The end of March, beginning of April has seen a significant number of regulation and initiative updates relating to construction. Not least the Government Construction Strategy 2016 – 20, the deadline for BIM level 2 and the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

Government and construction

The Government Construction Strategy 2016 – 20, Strategy looks at three core areas: improving client capabilities, digital and data technologies and skills. The strategy presents ideas on improving efficiencies in the pipeline, such as early engagement of suppliers and the development of a collaborative environment within the supply chain and the realisation of BIM level 2.

The beginning of April saw the deadline for the use of BIM level 2 on all major government projects. Our BIM round-up provides an overview on the news in this area, including the latest research from BIM4M2.

The National Infrastructure Pipeline 2016 provides further detail on the recent budget announcements regarding HS2, HS3 and Crossrail, together with details of investment in over 600 infrastructure projects and programmes in all sectors across the UK. The Pipeline gives an overview of what, when and where infrastructure will be built. £300 billion is to be invested in the coming five years. The accompanying National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016 to 2021, that sets out the strategy for improved infrastructure delivery, is the first to detail how infrastructure will support large-scale housing, regeneration and key social infrastructure.

Pertinent in light of news that 17 schools built in Scotland have been closed due to structural faults. Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) built the schools during the first round of public-private partnerships (PPP). If you are interested in getting your construction product specified for education, then see our recent research Construction Market Report: UK Education Sector.

Government and housing

The building regulations have been updated to include revised accessible housing standards. Jean Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments takes a look at the housing standards, asking are they fit for purpose? Asking how we can achieve accessibility in our housing stock to meet the needs of our diverse and ageing population.

In London Arcadis provides an overview of the growth in prime homes, reporting that the capital’s high-end residential market is still viewed favourably. This comes as government relaxes the rules on shared ownership. Yet The Guardian questions the scheme asking is shared ownership a slippery slope?

Government is conducting a technical consultation on starter home regulations. They are seeking views on the details for the regulations to support the starter homes clauses in the Housing and Planning Bill; including options for the starter homes requirement on reasonably sized sites.

And a potential merger between L&Q, The Hyde Group and East Thames could create one of the country’s top four largest house builders. Together, the three organisations will be able to build 100,000 new homes across London and the South East.

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