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UK housing stock tops £6.79 trillion
New report analyses what’s next for a ‘mind blowing’ valuation now nearly four times the size of the nation’s economy. The total value of the UK’s housing stock has topped £6.79 trillion as a new report analyses what’s next for figure now 3.65 times the size of nation’s economy. Read the full article here.
Post-Brexit Digital Strategy unveiled
The government has launched its Digital Strategy to keep the UK ahead of its competitors as it moves towards exiting the European Union. The strategy puts skills, infrastructure and innovation at the centre of its ambition for Britain’s to lead the world in the digital economy. Read the full article here.
Wood for Woodpeckers
Ström Architects opt for a timber-framed structure for two-storey dwelling designed as a stylish weekend retreat in English woodland. Located in south east england, this two-storey dwelling by Ström architects replaced a bungalow which dated back to the 1930s. Read the full article here.
Gearing up for the smart revolution
New research suggests there is a significant level of interest in ‘connected’ products among UK homeowners. In a survey, Bosch Group, one in four owners of its flagship Wave control stated they were already planning the next purchase of internet-enabled products for their homes. Read the full article here.
25m UK homes in need of insulation
Around 25 million existing homes will not meet standards required by 2050, according to a new government report. Experts say more than one home every minute in need of refurbishment between now and 2050. Read the full article here
Calls for increased engagement
The National Federation of Builders has called on the government to be more engaged with the industry when consulting over the Housing White Paper. It is belief that the government’s housing policies have contributed to inflating demand for housing without boosting supply. Read the full article here
CGCS scheme seemingly pulled
As Capita Gas Compliance Services (CGCS) appears to have pulled the plug on its new UKAS accredited gas safety certification scheme, Craig Brierley gives his thoughts on what that means for the industry. Read the full article here
Huge investment for submarine base
New agreement set to unlock millions of pounds of investment in infrastructure and housing to complement cash spent expanding HM Naval Base. The memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday. Read the full articleRead the full article
The sky’s the limit
Paris announces seven skyscrapers to boost post-Brexit business. The seven new skyscrapers are by French architect Jean Nouvel and British designer Norman Foster have been proposed for the La Défense district of Paris, as part of an attempt to woo businesses. Read the full article here
India’s first underwater high-speed rail system is now underway. Set to be over 500km, India is going to build its first rail system which goes underwater, spanning from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, reducing travel time from seven hours to solely two, running over 300kmh. Read the full article here