12 Million Self-Builds – a Takeover? As reported by the Architects Journal, local councils must now grant planning permission to meet demand for those wanting to build their own homes. And according to many surveys, at least 12 million Britons would like to build or commission their own home. That’s a lot of houses!
Media & Ministry Frenzy As evidenced by The Telegraph and BBC recent ministry plan to help build 100,000 ready-made homes to try to solve the housing crisis, is attracting much attention. The Government’s major strategy shift to embrace pre-packed homes echoes the drive that followed the Second World War. Housing minister Gavin Barwell, has confirmed […]
For the forward thinking, tech savvy home owner or developer, in a busy world, distance design works.
Planning Inspectorate Highlights According to Graham Cridland and Holly Lawrence of Ashfords Solicitors, recent appeal decisions published by the Planning Inspectorate have highlighted the appeal process under regulations 117 to 119 of the Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) Regulations 2010 and the importance of adhering to the mechanics of the procedures set out within the CIL […]
‘Boosting’ Housing Delivery Pledging unprecedented steps to boost housing delivery, Sajid Javid told the October Conservative Party Conference that a 3 billion Home Builders Fund was being created to build more than 225,000 new homes. Explaining that housing provision was his number one priority, he called for councillors and MPs to be prepared to make […]
School Gardens Update : The plants are settled are starting to grow well giving the gardens a more complete feeling.
Government Commitment Digital Built Britain was announced in the 2016 Budget. It aims to use intelligent building information models, sensing technology and secure data and information infrastructure to deliver reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions, while improving productivity and capacity.
Overview Underfloor heating can have design, comfort and economic advantages, and so it is not surprising that its use in new build homes has increased in recent years. This NHBC Foundation guide sets out good practice guidance for those house builders and designers who are less experienced in underfloor heating but may be considering its […]
Self-Supporting Part Stilt Structure Fabricated entirely from CLT (Cross Laminated Timber), the first floor walls and roof structure are self-supporting and fabricated entirely from a total of 143 panels CLT panels.
HELIX The Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre is a new building with a radical concept; to explore how designers might work together with clinical practitioners in an acute general hospital to improve healthcare. A new idea, for instance, might push the boundaries of innovative technology, or save costs, or it could solve everyday healthcare problems […]
Higher Energy Efficiency Requirements Although a little dated and focussed on Welsh regulatory requirements, this excellent 32 page Guide from the NHBC Foundation will be an invaluable reference for architects, house builders, and other designers. The following brief extracts are intended merely as a ‘taster’ of what the full guide provides.