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Top 10 tips to keep burglars at bay this winter

It’s that time of year when we stock our homes with the latest gadgets, expensive jewellery, designer goods, and a time when we may let our guard down. The Office for National Statistics reported that the year ending June 2015... View Article

Regional anxieties deepen over construction skills shortages

Some 8 of 10 building contractors in the North West and Midlands believe that skills shortages will hold their businesses back next year, with particular concerns over a lack of quantity surveyors, estimators and site based-personnel. New research from construction... View Article

Are the emerging markets obsessed with skyscrapers?

In the past 15 years, nearly 190 skyscrapers have been built in Dubai; comparatively, London has seen the construction 23 new skyscrapers in the same time frame, according to Knight Frank. By the end of next year, there will be... View Article

Six tips for avoiding blocked drains

It doesn’t take long for an unattended drain to become blocked, more often than not turning from a minor inconvenience into something much more difficult to resolve. In addition to these potentially costly problems, blocked drains are also unhygienic, leading... View Article

Assessing the asbestos risks on brownfield sites

Alec Hales, contaminated land specialist at environmental risk management and UKAS accredited inspection and laboratory testing services Lucion Environmental looks at the responsibilities associated with reducing asbestos risk on brownfield site: The detection of asbestos in soil is becoming a... View Article

An obvious way to sustainably solve the UK’s housing crisis

Managing Director of sustainability and energy efficiency experts Darren Evans Assessment, Darren Evans has worked with both large commercial developers and smaller private organisations. He now discusses one way to sustainably solve the UK’s housing crisis: “The Housing Minister Brandon... View Article

Housing sector responds to the Autumn Spending Review

The Chancellor’s Autumn Spending Review revealed the government’s fivepart plan to boost housing delivery and create thousands of starter homes. However, there were both housing sector winners and loosers. Speaking on behalf of the private home building industry HBF Executive... View Article

Managing water in a wetter world

Michael White, business development director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, says climate change, increased urbanisation and more extreme weather is causing problems for our built environment. Incorporating high capacity steel rainwater systems into our buildings is an effective and affordable... View Article

Refurbished apartments are just what the doctor ordered

A former NHS clinic in Northumberland has been given a new lease of life after being converted into six high quality apartments by the county’s largest private residential landlord. Arch Homes has invested almost £600,000 in refurbishing Nomis House, located... View Article
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