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Political turmoil as Tories lose majority

The Conservative party have lost their majority in the General Election, resulting in a hung parliament. Labour MPs gained 29 seats, with the Tories losing 12. The Conservatives remain the leading party with 318 seats, but no longer retain enough... View Article

Housing Minister Barwell loses seat

Gavin Barwell, the Conservative Housing Minister, has lost his seat in Croydon Central to Labour. After a night where the Conservatives lost 12 seats, the UK is left with a hung parliament. The Conservatives failed to gain a majority, but... View Article

Set in stone, on a budget

Chilstone Architectural Stonework dispels the myth that incorporating stonework into a development is a costly and time-consuming process. Replacing damaged or crumbling stonework can be tricky, and adding stonework details to a property can prove costly. Not only do you... View Article

Smarten up

As smart home systems enter the mainstream, Dean Reddy of ABB advises housebuilders what to look for when considering smart building technology. Home automation is growing rapidly in popularity. A recent study by management consultancy McKinsey found that the global... View Article

The true cost of poor quality

Graham Copson of Klober explains the reasons behind the introduction of a new British Standard for the increasingly popular method of dry fixing. Following widespread problems associated with use of mortar on roofs, publication of a new NHBC Technical Standard... View Article

De-Mystifying condensation

Will Goodenough of Whitesales discusses the various causes of glass condensation and misting in properties, to help developers avoid the issues. Both misted glass and condensation are far from uncommon problems. They have plagued homes,buildings and glazings of all sorts... View Article

Lending a hand

With UK builders failing to keep up with demand, Mark Holden of Go Develop offers his view on how financiers can help SMEs reach Government targets. Regardless of snap elections and Brexit, there’s a bigger underlying issue at the heart... View Article

The energy efficiency challenge

A recurrent theme during this election campaign has been the price consumers pay on their energy bills; Are we being ripped off? Will a price cap work? Are the energy companies profiteering? And is it a competitive market place? There... View Article

Three month transport suspension for Kelso house building firm

Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner has suspended a Kelso building and property business from using commercial vehicles for three months, after its director made false representations about the mandatory position of transport manager. Joan Aitken’s order means that M & J Ballantyne... View Article

Living like a king in Knightsbridge

“Super-prime” developments are becoming more common in the capital, with the right location and spec attracting high prices – Jack Wooler reports on a recent example, Kingwood in Knightsbridge. Kingwood is a luxury development in the highly sought-after area of Knightsbridge,... View Article

The state of play

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, considers the effect of the state playing a far more active role in the sector An interesting development during the shortened election campaign period has been the re-emergence of council housing as a... View Article

Manifestos address “chronic” shortage

In their Election manifestos the major UK political parties each offered their own commitments to revive the struggling housing sector, anc commentators from across the industry spoke up to reflect on the policies. Industry voices generally reacting favourably towards the... View Article
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