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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 >

Categories: - Thermal Insulation

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 >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

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 >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

New £150m Warm Homes Fund announced

A new fund has been launched to help make households in Great Britain warmer. It has been established by National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS), a community interest company. The aim of the project is to help supplement traditional funding streams for fuel-poor households that do not... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Newcastle skyscraper contracts awarded

Contracts have been awarded for a new development that will be the tallest building in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The 26-storey Rutherford Street project will take place in a part of the city centre formerly occupied by a derelict warehouse, with the tower featuring 162 apartments. It will be delivered... More >

Categories: - Thermal Insulation

Manchester's 'vertical village' gets planning permission

Manchester's skyline has already seen some significant changes in recent years, but a whole plethora of skyscrapers are now on the way, with six more getting planning permission yesterday (July 27th).   These include a 40-storey apartment building on Albion Way, almost next door to the... More >


Former fire station to get new lease of life

The former London Road fire station in central Manchester is to get a long-awaited new lease of life after planning permission was granted for a mixed use project. Built in 1906, the fire station has undergone a few changes of use in its time, with parts of the building being used as an ambulance... More >

Categories: - Thermal Insulation

Castle set for new refurbishment

When it comes to refurbishing a building, there is often plenty of work for insulation fitters and plumbers. Indeed, the installation of new waterproofing for showers, wet rooms and cellars can often be required to combat damp if a building has decayed or subsided.  There is a more obvious... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation - Wet Room Waterproofing

Application submitted for major new housing development at Rochester Riverside

Planning permission is being sought for a major new housing development that will form the centrepiece of the development of the Rochester Riverside site.  Once part of the City of Rochester docks - Rochester actually lost its city status in an administrative error in 1998 that has never been... More >

Categories: - Thermal Insulation

Manchester skyscraper scheme set for green light

Of all the plumbing and engineering challenges involved in constructing a new building, an oft-neglected one is the difficulty of getting water pressure to the necessary levels on the upper floors of a skyscraper. This is, of course, a task that can be accomplished by pumps to get the water up to a... More >

Categories: - Wet Room Waterproofing

New partnership paves way for major docklands apartment scheme

Like other parts of London's docklands, the Royal Docks in Silvertown have undergone considerable development in the last 30 years, but more is now on the way. An area that already includes London City Airport and the ExCel exhibition centre - also known as the London International Events... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation - Wet Room Waterproofing

Contracts awarded for Palace of Westminster revamp

It has often been joked that the only man ever to enter the Houses of Parliament with honest intentions was Guy Fawkes, but while he went in with a load of gunpowder intending to blow the place sky high, the building of today is in danger of falling down of its own accord. The dilapidated state of... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation - Wet Room Waterproofing

Cladding firm wins contract for 42-storey building

Cladding has been in the news every day for the last couple of months, following the Grenfell Tower fire, and the situation may have persuaded the uninformed that this method of protecting and insulating a tall building is a dangerous or unwise one. However, the reality is that cladding is still... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation

Old Stockport mill set for residential transformation

A former mill that has been blighted by vandals, squatters and free runners in the last few years is set to be transformed into a modern, 21st century apartment block.  Elisabeth Mill in the Reddish area of Stockport was built in 1874 and is a Grade II-listed building, but both it and the... More >

Categories: - Thermal Insulation

Heathrow in major noise insulation offer to homes

The long-running debate on the airport capacity of the south-east has had many angles, not least the potential problems faced by those living in areas closest to Heathrow Airport. For many, however, this is already a big issue. In recognition of this, airport bosses have just offered extra noise... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Haringey Council plans innovative housing development

Haringey Council is in the process of agreeing a new development plan with a private company to improve the area’s housing stock. It is expected the project will lead to 6,400 new homes in the area, as well as bringing additional facilities such as a new school, retail space, health centre... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation

Charities call for fuel poverty action

Following figures recently released by the government, two charities have raised concerns about the level of fuel poverty in the UK. A report by National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) estimates that around 9,600 elderly people are facing possible death this winter due to... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation

Cornwall 'needs more insulation'

Fuel poverty has been a growing issue in recent years amid stagnating incomes and soaring energy prices, but the solution has often been found in greater home energy efficiency. While measures such as double glazing, newer and more modern boilers and micro-renewables can all play a part, good... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation

Leeds mills set for transformation into apartments

Leeds may not have quite led the way in the building of new apartments across Britain, but it is certainly one of the busier cities in this sector of the housebuilding industry.   Like Manchester and London, many of Leeds’ new apartments are sleek steel and glass towers, with the... More >

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

Major housing development set for Cambridge

A major new housing development is set to be built next to Cambridge Airport, the latest of several large projects around the fringes of the city.   Named Wing, the development will be delivered by housebuilder Hill, which signed a deal with Marshall Group, one of the biggest landowners in the... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Former shipping offices transformed into a hotel

At any time, a number of buildings might be undergoing a significant transformation as they are given a makeover and transformed for a new use.    Whether it is a former factory or mill, warehouse or offices, many buildings with considerable history and heritage are being revamped and... More >

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

Insulation - the sector that keeps on growing

A new report has revealed that the insulation sector is continuing to grow around the world, and should continue to do so at a rapid rate over the next seven years.    The study was carried out by Global Market Insights, a research firm based in Delaware in the US. It found that the... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Energy-efficient Moray housing project gets backing from council

A large new housing project has been given the green light, despite fears it is too big.   Moray council has backed a plan by Springfield Properties to build an 870-home development in the town, which lies east of Inverness.    It will be constructed in two parts, one between Elgin... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Expert panel to advise on safety following Grenfell fire

A new expert panel put in place by the government may help provide councils, private landlords and social housing providers with the knowledge and advice they need regarding insulation in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. While the cause of the fire - a faulty fridge-freezer - has been... More >

Categories: Solid Wall Insulation - Thermal Insulation

Thermal insulation market tipped for significant growth

The market for thermal building insulation is set to grow considerably over the coming years, according to a new report published this week. Global Market Insights collected data from all over the world and said it believes the market size for such products will surpass $34.9 billion (£27.4... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Scottish regeneration project given commendation

A regeneration project that involves the construction of a significant number of houses in Scotland has been given a commendation. The redevelopment of the housing estate at Fraser Avenue in Inverkeithing is ongoing, but it has already been recognised for its quality at the prestigious Saltire... 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 >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing - Thermal Insulation

Awards ceremony to recognise excellence in insulation

The UK insulation industry is set for its first ever awards ceremony to recognise the excellence of the sector and its major role in the economy, tackling fuel poverty, protecting the environment and providing jobs and training.    Originally scheduled to be held on June 27th at the Great... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

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 >

Categories: Cellar Waterproofing

Insurance warning for home renovators

 Millions of UK homeowners have carried out home improvements in recent years, with enhancements to bathrooms coming top of the list, a survey has shown. However, while this could boost the value of their home and make it more enjoyable to live in, the price comparison site has... More >

Categories: - Thermal Insulation - Wet Room Waterproofing