Wandsworth Council in South London is looking to appoint civil engineering contractors for a major renovation and upgrading of Wandsworth Bridge across the River Thames. New Civil Engineer.

Following intervention by the Coal Authority, Persimmon Homes have been forced to delay their start on the building of 168 new homes at Spring Meadow in Darwen, Lancashire. Lancashire Telegraph.

A Voluntary Right to Buy scheme, piloted across the Midlands, has had such a poor uptake that only an estimated £10 million – of the £200 million available – has so far been used since the launch of the trial in August last year, as housing association tenants fail to take advantage of the publicly-funded support. Social Housing.

Lambeth Council in London has been given the go-ahead by the Minister of Housing to sell the regenerated Cressingham Gardens Estate in the borough to its resident tenants – provided, of course, that the community of residents is able to raise the money necessary for buying it from the council. Inside Housing

Reduced price, early booking tickets are available until the 26th of July for the annual Housing Market Intelligence Conference & Report on the 8th of October, to be held at Savoy Place in London. Housebuilder.

A general recession in the UK construction industry has led to a sharp rise in the number of profit warnings issued by global consultants Ernst Young and is expected to lead to a corresponding crisis of confidence by would-be investors. EY.

Bucking that trend, however, housebuilders Barratt announced an expected 9% improvement – to a forecast £910 million – in its pre-tax profits for the year ending the 30th of June, thanks to initiatives the group has taken to manage its profit margins. Building.

In its pursuit of providing 1,000 extra affordable and council housing homes by 2023, Nottingham City Council plans to buy back more than 300 former council houses which had been previously sold off under the Right to Buy scheme – which has been largely responsible for the decline of council housing in the area from 55,000 in 1980 to the current 26,000. Nottingham Post.

Without the insurance essential to its operations, private building control services company Aedis Regulatory Services (ARS) has sought voluntary liquidation, putting at risk the 12,000 or so projects with which it was involved and the inevitable disruption to the planned completion of housing projects. Inside Housing.

Despite previous planning approvals, a scheme for the development of a cruise ship terminal on the Thames at Greenwich in London has had to make way for alternative provision of affordable housing by the owners of the Enderby Wharf site. Building.

Registrations are now being accepted for free tickets to the annual UK Construction Week to be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham from the 8th to the 10th of October. UK Construction Week.

The Equity Housing Group – a housing association based in Stockport – has reached a refinancing deal with which to fund the provision of 800 new homes over the next five years, adding to its current stock of some 4,800 properties. Inside Housing.

Only “beautiful” homes should qualify for government funding, says the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, to prevent public funds being used to “subsidise ugliness”, as one of its 30 policy proposals to government Ministers. Architects’ Journal.

Construction company Balfour Beatty has entered the competition with Mace and Multiplex to win contracts for the development of high-rise towers on the sites of former office blocks Sampson House and Ludgate House which stand to the south of Blackfriars Bridge. Building.