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Quality of Affordable Homes – NHBC Foundation Report
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Residents Views NHBC Foundation research – “Affordable homes: Residents’ views of quality” (Published December 2016) – aimed at establishing longer term resident satisfaction. It involved face-to-face interviews with housing association residents after 3-4 years of occupancy.

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Blocked Drains Preston | Drainage Services & Repairs
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Blocked Drains Preston – Drainage Services & Repairs – 24/7 Emergency Drain & Plumbing Services – Call 0800 026 6623 Today!

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6 New Chinese  Pre-fab Home Plants for UK
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Chinese to unlock opportunities with 25,000 homes A major Chinese building materials company has become the latest player to tackle the UK housing crisis with an unprecedented plan to build six prefabricated home factories that will pump out 25,000 low-energy dwellings a year by 2022.

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Construction Products Roundup – changes and trends for 2017
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Inflation Annual CPI inflation was 1.2% in November, compared with a 0.9% increase in October, according to the ONS. Transport, clothing and footwear and recreation and culture were the categories posting the largest price increases. Annual RPI inflation was 2.2% in November, up from 2.0% in the previous month.

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Young flooring entrepreneurs named on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list.
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Cameron and Declan Christie of Yorkshire-based UK Trade Furnishings Limited have been named on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the Retail & Ecommerce category. Founded in 2013 by cousins Cameron (23) and Declan Christie (24), UK Trade Furnishings have gone from strength to strength over the past few years, with Luxury Flooring & […]

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Taking the Gloves Off – wear the correct safety gear
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Who Wants to be a Site Manager? In an article in Construction Manager, Chris Salmon of personal injury claims firm, Quittance reviews the Site Manager’s duties in light of recent changes in the law.

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New Homes on Car Parks ZED Pod ‘Solutions’
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Platforms Above Car Parks ZEDpod claims to be a prefabricated, super energy-efficient micro-home that can sit on an elevated platform above car parks at big retail outlets, hospitals or municipal offices.

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1st Sustainable “Agrihood” – feeds 2,000 free
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What is an “Agrihood” It’s an alternative neighbourhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centrepiece of a mixed-use development. There are some ‘agrihoods’ around the USA, but in rural areas. This is the first within a city.

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65 MT House Lifts to avoid flooding  – R&D Innovations
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Planning Application for Experiment UK developers Larkfleet Group is seeking permission for an experimental house. Their aim is to jack lift this 1.5m above flood waters. If successful it could enable housebuilding on thousands of flood risk sites presently undevelopable.

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Short Skills attract China Men  – The changing face of UK Contracting
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Chinese Grasp the Opportunity As reported in Weekly Insight a few months ago, according to Construction Manager the Chinese seem to be taking advantage of these difficulties. For example, Chinese contractor Citic Construction, Chinese developer ABP, and Thai company CP Group have joined forces to create the East London Development Group to undertake projects in […]

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New Self Build Rules – New Opportunities says Architects Journal
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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!

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