September 2020

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September 2020 - Front cover

In this issue

Covid - A Threat and an Opportunity

The annual SWOT analysis asks the views of an expert panel on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats currently facing the industry. Ben Roskrow finds a sector that sees the Threats of the pandemic while exploring the Opportunities and believing in the markets Strength

Big announcements for a busy Autumn

During the Summer the government made two long awaited announcements, extending Help to Buy and unveiling its planning white paper. Suzie Mayes gets housebuilders' views

Building confidence in MMC

NHBC has launched NHBC Accepts - its new service for fast tracking MMC systems for warranty. Housebuilder talks to innovation manager Richard Lankshear about how the system works, what makes the grade and whether the pandemic could drive MMC use

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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