March 2020

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Revitalising the high street with resi

With high street shops suffering the popularity of online sales and out-of-town shopping centres, Mark Smulian explores the potential for housing to revive the high street

The Interview, Stuart Gibbons - Lovell London and Southern

Stuart Gibbons has returned to Lovell Partnerships after a brief stint at the firm two decades ago. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his long tenure at Galliford Try, why partnerships businesses work and his plans for the London and Southern regions

The art of good thermal images

NHBC Foundation's latest guide explores the importance of good thermal imaging in capturing thermal performance at various stages of the build process during and after construction. Research manager Donna Robinson reports

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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