Figures from the NHBC show that private registrations in February dropped almost 17% against the same month in 2018. The number of new homes registered in the private sector during the month totalled 7,550 – a decrease of 16.8%. Housebuilder.

It’s back to the future as building society Nationwide – which had a hand in creating the garden city of Letchworth – is to start housebuilding once again, after a century’s break. Its new housing project is at Oakfield, near Swindon, for 239 homes. Guardian.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee is still mystified and sceptical about Crossrail’s unsatisfactory explanations for continued delays in completion of the rail project – and this despite a recent £2.8 billion bailout from public funds. Building.

Housebuilders Hill have won the contract for building 229 homes in the first phase of regeneration plans by Notting Hill Genesis at the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, London. 84% of the dwellings are for social rent, including 54 higher care homes, and seven units for those with learning disabilities. Housebuilder.

Following the withdrawal of US contractor Aecom from further work in the field, its head of construction John Hilton has been poached by UK builders Mace to mastermind London’s giant Stratford Waterfront project. Building.

Still smarting from widespread criticism levelled at executive pay levels and poor quality housebuilding, Persimmon has announced an independent enquiry into the standards of its work, corporate culture and customer care, in an attempt to rebuild its image. Guardian.

With only a month to go, organisers of the annual Social Housing Finance Conference in London on the 9th of May urge those wanting to fill the few remaining seats at the event to complete their bookings as quickly as possible. Social Housing.

London’s deputy mayor for housing, James Murray, has criticised government ministers for failing to respond to a call for up to £5.2 billion in grants to support the capital’s building industry in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Inside Housing.

The representative body of housing associations in the UK, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has barred from membership a registered for-profit developer of social housing – because of its status as a for-profit provider. Inside Housing.

A bid to promote the use of natural stone in buildings – as cladding, window, door and fireplace surrounds, or as flooring – is being made at the Natural Stone Show, which takes place in London’s ExCel exhibition centre from the 30th of April to the 2nd of May. StoneShow.

Regeneration specialists Galliford Try and Homes England are to redevelop the site of the former Hall and Woodhouse brewery in Blandford, Dorset, in a project to build 60 new homes. Bournemouth Echo.

Surrey Heath Borough Council has nominated Kier Property Regeneration to develop mixed-use residential and commercial properties on a large 5-acre site on London Road in the middle of the commuter belt’s town of Camberley. Designed around the concept of a new town square, the project is valued at £200 million. Construction Index.

The winners of the Housebuilder Product Awards have been announced with Manthorpe Building Products winning Best building fabric product for its Telescopic Underfloor Vent; ARC Building Solutions winning the Best brand new product accolade for its ARC TCB Intumescent which helps ensure adequate fire protection in timber frame buildings; and, AEG snapping up the award for Best kitchen and bathrooms product for its ComfortLift Dishwasher. Housebuilder.

Building contractors Henry have won the contract for construction of the first phase of a £115 million housing project for housing association Guinness Partnership at Bromley-by-Bow in East London. Henry’s share in the two-stage development is for the construction of 500 homes and some 40,000 sq. ft of commercial and public spaces. Construction Enquirer.

Housebuilders Bovis Homes and the housing association Riverside have entered a 50/50 £250 million joint venture partnership for the development of Stanton Cross, a planned new community near Wellingborough, in Northamptonshire. Inside Housing.