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Homes on car parks – a solution for NHS key worker housing

Building over hospital surface car parks could both help to cure the NHS’s key worker crisis and remedy its shortage of move on accommodation, a Stirling prize shortlisted architect told our Healthcare Estates Development Forum. Bill Dunster, whose Bedzed housing development in Sutton was on the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects prize […]

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Proptech within healthcare

The government has been insufficiently hard-line about mandating BIM on publicly funded construction projects, the Proptech Session heard at our Healthcare Estates Development Forum. Jason Whittall, Director of One Creative Environments, said that failure to use BIM was treated less seriously than not following the BREEAM eco building standard. Whittall said the mandate had also […]

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Health tax isn’t a cure for the NHS

Our Healthcare Estates Development Forum has heard that moves to raise a tax specifically to pay for the NHS could be seen as a ‘trick’. Leading health economist and Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs Thinktank Dr Kristian Niemietz,, said that so called hypothecated taxes could get swallowed up into […]

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University of Cambridge breaks into housing delivery ‘big league’

The University of Cambridge is on track to be one of the major housing developers in the south of England this year, our Cambridge Universities Development Plans Conference has heard. Heather Topel, Project Director of the university’s North-West Cambridge development, told the event that 150 homes in the scheme’s first phase have already been built, […]

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Modular homes – the future of the British construction industry?

Last week the Government called for a more innovative approach to solving Britain’s housing shortage and is backing modern methods of construction, such as modular homes, to speed up housing delivery. The Government is calling on councils to set their own design quality standards and use virtual reality technology to win round communities and end […]

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Green light given to procure regeneration development partner

Poole Borough Council’s cabinet have given the green light to procure a development partner for its £170m town centre regeneration plans, our Bournemouth Development Plans conference has heard. Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth & Infrastructure at the Borough of Poole Council, revealed that the decision on the Town Centre North project has been taken the […]

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Legal & General make move into affordable housing

Legal & General are set to move into the UK affordable housing business – with plans to develop, buy and manage ‘affordable’ rented homes built by others. The move by the UK insurance giant is the latest example of investors moving into a sector traditionally dominated by charities. L&G are set to speak at our […]

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