March 2019

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Building beautiful

The government has urged housebuilders to build more beautiful homes. But what does this mean? Suzie Mayes consults the industry on good design and the challenges around achieving it

The Interview - Nick Stonley, Millwood Designer Homes

Nick Stonley is the new head of Millwood Designer Homes, taking over from founder John Elliot. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his plans for the business - now owned by Places for People - and managing a company he has admired for years

New approaches for changing times

Perry Miller, partner at Newgate, argues that urban developers must adapt to changing attitudes if they are to win support for new schemes in cities such as London

Store it up

Clive Turner, NHBC Foundation's research manager and Cutland Consulting's Neil Cutland, give an overview of NHBC Foundation's latest guide - watts in store? Introduction to energy storage batteries for homes

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The Interview - Jonathan Cranley & Ben Leather, Spitfire Bespoke Homes

Jonathan Cranley and Ben Leather are regional managing directors of Spitfire Bespoke Homes in the south and Midlands respectively. They talk to Suzie Mayes about design challenges, the joys of belonging to a medium housebuilder and how they both intend to lead the rapid growth of the business

Doing digital

With the traditional model of home buying in decline, Niclas Staberg calls for the industry to embrace the technologies that are changing the way people buy homes

Future Home unknowns

So far there has been little detail divulged on The Future Home Standard beyond the Spring Statement announcement. Suzie Mayes looks at what we know so far and what the industry thinks

HBF Viewpoint

HBF Policy director David O'Leary examines the latest round of mandatory gender pay gap reporting and looks at how the industry is performing - and what it should do to improve