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£1 million innovation grant for the construction industry

A Soluis Group-led consortium has secured £1 million of funding from Innovate UK to develop an Augmented Worker System (AWE), pioneering the use of virtual and augmented reality for the construction industry. The system will enable the intelligent design, construction,... View Article

Larkfleet has record year

Bourne-based housebuilder Larkfleet Homes has published record operating and financial results for its most recent financial year. In the twelve months to the end of June 2017 the company built 399 homes, an 83 per cent increase on the previous year.... View Article

Street smarts

Chris Hodson of the trade association Interpave discloses how precast concrete paving can help to meet planning requirements while adding kerb appeal to a development. The use of segmental paving to create a hard surface can be traced back over... View Article

Grenfell fire inquiry scope confirmed

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the scope of the Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry this morning (Tuesday, 15 August). May has accepted the terms of reference as set out by inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who submitted his recommendations... View Article

Khan invests £25m in Pocket Living

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has invested £25m in a private property developer to boost London’s affordable housebuilding. The investment, part of Khan’s £3.15bn Innovation Fund, will enable developer Pocket Living to finance the delivery of at least 1,059 affordable... View Article

The importance of accuracy

Neil Sanders of F. Ball and Co. reveals why accurate moisture testing and management is key to preventing flooring installation failures. Unmanaged subfloor moisture is one of the most common causes of failure in a flooring installation. Over time, excess... View Article

LGA responds to crisis analysis on rough sleeping

Responding to new analysis by Crisis forecasting a rise in rough sleeping over the next three years, Cllr Judith Blake, Housing spokesperson at the Local Government Association, said: “Councils want to end homelessness. As we have warned, councils are housing... View Article

Political uncertainty and cost rises hit construction outlook

In a quarter characterised by political uncertainty, the Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey shows that despite a strong Q2 the industry’s supply chain are more pessimistic for the year ahead. The survey of main contractors, SME builders, civil engineering... View Article

Taking to tablets

Colin Yates of Workmobile explains why housebuilders need to embrace digital technology for the future health of their businesses. We are undoubtedly living in a new, digital era, where innovative technology is constantly changing the way we interact and go... View Article

The CIL: Nothing is more (UN)certain than taxes

Taking over Brian Berry’s regular column slot this month, FMB director of external affairs Sarah McMonagle gives a qualified welcome to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Review. As the famous saying goes “Nothing is certain, except death and taxes”. For housebuilders... View Article

Glass Juliette balconies meet their Romeo

While the aesthetic appeal of glass Juliette balconies are undeniable, installing them is not without its issues in terms of efficiency and safety. CRL’s Simon Boocock takes a view through the looking glass at the best solutions. Juliette balconies are... View Article
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