. Regional Growth Build-to-rent development is ignoring the vagaries of the wider housing for-sale market, particularly in the regions, where the number of new homes in planning has increased by over 30% in the past year to almost 30,000 outside London. The regions are now rapidly catching up […]

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