Related insights: Projects, Construction and Infrastructure

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Mapping the path to net zero

29 Sep 2021
On 22 September 2021 the Environmental Audit Committee held an oral evidence session that provided a number of indications on the likely timing of the publication of the promised documents and government initiatives.

Historic England and English Heritage re-appoint WBD

07 Sep 2021
WBD was re-appointed for a period of three years to provide legal services to both Historic England and English Heritage. This includes advice on property, planning, commercial, procurement, intellectual property, employment, personal injury, construction, charity and judicial review matters.

MMC: time to set the standard

07 Sep 2021
Buyers of factory-built homes face a reduced choice of lenders and unfavourable conditions – which is why we urgently need an industrywide MMC standard, argues Ian Atkinson.
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An update on biodiversity net gain

18 Aug 2021
The Environment Bill, which is making its way through Parliament, includes a strengthening of the existing duty on public authorities to conserve biodiversity. Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) describes the process by which new development may increase the levels of biodiversity present on a site, where biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life in a particular habitat.
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Draeger Safety UK Limited v The London Fire Commissioner (HT-2021-000145)

13 Aug 2021
In a rare example of the High Court agreeing to maintain the automatic suspension in the context of a procurement challenge, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has dismissed an application to lift the suspension and instead ordered an expedited trial in a claim concerning the provision of respiratory protective equipment to London Fire Brigade (LFB).
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Heads up: the PFI boomerang is returning

09 Aug 2021
The first waves of PFI contracts are now coming to the end of their lifespan and there is question over whether authorities are ready to deal with the responsibility for these projects as they hurtle back in the public sector's direction. Without proper planning, authorities may find that they are in for a nasty surprise.

Construction and the face covering conundrum

16 Jul 2021
There is a lot of discussion about masks at the moment as, from 19 July, we will not be legally required to wear these in England. The Government is leaving the decision on whether or not to wear masks down to businesses and individuals. But how do construction businesses make this decision? If you tell your workers "no masks at all", some (especially the vulnerable) may be anxious and refuse to work - but equally, can you really tell your workers "you must wear one" if the legal requirement to do so is lifted? How do you balance safety against risk?