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A guide to building regulations for property investors and developers

Securing planning permission is only the first part of undertaking construction works in a legal manner. The second part is to ensure compliance with the building regulations. These are set out in the “Approved Documents”, which are essential reading for anyone involved in property development. Property investors should also be aware of them since they are a crucial part of the building process and therefore investors are recommended only to part with their cash if they are sure that a…

Like the rest of the world, the property sector is being swept along with the rapidly changing digital landscape as demand for new technologies increases.
Technologies

Which areas are best to invest in and what software should you use to manage your investments?

There has been much talk about the lack of investment opportunities in the UK in recent years. And it seems to be getting worse, with some UK cities now offering worse rental yields than they did a few months ago. It may even be too late to invest in properties near the long-awaited Elizabeth line in London, as the benefits are already priced in. The good news is that there are still some areas which offer good investment potential. UK…

Business, Money, Legal & Jobs

How to keep your brain sharp in the trading business?

The trading business mostly requires brainpower. Because the more strategic you are, the more successful you will be. Thus, it is clear that you will have to work on improving your strategy. But, not all the traders can make a good trading strategy. This is because it needs a cool mindset and dedication to your work. For making an effective trading strategy, you will also need a relaxed working environment. It is not that hard for any trader. You just…

Planning & Developments

Milestone for Big Ben Conservation Project

The final piece of the 98 metre high scaffolding was installed by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and it was celebrated with a ceremony at the top of the Elizabeth Tower. "The steel structure encasing the Elizabeth Tower consists of nearly 24,000 elements, weighs 800 tonnes and has taken just over a year to complete,” said Ian Ailles, director general of the House of Commons. "Despite a complex programme and challenging weather conditions earlier this year, we are on schedule,…

Lovell Continues to Build More Homes
Residential

Lovell Continues to Build More Homes

Lovell continues to work on the £250 million scheme on Salisbury Plain in South Wiltshire, part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP) that aims to create more than 900 new homes for troops and their families that are relocating from Germany to Bulford, Larkhill and Ludgershall. At the moment, Lovell is working on 225 homes at Bulford, where the roads and sewers have substantially progressed, a third of foundations are already laid and work is now starting on the timber…

Property & Facilities Management

Project Sunroof Is Coming to the UK

Project Sunroof, an informative location based analysis tool to help British homeowners save money on their energy bills by installing solar panels on their roofs, has been launched in the UK by Google. In partnership with energy supplier E. on, the Project Sunroof tool collates data from Google’s Earth and Maps apps to estimate potential savings. It uses satellite imagery and machine learning to estimate how much solar potential a particular property might have, taking into consideration certain features of…

Five Stars for Customer Satisfaction for Local Housebuilders
Business, Money, Legal & Jobs

Five Stars for Customer Satisfaction for Local Housebuilders

Local builders Barratt Developments Yorkshire West and Yorkshire East have received the maximum five-star rating for the ninth year in a row in the new Home Builders Federation (HBF) annual New Homes Survey. The stars are awarded based on the ‘would you recommend your builder to a friend?’ question, to which 90% of Barratt Developments customers answered ‘yes’. “Achieving high levels of customer satisfaction is hugely challenging. It requires leadership from Board level downwards and commitment from all areas of…

Airsorted to Create Jobs in Manchester
Property & Facilities Management

Airsorted to Create Jobs in Manchester

Airsorted, an Edinburgh based company that claims to be the world’s largest independent Airbnb management company, will open in Fountain Street, Manchester. The new office will create up to 100 jobs, as well as promising hassle free property management to homeowners, landlords and investors in the region. The Manchester team will be responsible for the management of properties listed on Airbnb in the city, taking the hassle away from busy professionals and landlords looking to make money from their properties.…

‘Women in Property’ Encourages Women into the Sector
Business, Money, Legal & Jobs

‘Women in Property’ Encourages Women into the Sector

Industry organisation Women in Property would like to encourage more women into the sector, citing a healthy pipeline of new talent, flexible working environment and inspirational female role models as critical to this challenge. A University of Brighton student is one of four winning students who will represent the South East region at the national final of the Women in Property South East Student Awards. Speaking at an event to celebrate the awards, legal director Michelle Kershaw said: “This country…

UK's Most Family Friendly City
Residential

UK’s Most Family Friendly City

MoneySuperMarket, a price comparison site, decided to take a look at where in the UK is currently the best place to raise a family. The Family Living Index analysed 35 of the UK’s biggest cities against key factors that impact family life, including local school rankings, access to green space, likelihood of burglary, house prices, job opportunities and the average salary, by matching year-on-year data. The study revealed that the best place for young families is Bath, overtaking last year’s…