Government Funds Japanese Pre-Fab Builder in UK
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Back in May Construction Index carried an article confirming that Sekisui House has set up in the UK with £22m of its own money and £30m from the government’s Home Building Fund, administered through Homes England.

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Viking Seaweed Thatch for prefab panelling
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Traditional Danish seaweed thatching could be updated into a sustainable contemporary building material, according to research by Kathryn Larsen. Copenhagen School of Business and Design student Larsen became interested in the potential for seaweed architecture after studying the Viking practice of thatching roofs using eelgrass on the island of Læsø

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2 More factories for Countryside
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Countryside Properties plans to ramp up its offsite housing activity by opening two new factories to build modular homes, taking its potential offsite output to 7,500 units a year by 2023. The housebuilder’s expansion of its offsite operations will add two new £6m plants in the Midlands and the South-east

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Foundations & Footings 101
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Writing for Build-It’s Self-Build Zone. Andy Butcher reminds us that one of the most important parts of a project is to ensure you’re dealing with well-designed, properly-realised foundations. Considering 30% of build costs will be underground, there is a lot to think about. “What’s more” he adds, “the work will need to be thoroughly mapped […]

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Is “Off-Site” the New GOLD RUSH?
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Writing in BIM+. Denise Chevin uncovers the strategies of some of the new players flooding into the market hoping to capitalise from Government backing and growing investor interest in the offsite sector.

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