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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

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

Homes England announces frameworks

The procurement of new Multidisciplinary and Technical Services Frameworks has been announced by Homes England. It is hoped this will broaden the range of technical and design services available to support Homes England’s and other public bodies’ work to accelerate... View Article

From the Editor

Following the publication of her review into the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Dame Judith Hackitt said the system of regulation and oversight in construction is “broken,” and you can only conclude that she believes that the devastating fire may have been... View Article

UK construction activity growth remains subdued in May

Latest PMI data signalled only a modest improvement in UK construction activity midway through the second quarter, with the pace of expansion matching that registered in April. Commercial activity growth accelerated to a three month high in May; however, softer... View Article

Dundee students get a taste of the built environment industry

Students from Dundee & Angus College have spent the week with infrastructure giant Robertson after winning a prestigious student challenge. The team of four students triumphed over twenty participating teams from higher education bodies across Scotland competing in the Chartered... View Article
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