• Changes to social housing rent system welcomed

    Changes to social housing rent system welcomed

    Housing opportunities for lower earners in Wandsworth will be improved under a scheme that requires council tenants to pay market rents if their household income exceeds £60,000.  Early estimates suggest the council could generate up to £500,000 in additional rental revenue each year once the changes are implemented – which would be used to help

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  • Peterborough brick company faces strike

    Peterborough brick company faces strike

    A brick company, near Peterborough, faces massive disruption due to a continuous strike by 13 burners from Monday 8 April in a dispute over holidays, Unite, the largest union in the country, has warned. Hanson Building Products employs about 200 workers at its site at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire and the dispute centres on a move

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  • New affordable homes in Whitehaven

    New affordable homes in Whitehaven

    Two Castles Housing Association has started work to deliver new affordable homes for those living in the greatest housing need in Whitehaven.  Built in partnership with developers Kells Development Group with support from Copeland Borough Council, Two Castles will deliver 16 high quality affordable homes to rent for local people with a connection to the

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  • Work starts on £12.3m Alfa Laval Site

    Work starts on £12.3m Alfa Laval Site

    Specialist London housing contractor United House has been awarded a £12.3m contract to build a new residential scheme, designed by Assael Architecture, on the site of the former Alfa Laval office on the Great West Road in Brentford, west London– the historic ‘Golden Mile’ of British industry.  Cutting-edge architects Assael Architecture have designed the mixed-use

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  • Linden Homes wins Housebuilder of the year

    Linden Homes wins Housebuilder of the year

    Linden Homes has won two more national accolades, including Housebuilder of the Year, at the Ideal Home Show’s Blue Ribbon Awards. The honours are a mark of excellence in the housebuilding industry and celebrate the best examples of design, innovation and development. They were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday March 20th at the Earls

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  • Councils embrace crowdfunding

    Councils embrace crowdfunding

    “There’s no money left,” read the famous note left by former Treasury Minister Liam Byrne to his successor following the 2010 election. Since then, the Government has worked relentlessly to reduce Britain’s yawning budget deficit. Local councils are being hit especially hard. In the next two years, they will have to slash £3.5bn from their

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  • Budget 2013: Reactions

    Budget 2013: Reactions

    Today the Chancellor revealed his Budget for 2013. In his annual statement, George Osborne has revealed the Government’s financial plans for the next 12 months. Among some of the key points raised were the removal of stamp duty on AIM shares, an extension on shared equity schemes, increased investment in transport and infrastructure and more

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  • Russells to deliver £27m luxury student accommodation

    Russells to deliver £27m luxury student accommodation

    Work has begun to bring back into use three buildings in Liverpool city centre. Russells Construction is undertaking the 120,000 sq ft Vita Student accommodation scheme in Crosshall Street in three phases: The Chapel, Tinlings and Crosshalls.  The contractor has been on site since September, removing internal structures and preparing for construction to begin this

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  • RICS demand support for construction industry in Scotland 

    RICS demand support for construction industry in Scotland 

    RICS is calling for increased transparency and visibility in Scottish Government construction contracts to support growth of struggling SMEs.  The call from RICS Scotland follows extensive consultation with members from across the sector highlighting the need to unlock construction pipelines, reform procurement processes and improve access and visibility of finance.  RICS’ UK Construction Policy launched

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