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Milestone for £350 million housing project

An ambitious, £350 million programme, designed to transform the quality and choice of housing in the North East, has reached another milestone with the completion of the show homes on its fourth development. And senior representatives from the Gateshead Regeneration... View Article

CIOB builds the case for construction ahead of General Election

In order to improve policy making and provide a better understanding of the construction industry’s contribution to society, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has outlined five interlinked policy proposals for prospective parliamentary candidates and the next Government to consider... View Article

New figures show fall in construction output

Commenting on the new construction output figures published by the ONS today which show a 0.7 per cent fall in output in March, Michael Thirkettle, Chief Executive of leading interdisciplinary international construction and property consultancy McBains Cooper, said: “After a... View Article

Safe as houses

With security remaining high on a homeowner’s list of priorities, and with the threat of burglary ever-present, Martin Smith of IronmongeryDirect.co.uk takes a look at the different options available. Modern home security measures are an increasingly indispensable feature for all... View Article

Tackling the impact of thermal bridging

With the drive towards improved energy efficiency, thermal bridging has become a ‘hot topic’ for housebuilders. insulation manufacturer marmox explains why, and describes some solutions to the problem. It has been calculated by The Energy Saving Trust that in a... View Article

Let the light shine in

Steve Bromberg of Express Bi-folding Doors explains the options available when looking at specifying “expansive” glazed doors to open up homes. Open-plan living has risen drastically in popularity over recent years, with homeowners choosing light and bright designs that maximise... View Article

The chemistry of quality

Bradite’s chief chemist Sean Tormay explains why only the best makes sense when it comes to paint formulation. Why do exterior coatings degrade? The major requirement of interior/exterior protective coatings is durability for long term protection. This is especially critical... View Article

Offsite, on-trend

The ongoing shortage of housing in the UK has lead to a resurgence in modular construction. Richard Haines of eurobrick considers the benefits of brick slip systems in this context. Without doubt, speed of delivery has to be one of... View Article

Rising costs means mixed start to 2017 for construction industry

SME builders, civil engineering firms, product manufacturers and specialist contractors all reported a strong start to 2017 with increases in sales, output and workloads in Q1 driven by increased demand. The Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey Q1 also painted... View Article

NHIC issues ‘Five Point Plan’ for Government

The National Home Improvement Council today launched their industry-led manifesto outlining five key areas it feels the next UK Government should focus on alongside negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union. The National Home Improvement Council wants all political parties... View Article

Rising costs means mixed start to 2017 for construction industry

SME builders, civil engineering firms, product manufacturers and specialist contractors all reported a strong start to 2017 with increases in sales, output and workloads in Q1 driven by increased demand. The Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey Q1 also painted... View Article

All change at this year’s Network VEKA AGM!

Industry-leading installer support organisation, Network VEKA, has hosted another fantastic Members’ Weekend and glittering awards ceremony. The ever-popular event, this year held in Warwick, attracted more than 240 attendees in the organisation’s 21st year. The day kicked off with a... View Article

The Apex of offsite construction

Apex House, a 29-storey student accommodation scheme in Wembley, stands tall as Europe’s highest modular tower yet built, demonstrating the reach now possible using offsite systems. Europe’s tallest modular tower has seen its final module lowered into place. The 29... View Article

Shipping containers can be useful in an emergency

A new innovative emergency accommodation development was officially opened recently in Ealing, London; providing a new option for under-resourced councils.­­ The 34 apartment development was created using a kit of moveable and reusable parts, based around re-purposed shipping containers, offering... View Article

The Social Network: Hard Pressed

After the Lord Mayor’s show (the Housing White Paper) things can always seem a little bit flat, but that’s usually when the hard work really starts. In this instance, we’ve all heard the commitments to building more new homes of... View Article

The Industry Advocate

After the shock election announcement, Brian Berry looks at what the next Government’s construction priorities need to be Even by the standards of the time, Theresa May’s announcement that there was to be a general election was an extraordinary development,... View Article

Strong start for 2017 home registrations

Over 42,000 new homes were registered in the UK by NHBC in the first three months of the year, according to figures released at the NHBC’s Q1 statistics briefing. 42,470 new homes were registered in Q1, an increase of 17... View Article
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