Differences of opinion were aired at the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) annual summit over the provision of social housing. The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) questioned the NHF’s assertion that greater priority needed to be given to the provision of new social housing over other forms of tenure – such as shared ownership. Inside Housing.
Some architects are calling for the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be stripped of his fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He was made an Honorary Fellow in 2011 in recognition of his “contribution to architecture”. Some are saying he should lose that privilege after the Supreme Court judged him to have lied to the Queen. Architects’ Journal.
Once the UK’s largest engineering consultancy, Atkins has suffered a slump in profits – down to £52.3 million from a previous 9-month total of £64.8 million – since its takeover by the Canadian SNC-Lavalin group. Exceptional expenditure on pensions and integration costs is blamed. Construction News.
Modular housebuilders Ilke Homes have criticised the government’s failure to insist that modern methods of construction (MMC) are incorporated into any housebuilding projects in receipt of public funds. Executive chairman David Sheridan calls the failure “an opportunity missed”. Inside Housing.
Housebuilders Brick by Brick have submitted a planning application for the development of 421 new homes in Croydon, south London. The mixed-use development features 5 tower blocks, with accommodation above the street-level office, retail and leisure facilities. Property Week.
GMI Construction of Leeds has won the £6 million contract for building the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park community stadium. Designed by Whittam Cox Architects, the 4,000-seat stadium also includes 4,141sqm of mixed-use commercial space. Building.
L&Q – a housing association with more than 95,000 homes on its books – is suspending any new development projects. It blames a recent 42% slump in its operating surplus to the housing market’s currently challenging environment and a surge in costs. Inside Housing.
The Labour Party conference recommends their National Policy Forum to adopt as policy the building of 155,000 new homes a year for social rent. The motion carried at the Party’s conference further called for at least 100,000 of those 155,000 homes to be council houses. 24 Housing.
Plans have been approved to build 121 new homes at a mixed-use redevelopment in Haringey, north London. The site is the former Marks & Spencer store on Wood Green’s High Road and will also feature 16,000 sq ft of retail space. Building.
The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has warned housing associations against investors seemingly offering a “wall of money” to complete housing projects. Speaking at the National Housing Summit, Fiona MacGregor said they should instead be looking first and foremost at what social housing needs must be met. Inside Housing.
In his conference address, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised that his Party would “start the largest council housebuilding programme in a generation”. It would be spearheaded by ramping up the government grant for social rented council homes from a starting point of £4 billion a year. Inside Housing.
UK Construction Week offers free tickets to this year’s exhibition from the 8th to the 10th of October at the NEC in Birmingham. UK Construction Week.
Property group Reuben Brothers has invested £19m in Project Etopia, a modular buildings specialist based in Cambridge. From its new factory in Cheshire, Project Etopia is currently erecting 47 new modular homes in Corby, Northamptonshire. The company is also one of five recipients of publicly-funded “Building for 2050” research projects. Housing Today.
Cardiff Council is planning to buy back former council houses previously sold under the Right to Buy scheme. The repurchase of such homes on the open market is expected to account for some 160 – or 10% – of the new homes to be delivered by the Council by 2022. Inside Housing.
One million affordable new homes over the next ten years is the target promised by shadow chancellor John McDonnell in a speech to the Labour Party conference. The promise echoes the Party’s election manifesto Housing for the Many. Labour.org.