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Lancaster Castle refurbishment contractor appointed

The next phase of the refurbishment of Lancaster Castle has been detailed, with a contractor being appointed to carry out the task of opening up more of the former prison for public visitors. Salford-based MC Construction will be taking on the second part of the project, having worked on the... More >

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Contractor appointed for new apartment block

The growth in Manchester's apartment market has been extraordinary in recent years. With the city having the highest growth rate in England outside London in the decade up to the 2011 census, the need for more housing has been obvious. With that has come a strong focus on the building of... More >

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Brewery set for next phase of redevelopment

The Ram Brewery site is set for the third phase of redevelopment after Chinese developers Greenland Holdings were granted planning permission for the work.  Bought by the developer in 2014, it has already seen work on phases one and two, with Wandsworth Council now backing plans for the third... More >

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Huge surge in basement planning applications

The UK's shortage of housing is not just frustrating those who want to get on the property ladder, but also ensuring that the majority of homeowners are not living in the kind of house they really want. To try to correct this, many people are aiming low. According to a Halifax survey, only 22... More >

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Heritage a key part of Edinburgh planning strategy

Insulation fitters and plumbers working in Edinburgh are likely to be very familiar with the need to provide products and installation methods tailored to the specific needs of some rather old buildings. In addition to its wide array of surviving medieval structures, it has a huge number of... More >

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Castle set for new role as spa attraction

A castle in Staffordshire has been put up for sale, with the historic building set to take on a new role as a wellbeing centre. Caverswall Castle is a Grade 1 listed property in the Staffordshire Moorlands, six miles from Stoke-on-Trent. With extensive grounds and a moat, it is an attractive... More >

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North Wales housing plan gets council backing

A new plan to build 8,000 new homes in the North Wales counties of Gwynedd and Anglesey has been given the backing of councillors in both local authorities.  The news will bring a boost to the local construction industry, with insulation installers, plumbers and cellar waterproofing fitters... More >

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Council agrees to build low as riverside blueprint passed

Woolwich Council has given the green light to a plan to transform the riverside area of Charlton, with a specific guarantee that the developments will be largely of a low-rise nature.   While some parts of London have seen residential properties of ever greater height being built, the local... More >

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Flood resilience 'vital for future-proofing Britain's housing stock'

The importance of flood resilience when building new homes is a topic the construction sector cannot ignore, an expert has argued.   Director of the BRE Centre for Resilience Dr Stephen Garvin said the need for homes to be made flood-resilient is one that is sure to be prominent in the years... More >

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Baltic developments boost for Liverpool

The phrase "It's Baltic" usually means the weather is rather cold, but for insulation fitters in Liverpool it's a word they will soon be associating with fitting work to ensure new apartments and hotel rooms stay very warm.   Liverpool's answer to London's Silicon... More >

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Former football stadium set to be turned into houses at last

There are many football clubs that have moved stadiums in the last couple of decades, including Premier League sides ranging from last year's Champions Leicester City to the new Olympic Stadium tenants West Ham United. Next year, newly-promoted Huddersfield Town will be another club hosting... More >

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Burrell collection work tenders invited

Tenders are now being invited to carry out the major redevelopment of the building hosting the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.   Glasgow City Council is seeking contractors to carry out a £32 million project to transform the envelope of the building. One key element of the scheme will be t... More >

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Plans unveiled for revamp of central Manchester building

Plans for the long-awaited revamp of the former London Road Fire Station building in central Manchester have been published by developer Allied London. It wants to transform the Grade II-listed building with a major refurbishment plan that will include a new boutique hotel and spa in a newly-built... More >

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Going green in a Lancashire development

Building more homes across the UK is a major priority that has received plenty of public and government attention in recent years. With the Conservatives setting a target of one million homes between 2015 and 2020, 200,000 were needed a year. So far, the numbers built have fallen short, although... More >

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Woolwich Arsenal to be turned into creative quarter

There are many buildings and sites around the country where the old purpose lapses and a new one is found after a major refurbishment. After all, there are former barns converted into homes, mills turned into office complexes and old railway station houses that become pubs. Even Battersea Power... More >

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Flood concerns may need to be addressed in Gloucester housing scheme

A planned housing scheme on the edge of Gloucester city centre could face substantial opposition due to the flood-prone nature of the vicinity. Aggregate and waste management firm Allstone, which is based at the site on Myers Road, wants to move its operations to a new site and develop the land... More >

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Expert appointed to speed up construction

Demand for home insulation and cellar waterproofing work could soon soar if the appointment of a housing expert to a key role in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) leads to the hoped-for increase in new building. The government has appointed former director of growth and partnerships at Barratt... More >

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Deal signed to transform Battersea estates

Two of the most notorious sink estates in London are to be transformed in a £1 billion government scheme, with Taylor Wimpey being confirmed as the main contractor. The construction firm will be responsible for demolishing and rebuilding most of the Winstanley and York Road estates, with a... More >

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From Cold War to warm insulation: how an RAF base is being turned into a new village

The recent government housing white paper detailed a range of plans the government has come up with for increasing the number of new homes being built, all of which is good news for various parts of the construction sector. Indeed, those fitting cavity wall insulation, waterproofing cellars or showe... More >

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UK house building continues to rise

With modern energy performance legislation being what it is, new-build homes in Britain need to be well-insulated. That means any increase in the number being built is good news for the insulation industry, as each new home means a new insulation fitting job. Since the recession of 2008-09 and the... More >

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Waterproofing potential for flood resilience shown in new house

A home has been designed with a number of special features designed to show how effective waterproofing can be in making a home resilient against flooding. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has built what it has described as a 'resilient house', a prototype designed to show how a... More >

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Wetrooms to be fitted in Claridge's basement plan

The basement of Claridge's hotel in London is to be transformed with new wetrooms as it is fitted with a new spa and swimming pool. Claridge's has gained planning permission for a huge 'Iceberg' basement that will extend five storeys below ground, with the 20,000 sq ft of excavated... More >

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Top tips keeping your cellar dry

If you're looking for a way to add living space to an existing home, without a lot of added expense or the hassle of an extension, then one option might be to consider going down. Of course, not every home has a cellar, but for those that do, the basement is often a dark, damp and musty... More >

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6 tips for transforming your basement

While basements are fairly unusual here in the UK, for homes that do have these underground spaces, basements can provide a wonderful addition to your existing living space. Unfortunately, many are dark and damp places that aren't nice to be in. The good news is that with a bit of work, a... More >

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British Gas claims energy bills are too high

It has been forecast that UK residents will end up paying £4.2 billion too much on energy across the next eight years, according to British Gas. The supplier has suggested the reason for this is that network firms - those responsible for the pipelines that supply properties with their gas and... More >

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Waterproof insulation scheme benefits homeowners in Shelthorpe

Homeowners across Loughborough are feeling the benefits of loft and wall insulation, following a project from Charnwood Borough Council and energy giant E.ON. The scheme resulted in more than 150 council houses and private residences receiving free thermal insulation as part of an initiative called... More >

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External wall insulation 'results in large savings'

Installing external wall insulation could save homeowners a "wad of cash". In a blog on Joe.ie, power company Electric Ireland pointed out loft and cavity wall insulation have a number of benefits, but many buildings cannot accommodate these features. Lagging the outside of a house is a... More >

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NIA: Many thermal insulation products available

There is a wide range of thermal insulation products available, a leading organisation has noted. Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA), highlighted loft, roof and wall insulation as some of these devices. Lagging can also be installed in floors, while the... More >

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Waterproof insulation 'should be fitted to outside pipes'

Waterproof insulation should be fitted on pipes on the outside of houses in order to prevent plumbing emergencies. This is according to Wessex Water, which has provided tips for homeowners who wish to reduce the likelihood of their water supply becoming damaged over winter. Heating insulation ought... More >

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