Shakespeare Martineau comments on MIPIM 2019

Simon Stanion, head of planning at Shakespeare Martineau, reflects on the key themes for planners from MIPIM 2019.   “The atmosphere in the Midlands Pavilion has been particularly upbeat throughout, with many exciting development portfolios marking significant investment opportunities across the... View Article

Mjøstårnet Becomes World’s Tallest Timber Building

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has verified the completion of Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use building in Brumunddal, Norway that now holds the unique title of the “World’s Tallest Timber Building.” At 85.4 meters, it is also the third-tallest... View Article

Berkeley trading statement

The Berkeley Group Holdings plc (“Berkeley” or the “Company”) has announced its Trading Update which covers the period from 1 November 2018 to 28 February 2019. Berkeley is the country’s leading place-maker, operating principally in London, Birmingham and the South... View Article

A quick and easy to install roof drain

Dallmer Ltd will once again be showcasing its range of Renova roof drains at the RCI Show 2019. Compatible with all types of roofing systems, the Renova drains are quick and easy to install. The drain is simply pushed into... View Article

FORRME completes £5m County Down Development

Northern Ireland-based construction firm FORRME has recently completed a £5m social housing project at Dromore Street, Banbridge, County Down. Appointed by Clanmil Housing Association, FORRME have constructed 32 modern social housing units, made up of a mix of new-build houses,... View Article

Spring Statement comment from BRE

Gwyn Roberts, New Homes and Communities Lead at BRE said: “BRE welcomes the Chancellor’s proposal for a Future Homes Standard. We fully support the need for future-proofed new homes but don’t think we should wait until 2025 for them. “We... View Article

Green light for Broadway Malyan in Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council has approved proposals for a new 152-apartment scheme in Hove. The Broadway Malyan-designed scheme for developer Crest Nicholson comprises 19 studios, 49 one bedroom, 76 two bedroom and eight three bedroom apartments across four residential... View Article

Helping manage send capital funding

Schools can optimise the effectiveness of new Government funding for special needs by utilising expertise for specific projects. Councils have been promised an additional £250m over the next two years to provide specialist support and tailored facilities specifically for children... View Article

Solid floor refurbishment research released

Kingspan Insulation has published a new white paper assessing how different floor insulation specifications can impact cost and floor-to-ceiling height in home refurbishments. The report is based on research from leading consultants — Currie & Brown. It shows that Kingspan... View Article

Common self-build mistakes and how to avoid them

There’s a steep learning curve when you’re building or carrying out a large renovation project. Homebuilding & Renovating Show specialists who have lived through it describe the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Tom McSherry, national relationship manager... View Article

Stumped by self-building? Graven Hill to hold free masterclass

Graven Hill, one of the country’s most innovative self-build and custom build villages, is holding a ‘Self-build for All’ evening seminar on Wednesday 3 April. The event will give keen self-builders the opportunity to have their questions answered and learn more about this creative route to getting a new home. The one-hour masterclass with architects and... View Article

The ethics of energy distribution

Paul Hutchens is CEO of Midlands-based solar specialists Eco2Solar. He is a board member of the Solar Trade Association (STA), the UK’s leading solar industry voice, and Chairman of the STA’s New Build Working Group which aims to inform governments,... View Article

Counting the true costs of poor procurement

While column inches continue to report on major developments missing deadlines, spiralling out of budget control and in the worst cases, taking short cuts over safety, Silas Wilde, managing director of Harlestone Group, examines how the true cost of poor... View Article

Rachman or Rigsby – neither portrayal is accurate

Patrick Mooney looks at the latest Private Landlord Survey report  The public image of Britain’s private landlords is often based on an outdated and stereotypical charicature, something like the Rigsby character (as played by the late Leonard Rossiter) in the 1970s... View Article