World’s tallest hybrid timber building A 71m-tall timber and concrete building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Vancouver will contain 20 apartments valued at more than $2.4m each – Vancouver’s most expensive. (Read full article)
Is this ‘Diversity’ & ‘Stimulation’? The Prime Ministers removal of the local authority borrowing cap during last year’s party conference was a cause for concern among property developers. In many ways it was a pragmatic step – one many described as long overdue. In theory it serves to diversify the housing market, stimulate industry capacity […]
Disillusioned Buyers In March 2017, an article by Julie Kollewe in The Guardian compared UK construction standards to those abroad – and talked to buyers deeply disillusioned by their experiences. More than half of buyers of newly built homes in England were reported to have had major problems. With various reports since then indicating that […]
Lack of Knowledge Two thirds of construction bosses expect to double the amount of construction work they carry out using offsite manufacturing (OSM) over the next five years, although the cost of investment and a lack of knowledge is currently holding the sector back. That’s according to a survey of 31 executives from the UK’s […]
From Latham to Farmer … and Beyond! Every major review of the construction industry has in some way recommended a move towards offsite construction – from the kind of partnering essential for innovation in offsite suggested by Latham way back in 1994, the capital investment into research and development recommended by Egan in 1998 and […]
No Need for Show Homes A new experience, which it is claimed will revolutionise home buying, has been developed by Citu and Leeds Beckett University. Working together on a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, Citu and Leeds Beckett University academics have developed a digital platform which removes the need for traditional bricks and mortar […]
The Pace of Change Writing in 24Housing, Michael Appleby alerts us to the fact that change is happening at an exponential rate, and the housing sector has been slower than others in making progress in developing its service offer to reflect the pace of change.
An insider’s guide to the planning application system – RIBA Conference Guerilla Tactics Architects attending the RIBA’s recent Guerrilla Tactics conference were treated to some insider tips on how the machinery of planning works in the real world, and how they can get the best out of it. Read on to ‘win with the best’!
The Two Pillars of Housing Policy are Fundamentally at Odds Daniel Hertz, senior fellow at City Observatory writes that promoting homeownership as an investment strategy is a risky proposition. In his view, no financial advisor would recommend going into debt in order to put such a massive part of your savings in any other single […]
Business Opportunities “Offsite construction methods are increasingly being used in all sectors of the UK, providing excellent business opportunities.” Off-Site Hub reports this as the view of Ian Pannell from Build Offsite, a company which has been advocating the intelligent use of offsite methods for almost 13 years. Ian argues that this view is increasingly […]
Is this Really Innovation? Eleanor Young writes that a one-bed wheeled home is being trialled on a housing estate in Bristol in an innovative bid to help solve the housing crisis. But is this really ‘innovation’ (see Britain’s Housing Crisis) Read more