Housebuilders Taylor Wimpey report what they describe as a “good start” to 2019, despite rising inflation in building costs. Private sales of homes were notched up at an average of 1.03 per outlet per week during the first four months of the year – compared to an average of 0.85 in the same period last year. The total order book for 2019 is 10,291 homes (9,050 in 2018), valued at a total of £2,399 million (£2,155 million in 2018). Housebuilder.

London’s multi-billion pound Crossrail project has pushed back its launch date again and may now not open until March 2021. The east-west line across the capital has repeatedly been delayed since missing the original target date of December 2018. SkyNews.

A major report by the House of Lords into Intergenerational Fairness and Provision has called for local authorities to be given greater freedom to borrow the funds needed to build more homes – especially for younger generations – by “substantially increasing” the supply of social housing. Inside Housing.

Tory peer Lord Bethell says buyers of new homes should be able to hang on to up 10% of the purchase price in retentions so housebuilders are compelled to carry out repair work and deliver more snag-free properties. Building.

A construction worker on the Parc Glyndwr housing development off Monmouth’s Rockfield Road, in South Wales, unearthed an ancient crucible used for smelting gold. South Wales Argus.

Housebuilders Berkeley walked away with no fewer than 27 honours at the annual Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Awards, which are given by the construction industry in recognition of builders’ high standards of attention shown towards their workforce, the environment and the local community. Housebuilder.

Housing associations Radian and Yarlington are in talks about a merger that would make the pair one of the biggest landlords in southern England (outside of the capital). Radian currently owns some 24,000 homes and Yarlington 10,000. Inside Housing.

A small family-run firm of building contractors, Abbey and Lyndon Builders, from Redditch, have been nominated Contractor of the Year by the 2019 National Building Awards, for their work on a public contract at Gheluvelt Park in Worcester. Redditch Standard.

Balfour Beatty have been chosen by Aberdeen City Council to overhaul the city’s historic Union Terrace Gardens in a £26m project.  The scheme includes building a permanent safety structure on Union Bridge, three pavilions, landscaping and lighting, and the refurbishment of the Union Terrace arches. Building Design.

Contractor Severfield, responsible for the steelworks on the iconic 225m tall City of London tower known as the Cheesegrater, has to date spent £6 million replacing all 3,000 defective steel bolts on the building. Building.

Enfield Council in North London has awarded housebuilder Galliford Try (GT) Partnerships the contract for the construction of the first 725 homes in its Meridian Water development. Scheduled for completion in 2022, the development will include a significant volume of social housing, together with shops, leisure facilities and public squares. Housebuilder.

Barking and Dagenham Council in East London are pressing ahead with a £1 billion regeneration scheme in the heart of Barking by awarding the contract for the construction of 169 affordable and shared ownership homes on a site in Linton Road (formerly a local authority car park) to McLaren. Building.

Hit by an unexpectedly low take-up by tenants of a Right to Buy their homes at discounted prices from housing associations in the Midlands, a joint government and National Housing Federation working group is considering holding a second ballot for bids from sitting tenants. Inside Housing.

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has accused Gateshead Council in the northeast of England of serious breaches of Homes Standards in some of the more than 19,000 homes it owns. The violations relate to failings in electrical safety, the presence of asbestos and fire regulations. Fire & Risk Management.