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Posted: 27th June
By: rlf

Property viewing in virtual reality: the next frontier

Property hunting can be a chore - especially after the third or fourth place fails to impress. But what if you could have a good nose round your prospective dream home without having to leave the sofa? You’ll soon be able to, thanks to Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

What is VR?

Virtual Reality (VR) is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer generated environment, which can be explored and i...

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Posted: 20th June
By: rlf

Construction news: the end of UCATT as we know it

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians (UCATT) has reached the end of the road as an independent union after members voted to merge with larger union, Unite, at its recent annual conference, in Scarboorough.

The leaders of UCATT and Unite will now enter into discussions about how to complete the merger, before a formal vote of all members on the transfer of structures takes place, before the...

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Posted: 18th April
By: rlf

Brownfield land and affordable housing

The government has announced that 73 councils across England are to trial ‘brownfield registers’, which will grant planning permission ‘in principle’ for homes to be built on derelict and underused land. Will this help solve the affordable housing dilemma?

The registers will provide up-to-date information on all brownfield sites available for housing in the local area and, in theory, will help house builde...

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Posted: 29th February
By: rlf

Construction workers denied access to auto-enrolment pension scheme

According to a new report published in the Guardian, there has been a dramatic rise in the construction industry of the number of construction workers being made to register as self-employed by their employers.

Not only that, but these construction workers are being made to use ‘umbrella’ companies to receive their wages, meaning they’re missing out on pension contributions.

Umbrella companies operate by ...

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Posted: 29th January
By: rlf

Transport for London turns property developer

Transport for London’s journey towards becoming a major property developer has reached a milestone with its announcement that over 300 acres of land will be made available for the building of 10,000 homes over the next decade. Two hundred of those acres will be in the highest value travel zones, 1 and 2.

At the start of the year, TFL said that up to 50 of its sites would be chosen for the first phase of redevel...

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Posted: 30th November
By: rlf

Building news: 9 new super prisons on their way

Chancellor George Osborne and Justice Secretary Michael Gove have unveiled a major “new for old” prison reform programme, which includes plans to build nine new prisons in England and Wales.

At a cost of £3 billion, the aim of the programme is to ensure that Britain’s prison system is fit for purpose, by closing down ‘ageing and ineffective’ Victorian prisons and selling the sites off for the construct...

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