£2bn Offsite Housing Framework Revealed

Construction firms will have the opportunity to bid for a place on an offsite housing framework set to be renewed by procurement specialist LHC, which is worth around £2bn. Under the new arrangement, separate panels of firms will be chosen to deliver a selection of offsite housing projects across regions in England, Wales and Scotland. The four-year offsite housing framework is estimated to offer w ork worth up to £1bn in England, £600m in Scotland and £400m in Wales. The framework has been split into four workstreams. These include: volumetric systems (including choices for housing, apartments, adaptive pods, roof extensions and temporary accommodation); panelised systems; high-rise project

Modular Housing Partnership To Help Solve Housing Crisis

Architectural practice, astudio, has introduced a revolutionary modular housing partnership in the hopes of reducing the cost of modular housing, providing high-quality homes and offering a possible solution to the UK’s housing crisis. amodular, is astudio’s proprietary modular building method with Be First, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’ s pioneering regeneration company. The advanced volumetric modular construction method developed by astudio enables the expedited assembly of low-energy homes, fitted-out, completed and manufactured offsite using up-to-date methods of construction to provide robust, high-design modular housing. astudio’s homes are supplied on a turnkey standar

Trades Workers Among Worst In UK For Managing Stress

Recent research has revealed that one in two workers throughout the construction and plumbing industries are not doing anything to help their stress management when at home. A survey performed by Learning marketplace, Obby.co.uk, asked 1,015 UK construction and plumbing workers what they do to relieve stress outside of work. More than 50% admitted that they do ‘little or nothing’ to manage their stress levels. The study also showed that those working in the education and healthcare industries are doing just as little to manage their stress and mental health outside of work. For trades workers admitting that this is the case, a massive 72% claimed a lack of spare time was the biggest obstacle

Garden Communities Prospectus Gets The Green Light From Planners

Planners respond to the announcement of the garden communities programme, which will see more better quality homes being built and garden spaces created. The TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association) has welcomed the government’s renewed support for creating better-quality new communities, set out in the Garden Communities prospectus. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the TCPA, said: “The Garden Communities prospectus illustrates the government’s commitment to the opportunities provided by creating large-scale, sustainable new communities. “The prospectus presents an exciting opportunity for councils to think strategically about the most sustainable long-term growth options for their lo

Government Pledges £100m To End Homelessness By 2027

The government has published its rough sleeping strategy, vowing to offer quick specialist assessments and support to 6,000 vulnerable people. The new measure is backed by £100m of funding and sets out the next steps towards achieving government aims of taking rough sleepers off the streets and into a home. The strategy hopes to end rough sleeping completely by 2027. Following £30m of new funding for areas with the largest numbers of rough sleepers and the launch of the Housing First pilots, this strategy was developed across government and in collaboration with the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel which is made up of representatives from the homelessness sector and local government. The rough

Supported Housing Funding To Remain In Welfare System

All supported housing funding will be retained in the welfare system, putting an end to the idea to fund short-term accommodation through council grants, the government has disclosed. The government confirmed that housing benefit will be kept in position for all those living in supported housing. Ministers recognise that supported housing is a crucial service for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, and last year consulted on possible alternative funding options. After taking into account views from providers, stakeholders and councils, the government decided housing benefit will remain in place to fund this accommodation. Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, said: “Protecti

Government Has Broken Its Promise To Secure The Green Belt, Says CPRE

Green Belt land is ‘being eroded at an alarming rate’, despite the governments promises to protect it, according to a new report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). CPRE’s annual ‘State of the Green Belt’ report reveals that there are at this moment in time 460,000 homes being planned to be built on land that will soon be released from the Green Belt. Moving Green Belt land boundaries when reviewing local plans makes it simpler for local authorities to release land for housing but is only supposed to take place under ‘exceptional circumstances’. This strategic reduction of the Green Belt, as a way of getting around its protected status, is just as harmful as building on the Gr

Feeling At Home: How Do We Design Dementia-Friendly Environments?

The Centre for Accessible Environments evaluates some of the key considerations in creating complete designs for people living with dementia. While the British population continues to grow and the age rate growing also, we often make a connection between older people who have or will develop dementia. According to Age UK, less than 1 in 6 people 80 years old or older have dementia. It is now known that people as young as 40 can develop the condition. Dementia presents itself with a range of symptoms because of damage to the brain caused by diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Of these, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause and the most discussed among

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