September 2016

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The market stays strong

Housebuilder’s annual industry SWOT analysis asks the views of an expert panel on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and threats facing the industry right now.

Sweetener sales

Johnny Morris, research director of Countrywide, looks at the effect of Help to Buy on housebuilders’ use of incentives and suggests that it is time for the industry to look elsewhere for sales boosts

The Housebuilder Interview – Chris Endsor

Chris Endsor, ceo of Miller Homes, talks to Suzie Mayes about an eventful summer, Miller’s growth plans and what gives him the greatest buzz

Sales pitch

Five years ago NHBC launched an industry-wide campaign to help raise standards of pitched roofs. The company’s technical projects manager. Chris Derzypilskyj reports on how the situation has improved

Affordable brownfield

With the deadline for Local Plans looming, Lewis Jones, account director of communications consultancy PPS, examines whether the government’s dual focus on a brownfield-first agenda and affordability is contradictory

United front at UK Construction Week

In its second year, UK Construction Week hits the Birmingham NEC in October. Suzie Mayes reports on what to expect this year, including details of the Build Show which is set to capture the interest of housebuilders once again

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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