Housing Focus

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    Analysis: the rise of the mid-rise

    2018-02-15T06:30:00Z

    Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into fire safety – prompted by the Grenfell disaster – will have consequences for every aspect of how we build homes. Many of the potential changes will favour the medium-sized building

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    Analysis: Housing benefits

    2018-01-26T06:30:00Z

    Help to Buy is the government’s big leg-up to help housebuilders increase output. So news of ‘obscene’ executive pay along with scandals over leaseholds and defects are not going down well

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    Contractors' Salary Survey 2017: Taking a rain check

    2017-11-17T05:00:00Z

    Construction salaries are growing faster than most sectors as employers struggle to fill skills gaps, but worries over job security mean people are wary of making a move

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    Housebuilders' Salary Survey 2017: On the up and up

    2017-10-26T05:00:00Z

    With fears of a housebuilding downturn in abeyance, skills shortages are helping drive up salaries, especially outside London

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    Safety in numbers

    2017-09-01T06:00:00Z

    The Definitive Guideline to health and safety sentencing was brought into force last year, signalling larger and more discretionary fines. What is its impact so far on SMEs in particular and what does it signal for safety in the sector?

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    PFI: In the balance

    2017-08-25T06:00:00Z

    With the risk of taking on work rising and the pipeline of promised projects yet to materialise, is the fate of PFI as a funding mechanism up in the air?

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    Carillion: A cautionary tale

    2017-08-04T06:00:00Z

    The UK’s second-biggest contractor has posted some pretty alarming figures recently, from its £695m debt to its £845m writedown. But how did it get into this state, how can it get out again, and what does it mean for the wider industry?

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    DUP: Done deal?

    2017-08-03T10:06:00Z

    With the Conservatives and DUP agreeing increased funding for the region, and a sizeable chunk of it going to infrastructure projects, Northern Ireland looked to be the big winner from June’s election. But does ongoing political turmoil put much of this construction work at risk?

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    Housing Project of the Year shortlist

    2017-08-02T07:00:00Z

    A Victorian chapel, rooftop houses, and a playground in the sky are just some of the innovations that feature in this year’s Building Awards housing shortlist, showcasing the country’s best residential projects

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    Top 150 contractors: Whatever the weather

    2017-07-28T06:00:00Z

    This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 shows the sector enjoying reasonably benign market conditions but remaining fearful of the uncertainties of Brexit and volatile domestic politics