Planning reform is the only way to build more social homes

In a speech given to London First Building Summit, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced that the Government will make £497 million of funding available to build 11,000 social homes across the country. Arguing that new housing in the capital “will be key”... View Article

Schueco UK Excellence Awards 2019 now open for entries

Schueco UK, one of Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, are calling on architects, main contractors and specialist contractors to submit entries to the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. Established... View Article

Rhodes & Partners report a record year

A leading structural and civil engineering consultancy has reported that 2018 was a record year for the company, in which it surpassed all previous records for the volume of work which it had handled. Managing director Nick Ribbeck says, “Last... View Article

Let sleeping dogs lie with Norbord’s super-quiet flooring

Norbord’s CaberFloor P5 – the UK’s most specified chipboard flooring product, has been upgraded to produce a high performance floor with reduced impact and airborne noise transmission. Called CaberAcoustic, the new product comprises 18mm or 22mm CaberFloor P5 chipboard with a 10mm... View Article

Deceuninck adds NEW Flush Door to Heritage Collection

Building on the stunning success of its award-winning Heritage Flush Window, Deceuninck has launched an equally stunning new Flush Door to its Heritage Collection. The Flush Door has the only dedicated open-out flush door sash on the market, perfectly complementing... View Article

Vent-Axia Leads the Way with Quiet Living

Vent-Axia, the UK’s leading ventilation company, has launched a new range of acoustic solutions for its Sentinel Kinetic mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) units. With the negative effect of noise on our health now recognised, the new Acoustic Top... View Article

Creation of smart buildings, now or never

We live in an era were digital transformation is more than necessary to optimize earth resources, energy and make our life more comfortable. It has real impacts in the building construction sector, such as energy regulation, building management, user’s comfort... View Article

Problems are mounting for builders, according to new FMB survey

Growth in the construction industry could be held back by a weakening housing market, rising costs and an increasingly nervous banking sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey showed that workloads for construction... View Article

Where heritage architecture meets 21st century design

The former Westminster Fire Station is in the midst of a transformation. Development manager Alchemi Group – in partnership with Far East Orchard Limited, a Singapore-based property developer – is working to sensitively restore the Grade II listed Edwardian building... View Article

Will a garden office add value to my property?

One of the main reasons people choose to extend their property is because they believe it will add value. However, this is a huge project that can cost a fortune and leave you feeling overwhelmed. If you are looking for... View Article

The importance of being energy efficient

Chris Stanley of The Concrete Block Association (CBA) on improving thermal efficiency in modern housing. According to a recent survey by Energy Saving Trust, nearly 90 per cent of those who completed a home improvement of some kind also made... View Article

A quiet place

Steve Smith of Knauf Insulation explains why a happier, healthier home starts with a quiet building. With people living in closer proximity to industry, infrastructure and each other than ever before, it’s no surprise that complaints about noise are rising.... View Article

Reginox jazzes up granite range with Harlem launch

Reginox has launched the new Harlem collection, a range of highly affordable granite composite sinks. Harlem combines style, quality, design and durability and comes in a choice of four ‘silvery’ colourways – Black, Caffe, Grey and White. All sinks in... View Article