The Ethical Trading Initiative releases two guides to help businesses tackle child labour and modern slavery

The free guides aim to advise businesses on the key concepts of modern slavery and their legal obligations regarding the issue. The first guide focuses on child labour issues. With the International Labour Organisation estimating that 211 million children under 15 are child labourers, with 73 million of them being aged 10 or under and … Read more

Tenders submitted for £600 Scottish social housing procurement framework

Approximately 100 heating contractor firms have registered an interest and submitted bids to win a place in the £600 million project to help registered social landlords meet the Scottish Government’s standards for energy efficiency. Run by Procurement for Housing Scotland (PfH Scotland), owned by Housemark, the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute for Housing, … Read more

Government names nine firms to fulfil its Fit Out Framework for £1 billion civil service reorganisation project.

The Government Property Unit was established in 2010 to shift power away from Whitehall, reduce the number of buildings in the Government Estate from 800 to 200 by 2023 and raise £5 billion from property sales by 2020. It aims to rethink the way the Civil Service works and utilises its property, taking advantage of … Read more

Shortlist of HS2 suppliers announced for West Coast Partnership franchise.

The government has recently announced a shortlist of three firms bidding to design, develop and operate the first part of HS2 from London to Birmingham. The three bidding consortia on the shortlist consist of UK rail experts working in partnership with companies who already operate high speed rail networks globally.  First Trenitalia is a pairing … Read more

Crossrail remains on time and within budget

The Department of Transport has recently published its annual statement on the progression of the Crossrail project. The project currently remains on time and within budget, with completion reaching 85%. It is expected that the costs will stay within the £14.8 billion budget, however the Department of Transport and Transport for London will continue to … Read more

Scottish Government confirms allocation of £1.75 billion for affordable housing to Local Authorities

Over £1.75 billion of funding for affordable housing has been confirmed to local authorities in Scotland. The Scottish Government has recently revealed the details of the investment to local councils, so that they can plan ahead for upcoming years. The investment demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to fulfilling their ambition to build 50,000 affordable homes … Read more

The London School of Economics granted permission to build new faculty building in the centre of London

LSE acquired the Lincoln’s Inn Fields site in 2013 from Cancer Research UK and more recently held a design competition through the Royal Institute of British Architects to design a new faculty building.  The winning design, drawn up by Grafton Architects, based in Dublin, has just received planning permission from Westminster City Council. The new … Read more