Housebuilders Bellway reports a record number of new home completions in the past year to the end of July – a total of 10,892 dwellings, which is 5.7% more than in the same period in 2018. At the same time, though, it also warns that its operating margins are likely to be significantly down on the previous year. Property Reporter.

Housing associations Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus are to merge, with the promise of building 2,000 new homes and the creation of 100 further jobs. Since 2006, SARH has been the owner of the whole of Stafford Borough Council’s former social housing stock. Stoke Sentinel.

The Old Vinyl Factory – once EMI’s headquarters – at Hayes in North London is the site of a further £7 million scheme for an Innovation Hub offering 29,000 sq. ft of space for start-ups and SMEs. Previous development on other parts of the site has seen the provision of 650 new homes, office space, and leisure and retail outlets. Construction.

The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is looking to the High Court to overturn the Mayor of London’s exceptional approval for the development of a 28-storey hotel at Simpson Haugh’s Kensington Forum. Architects’ Journal.

In a wide-ranging interview, Lord Kerslake, the President of the Local Government Association, issued a plea to Boris Johnson’s new administration to avoid channelling public funds towards the Right to Buy for housing association tenants and instead focus on funding for affordable, social renting. Housing Today.

The Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation and the G15 have all called for the government to invest in social housing in response to cutbacks in the volume and speed of delivery of new housing projects recently announced by the capital’s major housing associations. Inside Housing.

The biggest lender in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), has joined a growing number of foreign investors in UK social housing schemes. FAB has advanced a £50 million unsecured loan to housing association Optivo, which plans to add a further 4,850 new homes to its existing stock of 44,000 dwellings over the next three years. Social Housing.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced funding for 200 new homes under the capital’s “Move On” programme which is designed to encourage rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse to move out of their refuges and hostels into accommodation of their own. LocalGov.

An eye-catching trio of twisting high-rise towers by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava appears to have been mysteriously dropped from the ambitious £8.4 billion plan for Greenwich Peninsula – the development above the late British architect William Alsop’s North Greenwich station. Building Design.

A stunning new £5 million footbridge across the ravine separating Tintagel Castle of Arthurian legend from the mainland finally opened this weekend – replacing the original land bridge that existed more than 500 years ago. BBC.

Social housing providers warn that the current methods for granting housing benefit to Universal Credit claimants are increasing their administrative costs and diverting housing association resources away from their primary purpose of delivering affordable housing. Inside Housing.

Pathways into Construction – an initiative created by the Construction Industry Training Board – has awarded a grant of £1.9 million to the Home Building Skills Partnership (HBSP) to promote greater diversity within the industry by encouraging unemployed youth, further education students, women and former armed forces personnel to join the sector. Housebuilder.

The housing minister for Wales has clarified stark criticism she made about private developers building “slums of the future”. She explained that her criticism was directed towards “sprawling residential development” that appeared to have none of the necessary infrastructure of schools, employment opportunities, public services, or open green spaces. Inside Housing.