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ONS reclassification: a sticking plaster solution?

In his speech ahead of the Autumn Budget, communities secretary Sajid Javid announced the reclassification of housing associations as private sector organisations – a move he argued was vital for fixing the UK’s “broken housing market”. Stressing it would open... View Article

Mayor backs co-living in London Plan

The Mayor of London has given initial backing to the emerging co-living sector in his draft London plan, which sets out planning and development policies for the capital. The draft plan says that “communal amenity spaces are important” – a... View Article

Martin builds on success to win top national award

Redrow site manager Martin Caldwell has cemented his place at the top of the construction trade after taking the title of National Residential Site Agent of the Year. The 35-year-old won the coveted award at the Grand Finals of the... View Article

Sales to first-time buyers hit eight month low

NAEA Propertymark (National Association of Estate Agents) is today issuing its October Housing Report. Sales agreed and sales to first-time buyers (FTBs) The proportion of sales made to FTBs fell even lower to 22 per cent in October, the lowest... View Article

London housebuilding steams ahead without budget support

With no major help coming in the Autumn Budget, the London housing industry – public, private and third sector – is getting on with business, with nearly 180,000 homes in the pipeline through local government models alone. London Mayor Sadiq... View Article

Timber’s time has come

David Connacher of Norbord explores the recent developments in the housebuilding industry that are providing sustained momentum in the timber frame construction market. Housebuilding has proved to be the most buoyant sector of the UK construction industry in the last... View Article

Lovell lands c. £250m Defence homes deal

Leading partnership homes specialist Lovell has been awarded a c. £250 million contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to build more than 900 new homes for troops and their families relocating from Germany to Salisbury Plain in South Wiltshire... View Article

Urban Union appoints new finance director

A leading regeneration specialist has hired a new Finance Director as it gears up to launch additional sites across Scotland. Urban Union – which currently operates in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth – has appointed Kenny Downs to the role. He... View Article

LCC: Stamp duty removed from ALL affordable homes

In response to yesterday’s budget regarding the removal of stamp duty for most first time buyers Low Carbon Construction has responded with a pledge to take on the stamp duty of ALL the affordable homes that they build, with a... View Article

Cause for alarm

Adrian Keats of Honeywell provides advice on the options available when choosing fire alarms, and where best to site them – in the context of what he believes is a dangerous level of misunderstanding currently in the market. Despite ever-evolving... View Article
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