SIPs vs timber frame

Ian Loughnane of Kingspan Timber Solutions weighs up the relative merits of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and timber frame structures. Despite them often being confused, there are quite a lot of differences between a SIPs and a timber frame structure.... View Article

Housing benefits

Alternative ground engineering solutions, such as those incorporating geogrids, can play a vital part in meeting the UK’s future housing needs. Jonathan Cook of Tensar explains. The UK Government is committed to building hundreds of thousands of homes a year... View Article

Countryside Properties announces inclusion on FTSE4Good Index

 Countryside, a leading UK home builder specialising in place making and urban regeneration, is proud to announce its inclusion on the FTSE4Good Index following an independent assessment. FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company)... View Article

Springfield Properties trading update

Springfield Properties (AIM: SPR), a leading housebuilder in Scotland offering private and affordable housing, is pleased to provide the following update on trading for the year to 31 May 2018, ahead of announcing its full year results on 18 September... View Article

Jewson 2018 Trade Heroes announced

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, has awarded five Trade Heroes and 32 regional projects from across Britain a share of a £250,000 prize fund as part of its Building Better Communities competition. The top winner of this year’s Trade Hero category, Stephen... View Article

Regional property markets race to catch the capital

The latest Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index projects a narrowing of the property price gap between London and the UK’s other cities over the next year or two. For investors, the choice is clear – regional cities are the... View Article

Modern materials, traditional facades

Adrian Storey of Horbury Facades looks at how innovation in modern rain screen cladding materials is resulting in a rise in brick facades. When most people think of modern rain screen cladding systems, they picture steel and glass. However, architects... View Article

Royal Docks to be revived in London

A £300m regeneration plan for the Royal Docks in east London has been given the green light, with plans in motion to introduce a new district to the area. Plans have been approved for a £314m regeneration of the Royal... View Article

A call for consistency

James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, discusses the urgent need for consistency of policy to support the UK housing market. Aunified approach to housing policy is essential if we are to continue to see an increase in housebuilding in line... View Article

Can we de-stigmatise social housing?

It was probably one of the more surprising nuggets of feedback from survivors of the Grenfell tower fire, but they strongly felt there was a stigma attached to living in social housing and this lay at the heart of many... View Article

Prioritise smaller sites

Brian Berry, chief executive at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), explores the upcoming planning reforms, and argues for a much higher focus on small sites. The planning reforms that are due to be published “before the summer” as part... View Article

From the editor

Things are moving so fast at Government level with the shambles that Brexit is becoming, that there’s little guarantee we will have the same set of leaders by the time you read this. And, as the time for negotiating the... View Article

A breath of fresh air

Eliot Warrington of Solarcrest argues that building regulations need to reflect 21st century ventilation. Building Regulations have pushed people in the UK closer and closer towards airtightness in recent years, but while this is a demonstrably good thing with regards... View Article