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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…

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,…

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…

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…

£2bn for Housing Is Not Enough
Business, Money, Legal & Jobs

£2bn for Housing Is Not Enough

Conservative council leaders are pressuring Theresa May to invest more in low-cost rented homes, as the concerns that not enough is being done to fix Britain’s housing crisis are growing. The prime minister promised last year £2 billion for a new generation of council houses and affordable homes for rent; however, that might not be enough. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation surveyed 121 Tory council leaders and heads of housing from across the UK and found that 96% of them wanted…

London Borough of Brent to Build More Homes
Residential

London Borough of Brent to Build More Homes

Property developer Wates Residential has been appointed by the London Borough of Brent for the construction of 149 new homes by December 2021. The £23.4 million project will see the construction of two new buildings, which will offer 92 homes for temporary accommodation and 57 for independent living for local, vulnerable residents. The Knowles House redevelopment in Harlesden is part of the council’s Temporary Accommodation Reform Plan, which will invest, in total, £130 million on up to 600 new homes…

Sisk Selected for Manchester Development
Planning & Developments

Sisk Selected for Manchester Development

Property developer Bruntwood has chosen construction company John Sisk & Son (Sisk) to deliver the first phase of the commercial development at Circle Square, a new city centre neighbourhood in Manchester. Carrying a £96 million development value, the award comes after Sisk was chosen to deliver the £140 million Circle Square Affinity residential development for Bruntwood’s joint venture partner Select Property Group in November 2017. Sisk will complete all current contract works on the project, which will employ at its…

Glasgow Garages Transformed into Urban Mansion
Planning & Developments

Glasgow Garages Transformed into Urban Mansion

Page\Park Architects have brought forward the proposal to transform a redundant Arnold Clark garage in Glasgow’s Charing Cross into a development consisting of 65 flats with parking space, a raised garden deck and two shops. Although the existing buildings are still of some interest, including early and late examples of industrial Art Deco, the architects are confident that the development presents an opportunity to complete an urban block of tenements, while rationalising backcourt areas to provide more green space. The…