VELUX announce The VELUX Roof Window Award

VELUX announce the VELUX Roof Window Award, their newest design award competition, in collaboration with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The passion VELUX has for daylight, fresh air and better living environments has led them to consider the innovative vision of designers in Scotland. The VELUX Roof Window Award is an exciting competition that wishes to seek out and reward inventive and modern designs that use any VELUX roof window products.

1,000 workers protected with Bull’s alarm system

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has recently protected 1,000 construction workers during the development of a £440 million shopping centre, thanks to its renowned Cygnus alarm system.

The Westgate Oxford shopping centre, which was completed in October 2017, comprises of prestigious global brands, restaurants, cafés and a cinema. During the two-year project, Bull Products supplied 400 of its Cygnus alarm systems which were fitted across 125 stores.

Exeter’s largest industrial property deal of the year completes as Palace Capital sells prominent site

Travis Perkins plc has purchased a key development site in the middle of Exeter’s biggest commercial estate, representing the city’s largest industrial property deal of the year.

Tim Western, lead director of property consultancy JLL in Exeter, represented the vendor, Palace Capital, in the sale jointly with Alder King.

Travis Perkins has purchased the former Wheatons printing factory on Hennock Road, which extends to 4.25 acres, from Palace Capital plc. The property became vacant following the demise of Wheatons Ltd, which went into administration in May this year, after over a 230-year history in the city.

Temporary fortifications at Highcliffe Castle thanks to Drewsons Building Maintenance

Drewsons Building Maintenance assisted Highcliffe Castle in ensuring that it was business as usual over their busy summer period.

As part of pre-enabling work on the next phase of the listed building’s refurbishment the Castle staff needed their offices moved out of the construction area within the Castle.

Expectation vs reality: out with the new, in with the old?

Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer, CRL

The UK undeniably faces a housing crisis. It’s not just a political soundbite, it’s affecting lives. New build homes are undoubtedly part of the solution, however, is the consumer perception of reduced quality ‘lego block’ estates stopping people investing, causing them to snub new builds in favour of refurbishment projects?

81 per cent of people are “unenthused” about living in a new-build home while 79 per cent said the government should focus its efforts and funding on refurbishing existing, run-down properties. In addition, a further report this year found that there are more than 200,000 homes worth a total of £43bn lying empty across Britain. Combined with negative stories in the media relating to the quality of new builds, it’s easy to see why public attitude appears to be shifting to buying refurbished properties over new builds.


Professional services company KPMG has signed a new five-year lease of 12,000 sq. ft at No. 8 Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters. KPMG is the longest standing tenant at Princes Dock and have been a resident in the five-storey Grade A office building since 1997.

KPMG joins a string of companies who have either recently renewed or secured new office space at Princes Dock, confirming the waterfront location as one of Liverpool’s leading business destinations.

The new five-year lease will take KPMG’s residency at No. 8 Princes Dock to the quarter of a century mark. During their time at the waterfront office, Peel Land and Property purchased Princes Dock and unveiled their ambitious vision for Liverpool Waters.

Multiyork Furniture Limited begins process of orderly wind-down

The Administrators announce 112 redundancies at Thetford Headquarters, as it has not been possible to sell the entire business yet.

Allan Graham and Matt Ingram, both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, Joint Administrators to Multiyork Furniture Limited (“The Company”) have today announced that the Company will begin a process of orderly wind down with the loss of 112 jobs at its headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Regency Residential transforms Manchester city centre Grade-II listed mill

Group, has completed a major conversion of a Grade-II listed building in Manchester’s Chinatown.

Situated within the Whitworth Street Conservation Area, 2 Harter Street, once a Victorian paper mill, has been transformed into 22 boutique one and two-bedroom and duplex apartments.

Regency Residential has fully restored the seven-storey building for modern city centre living. Works were completed in October 2017.

VPS is shortlisted for Fleet Manager of the Year, and Service, Maintenance and Repair Award

The property management specialists VPS Group, will know this week if they have continued their record award-winning year, when the winners will be announced in the What Van Awards at The Brewery, London.

They have made the final shortlist for both Fleet Manager of the Year, with Steve Mulvaney, their head of fleet, and for the Service, Maintenance and Repair Award.


Roca has helped to transform a tired and outdated 60’s dwelling into a contemporary and chic home for this season of Channel 4’s Ugly House to Lovely House. Presented by George Clarke, the programme aims to help families renovate their homes by lining up a team of architects and designers to turn their dream space into a reality.

Episode four featured Wendy and Allan from Colchester, who selected a number of Roca products for their family bathroom and ensuite, including popular ‘The Gap’ range.

Ibstock Brick’s popular Tradesman® Range is extended – and builders still have the chance to win a holiday of a lifetime.

Ibstock Brick has extended its popular Tradesman® Range to include the Windsor Regent, which will be manufactured at its Walsall-based Atlas factory.

Sarah Holey, Ibstock Brick’s Market Manager, comments: “The Tradesman Windsor Regent is a strong addition to the ever-expanding Tradesman Range. We are always looking at how we can enhance our offering to ensure we meet the needs of our customers. It demonstrates our commitment in product investment. Our Tradesman bricks are popular with builders because of their excellent colour consistency and they are also easy to lay with minimal wastage. So, it is important we continually develop the range.”

Launch of online site for good value quality paint and repair products is a new online site offering high quality paint and repair products, at unbeatable prices.

floorsaver offers a range of products suitable for industrial and home application, designed for use by professional users at commercial and industrial sites, and skilled decorators and DIYers.

Safety in the workplace and at home is a priority for floorsaver, and this is reflected in the range of products offered. Products are broadly divided into three groupings: safety, repair and matting. Repair products include paints, sealers and fillers. Safety products include tapes, treads, signs and absorbents.

Environmental award for bedding manufacturer

THE environmental best practice by one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of filled bedding products Trendsetter International has been recognised with a Gold award for Engineering and Manufacturing at the prestigious Green Apple Awards.

The Green Apple Environment Awards is a scheme run by The Green Organisation.  They recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.


Citizens Advice may be out of a job soon as results from a recent survey reveal that the nation’s builders are shovelling out advice on everything from parenting to finance!

A recent survey, conducted by family-owned builders merchants Chandlers Building Supplies, among builders in the UK has revealed that 95 percent have been asked for advice or help, during the course of a homeowners building project, that is completely unrelated to their trade.

Rising stars and woodworking success stories celebrated at industry awards

Sector gathers together in central London for British Woodworking Federation ceremony

An 18 year-old apprentice who helped land a six-figure business deal, a trainee cabinet maker with a mayoral bench to his name, an innovative mass-market fire door and a previously unsung health and safety hero have all been recognised in this year’s British Woodworking Federation (BWF) awards ceremony, which took place on Friday 24th November and celebrated the passion and expertise that lies at the heart of the UK’s £3.8bn woodworking sector.