Reset for the UK’s high streets
The future is upon us and unless we understand the rapidly changing needs, our high streets will lose their purpose, says John Quinton-Barber - and the pandemic will accelerate much of the digital disruption we’ve seen over the last decade.
Coronavirus forces developers to down tools
Infrastructure and development projects are beginning to stall as construction firms cease work in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Budget 2020: If this is a national crisis it's one many of us felt was already underway
Local agendas should prevail, according to chair of SIGOMA Sir Stephen Houghton – but he says the headline capital aspirations in the Budget seem to harbour real ambition beyond already thriving areas.
Stockport is transforming itself into a world class town to complement its world famous neighbour – led by a council that’s at the cutting edge of local government.
Nottingham undaunted by Intu plight
The council has vowed not to let its partner’s financial troubles derail a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Morgan Sindall profits rise to £90m
Morgan Sindall’s partnership housing and regeneration operations have helped drive up profits in its results for the past year.
North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research
Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.
Jackie Sadek outlines how an ambitious extension to the market town of Biggleswade is set to transform the area and provide a template for planned communities supporting an existing town centre.
Westminster’s filling in nicely
Cllr Rachael Robathan reveals how Westminster City Council has employed creative solutions to deliver affordable housing in traditionally-complicated places.
Build on the social aspect of towns
Much of the discussion about ‘levelling up’ towns has been about physical infrastructure, but as Dan Corry explains, the lesson of the past is that the social side must be taken into account.
Flagship £25m regeneration project rescued
Basildon BC has rescued a major regeneration project following the collapse of its construction contractor.
Driving forward our town centre vision
Great Yarmouth BC's interventions under the Future High Streets Fund will not bring about the transformational change desired If they are 'unpacked and cherry-picked', says Sheila Oxtoby.
LEPs start to buckle after overlap threat
Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) are finally succumbing to a threat by ministers to withhold funding from them if they refuse to remove overlapping boundaries.
Collaboration key to £104m development
Westminster City Council partnered with four private sector organisations to create the mixed-use development.
More weirdos wanted!
You don’t have to be brilliant at digital, algorithms or a weirdo to see that naked self-preservation and worrying about rocking the boat too dramatically is what is behind the failure to deliver local public service reform, observes Donna Hall.
Funding communities at the coal face
Areas like Bassetlaw need a change of approach by Government that delivers investment in hard-to-measure community assets, argues David Armiger.
Unlocking the potential of towns
As councils and their partners grapple with how to ensure the attention on towns brings real local change, Pippa Coutts of Carnegie Trust UK urges them to focus on local solutions.
Council director on bail after fraud arrest
Liverpool City Council’s director of regeneration and employment has been released on bail a day after being arrested as part of an ongoing fraud investigation.
Flat profits, but strong order book growth for Balfour Beatty
Construction giant Balfour Beatty is heading for flat profits growth but has expanded its order book, according to a trading update.
A delicate climate
As a leading infrastructure, services and regeneration partner ENGIE UK has been helping councils towards their commitments to achieving net-zero carbon emissions ahead of the UK's target date of 2050. Paul Ford explains.