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New guide launched to cut noise nuisance in new homes

A new blueprint for acoustic practitioners, council planners and developers that aims to protect home dwellers from noise by putting good acoustic design at the heart of all new residential development has been published. The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning... View Article

Government acquires 68 flats for Grenfell Tower victims

The Government has acquired 68 homes in a luxury residential development in south Kensington to rehouse some of the residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Communities secretary Sajid Javid announced all homes, a mix of one, two and three bedroom... View Article

Eco-housing scheme in Norwich wins top planning award

Carrowbreck Meadow, a development of 14 eco-homes, the largest of its kind in Greater Norwich, has won at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards. This landmark scheme took the top prize in the Excellence in Planning to... View Article

NFB: HBA welcomes new housing and planning minister

Theresa May has appointed Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, as minister of state for housing and planning. Mr Sharma is the third housing and planning minister in three years and succeeds Gavin Barwell, who was appointed as new chief... View Article

Grenfell Tower blaze results in dozens of fatalities

A major fire at the recently-refurbished Grenfell Tower in west London has resulted in several deaths, and over 50 injuries. The 24-storey block suffered severe damage which rapidly spread through many of the 120 flats, and there are fears the... View Article

It’s time to start building responsibly

Building homes to a decent standard should be a given, but in the present climate, new-build homes are underperforming and quality is becoming more and more of an issue. Clearly, solutions are needed which is why the March release of... View Article

Aiming high for cost and energy savings: the hybrid fan coil

Air conditioning which uses less energy and less space is in constant demand. Roger Olsen of Arup explain a new approach. Climate change paired with rapid urbanisation is driving the building industry towards new innovative solutions. Two crucial considerations for... View Article

High rise Tyne project set to go

Newcastle based property specialist, All Saints Living, is to undertake the development of one of the city’s tallest buildings. Acknowledged by planners to have an elegant, landmark architectural style, the 82 metre high structure – in Rutherford Street, off St... View Article
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