Docklands News

Brexit puts the brakes on UK construction

The UK construction sector contracted again in March, according to IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) construction purchasing managers’ index, which stood at 49.7 for the month - down from 49.5 in February and the first consecutive fall in output since August 2016. Housebuilding continued to record moderate growth but civil engineering fell and commercial projects dropped off at the fastest rate since September 2017.

Financial Times (02/04/2019)

 

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Mount Anvil opens new Royal Docks West show apartment

A new show apartment has been unveiled at Royal Docks West, a development of 79 apartments at the Royal Victoria Dock, part of a hub that includes the ExCel exhibition centre,  and a number of restaurants and bars. It also includes floating hotels, watersport facilities and, during the summer months, an urban beach.  Two-bedroom flats at the Mount Anvil-developed project – which come with full-height glazing and a double-aspect corner terrace start at £685,000.

Evening Standard (25/03/2019)

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Private residents to sue over cladding removal delay

Residents of New Capital Quay - an exclusive development covered in dangerous Grenfell-style cladding - are to take legal action against Galliard Homesover the slow progress in making their flats safe. The Greenwich apartment complex, which is home to 2,000 people, is thought to be the largest site in the UK with the cladding that was partly blamed for the rapid spread of the fire which killed 72 people in Grenfell Tower in June 2017.

The Daily Telegraph (24/03/2019)

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Brownfield sites could support more than 1m new homes

Over 1m new homes could be built on brownfield sites currently unused across England, with 8,277 separate sites in England having been identified as suitable for housing by councils. London could supply a minimum of 170,000. according to research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The campaign group is now calling on the Government to adopt a "brownfield first" policy to encourage councils to prioritise empty sites which have previously been built on for housing developments.

The Daily Telegraph (25/03/2019)

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Brownfield sites could support more than 1m new homes

Over 1m new homes could be built on brownfield sites currently unused across England, with 8,277 separate sites in England having been identified as suitable for housing by councils. London could supply a minimum of 170,000. according to research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The campaign group is now calling on the Government to adopt a "brownfield first" policy to encourage councils to prioritise empty sites which have previously been built on for housing developments.

The Daily Telegraph (25/03/2019)

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Housing demand hits six-year low amid Brexit uncertainty

Demand for housing has slumped to its lowest level in almost six years, according to data from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), which shows that sales to first-time buyers, who are taking full advantage, have risen to a seven-month high. The number of buyers registered per estate agent branch dropped by 15% to 252 in February, the lowest number since July 2013. Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propertymark, said house hunters are evidently delaying their plans until the impact of Brexit is clearer.

City AM (25/03/2019)

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