Backing for VAT Campaign & should Richard Branson build affordable homes?

  • 20 May 2014


Buildingtalk and The Build Show are backing the campaign to get VAT reduced on housing renovations and repair work – read the top 5 reasons why it makes sense.

To keep house prices down the Bank of England say we have to build more houses . So it’s an open door to boom time for house builders. Bovis Homes plan to build 80% more homes in 2014 and have already added new 3,273 plots. However, with private Buy-to-Let growth now exceeding affordable housing builds, this just means tax payers are subsidising landlords. We need the likes of Richard Branson to get on the case and devise a scheme to build more houses for affordable rent. What do you think?


Abloy UK open their new showroom at The Building Centre in London

A reminder that The Building Centre on Store Street in central London is a great facility for the industry – a place to see products demonstrated, attend interesting seminars, and network with other professionals.

The Building Centre is now home to Abloy UK’s latest showroom.

The showcase offers hands-on experience with interactive demo points to try Abloy’s door locking solutions. Products include electric locks, CLIQ Remote and compliant access controlled door solutions.

The launch event was also an opportunity to learn more about RIBA approved CPD courses run by the Abloy Academy.





Here is a link to read the latest ABC D magazine including a great article on the 236 new tall buildings planned for London.

Details on all the latest new products and projects in this week’s Buildingtalk Newsletter via the links below or read the full story with images via the weblink above..





Finally, with the footie world cup looming, take a look at a video showing brilliant football trickshots on building sites

I’ve sent the link to Roy Hodgson but your Retweet here will help.



The Build Show backs campaign to reduce VAT on housing renovations

Construction industry set for growth as companies expand globally

Solid Wall Insulation’s economic benefits highlighted in new report

Mr Slim heat pump air curtain added to Energy Technology List

Pyroguard fire glass solutions offer maximum protection at University campuses

NSBRC help make estimating self-build or renovation projects easier

Certification can boost UK wood markets in China and across Asia

Site valuations can be carried out accurately with new mobile app

Fire sprinkler supresses and controls dangerous gas and temperatures

Fire protection seminar highlights responsibilities according to RRFSO


Why join the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)?


Accordial movable wall system with digital print for hotel restaurant  

Scottish Council fit Aico alarm control switch across all properties

Abloy UK opens new London showroom at the Building Centre

Why SmartPly ToughPly OSB3 wood-based panels are chosen builders, joiners & DIYers

Switch to Fernox central heating system filters means less callbacks in Derby

Cable saddles and accessories from Ellis for London Power Tunnels project

Slip-resistant vinyl tile flooring from Polyflor for assisted living housing sites

Serial feed radiators heat up to 23% quicker than traditional systems

Air open membrane with NHBS Standard approval fitted across 70 homes


Video of football trickshots at a construction site

Bank of England say we must build more homes

Bovis Homes plan to build 80% more homes in 2014

Should Richard Branson help build homes for affordable rent?

Great image of National Grid’s Power Tunnels under London

Latest ABC D magazine  236 new tall buildings planned for London

Developers should consider building floating houses 

Floating city designed with underwater roads and submarine transportation

No secret about MI6 energy efficiency has drastically improved at its HQ

New construction programme to attract ex Servicemen industry

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