What’s happening in the world of property development right now?
In this monthly news digest, we take a closer look at the stories that have been hitting the headlines and grabbing the airwaves in March. From the top national stories and key issues affecting wider industry, to the latest news and views from within the building, construction and architecture trade press.
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So, what has everyone been talking about in March?
With the UK scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March, but with ongoing political uncertainty surrounding exactly when and how it will now happen, in the last month the news agenda has remained heavily focused on Brexit and its implications.
March also saw Chancellor Philip Hammond delivering the spring budget statement. It included plans to implement a 'Future Homes Standard' by 2025, to ensure new-build homes are 'future proofed' with low carbon heating and have highest-standard energy efficiency.
The Chancellor also said he wants to ensure wildlife isn't compromised when infrastructure and housing projects are delivered, saying the government will mandate that net gains for biodiversity will have to be made on new developments in England, so overall biodiversity is increased.
Here’s what else has had people talking:
Construction minister quits over Brexit policy – Building.co.uk
Kier and Wates among 45 firms on £800m framework – Construction News
Property Development & Construction
Competition watchdog launches probe into construction sector - Building.co.uk
Construction firms could become carbon neutral says Scottish study – Construction Index
Poor payment pain for everyone - Construction News
Intervention needed to improve construction worker sun safety – Personnel Today
Architecture & Design
Last-minute law change boosts EU-qualified architects ahead of Brexit – Architects’ Journal
Developer backs down after ‘poor playground’ segregation sparks outcry – Architects’ Journal
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