Housebuilders Linden Homes – part of the Galliford Try Group – completed 3,229 homes in the year to the end of June – a result it says reflects good performance despite a reduction on the previous year’s output of 3,442 units. The average selling price of a Linden home was also down from £367,000 to £351,000. Housebuilder.
Bellway, the housebuilder, has edged out Laing O’Rourke in the UK’s top ten of the biggest contractors and builders, resulting in half of the top ten’s listing now comprising housebuilders – compared to just two of them some ten years ago. Building.
The social housing “placemaker” Places for People, has attracted a £50 million loan from US investment bankers Goldman Sachs in their first foray into investment in social housing in the UK. Places for People currently own around 198,000 homes in the UK. Inside Housing.
The prospect for rent controls in London’s private rented sector has been revived by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan. He has said this might be the only way of “rebalancing” a market which saw average rents in the capital rise from £1,095 a month to £1,473 (35%) in the seven years to 2018. BBC.
Barratt Homes in Bristol issued a seasonal warning on the eve of this year’s school holidays reminding children and parents of the dangers of playing on building sites – they are not adventure playgrounds warned Barratt’s director of construction. Bristol Post.
Thanks to the Government’s removal of the borrowing limit on councils’ debt on Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs), Sheffield City Council says that it can now double its planned provision of new council housing over the next seven years – increasing the output target from 1,500 to 3,200 new homes. Inside Housing.
The Government has stepped in with attempts to ensure that housing development proceeds with greater sympathy towards the natural environment by incorporating such things as “hedgehog highways” under new roads and hollow bricks in which swallows and other creatures can build their nests. Gov.UK.
Wooden fire doors have achieved greater success in fire safety testing than plastic composite alternatives. Tests on timber doors from 25 manufacturers all passed the fire safety tests, whereas nine out of ten plastic composite doors continue to fail. Inside Housing.
The UK’s biggest housing associations (those owning 1,000 or more homes) face an increase of 15% in the fee for registering each dwelling with the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). With effect from April 2020, the cost of each registration will go up from the current £4.72 per unit to £5.47. Gov.UK.
This week sees the deadline for the submission of papers and projects for this year’s Homes UK event in November. Expected to attract more than 6,000 representatives across the housebuilding sector, the submission of an exposition of your current projects lets you share the knowledge you’ve gained and raises your company profile. Homes UK.
Construction and project management firm Lendlease has appointed a new executive general manager in charge of its development schemes in London. The former head of finance, Claire Pettett, has succeeded Alan Bates (who becomes the programme director for its operations in Italy). Construction Enquirer.
In a joint initiative by Housing Today, Buildoffsite, and Building magazine, all housebuilders involved in any Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are invited to take part in a survey designed to reveal the extent of growth and maturity in this sector of the construction industry. Housing Today.
An all-party parliamentary group warns that as many as 600,000 millennials – the so-called Generation Rent – face homelessness by the time they retire, through the lack of sufficient social housing and on pensions that will no longer stretch to the rents charged in the private rented sector. Guardian.
Housing association One Housing has partnered with housebuilders Countryside in a regeneration project at Juniper Crescent and Gilbeys Yard estates in Camden, north London, which is planned to deliver 700 new homes, half of which are to be designated as affordable housing. Inside Housing.