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Quote of the Week – 17th April 2017

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet... View Article

Westbury products sound & secure

Westbury Windows & Joinery has recently published its latest in a string of successful test results. Following on from its energy and security (PAS24) achievements in 2016 Westbury’s products have now also had acoustic assessment too. The products, including casement... View Article

Construction: sector review

Welcome to the Close Brothers Asset Finance review of the Construction sector. In this document we highlight a wide range of issues relevant to SMEs in this industry. The results are based on the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly... View Article

Residential sales still lack impetus

The UK housing market continues to lack impetus, with new buyer enquiries and agreed sales stagnant in March.  The number of properties coming on to the market also dropped further, and consequently respondents to the March 2017 RICS UK Residential... View Article

New working party to tackle indoor air pollution in homes

A new working party addressing the challenges of indoor air pollution and its negative impact on people’s health in homes has launched at the “Better homes, better air, better health” event in London. This event brought together the research and... View Article

Silva Timber Parachute Jump

Silva Timber are the experts in speciality timber products, wood finishes and fixings. Last year our Siberian Larch cladding was specified for The Robert Parfett building in Manchester, one of the newest Maggie’s Centres. The centre was designed by leading... View Article

­­­Affordable, modular, fast and flexible?

NHouse is a new flexible, modular home design being pioneered by award-winning architect Richard Hywel Evans, who is hoping to make waves in UK housebuilding with a contemporary style allied to short build times and affordability. The nHouse modular solution... View Article

Solutions take pride of place offsite

The advantages of offsite construction in mitigating the housing crisis is once again flavour of the month, says Simon Storer, chief executive of BRUFMA (the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers’ Association). Our need to build more homes coupled with a... View Article

Are we set up to provide skills?

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, tackles the growing skills crisis in the UK Tackling the skills crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing the housebuilding industry. Ask any housebuilder – large or small – and they will... View Article

Constructive ideas for closing the gender gap

Just 12 per cent of the UK’s housebuilding workforce is female, with less than four per cent in a skilled trade role. One of the key findings of the recent NHBC Foundation report, ‘The gender and age profile of the... View Article

From the Editor

It seems fairly fanciful to expect construction, of all industries, to quickly redress its gender imbalance on numbers but also wages. The problem cuts across many sectors but construction is one of the worst, with women making up only 11... View Article

Composite Prime poised to make impact in UK market

A ground-breaking composite timber and plastic product that is in soaring demand in other parts of the world appears poised to take the UK market by storm following the development of a company by two entrepreneurs with a solid pedigree... View Article

Making fires work

Despite being increasingly popular among homeowners, fireplaces are still seen as a challenge by many housebuilders in new builds. Tim Pockett of stovax examines the practical options. With the popularity of woodburning and solid fuel heating growing in recent years,... View Article

Sustainable drainage savings

Trade body Interpave explains how concrete block permeable paving is helping developers meet the latest regulatory requirements for sustainable drainage (SuDS), while cutting costs and minimising land-take. It’s been almost two years since the Government chose to abandon dedicated requirements... View Article

New colours

Opting for coloured mortar can give housebuilders an edge and create buildings that stand out from the crowd. Iain Betts of Tarmac explains how. Capturing the interest and realising the aspirations of potential buyers continues to be a challenge for... View Article

Embedding accessibility

As the population ages and the number of people living with disabilities increases, it is crucial that developers incorporate accessibility into properties now to prepare for the future. The kitchen, says Stuart Reynolds of AKW, is the ideal place to... View Article
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