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SSQ takes extra care at Thingoe House

Originally built in 1973, Thingoe House extra care development in Bury St Edmunds required a complete renovation. As such, SSQ Slate provided 25,000 of its Del Carmen slates to help bring a new lease of life to the existing roof.  Located in a conservation area, there was a requirement to ensure that all renovation works carried out at Thingoe House were sympathetic to the look of surrounding buildings, with selected materials also meeting very strict building regulations too. As a heritage accepted slate, SSQ’s Del Carmen was ideal, being commonly accepted as a viable alternative to indigenous slates.  Due to the height of the building and to help avoid future maintenance issues, SSQ’s Del Carmen slates were also selected to help avoid issues with staining and breaka...

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Housbuilding hike proves problematic

With recent studies indicating a significant shortage of bricks and indeed skilled workers, greater focus needs to be made on alternative methods of construction to ensure the current boom in demand is met, says Bruce Macdonald, MD of Durisol UK: With housebuilding projects growing at the fastest rate since 2003, brick manufacturers are struggling to cope with demand. Coupled with a notable shortage of skills, the construction industry needs to act fast to ensure projects do not fall behind a closer look at alternative construction methods is surely the answer. "According to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI report, activity across civil engineering, housebuilding and commercial construction continued to expand quickly in July. Whilst this news is a welcome break from what weve seen over the past few years, there is simply not enough being done to ensure that materials are readily available at an affordable price. "In that vein, skilled workers are also in short supply unfortunately, this means those who do have the skills are able to command increasingly high rates, which will undoubtedly lead to greater financ...

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From the Editor

As an architect, I think three of the key words which apply to homes are space, quality and design. It’s patently clear now that house builders are unlikely to improve quality unless they forced to and that means regulations because in their minds quality (even good design) costs more money.

Extraordinary as it may seem, the trigger for change may not come from Government but from the public itself because buyers have suddenly become choosy and will not accept just anything, using their concerns about energy costs and comfort as the big sticks with which to beat the builder. Clearly, it’s all going to be change at the sharp end.

Speaking of change, we've got some exciting plans in the pipeline for Housing Specification itself. Our housing blog is a brand new online hub dedicated to housing news, discussion and debate. Focusing on industry issues, the blog will explore the socio-political factors that impact Britain's housing market today. We're also venturing into the Twittersphere. Follow us @HousingSpec for regular news and feature updates.

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Homeownership is becoming an ‘exclusive members club’

Only the wealthiest of the next generation will be able to buy a home if current trends continue, warns the National Housing Federation, as a new report shows that first-time buyers now have to pay, in real terms, ten times... Click here to read more

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