Rising concerns

Small and medium-sized (SME) housebuilders are deeply concerned about rising costs and the impact this could have on their businesses in both the short and longer term. Small housebuilders are seeing costs increase not in just one or two areas,... View Article

World’s tallest modular towers set for Croydon

What are thought to be the world’s tallest modular residential towers are planned for a new build to rent project in Croydon, south London. The development at 101 George Street, Croydon, is funded by Greystar and will be built by... View Article

CALA Homes underway at Leith waterside scheme

Work has started on a 388 home development in Leith, Edinburgh, set to transform the long-term disused land. The Waterfront Plaza project by CALA Homes (East), located opposite Ocean Terminal shopping centre, will see the new homes created along with... View Article

Multi-generational homes for London

A project offering 72 new homes have been launched in Newington Green, north east London. A 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Hill and Hanover, the £25.7m development is the third JV to be announced by the partners, intended to create... View Article

MHCLG Grenfell update – LABC responds

Last week, in a written statement, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, updated the government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy. Among the announcements were amendments to the approved documents confirming what materials can be... View Article

Dementia-friendly demo home launched by BRE

The first phase of a new ‘dementia-friendly’ home on the Building Research Establishment’s Watford Innovation Park has been completed, to demonstrate how a standard house can be adapted. According to BRE, the project will help educate housebuilders, carers and relatives... View Article

Spitfire takes silver and gold at WhatHouse? Awards

Spitfire Bespoke Homes has been awarded the Silver Award for Best Medium Housebuilder and a Gold Award in the Best Development category for Clevedon Hall Estate at the WhatHouse? Awards 2018. Held at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London,... View Article

West Yorkshire scheme wins RICS award

Fern House in Bingley, West Yorkshire, a development from the Abbeyfield Society, has won the residential category at the 2018 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards Grand Final. Shortlisted against 10 other residential developments from around the UK, the... View Article

Housebuilder appeals for names in WW1 plaque restoration

A brass plaque honouring the names of soldiers that died in World War One has been stolen from a site in Leicestershire, with a Midlands businessman vowing to fully restore it. Adrian Burr, managing director at housebuilder Springbourne Homes, discovered... View Article

BLANCO’s smooth ZIA sink portfolio

The ZIA sink range from BLANCO UK combines beauty and practicality. The modern design of the SILGRANIT® PuraDur® sink includes a deep spacious bowl, for reversible installation, and a draining board which is surrounded by an indented tap ledge to... View Article

Housing delivery level hits 222,000 in 2018

A total of 222,000 new homes were delivered between 2017 and 2018 in England, figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have revealed. According to the report ‘Housing supply: net additional dwellings, England’, this figure represents... View Article

Guidance for brownfield sites launched by CIRIA

New guidance has been published on how to overcome barriers to small brownfield site development. ‘A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination,’ prepared by CIRIA and supported by the NHBC Foundation, is intended to provide practical advice to... View Article

CITB must continue to tackle skills shortages, says NFB

The Construction Skills Fund (CSF) has awarded more than £20m for 26 projects in England to support the development of on-site construction “training hubs”. Tasked with tackling the skills shortage, seven infrastructure and 19 housing hubs will train up to... View Article

LGA responds to combustible materials ban

Responding to the ban on combustible materials being used on high-rise buildings and powers for councils to make private buildings safer announced today, Lord Porter, Local Government Association Chairman, said: “The LGA has led calls for a ban on combustible... View Article

Delivering excellence with Willmott Dixon

For over 150 years, Willmott Dixon has been delivering projects that create long-term, positive legacies of social, environmental and economic benefits. Committed to ‘Building Lives Less Ordinary’, the company prides itself on its drive for continued improvement, which is why it has... View Article

Construction workers in “needless” danger

Construction workers are facing needless dangers in the workplace, according to Unite, the construction union, in response to a recent survey published by Direct Line for Business. The survey found that there were 196 fatal accidents and 26,196 non-fatal incidents... View Article