House Building

£100 million boost for small housebuilders

Small builders will benefit from a £100 million cash boost to recognise and support their important role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today.

Returning troops can get Britain building

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has today issued a call to arms to the nation’s former servicemen and women to consider new careers building the nation’s homes.

Records show highest level of housing building for years - but it's still not enough

The completion of new homes reached its highest level for six years in the 12 months to March 2015, according to official figures, but at 125,110 it remains around half that needed to begin tackling the housing crisis.

UK construction output bounces back as house building rises

British construction output bounced back in March, offering signs that the sector might be ending a period of weakness, as private-sector house-building rose for the first time in six months.

BDA forecasts post election housing building boom

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has welcomed the renewed focus on private sector housebuilding resulting from the general election.

Building 180,000 homes a year is unachievable, say house builders

A new report on housebuilding has found that delivering more than 180,000 new homes a year is unachievable under current market conditions, according to the opinion of over two thirds of UK house builders.

UK house building increasing ahead of other EU countries

The latests house-building statistics released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that the rate of UK house-building has risen significantly for the last five quarters in a row (since April 2013). This supports research by Deloitte that UK house-building is recovering faster than its European neighbours.

NHBC’s new home registrations continue to rise

The latest registration statistics from NHBC show that the number of new homes registered across the country remains up compared to corresponding 2013 statistics, building on the high volumes seen over the past 18 months.

Housing starts up by 11%

UK house building starts in the first three months of this year were up by 11% on the previous quarter and at 36,450, were up 31% on the same period a year ago, government figures reveal.

Councils’ role in house building comes under review

An independent review into the role of councils in house building has made its first call for evidence.

NHBC records 14% January rise

The number of new homes registered in January continued an upward trend with a 14% rise on the same month the year before, new figures released by the NHBC reveal.

Green light for new home buyers and builders

Welsh builders and house buyers are set to receive a boost this year, as the Welsh government launches its £170m Help to Buy shared equity loan scheme.

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Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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