12 Apr 2019

New minister joins ‘merry go round’ as housing crisis deepens

Brownfield Briefing: For a country which is failing to deliver the supply of new homes that it desperately needs, and has multiple other housing-related problems, the turnover of ministers is surprising. Will Hatchett looks at the numbers.

28 Mar 2019

‘Build homes or lose money’ minister tells Greater Manchester Locked

Brownfield Briefing: With centrally imposed housing targets in full swing, local green belt defenders have appeared all over the country. Will Hatchett looks at the effect they are having.

25 Mar 2019

Mipim 2019 review Locked

Brownfield Briefing: What were the major themes at Mipim 2019? With 500 cities exhibiting and over 100 conferences over the three days, Ian Grant picks out some themes.

18 Mar 2019

Texas groundwater – the gamekeeper turned poacher? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: What happens when your environmental policy is moth-eaten, porous, riddled with holes? Texas happens. Eoin Redahan reports on the alarming state of coal waste regulations in the Lone Star state.

28 Feb 2019

Changing times expressed in Glasgow’s development plan Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Scotland’s first city is traditionally associated with shipbuilding and heavy industry. But that is changing with iconic modern buildings and landmarks and set to be improved by supplementary guidance on economic development set to go before ministers. Will Hatchett reports.

22 Feb 2019

Free market institute upsets sacred cows Locked

Brownfield Briefing: You wouldn’t expect a leading neo-liberal think tank to advocate building on the green belt and raising capital gains tax, using the receipts for public benefit. But these surprising recommendations are contained in the Adam Smith Institute’s latest report. WIll Hatchett assesses it.

14 Feb 2019

In focus: the Southall Waterside redevelopment Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Southall Waterside project is one of the most audacious brownfield developments currently taking place in the UK. Management consultancy Atkins and housebuilder Berkeley Group told us more about the remediation works and their creation of a new community in North West London.

7 Feb 2019

Calls for research and alternative herbicides as dangers of Japanese knotweed questioned Locked

Brownfield Briefing: All is not well in the world of Japanese knotweed. Eoin Redahan sifted through the responses to the Science and Technology Committee’s Japanese knotweed inquiry.

1 Feb 2019

Planning ‘power grab’ for UK predicted post-Brexit Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Different and rapidly-evolving Brexit scenarios have thrown the future of UK planning into question, with experts divided on the potential nature of future legislation and how far and quickly we will diverge from EU-derived planning law.

28 Jan 2019

NQMS update Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The National Quality Mark Scheme, which aims to raise the standard of land contamination reports, is gathering momentum. Seamus Lefroy-Brooks, chairman of the Land Forum NQMS sub-committee, gives us the latest on its progress.

Europe, UK
16 Nov 2018

VertaseFLI gets bespoke waste recovery permit for landfill remediation Locked

Brownfield Briefing: VertaseFLI has at long last received its Waste Recovery Permit for reclamation of the former industrial and commercial landfill at Emerson’s Green, Bristol, writes director, Mike Longman.

9 Nov 2018

China: what effect will the recent soil pollution law have? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Chinese Government recently put measures in place to tackle widespread soil pollution in the country, but just how far will they go? Joe Zhang and Oshani Perera, of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, discuss the lie of the land. Eoin Redahan reports.

26 Oct 2018

New housing estates failing on multiple fronts Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The lack of public transport connectivity, community-focused estate design, and attention paid to people’s health and wellbeing have been highlighted by the Transport for New Homes Project.

11 Oct 2018

Brownfield Risk and Remediation 2018 Locked

Brownfield Briefing: What did we learn when the best brains in British brownfield convened under the shadow of Tower Bridge before the BB awards? Eoin Redahan had a listen.

28 Sep 2018

Tackling the housing targets Locked

22 Jun 2018

The importance of digging into the unknown Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Ahead of the Site Investigation conference (28th June, London) keynote speaker Len Threadgold, Chairman and Chief Engineer, Geotechnics Limited, who is presenting a session titled 'Rethinking site investigation' answers some questions.

8 Jun 2018

The best way to capture land value uplift? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: In theory, the Government could use increases in land values to fund infrastructure projects, but capturing this uplift is far from straightforward. Politicians and developers debated the issue in the House of Commons on 4 June. Eoin Redahan reports.

8 Jun 2018

Insight Report: End of the pipe for grey infrastructure in the water industry? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: How the management of environmental quality issues in the UK water sector is evolving in response to changing expectations and regulations, and creating opportunities for consultancies and the wider supply chain

Europe, UK
3 May 2018

Seven tips for managing surface water on construction sites Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Managing director of environmental consultancy Naturally Compliant, Simon Knott, provides his seven steps to appropriately managing and disposing of surface water on construction projects.

Europe, UK
4 Apr 2018

Brownfield Registers: first impressions Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Most UK councils have now published their Brownfield Registers. So, what is the early verdict? We asked Rebecca Pullinger, Brownfield Lead at the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

31 Oct 2017

Insight: The decommissioning conundrum (part II) Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Incorporating views from Shell on progress to date and lessons learned from the Brent Spar saga in the North Sea, an update on the environmental management challenges facing the offshore oil & gas decom sector and its support service suppliers

Europe, Global, UK
18 Oct 2017

Insight: The decommissioning conundrum (part I) Locked

Brownfield Briefing: How the oil and gas decom market is shaping up set against only a slight improvement in the price of oil. Nick Cottam looks at the facts and figures, and where EHS factors fit into the equation

Europe, Global, UK
9 Oct 2017

Mixed reactions to £2bn affordable housing commitment Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to put another £2bn towards affordable housing was well received by some, but others view the measure as misguided.

4 Oct 2017

ES submissions fall but consultancy remains buoyant Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Planning statistics show fewer environmental statements were submitted to local planning authorities in 2016/17 while DCO submissions remain worryingly low.

Europe, UK
23 Aug 2017

Solar forecasting could boost PV efficiency Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A new solar forecasting service developed at the University of Sheffield could increase the efficiency of photovoltaic systems and reduce energy costs.

22 Aug 2017

Tories still have no housing solution, says Labour Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis after seven years of failure, claims John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

22 Aug 2017

Port Loop regeneration moves forward Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Plans for a new waterside community on a brownfield site in Icknield Port, Birmingham, have been submitted to the Council.

14 Aug 2017

Rising material costs hit construction industry Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The depreciation of sterling since the Brexit referendum has led to rising prices for imported materials and increased cross pressures for those in the construction industry, according to the Construction Products Association.

11 Aug 2017

UK housing outlook remains bleak Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Low supply, political uncertainty, and tax changes mean the UK’s housing market continues to struggle, according to the RICS UK Residential Market Survey for July.

11 Aug 2017

Don’t blame low-carbon policies for higher bills, says CCC Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Green policies make up only 9% of typical household energy bills and are not primarily to blame for the increase in energy bills, says the Committee on Climate Change