April 2018

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HBF Policy Conference

Ben Roskrow reports from the HBF Policy Conference where there were pleas to tone down industry criticism but with an acceptance that things must change

The Interview - Karl Hick, Larkfleet Homes

Karl Hick is the multi-talented boss of sustainable housebuilder Larkfleet Homes. He talks to Suzie Mayes about Brexit, his company's plans and why the sciences are so important

Forbidden land

Suzie Mayes looks at Greenbelt policy - decades old and widely misunderstood - and what can be done to encourage reform

Homing in on Hopkins

Hopkins Group has grown significantly over the past five years while maintaining the quality of build for which it has become known. Suzie Mayes talks to executive chairman James Hopkins about good design and how the government can help SMEs grow

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SWOT 2018

Positive fundamentals but concerns at play. Ben Roskrow reports this year’s SWOT results from our expert panel reveal an upbeat but wary sector.

The Interview – Andy Hill, Hill

Andy Hill, ceo of Hill, has rapidly grown his business from jobbing contractor to the UK’s third largest privately owned housebuilder. Ben Roskrow discovers how he did it and why he loves a good joint venture

Safe as housebuilders

Housebuilder reports on this year’s winners and runners up of NHBC’s Health and Safety awards

Development finance update

Chris Windle assesses the state of the development finance market for housebuilders