Related insights: Projects, Construction and Infrastructure

Government proposes changes to MEES to help implement EPC band B by 2030

19 Apr 2021
Buildings are responsible for around 31% of carbon emissions in the UK. Reducing their energy consumption is therefore one of the major challenges in the race to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Last month the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued two consultations concerning the energy efficiency of non-domestic property. Here we bring you up to date on the latest proposals relating to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

Supporting housing delivery through new planning powers

14 Apr 2021
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the government created a new use Class E 'commercial, business and service' category from 1 September 2020, to make it easier for high street premises to change use without the need for a planning application. The aim was to facilitate a wider range of commercial, retail and leisure uses commonly found in town centres adapting to changing circumstances and respond to the needs of their local communities.

Transforming Public Procurement – WBD's response to the Green Paper. Blue sky thinking or a brewing storm?

25 Mar 2021
In anticipation of the UK's exit from the European Union, the Cabinet Office published its Public Procurement Green Paper on 15 December 2020. It serves as an aspirational mission statement for the future of public procurement post-Brexit. The document reflects the overarching political climate in which it was composed, with the ministerial foreword taking aim at the EU's "outdated public procurement regime". The new proposals align themselves with the international Agreement on Government Procurement, and seem to deliberately steer away from the previous regime as a point of principle, towards one that "better meets the UK's needs".

A constructive conference: construction claims, building and site safety, and more

23 Mar 2021
Hot topics in the construction industry at the moment are legal developments affecting claims, time and cost claims, loss and expense claims, building safety, and health and safety. We covered all of these in our construction update on 11 March, where our speakers and contributors from Decipher, 4 Pump Court Chambers, and Womble Bond Dickinson highlighted challenges for the industry, and offered practical advice on addressing these.

Adjudication enforcement: pay up or pay the price

22 Mar 2021
In a recent case, a defendant was ordered to pay a claimant's costs of enforcement proceedings on an indemnity basis following an adjudicator's decision in the claimant's favour (Faithdean Plc v Bedford House Ltd (No.1) [2021] 3 WLUK 62). This is a salient reminder of the Technology and Construction Court's (TCC) robust approach to the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions and the consequences of failing to pay.

Public Procurement: normal service resumed?

17 Mar 2021
In a substantial judgment, the High Court has provided a welcome re-statement of the principles that will be applied to challenges to public procurement processes made by disappointed bidders. Contracting authorities and private sector bidders alike will benefit from a careful reading of the conclusions reached by the Court in determining when and on what terms it will intervene in the decision-making processes adopted by authorities.

Construction, women, and celebration

08 Mar 2021
"We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements". These words are on the International Women's Day website, and really resonated with us. We often see articles about how few women there are in the construction industry, and how few girls engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). But we don't see enough actually celebrating the achievements that women have made in the industry and the progress which the industry itself has made.

Government policy paper 'Build Back Better' published alongside Budget documents

03 Mar 2021
At the Spending Review 2020 and in the National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) the UK Government already announced a record amount of capital and infrastructure investment. Published alongside the Spring Budget is the policy paper: Build Back Better: our plan for growth. This now sets out how the investment will help the economy to recover post COVID-19 and lay the foundations for long-term sustainable growth. A key component of the plan for growth is investment in "high quality infrastructure".