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Regional property markets race to catch the capital

The latest Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index projects a narrowing of the property price gap between London and the UK’s other cities over the next year or two. For investors, the choice is clear – regional cities are the... View Article

Modern materials, traditional facades

Adrian Storey of Horbury Facades looks at how innovation in modern rain screen cladding materials is resulting in a rise in brick facades. When most people think of modern rain screen cladding systems, they picture steel and glass. However, architects... View Article

Royal Docks to be revived in London

A £300m regeneration plan for the Royal Docks in east London has been given the green light, with plans in motion to introduce a new district to the area. Plans have been approved for a £314m regeneration of the Royal... View Article

900 offsite timber homes start for service personnel

Work on a collaborative project to relocate approximately 4,000 service personnel and their families from Germany to Salisbury Plain in South Wiltshire has begun. The housebuilding project is part of a £250m contract awarded to Lovell by the Ministry of... View Article

A call for consistency

James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, discusses the urgent need for consistency of policy to support the UK housing market. Aunified approach to housing policy is essential if we are to continue to see an increase in housebuilding in line... View Article

Can we de-stigmatise social housing?

It was probably one of the more surprising nuggets of feedback from survivors of the Grenfell tower fire, but they strongly felt there was a stigma attached to living in social housing and this lay at the heart of many... View Article

Prioritise smaller sites

Brian Berry, chief executive at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), explores the upcoming planning reforms, and argues for a much higher focus on small sites. The planning reforms that are due to be published “before the summer” as part... View Article

From the editor

Things are moving so fast at Government level with the shambles that Brexit is becoming, that there’s little guarantee we will have the same set of leaders by the time you read this. And, as the time for negotiating the... View Article

CaberShieldPlus from Norbord enables speedy building

Norbord’s flooring product, CaberShieldPlus, is being used by Sylva Design & Build Solutions at Graven Hill, Bicester where they are creating new affordable homes.  Sylva Design & Build Solutions, who offer low-risk sustainable turnkey home solutions, used CaberShieldPlus on their... View Article

A breath of fresh air

Eliot Warrington of Solarcrest argues that building regulations need to reflect 21st century ventilation. Building Regulations have pushed people in the UK closer and closer towards airtightness in recent years, but while this is a demonstrably good thing with regards... View Article

Plans submitted for Brighton apartment scheme

Proposals for a new residential-led development, half a mile from Brighton’s famous beach, have been submitted for planning. The Lyon Close scheme, which has been designed on behalf of developer Crest Nicholson, comprises 163 one, two and three bedroomed apartments... View Article
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