Kier begins work on £1 homes

Kier Stoke is backing a new scheme to help people buy homes for just £1 and contributing to a £3m regeneration plan of the local area. Kier, which provides repairs and maintenance to more than 19,000 properties in Stoke-on-Trent, is... View Article

Self build show a resounding success

Over £55 million walked through the doors and over 10,500 unique sales leads were generated at the recent National Self Build & Renovation Show (Swindon 7-9 February) proving that despite the current economic climate, self-build and renovation projects are still... View Article

Safety first in Cut-Off Saw collaboration

Skanska, STIHL and Cskills Awards, the awarding organisation of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), have joined forces to develop a new training programme and an accompanying video to promote the safe use of petrol driven cut-off saws in the... View Article

Online learning with the LRWA

The LRWA (Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association) announces the launch of its RIBA approved CPD, exclusively available online for specifiers, architects, and surveyors. “Continuing Professional Development is crucial for anyone working in the construction industry,” comments Terry Wain, LRWA Technical... View Article

Firestone UltraPly™ TPO walking tall

Black Sail Youth Hostel, one of the oldest and most remote youth hostels in England, has undergone major refurbishment utilising a Firestone UltraPly TPO single ply roof system and designed to blend with the idyllic landscape of the Ennerdale Valley... View Article

McCarthy & Stone announces new chief executive officer

Retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone has appointed Clive Fenton as its new chief executive officer. Clive Fenton is currently chief executive of central London residential property developer Mount Anvil and will take the reins from Mark Elliott, who oversaw the... View Article

Labour aim to assemble army of small housebuilders

In her first speech since becoming the Labour Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP, confirmed that housing is now at the centre of the political debate and will be a key priority for Labour at the next election. Speaking to... View Article

Ap-ply-ing a different pitch to roofing

By Martin Shave, business development manager for domestic roofing at Protan. Why do we build dwellings with pitched, tiled roofs? There is no law saying we have to; it is tradition, and a bad reputation for flat roofs. Yet a... View Article

More support needed to help new construction apprentices

London’s housing associations and employers have been urged to join a scheme that will train up to 500 new construction apprentices over the next decade. Constructors, consultants and housing associations from across the capital have been brought together to form... View Article

SIPs – The third method of construction

By Tony Millichap, technical manager of Kingspan Insulation Limited. Conventional construction methods such as brick and block have two distinct disadvantages: programmes can become unpredictable in our wet climate, and walls are having to become thicker and thicker in order... View Article

Picking the perfect pipe

Jon Briafield at PE pipe specialist, GPS PE pipe Systems, advises on the considerations for pipe specification and the types of pipe required for different elements of a water installation. Regardless of the water pressure, geography of a site or... View Article

Arts and crafts homes for Ashbury village

Work is now underway at Walnut Trees Hill, the new Redcliffe Homes development in the village of Ashbury, halfway between Swindon and Wantage. Occupying a very scenic position – looking north over the Vale of the White Horse and south... View Article