PwC: Construction sector catches its breath

Commenting on today’s latest construction sector PMI figures, Chris Temple, PwC UK engineering & construction leader, said: “These latest results continue the construction sector’s growth trend of the last 18 months, albeit at a slower rate. Given that the economy,... View Article

Hat-trick of Encon companies notch up a brace of certifications

Three members of the Encon Group have gained two internationally recognised certifications. The Encon Group has achieved a brace of performance standards. Specialist distributors Encon Insulation and Nevill Long and passive fire-protection manufacturer PFC Corofil have gained the environmental standard... View Article

BPF: CIL needs further reform, but not abolition

The British Property Federation (BPF) has commented on a report released today by Savills and the Home Builders Federation which reveals that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has had a detrimental effect on development levels. The report, CIL: is it... View Article

Scottish construction booms in September

Figures released 23 October reveal that Scotland accounted for nearly a quarter of the total value of new construction contracts awarded in September, particularly in the medical & healthcare and infrastructure sectors. Barbour ABI, which is a chosen provider of... View Article

Small builders face barriers to growth

Small housebuilders and developers in the UK face serious barriers to growth, with planning, access to finance and land availability highlighted as the biggest challenges for small companies. Research by the NHBC Foundation shows that there has been a significant... View Article

Home Truths South West report

Key points: The average house price in the South West of England is over nine times average incomes at £228,420. Meanwhile, private sector rents across the South West average £693. In Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES), this ratio of... View Article

Government launches ‘Rent to Buy’ scheme

The government has launched a ‘Rent to Buy’ scheme, backed by a £400 million fund, to encourage the construction of new homes that tenants can rent, then buy at a later date. Housing associations and other providers can bid for... View Article

Keeping housing in the loop

Plasterboard manufacturer Siniat is one of the partners involved in an EU-led project that aims to promote a fully sustainable closed loop approach to building. Head of EHS and Sustainability at Siniat, Steve Hemmings, explains what this means for the... View Article

Permissions recover to 2008 levels

Planning permissions hit a six-year high in Q2 2014, according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF) Housing Pipeline report. The report, compiled by construction analyst Glenigan, showed that permissions for 56,647 homes were granted in England in the second quarter,... View Article