October 2016

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Britain’s Biggest Housebuilders

The 2016 Housing Market Intelligence Report will be launched at the Housing Market Intelligence conference on October 6 and will include the Top 75 housebuilder listing. HMI report editor Brian Green offers a taste of what is in the report and reveals this year’s Top 25 housebuilders

Confirmation bias

Stephen Byfield of PPS looks at the phenomenon of “confirmation bias” in which we favour facts that support our beliefs, ignoring the rest. This approach, he argues, is harming our business decisions

The Housebuilder Interview – John Anderson

John Anderson, executive director of Kier Living, talks to Suzie Mayes about his business two years after the housing division was formed, the importance of connectivity and how housebuilders should become “more disruptive”

A mutual understanding

There is a gap in understanding between planners and developers which is slowing down development and stalling decisions. Mark Smulian reports on ideas to help each understand the other better

What a waste

Mark Armstrong, national contracts manager for Electrolux brands UK & IE, explains how, with the right appliances, families and individuals can reduce food wastage

Refresh service

NHBC’s dedicated team of consultants has been busy re-shaping its range of Consultancy and Testing Services to help the industry navigate the ever changing world of Building Regulations. Product manager Mark Gouldstone gives the lowdown on what is on offer to help builders of all sizes across the UK

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The Oxford-Cambridge Arc challenge

Mark Smulian reports on the debates surrounding a potential development corporation to deliver the homes, offices and infrastructure needed for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Excellent infrastructure

Phillip Lyons, chief executive, housebuilding, at Countryside, looks at the crucial role that infrastructure - delivered in consultation with the community - should play in delivering first class developments

The Interview - Innes Smith, Springfield Properties

Innes Smith, ceo of Springfield Properties, is very proud of the Scottish housebuilder's product. He talks to Suzie Mayes about life as a listed company, the importance of keeping a customer focus and making homes as green as possible

Star turn

Roger Morton, performance director of Bovis Homes, is winner of the inaugural Housebuilder Star Award, recognising those who have gone over and above what is expected in their role. He talks to Suzie Mayes