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ACA launches new planning manifesto at London Build 2021, Olympia

WHERE IS PLANNING GOING? The system is broken – but it can be mended KEY POINTS Three levels of development should be considered: Outline, Full and Approved for construction Compliance could be certified by an ‘Approved Agent’ who would also confirm compliance on completion of development All objective, measurable issues should be removed from planning to building regulation control and simply require compliance Approved Agents or planning authority officers [...]

November 23, 2021|

Planning – Changes to Permitted Development in Force

The progress of much in the government’s programme of changes to the planning system depends on the timing of the planning bill, confirmed in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May. The government will respond to the planning white paper consultation in the autumn with the Planning Bill published "as soon as we can thereafter", housing minister Robert Jenrick announced on 6th July. Sarah Bevan, planning and development programme director [...]

September 27, 2021|

Delivering Construction Playbook ambitions through FAC-1

The December 2020 Construction Playbook provides government guidance on improving performance and outcomes from the procurement of public sector construction projects. It states that the ACA’s FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract ‘is a good example of a standard form framework contract that can achieve… many of the ambitions set out in this Playbook’. The Playbook shows how construction procurement can deliver the outcomes required by clients, including improved value and [...]

September 27, 2021|

Architects and the Building Safety Bill

The Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 with the loss of 72 lives generated considerable public concern about safety in all buildings in occupation. The fire spawned a number of high profile inquiries undertaken by Government as well as by the construction sector with the conclusion that our structures and systems for the management of building safety were not fit for purpose. In July 2021, the Government published the Building [...]

September 27, 2021|

UK Government’s New Construction Playbook

Collaborative procurement using FAC-1, TAC-1 and PPC2000 We were preoccupied with many challenges during 2020 but at the same time we saw the adoption of ACA collaborative contracts on many projects and in many jurisdictions. We saw how Central Bedfordshire Council, Engie and Savills used the TAC-1 ‘Core Group’ to agree actions in response to Covid-19, including help for vulnerable residents during lockdown. We saw the Arcadis 2020 Global [...]

May 28, 2021|


Some proposed changes to the planning system come into force on 21st April: commercial buildings (in Class E for two years) up to 1,500 sq m that have been vacant for at least 3 months can be changed into residential homes using new permitted development rights, subject only to prior approval; and public buildings, including schools, colleges, universities and hospitals, will be able to build additional facilities more easily [...]

May 28, 2021|

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