Japan’s biggest housebuilding company, Sekisui House, has partnered with Homes England (a UK government body) and Urban Splash in a £90 million consortium which plans to erect thousands of modular homes across Britain. Financial Times.
The Town and Country Planning Association has published what it calls a Healthy Homes Bill, setting out ten standards with which any new dwellings – whether social housing or not – should comply. The Home Builders Federation, however, says that those aspirations are already covered in existing planning and building regulations. Housing Today.
The National House Building Council (NHBC) Foundation has published a guide for builders – “At your services – What to expect during commissioning” – to explain the increasing use of technology assisting the smooth running of building programmes in the construction of high-quality homes. Housebuilder.
Housebuilders Crest Nicholson have reported the success of the first six months of its revised growth strategy to deliver dividends and maintain cash flow in the face of uncertain demand as a result of consumers’ worries about Brexit. Shares Magazine.
Legal & General has unveiled a 1,000 home £500 million build-to-rent scheme across 6 acres on two sites in Wandsworth, south London. Contractors Hawkins\Brown have already begun work on the sites formerly occupied by B&Q and Homebase. Building.
Property developers British Land are hoping for early planning approval for it to start work on the first phase of a substantial 3,000-home redevelopment of the former Canada Water site in Rotherhithe, south east London. The initial phase alone is expected to create 265 homes – around 35% of which will be affordable housing. Construction Enquirer.
Birmingham Council’s Municipal Housing Trust has announced plans to build a total of 2,708 new homes in its area by 2029. The latest 10-year plan has earmarked numerous sites across the metropolitan area in developments worth some £346 million. Construction Index.
Great Places – a housing association owning some 19,000 homes in the Greater Manchester area – announced gross profits of £13.2 million (some £1.4 million up on last year’s results). Turnover is also up – from £100 million last year to this year’s £109 million. Inside Housing.
Sites in Etterby in Carlisle, Hackthorpe and Rheda, in Cumbria have been identified by housebuilder Genesis Homes as ripe for the development of up to 300 new homes – with an investment estimated to be £43.5m – in some of the most sought-after towns and villages in the north west of England. Cumberland News & Star.
The Peabody housing association has condemned contractors for their apparent inability to provide digital information about buildings they have completed and their failure to provide the kind of digital records recommended by Dame Judith Hackitt’s recent review of fire safety and building regulations. Construction Manager.
Housebuilders Countryside have formed a joint venture with the housing association Midland Heart to build around 1,000 new homes in the West, East and South Midlands over the coming three years. Inside Housing.
Having already taken on numerous employees to help it deliver the contracts it has won on the major HS2 project, the construction company Balfour Beatty has warned that continued delays about whether or not the project is to go ahead is putting those same jobs at risk. Construction Enquirer.
Kent-based contractors Neilcott Construction begin work next month on the £3.5 million Sands End Arts & Community Centre arts and community centre jointly funded by Chelsea Football Club and Thames Tideway in Fulham. Building.
Rather than demolishing older housing through urban regeneration schemes, social housing providers should be encouraged to preserve much of the existing housing stock through rehabilitation, it has been argued. Inside Housing.
Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) on Merseyside is in the process of decanting tenants from 256 flats in four high-rise blocks with known fire-safety failings. Although some tenants have already moved, clearance of the blocks is expected to take 18 months, while the housing association comes up with alternative development plans for the site. Inside Housing.