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Green Homes Grant - which energy saving works are eligible?

06 Aug 2020
Last month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a circa £3 billion green investment plan, including the Green Homes Grant, as part of his Summer Economic Update. The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now published further details on which energy saving works will be eligible for grants, which will be issued as vouchers.

AIMs assets and threads

27 Jul 2020
Whilst the world continues to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs that the construction sector is beginning to operate once again, albeit within strictly regulated parameters. Obviously, from an economic perspective this is a good thing but also there are a number of issues which are pressing for the construction sector and which should be progressed as swiftly as reasonably possible even in these difficult times

Green investment plan to boost employment following COVID-19

14 Jul 2020
Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Summer Economic Update, which included a circa £3 billion green investment plan. The intention behind this is to boost employment following the COVID-19 pandemic, with an expectation of around 140,000 green jobs being created, as well as to cut carbon emissions by an estimated half a megaton a year.

Should dispute resolution be at the "Heart" of every contract?

07 Jul 2020
It's not often that a construction lawyer has cause to consider the world of football, or not this construction lawyer in any event. We are told that we are living in unprecedented times. As we all know, Scotland went into lockdown on 23 March of this year. Tentative steps are now being implemented to restart the economy and get down to the new normal. What won't be restarting though is the 2019/20 SPFL football season. 
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Energy or waste? When a EfW plant contract is not a construction contract

02 Jul 2020
Energy from waste plants have been the subject of their fair share of disputes, one of the most recent being in relation to the development of a gasification plant at the Energy Works Hull facility (Engie Fabricom (UK) Limited v MW High Tech Projects UK Limited [2020] EWHC 1626). The judgment handed down by the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) last week concluded that the primary activity on the site was power generation rather than waste treatment meaning that the contract fell within an exclusion in the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended) (Act) and consequently two adjudicator's awards in favour of the sub-contractor, Engie Fabricom, could not be enforced.
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Housing and modern methods of construction post COVID-19

09 Jun 2020
The construction sector is fundamentally important to the UK economy. Often cited as the barometer of economic conditions, it contributes around £90bn and provides approximately 10% of total UK employment. In recent months, the sector has found itself subject to a somewhat surprising level of media scrutiny. Initially, there was a focus on the construction of new hospitals, vaccine centres and other structures dedicated to fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Construction and COVID-19

05 Mar 2020
The construction industry has had a particularly difficult few years, with uncertainty around Brexit, high numbers of insolvencies, high-profile building safety concerns, and more.

So, the outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19, which started in China at the very end of last year and has continued to spread globally and at an exponential rate, is another in a long line of challenges which the industry is now facing.