Council to buy International House and surrounding land

Last night (13th February) cabinet members agreed that Ashford Borough Council will purchase International House. This purchase, along with that of the former Crouch’s garage site, paves the way for the council to drive forward its bold plans for a comprehensive... View Article

Innovative property company to be established

It has been an aspiration of Ashford Borough Council for some time to use its expertise in a commercial, entrepreneurial way to generate revenue. This has already seen cabinet give the go ahead for the creation of a building control... View Article

Altecnic showcases UK first at Ecobuild

Following the success of Dirtmag IQ, the industry’s first triple dirt and air separator with external removable magnet, Altecnic will be launching another UK first on its stand N1920 at Ecobuild. Drawing on international research and development, Altecnic will be... View Article

CIC North West Committee Supported Initiative, The Learner Voice, attains the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) International Innovation in Education and Training Merit Award

A pilot workplace-based mentoring scheme, The Learner Voice, launched in February 2013 by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) North-West Regional Committee in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and CITB, has won the Merit award for the CIOB International... View Article

Driving Best Practise in Construction

Following the highly successful launch of The Built Environment Hub for the West Midlands in June 2013, on 4th February over 100 developers, contractors, architects and engineers from across the Midlands gathered at Nottingham Council House to take part in... View Article

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

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

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

House building boost for 3rd most expensive borough

The property experts warn that the number of homes set to be built in the capital is not keeping pace with demand. Across London, only seven boroughs have enough homes in the pipeline to cope with their projected increases in... View Article