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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Brexit debacle threatens industry stability

Housebuilder’s annual SWOT analysis asks the views of an expert panel on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats currently facing the industry. Ben Roskrow finds fear of recession looming large.

The Interview -Tim Banks, Octagon Developments

Tim Banks is ceo of Octagon Developments, a luxury housebuilder that is now planning more mid-priced schemes. He talks to Suzie Mayes

An emotional response

Research shows psychology and emotion play a significant role in the home buying process, says Rachel Asquith, business director at Aylesworth Fleming

Sea views

Giles Wilson, NHBC’s standards manager, explores how to treat costal homes