Vital steps to safety

Kevin Underwood of the British Woodworking Federation discusses why staircase aesthetics must go hand in hand with safety, and why too often design flair can compromise it For many, the staircase is a central feature of any new home, and... View Article

£3.5m extension work completes at the De Montfort University

They Yard, a brand-new multi-million-pound extension that will significantly increase the capacity of De Montfort University’s Business and Law Faculty, has now completed. The four-storey building, which has been designed by CPMG Architects and constructed by principal contractor Clegg Construction,... View Article

The Rock by Gort Scott Architects

The Rock is a private house in the Canadian mountain resort of Whistler, designed by London-based architectural practice Gort Scott. This exemplary new-build family home is perched upon a distinctive rocky outcrop above Alta Lake, across which it enjoys beautiful... View Article

F.H. Brundle balcony products complete luxury spa development

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Quality F.H Brundle hardware products have provided the finishing touch to a stunning multimillion-pound development. A luxury spa was added to the existing buildings of The Olde Belle hotel and restaurant in Retford, Nottinghamshire, including a unique... View Article

Fabric comes first

Chris Stanley, Housing Manager, Concrete Block Association Although the 2020 news agenda has been dominated by COVID-19, the global Pandemic and the socio-economic impact of attempts to contain and curb it, we must not lose sight of persistent environmental issues. ... View Article

A signature entrance

Choosing the right front door is key to creating a good first impression and enhancing kerb appeal. With so many different products on the market, Stuart Shaw of Hörmann UK provides some insights to help self-builders make an informed decision... View Article

Locally sourced

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Carolyn and Chris Brown’s dream house was right on their doorstep, but they still changed it beyond all recognition to create a very modern family home TEXT & IMAGES HEATHER DIXON When it came to the crunch,... View Article

Work starts on 2nd wave of Anglesey Homes

ANWYL Homes has acquired a new parcel of land for 46 homes in Holyhead as the housebuilder looks to build on its success in the town. The new site marks the second phase of Anwyl’s Tyddyn Bach development, off South... View Article

LGA responds to Social Housing White Paper

Responding to the Social Housing White Paper, Cllr Darren Rodwell, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, said: “Councils are proud of their housing and the individuals and families that call it home. It is paramount that the voice of all social... View Article

McGoff Construction secures contracts worth more than £100m

One of the North West’s leading construction firms, McGoff Construction, has secured more than £100 million worth of work for 2021. The contracts are primarily for the McGoff Group’s asset backed operating businesses in the care and education sectors; New... View Article

Grenfell insulation manufacturer behaved “unethically”

The company behind Grenfell Tower’s insulation presented “deliberately misleading” testing for the project’s refurbishment, according to its former product manager. Jonathan Roper, who formerly worked at Celotex Insulation, told the public inquiry that he had been made to “lie for... View Article

A work in progress

Jack Wooler speaks to Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO of the National Custom and Self Build Association, on why England lags behind the developed world on levels of self-build, and what can be done Self- and custom-build homes make up around 40... View Article

The path to green finance

The Government’s Green Homes Grant offers homeowners up to £10,000 for energy-saving home improvements. Jack Wooler explains how you can take up the opportunity, and enhance your project’s sustainability Able to fund up to two-thirds of the cost of energy-saving... View Article

The perfect front door

Bethaney Larkman, marketing manager at Distinction Doors gives practical advice for selecting the right entrance door for your self-build or renovation project An entrance door is a subtle yet effective way of enhancing your home. It is the exterior definitive... View Article

Small wonder

In just six months, Max Tillings and Katie Roach built their bijou coach house on an awkward infill plot, using reclaimed materials to complement the neighbouring Victorian property TEXT DEBBIE JEFFERY IMAGES MAX TILLINGS & KATIE ROACH Few people would... View Article

Get on top of sustainability

With the Future Homes Standard about to change how we heat and power homes for ever, self-builders wanting to future-proof their homes should consider integrated green roofing solutions, says Marley’s Stuart Nicholson Time is now ticking for everyone in housebuilding,... View Article