MAB comments on the latest Nationwide House Price Index

Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), comments: “UK house prices have continued to march steadily upwards in the second half of 2013. Nationwide figures demonstrate an increase of 1% in October, leaving prices 5.8% higher than... View Article

New guide to social media for housing associations

A new “white paper” on social media for housing associations sets out how managers can harness the power of Twitter, Facebook and other platforms. Written by property comms specialist Hopwood PR, the publication outlines ways to use social media to... View Article

Strong optimism building for British construction businesses

New research from Vistage, the world’s leading CEO organisation, shows that 73% of CEOs in the construction sector report significantly improved financial conditions and strongly increased optimism. Optimism is being driven by hugely promising sales forecasts as a massive 81%... View Article

Surge in builders listening to homeowners’ feedback

Over a quarter of homes completed by British housebuilders now have homeowner’s feedback reviewed by the builder via valuable online reports on customer satisfaction levels, according to new figures released by NHBC. The figures show a surge in builders taking... View Article

Construction adds to UK economic growth

Today’s GDP figures, published by ONS, highlight that the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the third quarter of 2013 and construction grew 2.5% over the same period. Commenting on these figures, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products... View Article

Developers welcome further Community Infrastructure Levy reform

The property industry has welcomed further changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) after raising concerns with Government that the development tax risked becoming unworkable and would frustrate economic growth. The Department for Communities and Local Government announced today that... View Article

Construction to boost UK economic growth

The Construction Products Association is anticipating growth of 19.0% for the £111billion construction industry by 2017. This is an upward revision from the summer, reflecting an increase in activity, which will boost UK GDP by an additional £20billion. Noble Francis,... View Article

Expert advice: Basement design and construction

By Mark Jones, head of house-building Standards at NHBC. In recent times, basements have become a relevant and attractive addition to many houses, but as new claims figures and experience show basement claims by their very nature are difficult to... View Article

Stelrad embraces BIM

Leading radiator manufacturer Stelrad Radiators is embracing BIM and now has a number of exciting products on BIMStore ready for architects, engineers and contractors to integrate into future projects. By 2016 all public government buildings must comply with a mandatory... View Article

First global BIM kitemark launched

RICS has developed the first BIM Manager Certification in response to industry need for a universal standard on which to assess the skills of construction professionals in using BIM (Building Information Modelling). As BIM continues to dominate processes across the... View Article

BPF says further clarity is needed to NPPF guidance

The British Property Federation (BPF) has questioned whether certain aspects of the NPPF’s guidance contradict the principles set out in Government’s planning policy. In its response to a Government consultation, the BPF noted that overall the draft NPPG provides a... View Article