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GEORGIAN, ART DECO THROUGH TO CONTEMPORARY DOOR DESIGNS @OnlineDoorStore launches a new collection of elegant doors inspired by modern takes on classic design, the UK’s leading door specialist, has launched a brand new collection of elegant doors. The styles are set to inspire architects, self builders, renovators and home improvers with options for all house styles, from period designs though to on trend industrial-style internal glazed doors. has introduced the new collection to reflect the growing demand for designs that are a little out of the ordinary and make a bold statement.


The problem of helping a client understand how their new independent living aid will look, and help them, has been simplified with a new tool.

Closomat, originator of shower toilets in the UK, has launched an online configurator tool on its website, for Britain’s #1-selling wash dry WC, the Closomat Palma Vita. The Palma Vita tool follows from the piloting of a similar facility for Closomat’s Asana wall-hung unit, billed as the ultimate shower toilet on the market.

Simply by clicking on the various accessories available, specifiers and clients can see what their new Palma Vita toilet will look like, and thus how each option would benefit them. The tool also gives them a cumulative price.


H+H’s Director of Housing, Neil Thomas, is set to ride 1000 miles in aid of charity when he cycles from the tip of Scotland to the depths of Cornwall in May.

With the aim of fundraising £1 per mile, Neil will set out on May 19 to complete the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle route for Habitat for Humanity.

The challenge is all part of a larger focus for Neil who in June will travel as part of a 12-member contingent of partners from H+H customer, Miller Homes, to Malawi to support Habitat for Humanity’s WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programme.

Major housebuilder launches pilot scheme to address the needs of future generations @TaylorWimpey

Local MSP and Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP has revealed two prototype homes at Taylor Wimpey’s Dargavel Village development at Bishopton. These aim to respond to customer feedback and gather information, changing the way one of the UK’s largest housebuilders hopes to build homes in the future.

As part of its research programme, titled Project 2020, the prototypes are part of a trial, aimed at addressing changing customer needs, including allowing individuals to adapt their homes to their requirements. The homes are also intended to demonstrate greater build efficiency and deliver substantial advances in reducing energy consumption, tackling climate change and addressing customer demands in this area.


Contributing to the growing sales of Russell Roof Tiles’ Bute tile, Sheldons Reach in Hampshire has become the latest housing development to benefit from this sustainable product.

The private housing development of 70 homes was recently completed in the countryside town of Hook, by housebuilder, CALA Homes.  CALA Homes and roofing specialists, R&A Roofing worked together to achieve a high standard throughout the scheme. Each of the two, three, four and five bedroom semi-detached and detached, traditional family homes incorporated a high-quality finish, innovative design and excellent workmanship.

To ensure a sustainable roofing solution, R&A Roofing specified Bute from Russell Roof Tiles for the first time. Taking into consideration all the necessary project requirements, the manufacturer worked with the team to specify and supply tiles in Cottage Red and Peat Brown which also provided a significant cost-saving.

Modular housing manufacturer unveiled for London’s innovative homelessness scheme @londoncouncils

A not-for-profit company set up by a group of London boroughs to provide high-quality accommodation for homeless Londoners has unveiled the manufacturer chosen to supply modular housing for the scheme. Following a competitive procurement process, PLACE (Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise) Ltd has selected Extraspace Solutions, a leading provider of modular homes across a range of sectors in the UK and Ireland.


Grand Designs Live will return to London’s ExCeL from 4 – 12 May 2019, showcasing an amazing variety of the latest innovations, trends and brand-new products across each of the five sectors of the show, which span across Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors. Set over 9 days, this unique event is a must-visit for anyone looking to gather information and learn about the world of interiors, design and self build.

Entries now open for the 2019 SBID International Design Awards with a new responsive website, new venue and plans for SBID’s 10th anniversary celebrations @SBIDawards

The 2019 edition of the SBID International Design Awards has launched today with exciting new changes for those planning to enter. Not only have organisers built a brand-new responsive website, they have relocated the Awards to a new location and have revealed plans to celebrate SBID’s 10th anniversary at the awards in October.

Housebuilder revolutionises on-site safety in Oxfordshire @macmichomes

Workers at an Oxfordshire construction site are among the first in England to benefit from the next generation of protective headwear, thanks to luxury housebuilders Mactaggart & Mickel. Mactaggart & Mickel’s site managers at St Jude’s Meadow – a mix of 31 three- and five-bedroom family homes and 31 affordable homes in the picturesque village of Milton-under-Wychwood – are equipped with the innovative safety helmets, whose futuristic design wouldn’t look out of place in a science fiction film.

Moda breaks ground and unveils new name for Birmingham’s tallest residential tower @LiveTheModaLife

  • Moda announces 2one2 Broad Street’s new name as The Mercian at official groundbreaking ceremony
  • The Mercian will be Birmingham’s tallest residential tower at 42-stories, changing the city’s skyline forever
  • The new residential building will pay homage to the musical heritage of Birmingham and Broad Street in particular

Today, Moda – developer and operator of homes for rent alongside partner Apache Capital, an institutionally-backed real estate investment business, were joined by main contractor, John Sisk & Son, Councillor Richard Cowell and cultural historian Jez Collins form the Birmingham Music Archive to break ground at the JV’s Broad Street residential development.  

Solarlux cero sliding doors add to high spec finish of luxurious £15m Berkshire home @SolarluxUK

Solarlux recently designed, delivered and installed a duo of bespoke cero sliding door installations to complete the external aspects of Titlarks House, a £15m, five bedroom development in Sunningdale, one of Surrey’s premier locations.

The addition of cero sliding doors to this stunning property – the first collaboration between Octagon Developments and Kebbell Homes – added to the truly luxurious finish. The sliding doors were the perfect option for the developer looking to make the most of the external aspect of the luxurious leisure suite, open planned kitchen and family room. Cero – one of Solarlux’s premier brands – is a highly versatile product with limitless design possibilities, offering ceiling-high glazing (with doors of 15m² surface area) and is the ultimate glazing option to maximise visible light transmission without compromising on ventilation or views.

Grand Designs Live & National Self Build Week – 6 -12 May 2019 @SelfBuildPortal @GDLive_UK

Grand Designs Live Partners with NaCSBA for National Custom and Self Build Week, to Spark Creativity and Education in the Self-Build Sector

Grand Designs Live, along with The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) are pleased to announce the return of National Custom and Self Build Week 2019 from the 6-12 May. Throughout the week Grand Designs Live will host a series of events celebrating and promoting Custom and Self Build as a route to building a dream home.

Brand new self-build focused TV show, Grand Designs – The Street, will air from 4 April 2019, over six weeks, culminating in National Custom & Self Build Week. The show follows Self Builders on a single street at the UK’s largest Self Build site – Graven Hill.

New partnership formed to deliver Queensway regeneration @Swanhousing @SouthendBC

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Swan Housing Association have signed contracts and formed a joint venture partnership that will work to deliver the regeneration of the Queensway estate.

This follows full council approval of Swan Housing Association as preferred bidder in February 2019 following a 10 month procurement process that started in March 2018.

The joint venture partnership, called Porters Place Southend LLP has now been formed and will work on creating a full masterplan prepared for the site. This will involve further consultation with residents, local businesses and other key stakeholders and the LLP’s ambition is to submit its masterplan for planning approval in 2020. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be writing to residents to confirm this exciting news and to let them know what to expect for the next stages of this project.


  • Vienna based PlanRadar expands to the UK to tackle Britain’s construction productivity lag.
  • ConTech heavyweight Colin Smith (BIW/Conject, Textura, COINS) joins the Board to accelerate growth.
  • PlanRadar achieves 300% annual growth through rapid global adoption.

The importance of buying from your local independent merchant @ipg_the

Many tradespeople and customers alike have become accustomed to using large retailers and online merchants. But what about the great British independent retailer? You might be surprised to hear that, alongside unrivalled service and unbiased, honest advice, your shopping basket at the end of your visit is likely to be cheaper! Buying locally is something being promoted across many sectors as a way (amongst many other things) to help boost the UK economy.


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