The hottest trends

LISTEN HERE Steve Birch of Vogue (UK) explores the latest bathroom heating trends for 2020. The desire for versatile, energy-efficient solutions in the home has given the industry the opportunity to create new designs which are lightweight, non-polluting, durable and... View Article

An ‘I’ on innovation

LISTEN HERE Angus Macfarlane of James Jones & Sons discusses the increasing popularity of I-joists, and their inherent economic, technical and environmental benefits for addressing the current challenges the housebuilding industry faces. With the Government’s promise to build 300,000 new... View Article

Decking – do your homework

LISTEN HERE Sarah Francis of Arbor Forest Products gives an insight into how to spot quality decking products – both in terms of timber and composite options. Despite our changeable weather, we Brits are a nation of garden-lovers: even if... View Article

The multi-generational living opportunity

LISTEN HERE The growing trend of multiple generations living together in one house offers a whole new market for housebuilders – they just need to consider age-inclusive and flexible design options, says David Schill of Aritco Lifts. Much has been... View Article

An opportunity our industry MUST take

With an open Government-led consultation to review the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings, Paul Richards, Managing Director of Aquarian Cladding Systems, discusses why a balanced explanation is needed to enable... View Article

Hörmann UK specified for standout Sunderland Eco Homes

Since 1983, Building Design Northern Ltd (BDN) has been providing the North East and surrounding regions with architectural, structural engineering and project management services that push the boundaries in sustainability, innovation and aesthetics. One of its most recent residential developments,... View Article

Knight Frank releases outlook for UK housing market

Global property consultancy, Knight Frank, has revised its short-term forecast for the UK’s property market. Based on the assumption that the current lockdown will remain in place through April and May, with a gradual lifting through June, the firm is predicting... View Article

Alternative solutions

The skills shortage has been the topic of great discussion within the construction industry for many months, with factors such as Brexit and the difficulties in attracting young recruits often thought to blame for the effect on our country’s construction... View Article

Lacking necessary bite

From David Bowen, Founder, Logicor Building regulations, the fundamental tools which help us building better, safer and more efficient homes, are undergoing a significant change. About time too. For too long they have not kept pace with changing practices and... View Article

Sapphire glides to success on challenging balcony project

Sapphire’s Glide-OnTM Cassette® balcony system has risen to the logistical and timescale challenges posed by Kennet House, an office-to-residential refurbishment by Crest Nicholson on the river Kennet in Reading. Surrounded by the river on two sides, the building’s location was... View Article

SensoWash® Starck f: The new generation shower-toilet

Introducing the new generation shower-toilet; designed exclusively for Druavit by Philippe Starck the  SensoWash® Starck f Plus and SensoWash® Starck f Lite can be operated via a remote control or a free app. The technology is now housed within the ceramic body... View Article