Riba condemns government for scrapping Core Housing Standards

Riba president Ruth Reed has expressed “serious concern” that the Homes & Communities Agency’s proposed Core Housing Standards will be abandoned. Addressing the National House Building Council today, housing minister Grant Shapps announced he was abandoning the Core Housing Standards. The Homes & Communities Agency’s (HCA) has spent months developing Continue Reading

Green and sustainable building regulations ‘move step closer’

Green and sustainable building is set to take a step forward on a global scale, one industry organisation has suggested. The UK Green Building Council revealed there are indications a common carbon metric for structures could be introduced worldwide after attendees to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Continue Reading

Rok sold to Balfour subsidiary Mansell

£7m sale will see 235 further redundancies Rok’s administrators are to sell part of the construction and social housing business to Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell for £7m, securing employment for 381 of the collapsed contractor’s remaining staff. Administrator PwC said the transaction, which will complete later today, will result in Continue Reading

First Minister opens St Andrews University’s £45m sciences building

St Andrews is set to become a world leader in medicine and biological sciences with the opening of a £45 million school. First Minister Alex Salmond officially opened St Andrews University’s new facility at North Haugh. The medical and biological sciences building brings together the institution’s medical school, previously in Continue Reading