Now that's some coffee house: praise for starter home design that recycles used cups

A starter home concept built out of used coffee cups – well, not quite – was praised for its radical ingenuity by industry experts at Grand Designs Live.

Spending Review key facts: Osborne unveils housing plan

George Osborne used his spending review to launch a housebuilding drive to deal with "a crisis of home ownership".

Help to Buy gets 5,000 service people on the property ladder

Thousands of troops and their families have bought their own home as a result of the successful home-buying scheme Forces Help to Buy, according to latest government figures.

Housing supply and first time buyer levels falling

Demand for housing has hit an 11 year high but the supply of homes to buy has dipped, according to the latest market report from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

£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.

Housing policy must be based on evidence and experience says new CIH chief executive

New Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat has called on the government to make sure that housing policy is based on the evidence of its impact on the ground.

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.

Lack of affordable housing is a 'national emergency', says RICS

RICS has called the shortage of affordable housing in the UK a “national emergency” and called for a “coherent and coordinated” strategy to build more homes of all tenures.

Housing crisis most acute in England’s biggest cities reveals analysis

The housing crisis is most acute in England’s biggest cities according to analysis from Core Cities UK and the National Housing Federation (NHF) which highlights the untapped potential of the eight most economically powerful cities outside London to drive growth and create jobs.

Pastures new for Durham pit village

A land agreement has cleared the way for work to start on 81 new homes and further boost regeneration in a former Durham pit village.

Labour announce plans to boost number of homes including fast track planning and help for small firms

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds will outline Labour’s plans to build more homes and help the next generation on to the property ladder during a pre-election debate at the Houses of Parliament.

Speed up housing delivery by using Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime, says BPF

The Government has been urged to include housing developments in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime to speed up their delivery and so help tackle the housing crisis.

Housing zones to be created in a bid to build more homes

The government has announced that 29 areas outside of London have been shortlisted to become the first flagship housing zones in England.

Planning reforms put power back in the hands of local residents

The New Year will bring new powers to make it quicker and easier for communities to create their own neighbourhood plan, says housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis.

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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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