Construction SMEs are being left behind by off-site solutions

The House of Lords will debate the Science and Technology Committee’s report ”Off-site Manufacture in Construction: Building for Change” which, among other concerns, cites a need to improve the productivity of the industry. Lord Mair has said that the principal barrier to off-site... View Article

Lettings management boss banned for abusing tenants’ deposits

A lettings management director from Dorset has been disqualified for failing to protect thousands of pounds of tenants’ deposits. Kari Jade Ridout (46), from Blandford Forum, Dorset, was the sole director of Woodhouse Residential Lettings Limited, a lettings management company... View Article

Light Projects and Wibre make a splash in the UK

London-based manufacturer, Light Projects, is delighted to announce it has formed a strategic partnership with German underwater lighting specialist, Wibre.  Wibre is a world leading manufacturer of underwater and exterior lighting fittings and is well known for its precision engineering... View Article

 383 works competing in the eu mies award 2019!

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announce today the list of 383 works competing for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The 383 works draw the present picture... View Article

Tyne Housing appoints new chief executive

North East housing and support provider, Tyne Housing Group has appointed Steve McKinlay as Chief Executive to lead the organisation and deliver its new strategic priorities. The appointment comes after the Group Board reviewed its business operations and set out... View Article

How to add smart value to homes

Paul Hilditch of Systemline explains how smart technology can add value to new build homes, revealing the key elements housebuilders and developers should consider when choosing products, and the challenges to address. Technology is rapidly advancing to meet consumer demand... View Article

The curious incident of the missing prosecutions

Recent newspaper headlines have focused on the estimated 10,000 rogue landlords in the private rented sector and why none of them currently appear on the new national database that is meant to protect tenants from harassment and dangerous property conditions.... View Article

The efficiency checklist

When specifying heating systems, housebuilders need to take a variety of considerations into account to ensure that they can produce maximum efficiency returns from developments. Bill Jones of Potterton advises on best practice. The integration of an appropriate heating system... View Article

2018 Natural Stone Awards

On Friday 7th December, London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel welcomed over 360 architects, interior designers, main contractors, local authorities and natural stone firms to the 2018 Natural Stone Awards. Organised by Stone Federation Great Britain, the official trade association for... View Article

Review calls for overhaul to improve home adaptations

Housing and health partnership boards should be set up in every area of England to maximise the impact of grants for home adaptations, according to an independent government review. Similar in structure to local safeguarding children’s boards, they would bring... View Article

Trio of Architects Qualify at rg+p

Three newly qualified architects are celebrating at multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p. Yasmin Butler, Sarah Grocock and Rebecca Sharpe have all passed their Architectural Practice Postgraduate Diploma (Part 3) qualification after completing their academic studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. rg+p’s... View Article

Warning signs as construction output flat-lines, says FMB

Rising costs and continued uncertainty over Brexit are to blame for the slight drop in construction output, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the construction output figures for October 2018, published by the Office for National Statistics, Sarah... View Article

Engineered wood holds the floor

Katherine Mathews of Kährs explores the benefits of engineered wood flooring, and the significant impact the right kind of flooring can have on a development. When designing and building a home, flooring is just one of many things to consider.... View Article