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Futurebuild 2020

Futurebuild, the leading event for the built environment, is solidifying its commitment to driving positive change in the industry through an all-new Innovation Partnership programme for 2020.
This programme is central to Futurebuild’s core purpose as the home of innovation. The latest and most forward-thinking processes, materials and products will be showcased across the event providing visitors with the solutions they need to tackle the biggest challenges facing the built environment. The partnerships will be formed with the brands who share this purpose and are determined to make a difference to the future of the built environment.

 

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Howden based Crest Building Products and Southern based roofing contractors Crest Roofing, Crown Roofing and Excel Roofing Services joined the Brickability Group in March 2018. The new and enlarged Brickability Group has been formed by the coming together of companies who all have their specialist products and services, but who all serve the same market. 

Brickability Group plc, announced the admission of its entire issued ordinary share capital, which comprises 230,458,821 ordinary shares (“Ordinary Shares”) to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (“Admission”) on 29 August 2019. Dealings in the Ordinary Shares commenced at 8:00 a.m. under the ticker “BRCK” and ISIN GB00BK63S759.

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Age firendly development opened

One Manchester welcomed Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to its latest development, to unveil 27 new affordable homes in the heart of Openshaw, including 15 bungalows designed specifically for those living with cognitive conditions.

Andy Burnham praised the social housing and community services provider for bringing the future of housing to Openshaw through the introduction of the development, called South Gate, which brings together a mix of different tenures for the area.

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Flexible housing: the solution to the housing crisis? East Bergholt sign

A Suffolk village community are coming together to find innovative solutions for the affordable housing crisis facing local people priced out of their communities. East Bergholt Community Land Trust  (EBCLT) has just held its second AGM and is celebrating achieving some significant milestones.

Established following a recommendation in the village Neighbourhood Plan, the EBCLT has been set up as a not-for-profit company with support from Babergh DC and EC Community Housing (formally CLT East). Following an accommodation needs survey, a community consultation and a land audit, demand has been established from those with strong local connections for affordable housing suited to young people and families as well as older people needing specially adapted homes and supported living. However, rather than just building traditional properties EBCLT is considering building more radical future-proofed smart housing that adapts to our changing needs as we age.

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defibrillator installation

Edinburgh building services specialist M-Pact Group has once again led the way in community as well as workplace health and safety by installing a defibrillator at its head office in Loanhead, Midlothian.

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Tenant fees in pound coins

The new Act prevents landlords from charging deposits worth over five weeks’ rent, while letting fees are banned. Charges for damages will not be allowed, unless there is ample evidence of costs produced. 


Property experts say that, while on the surface
the Tenant Fees Act seems like an extra layer of protection for tenants, it could end up costing them more money. 


Ian Narbeth, solicitor at DMH Stallard, said: “Letting agents are grappling with the Tenant Fees Act which, from 1st June, outlaws fees for referencing, check-in, inventory and check-out. 

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New build homes - Building Safety Charter launched

A group of developers, contractors and housing associations have launched a new Building Safety Charter in a call to action to raise the bar for building safety.
The Early Adopters Group, established last summer following Dame Judith Hackett’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, signed the Charter during its initial unveiling in London on June 6, where it was backed by the Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP.
The Charter commits those who have signed up to put people’s safety first during the design, construction, refurbishment and occupation of residential buildings.

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