23 Sep 2019

Once smitten, twice shy? Locked

Last year, I (Eoin Redahan) wrote a feature about HAB Housing - the ill-fated company founded by Grand Designs presenter and likeable uncle-type Kevin McCloud. It was a gushing, fawning 2,000-word eulogy to be more precise.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Construction could feel the No Deal squeeze

The No Deal “worst case scenario” document released by the Government will unsettle those in the construction industry. Eoin Redahan reports.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Smart sensor held back by lack of expertise, finds study Locked

Architects are reluctant to use smart sensor technology in building design.

UK, United States
22 Sep 2019

Free ports - economic benefit or planning blight? Locked

A report by free port advocates following the Government's plan has called for looser planning rules to promote surrounding developments. But this could pose major challenges to sustainable development with uncertain economic outcomes. Paul Hatchwell reports.

UK
22 Sep 2019

DEFRA pledges £62m for flood defences in England Locked

A total of £62m in additional flood defence infrastructure funding across the Northern Powerhouse, Essex and Lincolnshire is aimed at protecting over 9,000 homes and businesses

UK
22 Sep 2019

Environment Agency homes in on cause of 10,000 Devon fish kill Locked

Two major river pollution incidents in August, with one coming to court this month, have led to thousands of fish deaths, as the Environment Agency struggles to cope amid deep cuts.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Digital progress still patchy in infrastructure Locked

A snapshot survey of the UK’s infrastructure sector found patchy progress on digitisation vital to innovation and cutting costs as well as development of a national ‘digital twin’ of the sector.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Surrey County Council approves oil production at Horse Hill Locked

Oil production of up to 3,500 barrels a day at the controversial Horse Hill oil site near Gatwick has been approved by Surrey councillors, with objectors now looking to appeal the decision.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Sustainable SUDS solution for M56 runoff Locked

A new, efficient and compact SUDS system capable of filtering out metal pollution and fine particles has been installed along the M56 to protect a stream in Cheshire from polluted runoff.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Leadership vacuum threatens Northern Ireland infrastructure Locked

Northern Ireland’s infrastructure is facing a crunch point as existing and new, longer-term decisions are increasingly held back by lack of political leadership despite the best efforts of civil servants.

UK
22 Sep 2019

McVey argues for ‘brownfield first’ development policy Locked

New housing minister Esther McVey put an ambitious house building programme and promoting owner occupation at the heart of her first policy speech. Will Hatchett reports.

UK
22 Sep 2019

Conservative backs Greater Manchester housing and jobs plan Locked

Leader of Bolton Council, with a veto on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, has given support, despite colleagues arguing for greater protection of the green belt.

22 Sep 2019

Independent group aims to restore confidence after contamination scare Locked

Group members include a former director of NHS Lanarkshire and a chemistry reader at Strathclyde University.

22 Sep 2019

Development on prisoner of war camp site turned down in Derbyshire Locked

Currently an industrial estate, the brownfield site is partially in the green belt.

22 Sep 2019

Reprieve after asbestos found on Kent allotments Locked

More than than 250 people signed a petition in protest. Now the council has said that specialists will remove the contaminated material with as little disruption as possible.

22 Sep 2019

Milestone for Kilmarnock Enterprise and Innovation Hub Locked

Morrison Construction awarded key contract for £63m regeneration project.

22 Sep 2019

AECOM launches PFAS removal solution Locked

The infrastructure company says its DE-FLUORO™ technology effectively and permanently removes per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.

22 Sep 2019

Government tackles illegal green belt development Locked

It will provide a £2m pot to help local authorities crack down on this illicit construction.

22 Sep 2019

Appeal Court upholds air quality planning decision Locked

A 330-home development won’t go ahead in Newington due to air quality concerns, according to CPRE Kent.

22 Sep 2019

WMCA announces 4,000 brownfield homes Locked

The homes will be delivered in a partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Lovell Partnerships.

22 Sep 2019

Water company hit with £156,000 pollution fine Locked

Anglian Water pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to polluting Grendon Brook in Northamptonshire.

22 Sep 2019

VHE to remediate Glasgow meat market site Locked

The remediation specialist will clear the site and complete earthworks to get it ready for development.

22 Sep 2019

Human health soil standard released Locked

The standard addresses the characterisation of soil in relation to human exposure.

20 Sep 2019

Brownfield Briefing Awards: Meridian One wins Project of the Year Locked

Fourteen winners were announced and five entries highly commended at the fifteenth anniversary of Environment Analyst's Brownfield Briefing Awards.

UK
16 Sep 2019

Time to think in circles Locked

We need to design building components that can be upcycled, and we need to stop designing products that pollute our homes. Eoin Redahan spoke to Suki Kler Young and Peter Mösle, two experts from Drees & Sommer, about the regulations and financial levers that could change the way we build.

14 Sep 2019

Contaminated land: a modern mid-life crisis? Locked

Environment Analyst’s latest insight report explores the dynamics of the UK’s maturing contaminated land management sector and why consultants believe change from within is needed to kick-start the industry. It also views developments in the context of global market trends and statistics.

13 Sep 2019

Countryside to build taller towers at Beam Park Locked

The changes will lead to a 198 more homes than initially approved being built in the second phase of the development.

13 Sep 2019

Goldsmith consolidates position at Defra Locked

A mini-reshuffle following resignations over proroguing of Parliament has seen green-minded Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith promoted to Defra Minister of State, replacing Thérèse Coffey, while Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow takes his former role.

UK
13 Sep 2019

North of England faces future water stress Locked

Most of the north of England is better placed than the rest of the country to tackle water stress in a changing climate, but action will still need to be taken to ensure sustainable development, particularly in Yorkshire, and this could serve as a model for water trading elsewhere.

13 Sep 2019

West Yorkshire calls for £141m flood defence funding Locked

Leeds City Region is looking to launch a £282m flood defence project but needs £141m government backing.