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UK’s largest new film & TV studio

UK’s largest new film & TV studio completes construction   Shinfield Studios, the largest new film and television studio in the UK, has completed construction. The state-of-the-art site is now fully operational with 18 soundstages, including two of the biggest in the UK at 43,000 sq.ft. Based to the east of Reading with links to the M4 […]

Building with Moon Dust

Turning moon soil and space debris into building materials ByEric Ralls Earth.com staff writer Imagine the moon as a center for soil manufacturing, construction, and even building human habitation. This concept, once relegated to science fiction, is now becoming a reality thanks to increased interest and investment in space exploration. Researchers are working tirelessly to […]

Housing, Promises and Realities

All the major parties are promising more homes at this election. Labour has promised 300,000 a year for England, while the Conservatives have pledged 320,000 a year. The Liberal Democrats committed to 380,000 a year over the whole of the UK. While the ambition is clearly high, whether it is actually feasible is a different […]

Birmingham: Smithfield City Centre Scheme gets Green Light

Mammoth city centre scheme to be developed by Lendlease and Birmingham City Council A £1.9bn scheme in Birmingham has been given the green light after a meeting of city planners. An earlier 4,000-home version of the Smthfield city centre scheme was poised to get the nod last month but a decision was deferred after councillors […]

Keepmoat Homes secures first build scheme in Weston-super-Mare

North Somerset Council has selected national housebuilder, KeepmoatHomes, to build more than 400 new residences at Parklands Village, Weston-super-Mare, making this the developer’s first venture in the area. The scheme, in partnership with Homes England, will deliver 425 much-needed homes in the area, including 30% affordable homes, 20% accessible homes and 15% zero carbon homes, with […]


In light of the recent article published on 18 June 2024, by Construction News and other media outlets, the Assent Group would like to clarify the status of our group licenses, our capability to provide building control services – including for in-flight higher-risk buildings (HRBs) – and our position regarding the Registered Building Control Approver […]

Election Pledges: A Summary

With just two weeks until polling day, the major political parties have set out their visions for the nation’s future. From housebuilding to HS2, tidal energy to training, each manifesto touches on areas that could influence engineering in the UK for decades to come. Here are five of the key promises from each of the […]