Features

In this month's housebuilder magazine:

 

Future hopes and forecasts

After a momentous 2016, Housebuilder quizzes the industry on what challenges and opportunities to expect this year. Suzie Mayes reports on the sector's hopes and predictions

 

Turning things around

At the start of 2015, Katy Jordan was drafted in as the new md of Storey Homes and in a short space of time has rebooted the Milton Keynes business. Suzie Mayes talks to her about her ambitious plans, the challenges of housebuilding and why it is important to stay a local developer

 

Best in the business

Four exceptional housebuilders have beaten back stiff competition to be crowned the UK's Supreme Winners at the NHBC's Pride in the Job 2016 gala final. Housebuilder reports

 

Building hope for the future

Habitat for Humanity is relaunching its Hope Builders campaign this year, and wants as much of the industry as possible on board. Suzie Mayes finds out about the campaign which raises funds to build homes for those in the poorest parts of the world

 

Comment

Converting announcements into action

For the second year in a row the government has got off to a rapid start in its plans for the housing market with two initiatives issued ahead of Twelfth Night and before some Hogmanay revellers had even managed to make it home.

 

Bringing back the housing entrepreneurs

HBF policy director David O'Leary examines the reasons for the decline in the numbers of smaller housebuilders and reveals the finding of a report looking at ways to boost this cohort to help increase housing supply

 

What's in store in 2017?

Richard Jones, partner at Arcadis, reviews 2016 and looks ahead at the key areas of interest and growth for the industry in the year ahead

 

Deutsche Bank bullish on 2017

Steve Menary looks at the market in the early days of 2017 where there is still much positivity. London, however, is like "another country" - but where the private rented sector may soon play a bigger role

 

Planning ahead with confidence

As 2017 gets under way, HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley looks forward to seeing the Housing White Paper and calls for more policy assistance for small to medium sized housebuilders

 

Planners as rent collectors

Stephen Byfield, managing director of communications consultant the PPS Group, argues that, in the drive to raise money, councils are using planning departments to extort money from developers

 

Customer service - the vital third ingredient

The country needs new homes and the housebuilders are charged with supplying them. But can utilities support the challenge? Yes, says TriConnex's technical director Simon Gallagher, with strong regulation, competition and a special ingredient...

 

News

Garden villages and Starter Homes partnerships revealed

The government has begun the new year with announcements on garden villages and the first wave of local authority partnerships to build Starter Homes.

 

Planning permissions up but constraints remain

Planning permissions continue to climb, but the planning system remains a major constraint to the housebuilding industry increasing supply, according to the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan's latest Housing Pipeline report.

 

Sculpting success

Stone mason Johnny Clasper has hand built an impressive sculpture which greets house hunters as they enter Heathe Meadow, a three and four bedroom scheme by Loughborough-based William Davis Homes that is being delivered in the Leicestershire village of Rothley.

 

Barratt warns of quality threat

Increasing new home volumes too quickly could lead to a fall in quality, warned Barratt ceo David Thomas at a Housing Delivery Summit held last month.

 

McStone picks new cfo

Retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone has appointed Rowan Baker as the group's new chief financial officer. Baker took her post on January 6.

 

Reduce barriers to help SMEs, says HBF

The government should seize the opportunity of Brexit to reform EU regulation to reduce the risk and complexity associated with building new homes and so help smaller builders build more.

 

Cameron Homes boosts handball

Staffordshire-based housebuilder Cameron Homes has pledged GBP 45,000 to boost girls' handball in schools in the region.

 

"Ready to go" homes

Communities secretary Sajid Javid says that "ready to go" homes - from factory built to custom-made apartment blocks - will be a key component of his imminent Housing White Paper as he looks for new schemes to hit the government's housing target.

 

Bovis boss steps down

Bovis chief executive David Ritchie has stepped down from his post with immediate effect. He will remain with the group until February 28 to assist with the process of transition.

 

Product Review

Get connected

Traditionally seen as delaying schemes, the utilities sector has evolved although challenges still remain. Steve Menary reports on the companies that ensure water, gas, electricity and broadband are delivered to home buyers on time

 

Breathing space

Tim Palmer returns to the increasingly important matter of good air quality in energy efficient homes. Ventilation has a key role to play in creating comfortable, healthy properties

 

Product, Supplier and Finance update

United Trust Bank to grow development finance division

Following a period of sustained demand for development finance, bringing increasing levels of new business enquiries, United Trust Bank is planning to expand its successful development finance division, it says.

 

Kawneer launches architects' guide to aluminium

Kawneer has published a new specification guide to its portfolio of architectural aluminium glazing systems.

 

Roofshield preserves historic church

The church of the Parish of St Wilfrid's in Kennington, south London, is benefitting from an added layer of protection in the form of Roofshield, which, its creator A Proctor Group says, "has long been recognised as one of the highest performing roofing membrane solutions, providing a pitched roof underlay, which is both air and vapour permeable."

 

Make savings with Supatherm lintels

When more significant fabric savings are needed, Birtley's Supatherm range of lintels can reduce heat loss by around 75% when compared with a standard cavity wall lintel, claims building products group Birtley.

 

SIG lends expertise to Cassidy Group

The technical experts at SIG360, a specialist offering from SIG Insulation which provides energy efficiency guidance, has recommended insulation solutions for a new residential development in Coventry, SIG says.

 

AKP Construction finds success with Tobermore

Crosbie Towers is a new development of apartments from AKP Construction in Troon, South Ayrshire

 

Danfoss heating controls win Palace approval

"Outstanding" product reliability and performance have made Danfoss intelligent heating controls the first choice for a new residential development on the Blenheim Palace estate in Oxfordshire, according to Danfoss, manufacturer of heating products for the residential and commercial market.

 

IG's solution for intricate brick detailing

IG Lintels is offering a technically advanced, off-site solution for an extensive range of brick details including arches, panels and soffits, says the company, part of the Keystone Group.

 

AEG goes Pro

AEG's ProClean dishwasher features WaterSave Technology which, it says, ensures that the cleanest water from the final rinse is stored and made available for the next wash.

 

EcoTherm launches eco-cavity full fill

EcoTherm Insulation has launched its EcoTherm Eco-Cavity Full Fill.

 

Imperial Bricks introduces handmade bricks

Imperial Bricks has launched a new range of 3" handmade bricks after identifying demand in the north and Midlands, it says.

 

Keystone wins big

The Keystone Group has won the Best Company award at the Ulster Television/ Business Eye awards.

 

Fermacell launches impact warranty

Partitioning manufacturer fermacell has launched an impact warranty for its gypsum fibreboard panels.

 

Kawneer launches next-generation curtain wall system

Manufacturer of architectural glazing systems, Kawneer, has introduced a phase of enhancements to its AA100 curtain wall system, futureproofing its ability to meet the highest standards of thermal performance and weight capacity, it says.

 

Classic with a modern twist

If a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes people's thinking with modern decor, it is "hardly surprising" that Vicaima has seen panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year, claims the door manufacturer.

 

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