All articles by Josephine Smit

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    It’s not a case of if, but when – firms face growing cyber attack threat


    With attacks increasing in both frequency and sophistication, firms are under pressure to bolster their security. Josephine Smit reports

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    Lessons of the Nightingales: how covid changed construction


    A range of pandemic-prompted innovations have changed industry practice for good. Josephine Smit talks to those who led the way

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    What is the legacy of the Nightingales?


    A range of pandemic-prompted innovations have changed industry practice for good. Josephine Smit talks to those who led the way

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    Construction seizes chance to make it in the movies


    The UK’s film and TV studios have struggled to meet booming demand for production space, triggering a wave of interest from investors and developers 

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    Market overview: Film studios


    In the latest of Building Boardroom’s market overviews, Josephine Smit looks at the booming UK film and TV studio sector

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    Interview: Andrew Dickman and Kevin Theobold of Tritax Symmetry


    Building Boardroom talks to the director and construction head at one of the UK’s biggest deliverers of logistics facilities about the changing demands of the market and how Tritax Symmetry plans to meet them. Josephine Smit reports

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    Market overview: Later living


    In Building Boardroom’s latest market overview, Josephine Smit looks at the later living sector, which in the UK is starting from a small base but has enormous growth potential, especially with a recent rush of investor interest

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    Government policy: end-of-year review


    With the parliamentary year having drawn to a close, Building Boardroom looks back on the changes it has brough to government policy on design and construction. Josephine Smit reports

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    Market overview: Green travel infrastructure


    The latest Building Boardroom market overview examines the move towards active travel infrastructure such as cycleways and pedestrianised thoroughfares, and the variety of funding streams in place to drive this. Josephine Smit reports

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    Interview: John Tonkiss of McCarthy Stone


    Later living is an obvious growth area in housebuilding. Building Boardroom talks with the chief exec of one of the UK’s biggest players in the sector about its evolving strategy on tenure, MMC and the supply chain

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    Interview: Bruntwood SciTech’s Peter Crowther


    Building Boardroom investigates the booming science and technology market, talking to the property director of a leading developer in the field. Josephine Smit reports

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    Market overview: Healthcare


    With extra funding in the pipeline to build dozens of new hospitals and tackle the rapidly growing maintenance backlog, plus a new procurement framework soon to be in place, healthcare is a major focus for construction this year

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    A busted flush


    The Decent Homes programme means avocado bath suites are out and water-saving dual-flush loos are in, but ultra-eco-friendly technology in the home does have its downsides...

  • Features

    Join the queue


    The anticipated sale of Westbury to rival Persimmon may improve the housebuilding sector’s standing in the City, but it could also lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs – if Persimmon’s track record is anything to go by.

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    Housebuilders reject ODPM’s latest revision of PPG3


    Top industry executives and consultants meet civil servants to argue against second draft of planning rules

  • News

    Berkeley shocks City with urban regeneration switch


    City applauds Pidgley's decision to pull out of traditional housebuilding and corner regeneration market

  • Features

    The taste temptation


    Once dismissed by housebuilders as a diversion, optional extras are now seen as a way of luring the customer into shelling out for the show home look. We look at ways you can cook up business

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    Inside: Now/Next


    Is it a wall or is it a window? Some designs may get you guessing, but only about the back of the house – house fronts remain traditional.

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    Public rejects high-density living


    The government's policy of promoting high-density urban living has been hit by research that reveals that 80% of the public would prefer not to live in apartments

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    Something about pete


    How does a 34-year-old accountant with no real previous get the top of one of the country's largest housebuilders? Well, as we found out, a brain the size of a planet helps …