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Homelessness Reduction

Councils to receive share of £215m to combat homelessness

Councils across the country are set to receive a share of over £215m from 2019 to prevent homelessness, Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler confirmed yesterday (22 March 2018)
Structural defects

Advantage holds the Shield of Approval when it comes to providing structural defects insurance

Advantage is fundamentally a business that provides structural defects insurance – operating nationally with offices in Warrington, Horsham, Birmingham and Dublin. We offer various forms of development-related insurances and a service designed primarily to give you peace of mind.
offsite construction awards

BSRIA sponsors top accolades at Offsite Construction Awards

BSRIA sponsored the MEP (mechanical electrical plumbing) and POD Technology Award at the Offsite Construction Awards last Tuesday (6th March) at London’s ExCel venue.
organisational resilience

Report reveals 43% of construction firms prioritise immediate financial goals over organisational resilience

In wake of the Carillion collapse, a report published by constructing excellence has revealed that almost half (43%) of construction firms prioritise immediate financial goals over organisational resilience
Construction Frameworks Conference

Construction Frameworks Conference set to connect the industry

On 24 May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year
Biometric technology

Biometric technology is bringing big benefits to construction companies

Biometric technology and data capture are becoming increasingly valuable business tools across many industries. In this article biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed look at how increased biometric technology adoption can bring about significant benefits to the construction industry
National College for Nuclear

£7.5m National College for Nuclear officially opens

The National College for Nuclear in West Cumbria has officially opened. Mott MacDonald provided multidisciplinary engineering services on the £7.5m project on behalf of Seddon Construction and Lakes College
Private tenants

Private landlords face fines for overcrowded and dangerous homes

Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes have been addressed before Parliament by Housing Minister Heather Wheeler
Neighbourhood plans

Government commits further support for neighbourhood plans

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced that more communities across England will be able to get free access to expert advice and guidance to help make their neighbourhood vision a reality
Housing crisis

Addressing the housing crisis through creative reforms

Could changing planning rules to make it easier for homeowners to build upwards help to tackle the UK’s housing crisis? Paresh Raja of Market Financial Solutions takes a look
rough sleepers

Homelessness minister reveals she ‘doesn’t know’ why rough sleeper numbers are increasing

The UK’s new homelessness minister, Heather Wheeler, has said she does not know why the number of rough sleepers has increased so significantly in recent years, adding that she did not accept the suggestion that welfare reforms and council cuts had contributed to the rise
Asking price

Asking prices hit record high in the UK

The average asking price of newly marketed properties in the UK increased by 1.5% (£4,503) this month (March) as strong demand from home movers in the first two months of the year created upwards price pressure
Planning enforcement

Planning enforcement: Refreshing NAPE services for members

Neil Whittaker, new chair of the RTPI National Association for Planning Enforcement, outlines his wholesale review of services to give members more practical resources, closer to where they are
Accessible housing

Accessible, attractive, affordable: Building and designing homes for a range of requirements

Following the release of the new Wheelchair Housing Design Guide, Michelle Horn of the Centre for Accessible Environments reflects on why accessible housing is such an important issue for the sector.

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