A Chinese takeaway for Theresa?

According to Riccardo Dawson of the new-build sales platform Yourkeys, overseas buyers should be thanked, not taxed, as they kick-start housing developments, boosting the overall number of new-build properties. In political parlance, the housing market is broken. And the party... View Article

Tool theft spike

Tradespeople across the UK are losing out on thousands of pounds at the hands of tool thieves. Recent research from the FMB has found that more than half of builders in the UK have been victim to tool theft at... View Article

‘Where Can We Build More Homes?’

From homes above shops, to building over the UK’s railway lines, a panel of industry experts met at UK Construction Week to discuss where we can build more homes in order to meet the Government’s housing targets. Speaking at the... View Article

‘Quality in Construction Post-Grenfell’

Discussing how to address quality in construction after the events of Grenfell, a group of industry experts met in Birmingham to speak at UK Construction Week on the 10th of October. Chaired by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern, the... View Article

McGoff Construction hands over world’s first Bear Gryll’s Adventure

Manchester-based, multi-award winning Principal Contractor; McGoff Construction has handed over the world’s first Bear Grylls Adventure scheme to long standing client; family entertainment giant Merlin Entertainments. Located within Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), The Bear Grylls Adventure is now open to the public... View Article

Sector growth predictions downgraded

Growth predictions have been downgraded for the UK’s construction sector in 2019, amid concerns around Brexit uncertainty and ongoing delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) Autumn Forecasts anticipate growth will remain flat in... View Article

Persimmon CEO to step down

The CEO of Persimmon is to leave his role following criticisms of his £75m bonus. According to the housebuilder’s statement, the “distraction” around Jeff Fairburn’s pay award was having a negative impact on the company’s reputation, and so the decision... View Article

Funding released to remove high-rise cladding

An estimated £400m to remove and replace unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems on social sector high-rise housing has been released by the Government. In total, 12 local authorities and 31 housing associations in England have been told that... View Article

Government proposes restrictions on new leaseholds

Proposals suggest the majority of new build houses should be sold as freehold, with new leases capped at £10. While leasehold generally applies to flats with shared spaces, a number of developers have increasingly been selling houses on these terms,... View Article

Residents need their voices heard in social housing

The fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 led many commentators and residents to question whether social housing residents are adequately involved in decisions which affect their homes. The government published a green paper in August which it says aims... View Article

Housing Society takes two top awards back to the Highlands

Highland-based registered social landlord, Albyn Housing Society, is celebrating after picking up two awards at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual Scottish awards in Edinburgh on 2 November. Housing services assistant, Rhona Matthew, 24, from Holm, Inverness, was named Young... View Article

Thurrock Council gains ground in ‘gigabit borough’ rollout

More than 1,400 social housing tenants in Thurrock will very soon have access to ultrafast gigabit broadband, with thousands more set to follow. Last year, Thurrock Council agreed a pioneering partnership with Hyperoptic – the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider – to... View Article