New affordable homes plan to get Britain building

A programme to build up to 165,000 new affordable homes over 3 years is an essential part of the government’s long-term economic plan, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins announced today (27 January 2014). The ambitious scheme will achieve the fastest rate... View Article

New Homes Bonus payouts show Britain is building

Communities will be rewarded for helping deliver over half a million homes across the country, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed. The minister published final allocations for this year’s New Homes Bonus payments, totalling over £900 million, which will be... View Article

Trent Valley promotes the benefits of Assure

Nottinghamshire-based installer and Network VEKA member, Trent Valley Window & Door Company Ltd joined the Assure Competent Person Scheme last year, and as Group Managing Director, Gary McCartan explains, has found that Assure offers many benefits above and beyond other... View Article

North-West facing a renewed war for talent

The recovering economy in the North-West is driving businesses and organisations towards a war for talent in the coming year. Research analysis by the Manchester Society of Architects and Steelcase Solutions, workplace and office interiors experts, has revealed that quality... View Article

BIM is key to future of QS profession

Building Information Modelling (BIM) can help quantity surveyors to speed up the estimating process by supporting the use of the New Rules of Measurement, says new RICS research. BIM’s ability to automate measurement and speed up the traditional estimating process... View Article

Mount Street acquires Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing

Mount Street, the dynamic new entrant into the European commercial real estate (CRE) loan servicing and management business, has acquired Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing (“MSMS”). The merger will increase the size of Mount Street’s commercial loan book to around £8 billion... View Article

Many Help to Buy hopefuls ill-prepared for scheme

Almost two fifths (39%) of 20 to 40-year-olds are planning to apply to the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage scheme in 2014, according to a report commissioned by Experian CreditExpert. However, some of these Help to Buy hopefuls could well... View Article

Marginal fall in Q4 construction output following Q3 growth

Today’s GDP figures, published by ONS, highlight that the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013; however, construction declined 0.3% over the same period. Commenting on these figures, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products... View Article

Architects and roofing contractors – go collaborative!

A leading roofing contractor based in East Kent – A.E.M.S. Limited – is extolling the virtues of working in close collaboration with architects and project managers to deliver high quality, consistent and cost-effective results, as well as the benefits of... View Article

Forrest joins the fight to champion apprenticeships

Social housing regeneration specialist Forrest has been appointed as an Apprenticeship Ambassador by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). Paul Rigby, learning and development manager, will join business leaders from organisations including Unilever, BAE Systems and Bentley Motors, to promote and... View Article