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

High praise for North Manchester regeneration project

Competition judges have described a Redrow regeneration project in North Manchester as “having achieved something really positive in the community”. The provision of up to 400 new homes in Moston and Harpurhey, on sites previously cleared of poor quality housing,... 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

More process improvements from the BBA

Feedback from clients is vitally important to the BBA to help improve the processes it uses to assess construction products and installers. This type of information is collected in a variety of ways from face to face meetings with customers... View Article

Turley Question Time draws in North West developers

Planning consultancy Turley was joined by more than 50 developers, house builders and consultants from across the North West in Manchester last week (15 May 2014) for a Question Time styled debate. The hour long discussion, chaired by David Manley... View Article

GGF sets the standards for fire safety

The GGF Fire Resistant Glazing Group (FRGG) has now published the new Standard for “The Specification and Installation of Fire-Resistant Barriers containing Glass for Resistance against the passage of Fire and Products of Combustion.” The FRGG has brought together the... View Article