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Skills Shortages: has the UK construction industry been let down by its leaders and professional institutions?

Over the last month or so I keep seeing reports from various organisations which talk about the immediate and future shortage of skilled labour in the UK’s construction sector. I am not going to summarise the various reports but will … Continue reading

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Building Legibility and Bad Urban Design

On a visit to Edinburgh I saw what I think are good examples of poor and good urban design. On an evening walk around Leith (a short distance from central Edinburgh) I saw this building Upon seeing it I asked, … Continue reading

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National Economy Slows Down and Local Economies

Originally posted on Regeneration X Blog:
We can do some things to help local economies grow and improve, and we ought to be doing these things. But at the end of the day, the success or otherwise of these local…

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Don’t ignore areas of decline – make them better through parks

Hoensbrook, in the Netherlands, is a place which has experienced population decline. Over the last 20 years it has lost over 8,000 residents and this has resulted in redundant buildings becoming vacant and empty. Some of these empty buildings have … Continue reading

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Solving the UK Housing Crisis – it’s Simple but not Simplistic

Solving the Housing Crisis Whilst we are waiting for the Government’s Housing White Paper to be published I thought I would repeat, with a bit of an update, what I said over 2 years ago and have repeated in other … Continue reading

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The Failure of Neoliberal Globalisation and how globalisation could save us.

I am not a fan of Jim O’Neill (the man who ‘invented’ BRIC), for reasons I won’t go into here, but I recommend that you listen to this programme on BBC Radio 4 ‘Fixing Globalisation’ – link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086s822#play In … Continue reading

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Business Rates Revaluation and its Effects on Rents

I have been surprised that I have seen no-one from the property development and investment industries talk about, or even mention in passing, the effect of the Business Rate Revaluation on the rents they can charge for commercial premises. Everything … Continue reading

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