UK Green Homes Grant scrapped

The UK government has announced that it has scrapped its flagship green homes grant scheme. The much-promoted grants scheme to help householders in England insulate their home will be stopped this week, and the money allocated to a seperate insulation... View Article

Modular Assisted Living

Graham Edward, Managing Director of Edward Architecture: “At Edward Architecture we have experienced a noticeable rise in demand from Housing Associations for modular construction in the assisted living sector. Funding streams and grants are being set to encourage Housing Associations... View Article

RICS makes move to unlock market for flat-owners

Clarifying the types of properties which will, and those which will not, require additional inspections, as a result of concerns about fire safety, new guidiance from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is reported to be a “crucial” step... View Article

Fire safety and signage – what to know

An effective evacuation strategy in the event of a fire is crucial – and this requires meeting key legislation for exit signage and fire doors. Here, David Saxby, Senior Category Manager at IronmongeryDirect highlights the requirements. There are several aspects... View Article

Budget 2021: a boost for construction?

An extension to the furlough scheme, a £10m MMC taskforce, a new ‘Infrastructure Bank’ totalling £12bn in capital, £15bn to be spent on the transition to net zero by 2050, an extension on the stamp duty holiday, and the introduction... View Article

Grenfell Inquiry resumes on Zoom with shocking revelations

The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire resumed its hearings after being suspended amid the national lockdown, but with a similar message ‘maximising profits took precedence over safety’. Internal communications from within Arconic revealed that staff were aware the... View Article

New watchdog set up to ban dangerous building materials

Over three and half years after the shocking loss of life in the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government is finally to set up a regulatory body charged with banning dangerous building materials and prosecuting the companies making them. Housing Secretary... View Article

Dangerous cladding removal from tower blocks drags on

Privately owned residential tower blocks are lagging behind the social sector in the race to remove dangerous ACM cladding from the nation’s homes, some three and a half years after the fatal Grenfell Tower fire. The latest Government data release... View Article

Nottingham landlord sentenced over dangerous property

A Nottingham private landlord, who failed to improve his rental property, leaving his tenants in dangerous conditions has found it cost him over £1,000. Haroon Karim, from Bramcote in Nottingham, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Housing Act 2004,... View Article

Decrease in number of social lettings

The number of lettings to social rent homes fell again last year and is now almost 25 per cent below its peak of six years ago, as more use was made of the higher ‘affordable rents’ regime which charities and... View Article

England’s housing stock in numbers

The most recent annual report from the English Housing Survey tells us there are 24.4 million dwellings in England, including both occupied and vacant homes. Of these, 15.6 million (64 per cent) are owner occupied, 4.7 million (19 per cent)... View Article