Ceremony marks golden milestone for Ashford scheme

A ceremony has marked a milestone in the building of 28 apartments for private market rent in Ashford town centre.

Ashford Borough Council leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson joined Darren Welch, managing director of Leath Park Developments, part of the Jenner construction group, in laying the ‘golden brick’ at Victoria Crescent.

Built on the site of a former Travis Perkins depot, the development consists of 14 one bedroom and 14 two bedroom flats, with work expected to be completed by February 2019.


The HSE estimates that there are 11 construction fires every day, which can cost the industry over £1 million each day.

According to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, employers are legally required to provide information, instruction and awareness to employees about fire precautions in the workplace.

The compliance team at Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares its guide for fire safety awareness and those all-important points to cover with your employees.

Acton Gardens hoping to auction £150k tower mural for charity

Acton Gardens, a 2500-home development between housebuilder Countryside and housing association L&Q, is trying to preserve a street art installation by popular graffiti artist Stik to raise funds for local community art projects.

A tower on Bollo Bridge Road will be demolished in the latest phase of one of the capital’s largest regeneration programmes.

The Charles Hocking House building is home to a 125ft mural – known as ‘Big Mother’ – by popular street artist Stik. He also painted a smaller ‘Family Group’ painting at the foot of the building.


With a growing emphasis on evidencing biodiversity ‘net gains’, ecological consultancy EPR urges developers to take the initiative, and outlines the key survey priorities for the early summer months

Ecological planning consultancy EPR has advised that, following the publication of the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which includes a proposed requirement for projects to deliver environmental ‘net gains’, developers should move quickly to ensure that ecological surveys are carried out in a timely manner.


As the long-awaited ‘Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ by Dame Judith Hackitt was published last week, prompting much debate amongst the media, general public and industry alike, Bureau Veritas considers the long-term repercussions of the recommendations and calls for more to be done from a technical perspective.

Andy Lowe, director of building control at Bureau Veritas, comments: “The publication of the Hackitt Review comes as we approach the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and alongside the commencement of the public inquiry into the tragedy; the scenes from which have displayed that the pain of all those affected has not dampened. For many, the Hackitt Review did not deliver what they had hoped and sparked somewhat of a public outcry due to the unexpected conclusion not to impose an outright ban on combustible cladding. Instead, the recommendations of the review focused on the need for a new regulator and a series of proposals to make high-rise flats safer to live in.


  • Only 41% of Brits did the spring clean this year
  • 44% said they don’t know which tasks are involved with a spring clean
  • 27% said they need help with the spring clean

BRITAIN is a nation with a lack of understanding about the annual spring clean, new research reveals.

A survey of 1,015 UK adults carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk revealed how only 41% of Brits said that they did the annual clean this spring season.

Office chill-out zones ‘most likely to attract young talent

Creating relaxation areas in the workplace could hold the key for employers looking to recruit young talent, research suggests.

A survey conducted by Dale Office Interiors found that over a third of 18- to 34-year-olds would favour prospective employers offering chill-out zones, with a further quarter reporting that open-plan workspaces are an attractive option.

This comes after predictions show millennials (currently aged 22 to 37) will represent 75% of the global workforce by 2025, while Generation Z (the age group that comes after millennials) is beginning to enter the job market, suggesting employers will now be vying to recruit and retain young staff.


Despite important progress made in recent years, Aggregate Industries’ Contracting Division has stated there is still a massive job to do in creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the construction industry – one which requires a brand new mind-set.

According to latest figures, around 5% of working adults in the UK are currently employed in construction-related jobs but being a male-dominated industry, women make up just 20% of that workforce. This gender equality gap is particularly alarming when you consider that like many industries, construction continues to face a major skills deficit. In a recent report, Highways UK estimates that in order to meet the Government’s ambitious £15bn investment into the Strategic Road Network it will require an additional 40,000 engineering and constructions workers by 2020.


Vivalda Group plc, the UK’s leading distributor of architectural cladding, has announced first quarter sales figures showing a continuing rise in sales into a construction industry beset by uncertainty and recession. The figures for the first three months of 2018 show sales increasing by 20% compared to the same period in 2017.

Ben Jayes, managing director of Vivalda Group plc, said; “Our continuing growth shows how the market for our off-site fabrication facility, which enables our customers to benefit from greater efficiencies on site, is continuing to grow. Our expansion plans are on course and the heavy investment needed to roll out the offer nationwide is clearly providing the capacity required to meet demand”.

9 Tips to Sell Your House Quickly

Selling a home is regarded by many as being one of the most stressful processes a person can go through, but being prepared and taking some well thought out steps to get your home looking its best can substantially reduce this stress and help you to sell your home even quicker.

Estate agent comparison website www.getagent.co.uk has compiled their top tips for selling a house, including making the right impression, getting professional pictures taken and choosing the right estate agent.

Containing the triangle of combustion

Tim Kempster, Wrightstyle’s managing director, explains the dynamics of fire.

A year ago, on 14th June, seventy two people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire, which will likely go down in fire safety history as a catastrophe that should never have happened.

While it’s too early to finally point accusing fingers, with the public inquiry only just beginning, it’s perhaps worth remembering some well-known basics on what fire is, and therefore how it should be dealt with.

ISM reports successful event for relaunch into Scotland

Intergrated Security Management (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of door entry and intercoms, has hailed the success of Security 2018 Scotland, in particular the positive reaction to its innovative Compact Series.

ISM also showcased its recently-launched IP Connect range of IP door entry products and popular Genesys Integrated Security Management System (ISMS) at the event in Glasgow.

Geoff Pye, Managing Director (Joint) at ISM, says the event was a useful springboard to focus again on the Scottish market: “Security 2018 Scotland has given us a great platform to engage with potential customers and showcase our portfolio of high-quality and reliable systems.

Garador Highlights the Importance of its Roller Door Hood Cover

Garador are highlighting the Importance of their roller door hood cover, in the design of their GaraRoll roller garage doors. In a recent blog post examining the safety benefits of having a complete roller door hood cover, the team over at Garador look at how it helps to prevent finger trapping and getting dirt on the curtain amongst other things. They also explore the safety concerns behind not having any roller box at all, which is the case for roller doors produced by some manufacturers, and touch on the European legislation that drives these concerns.

The GaraRoll is a complex product made up of lots of components. Something that might seem as simple as the box cover performs a really important function in terms of the safety and performance of the door.

Inspired completes purchase of Clapham resi scheme

Inspired Asset Management, the parent company of Inspired Homes, has completed the purchase of 177 Abbeville Road in Clapham, south west London.

The purchase was completed with the acquisition and redevelopment being funded through a senior loan from GreenOak Real Estate and mezzanine finance from Northridge Capital.

Clapham has seen price rises of 36% over the last five years, according to Zoopla, leaving many first-time buyers priced out of this popular south London destination. The 41-unit £20m GDV scheme, comprising 30 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom micro-apartments, will be priced around 20% below typical new-builds in the area.

Benefits of using Proptech to simplify property management

As our society has become more and more reliant on technology to make our lives easier, landlords, property management companies and letting agents are adopting software to help manage their portfolios and simplify processes therefore saving both time and money. So, what are the benefits of using Proptech to simplify management and make your life easier?  Here’s my top 10.