September, 2018


Innovative ideas to transform UK rail in line to bid for millions in government grants

Innovative ideas to transform rail travel for passengers could be in line for a slice of up to £3.5 million funding, Rail Minister Jo Johnson announced today (19 September 2018). The First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, now in its... (Continue reading)

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Major upgrade of Bandon’s water main and sewer network


A major upgrade of Bandon’s water main and sewer network will improve the water supply and help protect the local environment. Irish Water is investing €14m in this project which will lead to big improvements in the quality and reliability... (Continue reading)

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Swansea receives £36 million UK government funding for its clean energy tech breakthrough

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The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is announcing new £36 million UK government funding for clean energy innovation in the construction sector (September 19th). More than £36 million of UK government funding will be provided to Swansea to support cutting-edge building materials... (Continue reading)

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Government must set out funding plan to protect and improve public services, says TUC


The report from the New Economics Foundation finds that the UK can afford to improve the public services that working people and their families depend on, noting evidence that investment in public services strengthens the economy. Any tax rises made... (Continue reading)

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Council Cabinet approves £120m road and building repair funding proposal


Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to borrow up to £120m to invest in infrastructure improvements – easing the spending squeeze on road and property repairs (September 18th). A report discussed today acknowledges that under-investment has resulted in significant reduction... (Continue reading)

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SFHA announces partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre


SFHA is delighted to have entered into a partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) to provide additional benefits and support to members (September 19th). The partnership aims to create a strategic relationship between the two organisations and a supporting... (Continue reading)

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Major new waste treatment ponds set for Ballykelly

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NI Water is set to get the official go-ahead to develop a major new waste treatment facility on the site of the former Shackletown Barracks in Ballykelly (September 19th). An application to create eight ponds to treat waste water over... (Continue reading)

PM to address the National Housing Federation Summit

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Housing associations have a central role to play in building the homes we need and challenging the attitudes that hold us back, Theresa May will say in central London today, as she announces new long-term funding for affordable housing. As... (Continue reading)

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Minister Ring approves over €1.8 million for 128 projects across the country under 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme


The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., (Tuesday September 19th) announced that he has approved over €1.8 million in funding for 128 projects under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The Scheme is part... (Continue reading)

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Building Energy Standards – Common Weal Consultation Response

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Scotland needs stronger building energy standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle fuel poverty, according to a new paper by Common Weal (Sep 18th). In a response to the Scottish government’s call for evidence on the effectiveness of the... (Continue reading)

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