Six tips for avoiding blocked drains

It doesn’t take long for an unattended drain to become blocked, more often than not turning from a minor inconvenience into something much more difficult to resolve. In addition to these potentially costly problems, blocked drains are also unhygienic, leading... View Article

Montague House – the infill challenge

Never shy of a challenge, Debbie Callow decided she wanted to build a house in south-east London. Well known for its high property prices and limited land availability, Debbie knew she would have to take an unusual approach if she... View Article

Small homebuilders beware of VAT zero rating

Roderick Campbell, partner and head of Commercial Property at law firm Hart Brown, points out that a new dwelling may not always be VAT zero rated. Recently a small homebuilder thought that following the sale of a new property the... View Article

Potton’s ‘Self Build Live’ proving a major success

Potton, one of the UK’s best known selfbuild specialists, is celebrating the success of its innovative Self Build Live programme, which has already seen nearly 150 aspiring self-builders given ‘access all areas’ to the construction of Potton’s fifth show home... View Article

CRL and Capita launch innovative building services portal

Structural defects insurance provider CRL and Capita Building Standards (CBS), have joined forces to create a new client portal that streamlines building regulations and warranty services. The CBS Client Portal will provide a consolidated service for building regulation and warranty... View Article

Community self-build approval for south London homes

A community self-build group, the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), which aims to provide homes for those priced out of the housing market, has been approved to deliver up to 33 self-build units on an old school site in Lewisham.... View Article

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 workshop

Around 50 housing professionals gathered in October for a workshop on the ‘Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015’. The audience was given a run-down of what this new Act will mean and what the requirements are for councils. Gus Zogolovitch,... View Article

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015

Over 500 guests gathered at the London Marriott to celebrate the best of property design and development, demonstrated by winners at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The self- and custom-build sector was well represented with three winners in the... View Article

Government publishes Housing and Planning Bill

The government has published its Housing and Planning Bill, which takes forward a number of proposals to boost homebuilding and home ownership. Although not widely discussed the Bill has made changes to the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act, which was... View Article

Home Quality Mark: a positive step forwards for sustainability?

Stacey Cougill is the acting managing director of Eight Associates, a sustainability consultancy providing expertise and value added solutions to building owners and design and construction professionals The Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH), the national standard for the sustainable design... View Article

Industry reacts to the General Election

netmagmedia looks at the comments throughout the industry in regards to the electoral vote. Rob Oliver, Chief Executive (Construction Equipment Association) – comments as the Election comes to a close: “I think the prospect of some continuity in Government policies... View Article

Self-build – a Capital idea

Gareth Bacon is the Conservative regeneration and budget spokesman on the London Assembly. It is a fact that the majority of housebuilding in this country, for first-time buyers or otherwise, is delivered by large developers. This is not in itself... View Article