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News in brief: 7-storey installation approved in Bristol; Housing construction values positive, says Barbour ABI

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 29 August, 2017

7-storey installation approved in Bristol

Bristol City Council has approved a seven-storey installation on the exterior of 3 Glass Wharf in the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

The installation has been created by British contemporary artist Terry Haggerty. 3 Glass Wharf, currently under construction, was designed by Darling Associates and will be an office building.

The installation will be presented on the eastern elevation of the office building, facing the railway line approaching Bristol Temple Meads.

Haggerty explained: “For the façade of 3 Glass Wharf I felt it was important to work with the core element of the building’s exterior structure – the glass windows and the metal panels – and to give the impression that these window elements enter a playful section of the building where things go a little awry. The building is thrown into a random system where channels and passages are created to reveal a different kind of logic.”


Housing construction values positive, says Barbour ABI

Construction contract values for the housebuilding sector reached £2.5 billion, but values for the infrastructure sector reached the lowest total for more than six years.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from construction industry analysts Barbour ABI, notes that the levels of construction contract values awarded in July across all regions of Great Britain totalled £5.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average.

This is below this year’s peak of £6.5 billion accrued in March.

The infrastructure sector produced £784 million worth of construction contract value, an annual decrease of 97 per cent.

Four of the top 10 biggest construction contracts agreed in July were for the housebuilding sector, including the Charter Square development at Staines in Surrey, valued at £120 million.


Greenwich delivers 786 affordable homes

The Royal Borough of Greenwich delivered 786 new affordable homes in 2015/16.

This is according the Mayor of London’s London Plan Annual Monitoring Report.

Over a three-year period, 40 per cent of the new houses built in Greenwich were affordable.


Construction begins on Lanarkshire council houses

Construction has begun on the latest phase of South Lanarkshire Council’s Home+ house building programme.

The site of former primary school – Belstane Gate in Carluke – is one of nine sites where South Lanarkshire Council says building will begin in this financial year.

This development will deliver 22 family homes in Carluke.

The project has been designed by the council’s design team and is being constructed by Cambusland-based CCG.

Supported by Scottish Government funding, the development will comprise two, three and four-bedroom homes. They are expected to be completed in spring 2018.


£11m for cleaner buses

The government has awarded £11 million to local authorities and bus companies in Bristol, York, Brighton Surrey, Denbighshire, and Wiltshire.

The funding comes from the government’s ‘Low emission bus scheme’ to help them buy 153 cleaner buses, that could be electric or gas, and install stations to charge or fuel them.

Transport minister Paul Maynard said: “Low-emission buses are an important part of our plans to make motoring cleaner and improve air quality across the country.

“New greener buses will be more comfortable for passengers, they are cost efficient and are good for the environment.”

The councils and bus companies will get:

  • Denbighshire County Council, Wales – £500,000 for four electric buses on mid-Denbighshire services.
  • City of York Council – £3.3 million for 24 electric buses to be used on park-and-ride services in York.
  • South Gloucestershire Council – £4.8 million for 110 gas buses for services around Bristol.
  • Surrey County Council, Guildford – £1.5 million for nine electric buses to be used on park-and-ride services in Guildford.
  • The Big Lemon –  £500,000 for three electric buses to be used in the Brighton area.
  • Go South Coast/Wiltshire County Council – £500,000 for three electric buses to be used on park-and-ride services around Salisbury.

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