Bellway IMS – continuing upbeat tone among housebuilders

Alastair Stewart, analyst at Westhouse Securities, said: We are maintaining our estimates after an in-line IMS for the four months to end-May and note that Bellway is continuing the upbeat tone among housebuilders, despite worries in the wider housing market... View Article

Reaction roundup to the Queen’s Speech 2014

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is pleased that the Government continues to recognise the value of small business and construction to the economy in the measures outlined in the 2014 Queen’s Speech. The NFB particularly welcomes measures outlined to... View Article

NFB welcomes Help to Buy boost to construction growth

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) today welcomed Treasury figures showing that the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme is helping to drive residential construction growth, particularly in the regions. The first set of comprehensive figures for the scheme show... View Article

Quit blaming, get building on public land

Marnix Elsenaar, head of planning at City law firm Addleshaw Goddard, said: “Our modern culture of blame has driven critics towards both house builders and Help to Buy as culprits for unaffordable housing in recent months. Yet no politician will... View Article

CE marking for glass is anything but clear

The Construction Products Directive (CPD) in 1989 was replaced by the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The CPR was officially published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 April 2011 and came into full force on 1 July 2013.... View Article

Trees cause over £25 million damage to new homes

Over £25million of damage has been caused to new homes by trees over the last six years, according to figures released by NHBC. The UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes is so concerned by... View Article

Gross mortgage lending continues to grow in April

Gross mortgage lending was an estimated £16.6 billion in April, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This is 8% higher than March’s gross lending total and 36% higher than April last year (£12.2 billion) and the highest total for... View Article

Andrew Teacher: Don’t just blame Help to Buy

In my Sky News interview earlier I commented on the need for a greater focus on institution-backed private rented sector in areas like London and Manchester as a way of helping people find homes in urban areas. This is already... View Article