More than just homes

A new £6m Places for People social community is being handed over in Salford, Greater Manchester. Michael Dong, CEO of developer Investar Proper ty Group, and Mike Watson, director of housebuilder Watson Homes, walk Jack Wooler through the Melody Gardens... View Article

Concrete and the circular economy

Chris Stanley of the Concrete Block Association explains where concrete can fit into a circular economy, and help to boost sustainable housebuilding. Talk of the circular economy has penetrated every part of the construction industry recently, and rightly so. The... View Article

Bathroom style statements

John Brooks of Lecico discusses changing bathroom design trends, and the impact that tV and other influences have had on consumers’ demands. At the end of a busy day, many people are keen to get home, kick off their shoes... View Article

Preparing for changes to ADL

The construction industry is facing a number of significant regulation changes over the coming years, with the consultation to approved Document L (ADL) 2020 closing on 10 January set to introduce significant sustainability challenges. James Hulbert of Knauf Insulation looks... View Article

The Brexit factor

Ben Lloyd of Pure Commercial Finance gives his views on how Brexit is impacting property developers. The ever-present debate over Brexit has continued to plague public and market sentiment, and it was particularly heated in the last 24 months with... View Article

Getting buyers fired up

Erica Malkin of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) looks at the key considerations for housebuilders, developers and specifiers when it comes to incorporating a wood burning stove into their project, with the aim of ‘separating fact from fiction.’ Wood burning... View Article

The future of beam and block

Ashley Perkins of Milbank Concrete Products explains why housebuilders should be choosing a thermally insulated flooring solution over traditional methods of ground floor construction. Housebuilders should think about the advantages of incorporating insulation into their structural flooring  – underfloor insulation... View Article

Lead by the landscape

Click here to listen to this story ► Over 100 new apartments are in the works in the Surrey town of Oxted, offering countryside living within commuting distance of the capital. Alison Dowsett, managing director of St William Homes, explains... View Article

Strategic glazing specification

Click here to listen. Kevin Bonnar of Velfac explains how to get to market faster and improve return on investment with strategic glazing specification. Glazing is one of the most important building products in any low rise or ‘plot by... View Article

The aluminium renaissance

Click here to listen. Steve Bromberg of Express Bi-Folding Doors looks at why he believes that more housebuilders than ever are ditching PVCu in favour of aluminium When it comes to the design of a residential or commercial property, the... View Article

Offsite timber is construction’s future

Stewart Dalgarno of Stewart Milne Timber Systems discusses why modern methods of construction coupled with a build fabric such as timber frame is key to meeting Government housing targets sustainably. Industry reports are increasingly signalling a move towards modern methods... View Article

How offsite benefits better fire protection

Ian King of Zeroignition looks at the benefits of modern methods of construction, and how the solutions offered by adopting an offsite approach can be applied to benefit fire protection and safety. Recently, the National Housing Federation found that more... View Article

Reinforcing the GRP Message

Andy Fell of Hambleside Danelaw explores how housebuilders and developers can avoid the common pitfalls of flat roofing by specifying glass reinforced polyester (GRP), explaining its various benefits. How many times have you heard it said: ‘flat roofs never last... View Article

Rendering best practice more achievable

Dale Telling of Fassa Bortolo UK looks at the steps to take in choosing the best external render system for your next development. Practical, durable and stylish, render systems can completely transform the exterior of a property through colour or finish,... View Article

Getting cement selection right

Sandra Higginson of Tarmac Cement explains the importance of selecting the right cement products in order to reduce waste and costs. For professional builders, saving time and money remains of paramount importance. However, as anyone with experience knows, opting for... View Article

Building knowledge

The construction and design show for London is back, and this time it is ‘bigger and better than ever.’ Focusing on a diverse array of current topics, London Build is jam packed with content, networking and entertainment. This year, London... View Article

Raising the bar for renters

A new build-to-rent development is under construction in Leeds, which is set to bring a host of hotel-style amenities to over 500 homes across two high-rise blocks. In Leeds city centre, construction has begun on 515 homes spread over two... View Article

A big eco ambition on a small site

Five new ‘eco’ homes have been completed on a ‘micro site’ in Enfield, which combine environmental efficiency with a traditional feel. Nic London, of SME builder and developer NLondon Construction, spoke to Jack Wooler. To the north of the capital,... View Article

The key to housing workers

A 264-home project for key workers at the University of Cambridge has been completed by architects Stanton Williams. Jack Wooler spoke to the practice’s Gavin Henderson on how the space between buildings has been utilised to embed the community into... View Article

Turn down the volume

Ben Hancock of Oscar Acoustics explores how housebuilders and developers can prevent noise from ruining occupants’ health, as our cities grow ever larger. The UK urban population living in cities is set to rise to 92.2 per cent (65.8 million... View Article