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Safe as houses

With the number of thefts and burglaries rising, prioritising home security has arguably never been more important. Dr Steffan George of the Master Locksmiths association offers advice on securing homes during construction and over the long term. While cases of... View Article

Hackitt: Will it really ‘build a safer future’?

James Parker looks at the Hackitt review and the “broken” system of regulation and oversight that may have led to the construction failures at Grenfell Tower. In the wake of the Hackitt review looking at what needs to be done... View Article

Grenfell was not all about cladding

This month’s report into the role the Building Regulations played in last June’s horrific Grenfell Tower fire has stirred up plenty of controversy – and too many people are missing the point. The national headlines were full of calls for... View Article

Dry-fix popularity through the roof

New standards in construction combined with increasingly adverse weather has seen dry-fix systems grow in popularity. Mark Parsons of Russell Roof Tiles takes a look at why more house builders are specifying such products. In the face of ever-changing weather... View Article

Turning up the gas in King’s Cross

Three Grade II listed Victorian gasholder guide frames have been reinvented as high-end apartments in the centre of King’s Cross, London. Jack Wooler spoke to Arup’s Rob Buck and Ed Shearer about the complex refurbishment. Rising above the canal docks... View Article

Act now to prevent another Grenfell tragedy

London Assembly Members today (7th June) agreed a unanimous motion calling for further urgent safeguards for London residents, almost one year on from the devastating Grenfell fire.  Seventy-two people died in the fire at the 24-storey tower block in North Kensington on... View Article

Derelict church hall resurrected as affordable housing

Atotal of 12 new affordable rented homes have begun construction on the site of a derelict church hall in Tilehurst, Berkshire. Social housing provider Stonewater is developing the 12 new one- and two-bedroom affordable rent homes on 8,000 sq ft... View Article

Keepmoat Homes accelerates in North and East Midlands

More than 1,000 new homes across the north of England have announced by Keepmoat Homes in partnership with Homes England, including projects driven by its Accelerated Construction Programme. Four new developments have had their contracts signed, two in the north... View Article

‘Deprived’ Surrey suburb to undergo transformation

Plans to transform a post-war housing estate suffering from deprivation in Woking, Surrey into a new “sustainable community” have been revealed. The proposals intend to regenerate Sheerwater into a neighbourhood that meets the housing and future needs of local residents.... View Article

Treating water pollution on construction sites

Dr Richard Coulton of Siltbuster outlines the main types of on-site water pollution, and how to treat them. Under the Environment Agency’s Regulatory Policy Statement (RPS), construction companies likely to discharge anything off site other than clean water need a... View Article

Electrorad launches new progammable towel rails

A new and luxurious range of towel rails from Electrorad is guaranteed to bring warmth and comfort to the smaller rooms and bathrooms in the home thanks to an array of controls and intelligent energy saving features Featuring two stylish... View Article
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