Features

In this month's housebuilder magazine:

 

In a good place

John Elliott, md of Millwood Designer Homes, is in a "nice place" with his design-led business, as it delivers on its five-year plan. Suzie Mayes talks to the down-to-earth boss about creating villages, what Brexit means to him and getting back on his bike

 

Framing the green belt debate

Stephen Byfield, managing director of communications consultancy the PPS Group, argues that the debate on green belt development is distorted by emotive news reports from country idylls - why not talk to young people who desperately need new homes?

 

Brexit, immigration and the UK economy

John Stewart argues that it is "highly significant" that the recent Brexit White Paper makes no mention of the manifesto commitment to keep immigration down to "tens of thousands" - and provides an update on Autumn Statement policies

 

Fit for Kings

Higgins Homes is on site with Kings Crescent, a large estate regeneration scheme in Hackney, London, which includes private homes, refurbished properties and new council homes for social rent. Suzie Mayes pays a visit to find out more about this council and resident-led development

 

Tackling industry diversity

The latest research from the NHBC Foundation confirms that the UK's housebuilding industry has a largely male, ageing workforce and asks how can it attract more women and young people to the sector. NHBC's head of research and innovation Neil Smith explains all

 

Comment

The Housing White Paper - a slow burner?

After some considerable delay communities secretary Sajid Javid unveiled the Housing White Paper last month.

 

Help to Buy equity loan - looking beyond 2021

HBF policy director David O'Leary looks at the success - in terms of popularity and politics - of Help to Buy equity loan and the possibilities beyond 2021

 

Funding falls short for SMEs

Steve Menary examines claims that despite the announcements and the rhetoric, it has been difficult for smaller builders to access funding from either banks or the various state funding initiatives

 

The end of buy-to-let?

Johnny Morris, research director at Countrywide, looks at the burgeoning Build to Rent sector as large investors look to get involved. Will they continue to grow their presence, potentially at the expense of smaller landlords?

 

A massive package of change

HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley says that the Housing White Paper is not as lightweight as some think and over time could make a big difference to supply

 

How Help to Buy underpins the market

Richard Jones, partner at Arcadis, looks at the importance of Help to Buy to the private sales market and the continuing shift in emphasis in the strategies of registered providers as they evolve in the new housing environment

 

Embedding customer focused thinking

Charles Sweeney, chief operating officer at Tamdown, considers customer focus and how vital this is in all areas of our industry

 

News

Javid launches Housing White Paper

Communities secretary Sajid Javid last month launched the long awaited Housing White Paper which he says includes plans "to fix the broken housing market".

 

Builders struggle to access government fund

Less than half of a special government fund set up to help SME housebuilders was distributed to applicants in a period of more than two years.

 

TW picks design winner

The Infinite House, a set of contemporary housing prototypes designed by Openstudio Architects, has won Taylor Wimpey's Project 2020 Open Design competition, held in partnership with RIBA to design a new house typology for the future.

 

Bovis Homes' "difficult year"

Bovis is slowing its production rate in 2017 as it admitted to a "difficult" 2016 with operational challenges following a period of considerable growth.

 

NHBC registrations

NHBC new homes registrations for 2016 reached 151,687 - a fall of 2% over the previous year.

 

HBF SME boost

The Home Builders Federation is offering reduced membership rates to SME housebuilders.

 

Redrow surge


Redrow saw completions surge 13% year on year in the six months to the end of 2016 with the firm delivering 2,459 homes in the half year. 

 

Product Review

Everything including the kitchen sink

Energy, style, efficiency, service, stock, price - as Steve Menary discovers, installing the right kitchen requires mastering many key factors and knowing what the customer wants

 

Bringing the master suite home

Tim Palmer reports on the bedroom furniture sector and finds that there is a strong trend to bring the luxury, class and comfort of the hotel suite into the new home

 

Product, Supplier and Finance update

Neighbourhood dispute

Chris Windle delves into the world of law and insurance and finds issues surrounding ministerial statements on neighbourhood plans, the Housing White Paper and the 2015 Insurance Act

 

Finance not a barrier

Securing the funding for development is "not an issue," according to Stephen O'Brien, md of Wolsey, specialist lender of finance to housebuilders. 

 

Successful developers return to Go Develop

Go Develop's joint venture partners are currently building more than 1,000 units nationwide, according to the development lender. 

 

Whirlpool reveals consumer research

New research commissioned by Whirlpool, manufacturer of major home appliances, has found that consumers are "actively seeking out ways to improve their quality of life, to concentrate on what really matters to them".

 

Premdor introduces oak factory glazed fire doors

Comprising 18 Premium Oak design models, Premdor's new internal door collection - a combination of traditional, contemporary and shaker styles - will satisfy the aspirations of designers, builders and home owners alike, the company says.

 

Wraptite-SA aids zero carbon development

A large zero carbon development is benefitting from the high performance airtight membrane Wraptite-SA from A Proctor Group, says the acoustic and thermal insulation company.

 

Affordable wooden looks with Garador

Garador says that its GaraRoll roller door comes in an assortment of nine colours plus two timber effect finishes, the latter being applied using a foil coat. 

 

Nuaire unveils next step in carbon filtration

As many as 40,000 deaths each year are being caused by exposure to air pollution, and rising nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) and particular matter (PM10 and PM2.5) from traffic fumes are the major culprit, according to ventilation manufacturer Nuaire.

 

SIG360 on the up and up

In recognition of its increasing size and levels of activity the SIG360 Technical Centre provides its customers, the team is moving to a new office facility in Manchester from February 2017.

 

Flooring solutions designed for today's busy builder

For many years, the preferred material for decking suspended timber floors has been chipboard - and that shows no sign of changing, according to Norbord, manufacturer of engineered wood-based panel products.

 

Vent-Axia wins at CIBSE Awards

British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is celebrating winning Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards 2017.

 

Alpha increases SAP points for Isle of Wight scheme

Alpha Heating Innovation's Intec 30GS boilers have recently been utilised on a Southern Households development of three to four bed houses on the Isle of Wight, providing a cost-effective means of reaching the Domestic Emissions Rate (DER), Alpha says.

 

Indesit introduces Aria

Indesit, the domestic appliance manufacturer that "prides itself on developing products that make the busy family’s life easier", has launched a new built-in cooking platform - Aria.

 

A Proctor Group excels

The A Proctor Group says that it is leading the way in the research, design and manufacture of solutions "which are at the forefront of the drive to achieve the optimum balance in the areas of heat, air, and moisture movement."

 

Kawneer window passes CWCT test

An AA720 tilturn window from aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has justified the UK manufacturer’s faith in it by passing an extreme weather test, it says.

 

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