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Grenfell Tower blaze results in dozens of fatalities

A major fire at the recently-refurbished Grenfell Tower in west London has resulted in several deaths, and over 50 injuries. The 24-storey block suffered severe damage which rapidly spread through many of the 120 flats, and there are fears the... View Article

Designer Contracts invests in designer shades

Designer Contracts – the UK’s largest flooring contractor – has invested more than £30,000 in specialist blind making machinery to manufacture blinds through the new arm of the business – designer shades. The machinery to produce Venetian and roller blinds... View Article

Housing Minister Barwell loses seat

Gavin Barwell, the Conservative Housing Minister, has lost his seat in Croydon Central to Labour. After a night where the Conservatives lost 12 seats, the UK is left with a hung parliament. The Conservatives failed to gain a majority, but... View Article

Beat the budget

For social housing specifiers, the core challenge is balancing ever-tightening budgets with quality products which tenants will be able to take pride in. When it comes to the kitchen and bathroom, factors such as speed of fit, future-proofing and green considerations... View Article

Heathcotes Group opens two new facilities near Nottingham

Care provider Heathcotes Group is opening two new facilities near Nottingham following the redevelopment of its original estate in Hucknall. The two newly refurbished buildings at Watnall Road offer a range of specialist person-centred services: Gilbert Lodge supports people with... View Article

Blink announces new smart home integration in the UK

Blink, the affordable, wire-free, home security and HD video monitoring system that runs on 2 AA batteries for 2 years, today announces that the Blink Amazon Alexa skill and their IFTTT (If This Then That) service integration is now operational... View Article

Stylish solution to assist supported living

Britain’s brand leader in helpful toileting solutions has developed a stylish solution to help developers of assisted and supported living communities future-proof the homes. Clos-o-Mat, the British-based manufacturer of the Clos-o-Mat range of bidet (wash & dry) toilets, has introduced... View Article

Stannah Goodsmaster CLEANs up in Slough super laundry

It takes the 1000kg muscle of a Stannah Goodsmaster chain-drive goods lift to help the new CLEAN super laundry in Slough deliver the industry-leading laundry services on which it has built its reputation. The Goodsmaster complements the 500kg CD model... View Article

Planning consent for 524 rental homes at East Village

Hawkins\Brown is pleased to announce that the London Legacy Development Corporation has granted planning for Plot NO6 at East Village, a significant development within the flagship build-to-rent neighbourhood, on behalf of Get Living. Alongside 524 new rental homes, Get Living’s... View Article

PURe® makes the grade in the student accommodation sector

Combining a robust design, excellent acoustic properties and some of the lowest U-values available on the UK market, Senior Architectural Systems’ innovative PURe® range of aluminium windows has been specified for use on several new projects in the student accommodation... View Article

Official launch of UK Construction Week 2017 announced

A unique show designed to bring together the leading voices of the construction industry. UK Construction Week, the largest gathering of the UK’s built environment community announces its return to Birmingham NEC from 10 – 12 October 2017, where it... View Article

SFHA appoints new chief executive

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced Sally Thomas as the organisation’s new chief executive. Thomas is taking over from Mary Taylor, who is retiring on 23 June after seven years with the Federation, and is expected to assume her... View Article

Hightown seals £45m M&G loan to build 1,200 affordable homes

Hightown Housing Association has agreed a deal to borrow £45 million from M&G Investments to support its housing development programme, providing affordable homes across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Hemel Hempstead-based Hightown currently manages over 5,300 homes as well as providing... View Article
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