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Need to know: Heathrow chooses Grimshaw for growth

Need to know: Heathrow chooses Grimshaw for growth

New concept designs show how Heathrow could be developed if it gets the go ahead for expansion, while councils bring forward regeneration plans.

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Case study: Recovering from post-industrial decline

Case study: Recovering from post-industrial decline

A new book identifies the factors that have helped cities recover from post-industrial decline. One example, Belfast, has a wealth of regeneration but challenges remain in housing and skills, Josephine Smit finds.

Case study: Creating a flexible house for the city

Case study: Creating a flexible house for the city

This weekend a development of city centre houses goes on sale in Salford, and buyers will be able to customise the design. Josephine Smit reports.

Case study: Improving health through housing

Case study: Improving health through housing

An initiative in Oldham has shown how agencies can collaborate to aid health through housing, and it could have lessons for Greater Manchester's health devolution. Josephine Smit reports.

Case study: Maximising development potential through public realm

Case study: Maximising development potential through public realm

The new square at Manchester's NOMA is the product of a thoroughly integrated approach to placemaking, writes Josephine Smit.


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Opinion: Investing in good design is in housebuilders' best interests

Opinion: Investing in good design is in housebuilders' best interests

Last week, at the Housing Design Awards, the speculative housebuilders that build the vast majority of our new homes and places managed to scoop only a small proportion of the prizes for creating the best designed schemes. Development firm Countryside was the honourable exception.

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Opinion: All change at the top?

Opinion: All change at the top?

The arrival of a new Prime Minister and a new cabinet have prompted questions about commitment to flagship housing policies. But don't expect a change of direction from the new team, says Michael Hardware.

Opinion: What do we do now?

Opinion: What do we do now?

While the political class remains in disarray government will struggle to deal with the economic consequences of the Brexit vote and the multitude of treaty negotiations it will have to juggle.

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