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Lord Henley appointed as construction minister

Lord Henley, who until June was a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been appointed as construction minister. His appointment comes as Lord Prior leaves after less than a year, having taken up the role in... View Article

Marie Macklin recognised as Business Woman of The Year

Marie Macklin C.B.E., owner and Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, has been announced as the Business Women Scotland (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s (WES) Business Woman of the Year. The prestigious accolade was presented to Marie at the awards... View Article

Wates Group chief executive leaving

James Wates CBE, Chairman of leading construction, development and property services company the Wates Group, today announced that the company’s Chief Executive, Andrew Davies, will leave the organisation on 10 November 2017 in order to take up the position as... View Article

From marble to metal

Ongoing research and development in sintered stoneware manufacture offers a wide range of choice to housebuilders and developers. Mar Esteve Cortes, marketing director at TheSize, explains how. 2017 has seen exciting developments in sintered stone application. From vivid colour palettes... View Article

Future pipelines

Michelle Ringland of Lanes for Drains looks at the effect society and technology is having on drainage, and what that means for future urban developments. The UK’s drainage infrastructure is under more pressure than ­ever. With an ever-increasing population, poor... View Article
Designer Contracts new 109,000 sq ft central distribution facility

The customer always comes first for Designer Contracts

Designer Contracts – one of the UK’s largest flooring contractor – has launched a Customer Service Charter, believed to be a first within the industry. Since the launch of the Home Builders Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey, carried out... View Article

Bloor Homes teams with npa24:7

With 65 per cent of the new homes market, ten of the top 15 housebuilders now take advantage of npa24:7’s home emergency expert service. The most recent addition is major housebuilder Bloor Homes. Bloor Homes required a robust and professional... View Article

The smart ecosystem

As research shows consumer demand for smart home technology is increasing, Loxone’s Omid Nikroo explains why housebuilders should be giving it more consideration, and the benefits of an ‘ecosystem’ approach. Smart home technology is increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ for... View Article

Smaller construction companies hit hardest as work volumes fall

With Brexit creating huge uncertainty in the construction sector, smaller companies in Hertfordshire and North London are struggling to cope, according to new research from accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson. Financial performance across the sector is very mixed, with only... View Article

Comment: The government will borrow to invest in new homes

Following Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid’s recent comments that the government will borrow to invest in new homes. Steve Mansour, CEO of CRL has responded: “Sajid Javid’s aspiration to see 300,000 new homes a year built is encouraging, but it’s vital that the government doesn’t set... View Article
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