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E.ON offer may throw down gauntlet to other energy firms

The importance of home energy efficiency is something Britons are becoming increasingly aware of, particularly at a time of raised concern about the environment and issues of fuel poverty - as energy prices rise and incomes struggle to keep pace with inflation. For all these reasons, it has been... More >

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Major student halls development plans submitted

Plans have been submitted for a major new halls of residence at Oxford Brookes University.  The development will involve the construction of 885 student rooms on land that used to house the Cowley Barracks. The site on James Wolfe Road is next to the existing university student residence 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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English housing starts soar

The number of homes being started in England has jumped to its highest level since the financial crisis, providing plenty of work for insulation fitters. During the 12 months to June 2017, 164,960 homes were started, with the best-performing local government areas being Gloucestershire, South... More >

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Planning permission given for warehouse redevelopments

The redevelopment of two derelict warehouses as part of a new mixed-use development in central Manchester has been given planning permission. Capital&Centric and Henry Boot Developments have been given the green light to transform the two empty listed warehouses as part of the £250... 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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Revised Manchester skyscraper plans unveiled

The transformation of the skyline of Manchester by the arrival of a plethora of skyscrapers is a process that is well underway, with some built, others under construction and more on the way. But this has not been the free-for all that some have imagined. Many were less than impressed with the... More >


Third Shard tower contract awarded

Of all the London skyscrapers with colloquial names built in recent years, there can be no doubt that the Shard stands out. The extraordinary pinnacle of steel and glass overlooking London Bridge is not just the tallest building in the capital, but the first to top 1,000 ft in height.  While... More >

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Apartment scheme gets go-ahead

A new apartment scheme in an iconic Manchester sporting location has gained planning permission. Cole Warehouse has been given the green light to build No. 1 Old Trafford, a £68 million development of two apartment towers measuring 15 and 19 storeys respectively. These will include 139... More >

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BREEAM backing boost adds to insulation awards credibility

This November will see the first ever National Insulation Awards (NIA) ceremony and like any other new event, the first year might be expected to be a fairly humble one, a minor event that will grow in importance over time. However, it seems the event will do much better than that, as it has shown... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation - Under Floor Heating Insulation

Manchester building boom may continue as city dubbed 'most liveable' in Britain

Manchester has seen a housing and property boom in recent years, a trend that could be set to continue or even increase following news it has retained its title as the most liveable city in Britain. Brits may find the list of most liveable cities in the world - published by the Economist - to be a... 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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Sunderland firm to be exclusive ECO supplier for npower

Energy provider npower has signed a deal that will make Sunderland-based 0800 Repair the sole provider of services to help it fulfil its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) responsibilities.  The deal means 0800 will have full responsibility for supplying and installing loft and cavity wall... More >

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Pocket living deal to provide off-site and affordable homes in London

The challenge of meeting London's growing housing needs is not easy, especially when the cost of living is high, the population is expected to pass ten million by 2030 and space is at a premium. But mayor Sadiq Khan is hoping investment in one scheme may do a lot to help first-time buyers. He... More >

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Thermal insulation market tipped to more than double in value

The worldwide market for thermal insulation in buildings will grow to more than twice the size it was in 2016 by 2024, a new report has forecasted. Global Market Insights projected that the value of the thermal insulation market will skyrocket from 2016’s figure of $7.5 trillion (£5.8... More >

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Unique Bradford mill set for mixed-use transformation

There are many old mills across the country, particularly in the Midlands and North, that have been converted down the years. Some have been turned into office or leisure facilities, some into residential developments and others revived as mixed-use schemes combining some of these elements. But no... 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 >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing - Thermal Insulation - Under Floor Heating Insulation - Wet Room Waterproofing

Scottish Labour calling on private landlords to invest in improved insulation

Private landlords need to be encouraged to invest in better insulation for the homes that they let in order to improve their energy efficiency and make them more affordable to heat for tenants. This is the view of Pauline McNeill MSP, housing spokeswoman for the Scottish Labour Party, who is... More >

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British Gas electricity price hike highlights need for better insulation

Concerns have been raised that an increased number of people living in the UK could be forced into fuel poverty after British Gas announced it would be raising its electricity prices by 12.5 per cent from mid-September. Some 3.1 million customers are expected to be affected by this significant rise... 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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Housing remains strongest area of UK construction

Housing remained the strongest area of the UK construction sector in July 2017, despite the level of growth in this area easing slightly in comparison to the previous month. Nevertheless, continued growth in residential construction projects across the country means that there would have been... More >

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Latest phase of insulation projects completed

The latest phase of a major external wall insulation programme in Edinburgh has been completed, ensuring more homes in the Scottish capital can stay warm when winter comes.  Manor Estates has been working with the City of Edinburgh Council and Changeworks to carry out installation work as part... More >

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External insulation project begins in Perth and Kinross Council

According to figures from Energy Action Scotland, 30.7 per cent of households in Scotland are in fuel poverty - with around 8.3 per cent of homes being classified as 'extreme' fuel poverty. Ending fuel poverty is a priority for the Scottish government, and as part of this commitment, Perth... More >

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