JUNE 2020

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In this issue

Constructive measures

Many housebuilders returned to site in May. Suzie Mayes reports on the measures companies have imposed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and the challenges the industry faces in a Covid-19 world

The Interview - Stephen Wicks, Inland Homes

Speaking to Suzie Mayes shortly after the UK lockdown began, Inland Homes ceo Stephen Wicks was in the grip of the first few weeks of coronavirus fallout. A short time later and he is feeling more positive about his multi-division business. But there is a tough road ahead

NHBC goes digital

In April, NHBC used its technological experience to move to free online training while housebuilders and the supply chain remained away from sites. It has now launched its regular training courses in the virtual world with the message that NHBC is back in business

Housebuilder Product Awards

The winners have been announced of this year's Housebuilder Product Awards. We showcase those that have proved themselves to be best in class for products and systems

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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