Raising the bar for renters

A new build-to-rent development is under construction in Leeds, which is set to bring a host of hotel-style amenities to over 500 homes across two high-rise blocks. In Leeds city centre, construction has begun on 515 homes spread over two... View Article

A big eco ambition on a small site

Five new ‘eco’ homes have been completed on a ‘micro site’ in Enfield, which combine environmental efficiency with a traditional feel. Nic London, of SME builder and developer NLondon Construction, spoke to Jack Wooler. To the north of the capital,... View Article

Understanding green roofs

The demand for green roof technologies is ramping up, yet they are complex structures that require understanding; luckily a range of information sources are available to architects and specifiers. Amanda de Sousa of BMI UK & Ireland explains more According... View Article

Why the UK’s cafe culture needs less reverb

Paul Absolon of CMS Danskin Acoustics looks at solutions to reverberation problems in noisy cafes, which are increasingly prevalent in the UK The proliferation of coffee shops over the last few decades can’t have escaped anyone’s attention. Even before the... View Article

Opportunity knocks for flood defence solutions

With increased frequency of flooding being experienced across the UK in recent years, Kevin Kiernan of Bowater Doors looks at the impact of climate change and what architects need to consider in specifying flood defence doors The weather remains one... View Article

Shedding light on daylight modelling

Architectural journalist Gideon Sykes looks at the latest advances in daylight modelling and how it can help architects and specifiers determine the right light levels for their projects Daylighting is the art and science of managing natural light to minimise... View Article

What’s driving washroom design?

Neil Jeffery of Franke Water Systems takes a look at some of the key trends in commercial washrooms, from product design and materials to sustainability, saying that designers need to take a holistic approach to create spaces that stand the... View Article

A unique event for a diverse sector

With a new home for 2019 at the ExCel in east London, Homes UK will give the UK’s residential property sector the opportunity to connect, learn and do business over an action-packed two days this month HOMES UK is claimed... View Article

Leading in London

London’s leading construction and design show is back, bigger and better than ever before. Spanning two floors, London Build is more than just an exhibition, it’s an event jam packed with content, networking and entertainment This year, the south east’s... View Article

Practice Profile – T Sakhi

A practice run by two sisters, T Sakhi is embracing the challenges as well as potential of their home city, Beirut, in order to make architectural interventions which help improve urban living in a difficult context Based in Beirut and... View Article

The skills shortage – training the next generation

National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) advisor Andrew Burke outlines the organisation’s mission to improve property performance and promote best practice to the next generation of asset managers as they begin their careers in social housing As one of the social... View Article

A unique event for a diverse sector

With a new home for the 2019 edition, HOMES UK will provide the UK’s residential property sector with the opportunity to connect, learn and do business over an action-packed two days HOMES UK is an unrivalled event that will look... View Article

Eliminating Legionella

Legionella bacteria are present in natural water sources. It can also find its way into manmade water systems such as those found in social housing. Low levels are not dangerous, but if the bacteria are permitted to multiply and spread,... View Article

Robotics – the future of housing

Rob Bryan of Vantage discusses harnessing the power of robotic process automation in social housing Housing associations are fast finding how to harness artificial intelligence to streamline processes and reduce costs. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is evolving as the new... View Article

A better future for all?

Keith Plummer of Ubbink discusses why the launch of BS 8612 was necessary and how it has impacted the industry and made dry verge systems a reliable roofing solution British Standards launched BS 8612: Dry-Fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems... View Article

Choosing a warranty provider

Dean Stritch of LABC Warranty describes what to look for when choosing a warranty provider for residential and commercial projects How do you choose a warranty provider? With a range of options on the market, what is the difference, and... View Article

Electrical safety: ready for a step change

Chris Edwards, CORGI Technical Services’ Electrical Technical Safety Manager, shares his views on the electrical industry and why he’s keen to highlight effective management, the importance of a ‘ground up’ approach to competence, and drive positive change Ensuring electrical safety... View Article

Adapt to changing market needs

Robin Tuffley of Closomat discusses why it’s so important for landlords to make their homes –particularly bathrooms – accessible for all and what changes can be made The rental housing market – private and social – is experiencing significant change:... View Article

View Point: Lord Andrew Mawson

The Government’s announcement that £13bn will be spent on healthcare projects, including six new hospitals, is an opportunity for a radical rethink about health and the built environment, says ‘social entrepreneur’ Lord Andrew Mawson The NHS is in a mess,... View Article

The key to housing workers

A 264-home project for key workers at the University of Cambridge has been completed by architects Stanton Williams. Jack Wooler spoke to the practice’s Gavin Henderson on how the space between buildings has been utilised to embed the community into... View Article