Section: Building & Regeneration

Independent experts to review safety of construction materials

Posted 20.04.21
GOV.UK: Further reading

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has appointed two experts to lead an independent review of the system for testing construction products.

Former government adviser and construction expert Paul Morrell OBE will be the chair of the independent panel, along with legal expert Anneliese Day QC.

The review, announced earlier this year, will examine how to strengthen the current system for testing construction products to provide confidence that these materials are safe and perform as marketed.

The review forms part of the ongoing programme of work to reform and strengthen building safety regulation and comes after testimony to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry exposed evidence of testing irregularities.

The panel will engage with a wide range of stakeholders to seek their views on how the system of safety testing of construction products could be improved and will report later this year with recommendations.


UK's largest factory-built affordable housing scheme to transform derelict site following planning approval

Posted 01.04.21
ilke Homes: Further reading

Herefordshire Council has approved plans for a development that will see the delivery of 120 factory-built affordable homes - one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

The scheme is being delivered through a £23 million partnership between modular housing company ilke Homes and housing provider Stonewater.

Supported by Homes England, the formerly derelict site on the Holmer Trading Estate has now been cleared and works are set to commence in April.

This is the first project ilke Homes had secured under its full development 'turnkey' offering - which involves the housebuilder leading the entire development programme, from site identification and gaining planning consent, through to developing the scheme and finally installing the factory-built homes.

The development is set to deliver 74 affordable rent and 46 shared ownership homes, comprising a mix of one, two, three and four-bedrooms.

All the homes will be manufactured along production lines at ilke Homes 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire - a facility that is backed by a £30 million investment from Homes England.


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