Lifeline for ChildLine

Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor, has stepped into help leading children’s charity, ChildLine, with extra funds to help it through the Covid-19 pandemic. The charity, which supports some 800 young people each day, needed an urgent cash injection... View Article

2020 Budget promises new money for housebuilding

New Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his first Budget in the House of Commons, including an extension of the Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) and a £1bn fund to remove “unsafe cladding.” £12bn will be released with the new AHP settlement,... View Article

The fruits of determination

Listen here Nothing was going to stop resourceful self-builder Gill MacLeod achieving the house of her dreams, a major renovation in rural Scotland TEXT JAYNE DOWLE IMAGES EMMA GRAY Clambering around a delivery depot in a hi-vis vest and hard... View Article

An uphill battle

Listen here Ian and Julie Perrin were unsure about buying the ‘difficult’ plot of land they ended up building on in Montgomery, mid-Wales, but they convinced themselves to take the plunge TEXT ROSEANNE FIELD IMAGES NIKHILESH HAVAL When the time... View Article

Curves in all the right places

Listen here Not only have Roger and Lucy Southcott achieved their ambition of building a home that’s energy self-sufficient with super-low greenhouse gas emissions, they’ve also created something that’s carefully shaped to fit the contours of its Wiltshire location TEXT... View Article

Mapei’s high-demand training dates revealed for 2020

Mapei has unveiled its extensive list of training dates for 2020, as part of plans to continually utilise its impressive training facility based in Halesowen, West Midlands. Following a successful first year of training courses at the facility situated at... View Article

Newton Waterproofing – Leading the Way

When a company has been leading the way for more than 170 years in any industry, you know it’s got pedigree. Not only does it show a consistent level of service, it also speaks of longevity and the ability to... View Article

Government loses legal fight over bedroom tax

The Supreme Court has ruled against the Government’s attempts to force the bedroom tax on 155 partners of people with severe disabilities, in a decision that could have a wider impact on other welfare benefits. A unanimous judgement delivered by... View Article

Reaping the Rewards of Offsite Manufacture

The offsite sector is underpinned by precision designed and manufactured components and systems. Heath Hindmarch, Chairman of PSP Group describes how façade and rainscreen cladding solutions produced in a factory environment are increasingly being sought after for their aesthetics and... View Article

World Toilet Day – Tuesday, 19 November

Annual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.... View Article

AG Specification Centre Dublin

Leading, specialist building products firm, AG, has recently opened a new, state-of-the-art specification centre in Dublin, underlining its commitment to the Irish market. Headquartered in Tyrone, AG is a 3rd generation family owned business which employs around 200 staff throughout... View Article

Norwich council estate named UK’s best new building

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Goldsmith Street in Norwich, designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, as the winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize. The annual prize, presented since 1996, is awarded to the UK’s best new building. Goldsmith... View Article

Cork House wins Stephen Lawrence Prize 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Cork House, an ingenious carbon-neutral private house in Berkshire, made almost entirely from cork, as winner of the 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize. Cork House, by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton has... View Article

Luxury London living at new Stratford Plaza

Minutes from the centre of London sits Stratford Plaza, a new luxurious £80m Telford Homes Plc development, built to a very high specification, complete with Knauf AMF acoustic ceilings. Stratford Plaza is situated within the New Commercial Quarter, overlooking Olympic... View Article