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.

8 Mar 2019

The dire need for deep housing retrofits Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: What do we need? A deep retrofit of more than 26 million UK homes. When do we need them? Before it’s too late. Eoin Redahan reports.

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.

28 Feb 2019

Spoils of the sun: the Nottingham story Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Nottingham is on its way to becoming carbon neutral by 2028. So, what’s the secret? Eoin Redahan asked Sally Longford, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, and Wayne Bexton, its Head of Energy Services.

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

The shipping container solution? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Buy a load of shipping containers for £1,000 apiece, cut out a few windows, transform the insides with soft lighting and pallet furniture, and rent them for a song. Housing problem solved, right? Wrong. Eoin Redahan reports.

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.

4 Feb 2019

Infrastructure: London’s uneasy evolution Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Protection against natural disasters... selectively deaf planners… fibre-optic cable... What sort of infrastructure-related issues matter most to Londoners? Eoin Redahan took a look at AECOM’s Future of Infrastructure report.

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
22 Jan 2019

Off-site growing pains Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Will the Government drive meaningful change in the construction industry? Did it make firm commitments at the Off-site Manufacture for Construction debate in the House of Lords before Christmas? Eoin Redahan reports.

Europe, UK
17 Jan 2019

Environmental consulting defies Brexit worries

EIA +Planning Briefing: UK sector records solid growth again as nation's appetite for infrastructure provides no shortage of opportunities, finds EA report

Europe, UK
15 Dec 2018

Off-grid buildings to be test bed for decarbonised heat Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: England’s off-grid communities will be in the vanguard of low-carbon and renewable heating in the government’s emerging future framework for heat in buildings. Paul Hatchwell reports.

30 Nov 2018

Low-carbon hydrogen will need early heat strategy Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Hydrogen has a role in plugging the decarbonisation gap in heating , but the Government will have to act soon to ensure a range of options and keep costs down. Paul Hatchhwell reports.

23 Nov 2018

Insight report: On the road to success?

EIA +Planning Briefing: Highways work in England is ramping up on the back of the first national road investment strategy with a £225m dedicated environment fund. We find out how this is impacting demand for support services and where it is heading under the second draft strategy.

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.

19 Oct 2018

D&I perspectives: How to mitigate delays and avoid increased costs on major UK construction projects Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: RSK founding director Sue Sljivic provides her views on the importance of continuity on projects, and the pitfalls of multi-consultancy involvement.

Europe, UK
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.

5 Oct 2018

Creating climate-resilient real estate Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: What is the main concern for experts tasked with making buildings more climate-resilient? Eoin Redahan found out at Ramboll’s Climate Resilience roundtable.

28 Sep 2018

Tackling the housing targets Locked

21 Sep 2018

Using EIA to protect outer space Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: WYG’s director and head of environmental planning Steve Mustow considers why we need EIA to support extra-terrestrial exploration and development projects

Europe, UK
20 Sep 2018

Insight Report: Decommission impossible? Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: UK environmental consultants are winning more work associated with the legacy of North Sea oil and gas infrastructure. As offshore decommissioning activity ramps up, and with huge budgets at stake, we look at how environmental management approaches are evolving.

Europe, UK
22 Jun 2018

The importance of digging into the unknown

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.

15 Jun 2018

Swansea Bay Tidal hit by Wylfa Newydd decision Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Government backing for Wylfa Newydd exacerbates rumours about Swansea Tidal Lagoon's fate.

Europe, UK
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