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Door closer enhances high-rise fire safety

British designed and manufactured, Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers are gaining increasing popularity for use on fire doors in high-rise flats and apartments. The door closers carry the CE mark and have been independently tested and proved to meet the... View Article

Landlords react to longer-term tenancy plan

Reacting to reports that the Government will announce plans to introduce mandatory three year tenancies, Richard Lambert, CEO at the National Landlords Association (NLA) said: “In his speech to the Conservative Party conference last October, Sajid Javid announced plans for a consultation... View Article

Redrow launches new Thames Valley division

Redrow has announced that it will be expanding its regional presence by opening a new division in the Thames Valley. The strategic decision to expand into this area comes as Redrow continues to experience growth in outer London and the Home... View Article

Gambling Hampshire builder jailed for VAT fraud

A former builder, who falsely claimed £750,000 of VAT repayments to pay for gambling and living expenses, has been jailed for two years and eight months. Peter Howes, 58, of Waterlooville, Hampshire, submitted fraudulent VAT returns to HM Revenue and... View Article

Bond Bryan Sheffield Studio celebrate their 30th Birthday

Last week, Sheffield-based practice, Bond Bryan, welcomed over 200 guests to celebrate its 30th birthday – thanking colleagues, clients and collaborators for their business and continued friendship. The Bond Bryan team celebrated this milestone at The Mowbray, Kelham Island, where guests were shown a ‘sneak peek’ of... View Article

Fire sprinklers go undercover with Encasement

Where fire sprinkler systems are being installed or retro-fitted in tower blocks and flats, Encasement’s ‘Versa’ pipe boxing range provides the perfect cost effective solution for concealing sprinkler pipework. Manufactured from pre-formed FSC® certified plywood and pre-finished in a durable... View Article

Laying the foundations to success with LPG

For new off-grid housing sites, rural developers want a fuel that is cost-effective and hassle-free to install. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) continues to be a popular choice for many rural developers, but for those new to the fuel, what does... View Article

Decorating on a budget

Julia Kendell, BBC’s DIY SOS guest designer and spokesperson for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London), shares her tips on how to decorate a home on a budget: Panel power If you’ve got a small budget but big... View Article

Contractor named for new council house development

City of Wolverhampton Council has appointed a contractor to develop 43 new affordable council homes in Heath Town. Energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE will be building a mixture of properties on land off Burton Crescent and derelict land adjacent to... View Article

Whither weathertightness?

Carl Farrow of ID Systems discusses the underestimated question of weathertightness when specifying doors, and why it is so important We get asked three questions about our products by every one of our customers, whether they be end users or... View Article

Floor preparation: worth every penny

Dave Bigham of National Flooring Equipment discusses the process of floor preparation in residential spaces In the last few years, luxury coverings such as marble, solid oak and bamboo have bumped up the price of residential flooring in the UK.... View Article

Ask the Architect: Rab Bennetts

Rab Bennetts is founding director of Bennetts Associates, an award- winning firm with a particular specialism in high-quality refurbishments in cultural, education and mixed-use projects. Why did you become an architect? It may sound unlikely, but I was fascinated by... View Article
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