October 2017

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In this issue

Britain's Biggest Housebuilders

Housing Market Intelligence Report editor Brian Green offers a taste of what is in the 2017 report launched in October and reveals this year's Top 25 housebuilders.

The Interview - David Thomas

Barratt Developments is once again Britian's biggest housebuilder according to the Top 25 revealed in this issue. Chief executive David Thomas talks about maintaining quality in a time of growth, the market, Help to Buy and the skills shortage.

On Fire - Spitfire Bespoke Homes

Spitfire Bespoke Homes has grown significantly in its first seven years of life, becoming known for its individually designed home. Md David Jervis speaks about growth, attention to detail and local markets.

Pledging to close the skills gap

A year after it offically began, the Home Building Skills Partnership launches a Skills Pledge to mobilise the whole of the industry and signal its intent.

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HBF Policy Conference

The HBF Policy Conference covered a wide range of issues facing the industry, with challenges old and new up for debate. Housebuilder reports

The Interview - Chris Weedon, Stonebond Properties

Chris Weedon is the amiable md of Stonebond properties, a small housebuilder owned by the founders of Countryside. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his ambitious growth trajectory, taking care over community consultation and what he has learned from his years at Countryside

Nature net gain

In its Spring Statement, the government confirmed it would mandate biodiversity net gain in new schemes in England. Before this announcement, Suzie Mayes found out the industry's views on the plans and what housebuilders are doing to encourage and protect biodiversity

MMC identity

Richard Lankshear, NHBC's innovation manager, looks at what is deemed a modern method of construction and the systems NHBC has been reviewing