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Hedging can help meet changing guidelines

Hedges are often shied away from by developers and contractors, particularly for smaller developments, unless specified by planners. Sometimes this is due to concerns regarding maintenance, timescale to achieve an instant screen, or simply due to a lack of familiarity... View Article

Buy to let is dead, long live build to rent

There’s no denying it, the UK is in dire need of more homes with the shift from owner-occupied homes to rented homes being the norm continues apace. As such, the number of rented homes available needs to expand. However, the... View Article

The importance of branding in the built environment

There is no doubting the opportunities in today’s construction industry. The sector alone contributes nearly £90bn to the UK economy, which amounts to 6.7% of the wider total. But have you ever considered how important branding is for site developers... View Article

Brexit: NFB welcomes agreement on transition period

David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the EU, and Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator for Brexit, said that the two sides have agreed on a “large part” of the transition agreement that will structure the “orderly withdrawal” of the... View Article

Lovell Homes – building better

Lovell Homes has become the first national homebuilder to adopt British Gypsum’s advanced drylining solutions – Gyproc Habito and Silent Floor – as standard on its homes at Heath Farm, Holt, North Norfolk. This adoption is in response to the... View Article

Mates in Mind extends its reach into Northern Ireland

Mates in Mind has extended its reach into Northern Ireland through partnership with leading mental health charity, Inspire Knowledge and Leadership. The partnership means that construction companies and workers throughout Northern Ireland can access the full support of the Mates in Mind... View Article

How to build houses and save the countryside

This week sees the publication of How to build houses and save the countryside by former CPRE chief executive Shaun Spiers, which pulls together many of the debates and issues that dominated his time with us. Its timing is particularly pertinent given... View Article

The next generation of women in construction

The Construction Industry Council’s ‘A Blueprint for Change’ report revealed that women only account for 14 per cent of the industry’s workforce. In an attempt to improve these figures, leading contractor Wates Construction and commercial property developer, MEPC are ensuring... View Article

CIOB announces new Vice President

Mark Beard FCIOB, Chairman of construction group Beard, will be appointed Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) on 19 June 2018. In 2020 Mark will become the 117th President of the CIOB. His Presidency will follow from Charles Egbu,... View Article

Green light for £1.6bn flagship regeneration of Clapham Park

Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee has approved Metropolitan’s new development proposal to build more than 2,500 new homes and a wide range of community facilities at Clapham Park in south London. PRP, the award-winning architectural firm, designed the revised plan for... View Article

Norbord achieves Structural Timber Assure Gold status

Norbord’s position in the timber frame industry, as manufacturer of key product, SterlingOSB, has been acknowledged by reaching the Structural Timber Association‘s (STA) Assure Gold status.  STA Assure is a newly launched scheme by the STA, of which Norbord is a member, which defines levels of accreditation to... View Article
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