Building safety plans for Wales set out

Major reforms to the way multi-occupied residential buildings are designed, built and managed in Wales have been set out in a new Building Safety White Paper. The Welsh Government claims the changes proposed amount to the most extensive building safety reforms in the UK following the Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017.

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Lawyers and industry welcome EU trade deal

Striking of a Trade & Cooperation Agreement with the European Union has been hailed as “a welcome relief” by the construction sector, but the deal signals significant changes ahead for the industry according to lawyers.

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Arconic employees urged to give Grenfell evidence

Current and former executives of cladding specialist Arconic who are refusing to present oral evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry due to a 1968 French law have been urged to “step up to the plate” by the UK’s Building Safety Minister.

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Social value procurement model takes effect

Firms bidding for government contracts worth over £10M must now demonstrate how they plan to deliver wider social value benefits under new procurement rules which came into force on 1 January.

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Procurement shake up needed for large projects

Shaking up the way the sector runs procurement to shift away from contract awards based on cheapest price and take a more constructive approach to risk allocation is urged to improve the delivery of infrastructure projects in a new report.

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Controversial development returns to Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate will look again at whether to recommend the controversial Westferry Printworks development in east London for approval after Housing, Communities & Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick reopened the planning inquiry into the £1Bn scheme.

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News in Brief: 8 January 2021

Contractors FM Conway and Kier Integrated Services have been reinstated to the Prompt Payment Code after overhauling their payment practices and implementing plans to meet the code’s standards.

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Frameworks reduction anticipated following review

Government is reportedly set to slash the number of frameworks used by its contracting authorities to procure public works in order to help streamline administrative processes.

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Procurement overhaul proposed in Green Paper

Consolidating over 300 ‘complex’ procurement regulations, reducing speculative challenges to contract awards and allowing public bodies to exclude bidders based on previous poor performance are among key changes to procurement rules proposed in a government Green Paper this week.

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Supreme Court overturns ban on Heathrow expansion

The Supreme Court has opened the way for a third runway to be built at Heathrow airport after reversing a Court of Appeal ruling which had initially blocked the scheme on climate grounds earlier this year.

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