The levelling-up agenda

Neil Sanders of F. Ball and Co talks through the steps to ensuring a flawless finish when installing floorcoverings using Luxury Vinyl Tiles. The increasing quality and variety of Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) and their suitability for a wide range... View Article

The right cover

Dean Stritch of LABC Warranty describes what to look for when choosing a warranty provider for your development, including for MMC projects With a range of options on the market, how do housebuilders and developers choose the cover that is... View Article

An uncertain 

Patrick Mooney explores how contrasting news on planning approvals, new homes and public finances are providing a confused picture of the future housing market In many respects the housing market was remarkably unaffected by the Covid pandemic, with strong demand... View Article

Work begins at Westwood Park

Keepmoat Homes has officially started work on site at Westwood Park, Glenrothes, which kicks off the eight-year building programme to deliver 420 residential homes to the area. The range of two, three and four-bedroom houses have been designed to cater... View Article

A schooling in planning strategy

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Neal Allcock, partner at property consultant Carter Jonas Birmingham, discusses how strategic planning could help address the current shortfall in student accommodation being built across the UK. The shortage of student accommodation is well known. Recently we... View Article

Micro solutions to macro problems

LISTEN HERE 🔊 A pioneering modular build to rent scheme, which offers young homeless people the chance to have a place they can afford in central London, has broken ground. Jack Wooler reports on the project. Developed by charity Centrepoint, Reuben... View Article

There may be turbulence ahead

Brain Berry confronts some of the myriad challenges that housebuilders are facing at present, including rising prices, inflation, shortages and new regulations. Not for the first time, small, local housebuilders are facing some tough months ahead. While the industry closed... View Article

Get on top of the Part L challenge

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations are planned to come into effect later this year as part of the Future Homes Standard, meaning a 31% reduction in new build carbon emissions. Stuart Nicholson of Marley... View Article

Avant Homes begin work on 65-home development

The construction of a 65-home development on a 10-acre site in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, has been started by housebuilder Avant Homes. The first phase of the new development, located on Round Hill Avenue, three miles from Thornaby town centre, received... View Article

Raising the standard

LISTEN HERE 🔊 The developers behind an award-winning development in Wiltshire talk to Jack Wooler about how they have included higher-end features as standard, and blended with the historic context. Somerbrook is a collection of 28 private and 10 affordable... View Article

A net gain for the nation

John Richards of Cala Homes details the company’s journey so far in achieving the increasingly essential requirement of biodiversity net gain, across its Thames region According to a 2021 study, it is estimated that the UK has lost almost half... View Article

Playing our part in levelling up

Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), discusses why SME housebuilders should be utilised in achieving the Government’s agenda to ‘level up.’  The industry closed out last year on a relative high with workloads doing well, despite... View Article


No longer a purely functional space, bathrooms present an exciting opportunity to reflect the latest interior design trends and create a contemporary, relaxing and luxurious space. Here, Rachel Oddy, Marketing Manager at Fibo, explores some of the latest trends to... View Article

Bespoke is best

James Hulbert of Knauf Insulation explains how housebuilders can navigate their way to cost-effective part L 2021 compliance in England. Part L was published in December and will bring England’s new build homes closer to net zero, and its pivotal... View Article

All human life is here

Buyers are looking at properties differently nowadays, says Tim Spann of Keller Kitchens – desiring multi-functional kitchen spaces that work for the whole family. Bearing this in mind, he discusses trends and functionalities to consider. Every year brings a new... View Article

Safe in the knowledge

Regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are set to change to ensure greater protection for homes in England. in this article, Aico’s Andy Speake explains what the legislation means for specifiers – and how to comply. In November 2021,... View Article

The ins and outs of air pollution

Paul Williams from Domus Ventilation says that indoor air pollution needs to be taken more seriously, and proposes measures for addressing it. In 2021, the UK was found guilty by the European Court of Justice of “systematically and persistently” breaching... View Article