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Designing homes for mental disability

When it comes to creating residences for people with dementia it helps to look at things through the eyes of those with the condition, says Dominic Waters, Development Director at Waters Homes Open the property pages in any national newspaper... View Article

Architects have family lives too

To remain successful, architectural practices need to be able to retain their talent. That means keeping on top of new employment legislation and thinking harder about how they can support hard-working staff who are also carers and busy parents outside... View Article

Budget 2015 response and comments part two

James Thompson, head of business rates at Deloitte Real Estate, comments on the announcement of 100% retention of the growth in Business Rates for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. “The 10 authorities making up the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have... View Article

BPF responds to the budget

Budget 2015: developers laud business rates retention as vital to solve infrastructure funding challenge and boost regeneration. Proposals that could see City regions retain 100% of their additional business rates revenue will prove vital in overcoming the UK’s infrastructure funding... View Article

Budget 2015 responses and comments

Experts across the industries leading companies have all had their say on the Government’s budget announcements for 2015. Michael O’Connor, partner, national head of infrastructure, projects and energy at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “Connectivity between cities will be key to turning... View Article

Call for VAT changes on new builds

VAT rules are undermining sustainable development by rewarding developers who demolish buildings and penalising those who refurbish. Duncan Baker-Brown, architect of the University of Brighton’s Waste House, Britain’s first house made almost entirely of thrown-away materials, is calling on politicians... View Article

Pilkington Q&A with Architect George Tsiantar

George Tsiantar, founder and managing director of UK-based practice, Tsiantar Architects, is based in Altrincham, south Manchester. Famed for offering a full range of architectural services since 1987, they have earned a reputation for creating bespoke, luxury properties, as well... View Article

Wrightstyle and the Bradford City fire disaster

A leading UK steel and aluminium glazing company has supplied fire-rated systems to several Olympic, FIFA and other major stadia . Wrightstyle’s technical director Lee Coates remembers the Bradford football disaster. This May will mark the 30th anniversary of one... View Article

WSP responds to National Infrastructure Commision announcement

Yesterday shadow chancellor Ed Balls announced that the Labour Party would introduce an independent national commission responsible for identifying Britain’s long-term infrastructure needs: In response, Mark Naysmith, UK managing director of WSP welcomed the announcement saying: “Cross-party support is crucial... View Article

Ventrolla in control: reflecting on 2014

As a new year approaches, Christian Walker, Marketing Manager of period window specialist Ventrolla looks back on 12 months of progress. It has been another successful year for the company which has expanded its workshop space, invested in new machinery... View Article

Changes to CDM Regulations on way, CITB guides industry

Revised Regulations released by the Health and Safety Executive mean that for the first time, all construction projects, including work for householders, will need a health and safety plan. Developed in consultation with industry and supported by the Construction Industry... View Article

CML responds to Government starter homes announcement

The Council of Mortgage Lenders notes the Government announcement and consultation today on starter homes for first-time buyers. Paul Smee, CML director general, comments: “Mortgage lenders support measures that deliver affordable ways for people to access home-ownership. This new scheme... View Article

Resurgence in UK construction sector during Q3 2014

JLL and Glenigan’s latest UK Commercial Construction Activity Index reveals that non-residential new build activity is increasing rapidly, with the value of new starts over the year to Q3 amounting to £12.5bn, up 5.4% on the year to Q2 .... View Article

Abode – urban living in a rural setting

Joint winner of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards’ Development of the Year (with more than 100 homes) Countryside’s Abode community proves that volume housing does not have to look and feel like a faceless executive estate This exemplary development,... View Article
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