The NHBC has reported the growth of new home registrations by just over three per cent to 34,239 in the three months from February to April 2014. Private registrations in the UK lifted two per cent to 25,046 compared to February to April 2013, while registrations for public sector housing rose seven per cent to 9,193.
April’s registrations were the highest April total since 2007 at 11,912 – a four per cent increase against the year before – and encouraged NHBC’s Commercial Director Richard Tamayo to say it was ‘comforting’ to see a rise on 2013’s high volumes. He added:
“As production ramps up across the country, it is vital that we are able to provide the support and guidance to the industry that is needed at this time as builders strive to meet the growing demand for the new homes the UK clearly needs.”
Part of this NHBC support will come in the form of more than 100 frontline technical jobs to help housebuilders as they increase volumes in response to the improving market.
The recruitment drive will see the NHBC acquire 80 new building inspectors and create new management roles, as well as taking on more surveyors, engineers and special project managers. In addition the NHBC will also create a mobile quality team for housebuilders who need extra inspection assistance. The team will cover areas of high demand and support developers with more complex projects.