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Acceptable floor levels in modern methods of construction (MMC)

We currently require structural timber or steel to be located at least 150mm above external ground floor level, but noting manufacturers’ preferred ap…

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How a site manager overcame three hundred legless lizards to win our South Wales Site Manager of the Year award

Before Site Manager Brian James could lay a spade in the ground an ecologist ordered him to wait… after finding hundreds of slow-worms. Yet this didn'…

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Damp protection for concrete floor beam systems

Protecting concrete “block and beam” floor systems from damp presents the builder with a challenge, especially at the ends of the beams and the expose…

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Birds, bats and a regional Site Manager award: all part of the job for Bloor Homes’ Jason Oakley

Bloor Homes’ Site Manager Jason Oakley has won 2019’s first regional Site Manager of the Year Award, becoming the first name on the shortlist for the …

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More than two-thirds of new home buyers say they get value for money – but snagging issues remain high

New Homes Review (NHR)’s 2018 annual report reveals that 69% of people are satisfied that they get value for money with their new home, but more than …

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Watch your spacing of lateral restraint straps – a reminder of the regulations

Our surveyors are seeing more and more instances where lateral restraint straps to the head of gable walls are being applied at spacing greater than t…

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Policies that will influence the Government’s review into Part L – what changes can we expect?

Later in 2019 the Government intends to issue consultations for England and the Welsh Government for a review of Part L of the Building Regulations (E…

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The only way is down: some (luxurious) ideas for your next basement project

Are you looking to create a luxurious basement and wondering where to start? London’s the place to look for your design inspiration. Here we feature j…

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Looking for construction awards in 2019? Here’s how to get nominated for The Bricks

Looking for construction awards in 2019? Here’s how to get nominated for The Bricks. Unlike many other awards, most categories in The Bricks are put f…

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Summer’s coming! Essential engineering tips for trouble-free patio doors

There’s nothing quite like throwing open your patio doors on a beautiful summer’s day. Yet poor design can ruin the experience, with doors that stick …

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Ecobuild becomes Futurebuild – but the future’s still very much “eco”

This year saw the “first” Futurebuild event at ExCel London, having previously been known as Ecobuild. Whatever the name, it remains clear that the fu…

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Government announces £3bn fund to deliver more affordable housing

Chancellor Philip Hammond uses the spring statement to announce that the Government would guarantee up to £3bn of borrowing by housing associations in…

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