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200,000 more workers needed without MMC
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Hamish Champ reports in Housing Today that without modern methods of construction UK housebuilders will need nearly 200,000 additional workers to meet the government’s mid-2020s target of building 300,000 new homes a year.

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The Self-Build Solution to the UK’s Housing Crisis
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Writing in Housing Today, Paul Smith managing director of the Strategic Land Group, asks “Is self-build the answer to tackling the housing crisis?”. He then explains that, with 6 million Britons interested in building their own home, initiatives are just starting to cater to this market.

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43% of construction workers  have no digital capabilities
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The research conducted by Bentley Systems, the design, construction, and infrastructure software provider, of more than 720 construction professionals across the world has found less than half (43.5%) of workers said they have no digital capabilities for collaboration or that their information is either paper-based or siloed.

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Housing Down Under – an alternative view
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In his recent blog, Steven Liaros, challenges the narrative of endless economic growth, arguing instead that we need to manage demand not increase supply. Does his critique and reasoning have any relevance to the UK housing situation?

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Wales Reforms Construction Qualifications
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A ground-breaking change to qualifications for people planning to work in the Construction and Built Environment sector in Wales has been announced. In the biggest shake-up to qualifications in the sector for a generation, a complex market with hundreds of existing qualifications will be simplified by eight new qualifications that will help reshape education and […]

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Cut Project Time with Modular Buildings
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Modular construction could transform the construction market, offering possible savings of up to 20% while significantly reducing the construction time by up to 50%. The process would involve part of the building process being shifted to factories, offering the ability to create precision parts that offer a range of quality related benefit to overall project […]

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Household Finance Update
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This week’s insight reproduces information produced by UK Finance, the collective voice for the banking and finance industry. They represent more than 250 firms across the industry and act to enhance competitiveness, support customers and facilitate innovation. Knowledge of Housing Finance is important for all housebuilders, agents, architects, renters, component manufacturers and indeed everyone concerned […]

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Identify your planning strategy
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Planning consultants are thorough when it comes to managing planning applications. Drawing from a wealth of experience, they use every strategy to improve the odds for planning success. Alan Divall, Planning Partner at architects, town planners and urban designers West Waddy, offers architects his ten top tips for preparing and submitting planning applications that will […]

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Barn conversion rights expanded
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Permitted development rights for the conversion of agricultural buildings to dwellings in England have been extended to allow more converted space and up to five new homes to be built from a single conversion.

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Old Shed – New House
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What was once a run-down shed, a container for tools and tractors, has been transformed by architect Tonkin Liu into a new house, now a container for a lifetime collection of books and art. In its basic shape and cladding, the house echoes the original shed. The original steel portal frame has been reused and […]

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Future timber house: sustainable, adaptable, resillient – Wood for Good
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Climate Change Driver Globally, the threat of climate change and the struggle to manage non-recyclable products means sustainability needs to be at the forefront of everybody’s minds. Engineering, innovation and forward-thinking will each play their part in defining our future housing policies, in turn helping to design for inevitable climate change while also minimising and […]

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