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06.12.2021 by Gary Cawley

Five lessons learned from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

The Government’s much-anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy promised a further £800 million to spend on retrofitting social homes from 2022/23 through to 2024/25, building on the £160 million already allocated for the current financial year. A further £950 million will be available for the next phase of the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) and an additional £200 million for the Local Authority Delivery Phase (LAD3).

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12.11.2021 by Gary Cawley

What does an intelligent client do to procure construction projects?

Search for ‘intelligent client’ and Google delivers more than 136 million results. The term has gained prominence over the last decade, fueled by aspirations to transform the delivery of major UK public sector construction projects by focusing on value for money, whole-life asset management and sustainable procurement.

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09.11.2021 by Gary Cawley

Bringing tenants along on the net-zero journey

Last month the Government announced the next stage of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, making £160 million available for social housing providers to upgrade existing housing stock and to improve energy performance by 31 January 2023.

And in the run up to COP26, we’re still eagerly awaiting the long-promised Heat and Buildings Strategy, building on the Government’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, to give clearer guidance on exactly how housing providers, homeowners and builders should reduce carbon emissions from homes.

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18.10.2021 by Gary Cawley

Levelling up with upgrades to schools and public buildings

The Government’s pledge to ‘level up’ the country in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the drive towards net zero, has led to a swathe of public funding programmes and investment schemes to help local councils improve their building stock.

Eighteen months of disruption to schooling has shone a spotlight on the inequalities of education opportunities and the importance of creating the right environment for learning.

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07.10.2021 by Tony Woods

Unlocking the value of MMC for social housing

With the many challenges and pressures facing the housing market today – and in particular those faced by the social housing sector – it’s time for providers to start exploring new solutions.

Take up of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is slower for the social sector than amongst private companies, but mounting and almost overwhelming issues demand that all possible avenues are investigated.

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28.09.2021 by Gary Cawley

A call to arms – MMC for all

Look, I get it. There are lots of reasons not to start engaging with modern methods of construction.

Too risky. Too expensive. Too many unknowns. Too much else to do. Especially if you’re a smaller housing provider. And all the while, boards are starting to apply the MMC pressure.

But what if I told you there was an easy way to overcome all these concerns, with a positive impact on the local job market and economy? Would you consider it?

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15.09.2021 by Gary Cawley

Start your retrofit journey here

Four million of the North’s homes need to be upgraded to reach an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) level C. That’s a huge target in itself, but when you factor in the Government's Clean Growth Strategy deadline of 2035 for this to happen, that means 270,000 homes need to be retrofitted every year until then.

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06.09.2021 by Gary Cawley

Rising to the net zero challenge: how to procure for retrofit

Last week our colleagues at the Northern Housing Consortium launched a new annual report, the Northern Housing Monitor.

Focusing on the particular challenges of housing in the north, chapters include energy efficiency, affordability, ‘levelling up’ and the role of the private rented sector.

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16.08.2021 by Gary Cawley

Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV) in action

If you’ve yet not started to figure Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV) into your planned new-build projects, then chances are you will have heard of it.

We’ve written about it a couple of times (check out the links at the bottom of this article to read more) because it’s going to be so essential to the future of public sector home building.

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09.08.2021 by Ryan Geldard, Operations Director at MAR Offsite

MMC - A Journey to Improved Delivery

Despite now being well into my career, I still feel that Construction gets overlooked as an industry for the immense value it brings into all our lives. Indeed, without the built environment, what would we have?

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