April 2021

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Beauty contest

The government has launched a new draft National Model Design Code with proposals to include the word "beauty" in planning rules. Mark Smulian reports on how this might affect the industry

The beauty quandary

Ministers want "beauty" embedded in planning - but what does that mean? David Birkbeck of Design for Homes gives his verdict on recent schemes that have won awards for their design

A view on design

Park View, Woodstock, has been referenced as a good example of beautiful design. Suzie Mayes talks to its creators, Graham Flint, md of Pye Homes Blenheim and Dominic Hare, ceo of Blenheim Estate

The Interview - Andy Hill, Hill

After a productive 2020, Andy Hill, ceo of Hill, talks to Suzie Mayes about his recent highlights and challenges, and how the pandemic has helped his business make improvements

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The Interview – Stephen Teagle, Vistry Partnerships

Vistry Partnerships has ambitious growth plans and CEO Stephen Teagle is excited about them. He talks to Suzie Mayes about why they are achievable, the next big goals and why collaboration is key to success

Material malaise

Suzie Mayes reports on the issues the industry has recently been experiencing with material supply and price rises. What are the supply chain and housebuilders doing to adjust?

Celebrating Quality

As NHBC honours the Quality Award winners of this year’s Pride in the Job competition, Housebuilder reflects on the awards, now in their 41st year

Finally First Homes

The long-trailed First Homes initiative has launched. Suzie Mayes looks at the detail and gets the industry’s views on this new form of discounted market housing