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Spring has sprung in London, as buyers look for heavenly heatwave homes in Hampstead

Four5Two

With home buyers looking for proximity to green space and entertaining potential this spring  they should take a look at the stunning Four5Two development which makes most of premium Hampstead Heath location.

Goodbye grey skies, hello sunshine! It's that time of year when London springs to life with renewed energy once more, as residents smile in the spring sun as they go about their daily lives. For many, spring brings with it a new sense of purpose and this spring, Londoners are looking to pick up the perfect property for enjoying the warmth, according to family-run housebuilder Bellis Homes.

East Midlands Training Provider launch apprenticeship for Social Housing Sector

Chartered Institute

Leading training provider, CT Skills has successfully launched apprenticeships in Housing & Property Management which has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

With more than 150,000 people employed within the Social Housing sector across the UK, CT Skills will work alongside businesses in the sector to provide bespoke work-based training, available to employees of all levels from Assistants to Senior Management.

Out of fear of eviction households in England keep quiet

More than 1 in 4 (28%) private tenants who have experienced problems while renting do not complain for fear of being evicted, new figures from Citizens Advice show.

Research released today reveals almost a quarter of a million households, who had issues and chose not to complain, said their main worry was their landlord raising their rent or ending the tenancy.

Based on their experiences advising private renters, more than 2 in 5 Citizens Advice staff (43%) said people “worrying about the consequences of complaining” was the biggest issue for tenants seeking redress for their problem.

Repairs and maintenance is the most common issue that private tenants needed help for from Citizens Advice.

Survey reveals valid reasons for not investing in smart home device

Smart home devices

Paying out for expensive smart home devices is a big ‘no no’ for many, according to a recent survey carried out by David Wilson Homes.

The five star housebuilder, which is building new homes in the Bristol region, asked 2,000 people what would most put them off investing in the smart home devices, and almost half (40 per cent) said cost was a significant factor. 15 per cent were daunted by the idea of setting up, while 13 per cent said they just didn’t understand the devices.  Another 15 per cent were worried about the possibility of being hacked.

National Pet Month - survey reveals that Brits are opting to share bedrooms with their animals

National Pet Month

Five star housebuilder Barratt Homes, which is bringing new homes to Bristol, carried out the survey, asking 2,000 people where their pets generally sleep for National Pet Month. A significant 23 per cent said the bedroom, closely followed by 20 per cent allowing them to spend the night in the lounge. The news comes during April - which is designated National Pet Month in the UK.

“Pets are important for a variety of reasons - from the company they offer to the practical help they can provide for those in need,” said sales director, Andrea Pilgrim. “And many of those who buy our homes are careful to select the perfect layout and setting, not only for themselves but for their animals too.

Celebrating 10 years of an interiors treasure trove…

 Picture Perfect

Ever wondered how to get your home looking picture perfect and Pinterest worthy? Or do you have interiors envy whilst flicking through the gorgeous pages of leading homes magazines.

Well now, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of leading homewares haven Homesense, we have exclusive insights from 10 hidden heroes of the industry to get your home looking its best this season.

Working behind the scenes to bring the latest home and garden trends to life, the expert eye and creative vision of leading stylists combine to set the agenda of décor for many homes across the nation.

Estate improvements and new cladding mark progress for Craylands scheme

Craylands regeneration scheme

The next phase of the Craylands regeneration scheme being delivered by Basildon Council, Swan Housing and Homes England is moving forward.

Work has begun on the new housing being developed on the former Fryerns school site – known as Beechwood Village.

The work is being complimented with new external wall insulation to 135 council homes that are being retained in the development.

Additionally, as part of a £2.2million grant from Essex County Council, Basildon Council has made significant improvements to footpaths and roads on the retained areas of the estate.

What Do Your Savings Go On?

Super Saver Oil

The survey of 1,067 UK adults conducted by heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil has revealed that Brits have on average £6,360 in their savings account.

But, rather than saving for a practical item or a rainy day, this was most likely to be spent on a summer holiday (41%).

Meanwhile, 37% of Brits revealed that they spend their savings on getting a new car, with 33% putting their money towards purchasing a house.

30% said they intend to put their savings towards a wedding, which can often be a substantial cost.

F & P exclusive distributor of Trianco Newton Stoves

Trianco Newton stoves

The UK’s only major heating, plumbing and bathroom wholesaler, F & P Wholesale, has been appointed the exclusive distributor of Trianco Newton stoves, in a move that further enhances the wholesaler’s reputation for carrying a wide selection of the country’s most popular brands.

F & P’s Bathrooms and Fires Category Manager, Gary Shields, says the Newton range, which currently features in the company’s Fires & Stoves supplement offers quality, versatility and flexibility.

Monterey makes relocating to retirement hotspot affordable

Platinum Skies

Platinum Skies recently named as the second best spot to retire to in the UK, Dorset has a well-established reputation as a relocation hub for over 55s, thanks to its natural beauty, quaint character and opportunity for retirees to enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Measured by factors including life expectancy, access to healthcare and crime rate, the report highlights the many attractive aspects of Dorset which draw retirees to the county, with the golden stretch of coast in Christchurch particularly popular.

Homebuyers given their last chance to become part of a growing community at Hawley Gardens

Lancashire homebuyers are being given the last chance to become a part of a growing community at Barratt Homes’ development Hawley Gardens as just a handful of homes are still available to reserve.

The popular Thornton-Cleveleys development, located just off Bourne Road, offers a collection of three and four bedroom homes that have proven popular with a range of buyers since first launching.

Now that just a few homes remain, keen homebuyers in the area are being urged to act quickly if they want to secure their dream home at Hawley Gardens and become a part of the stunning development and the close knit community.

Last chance to buy at two developments in preston

David Wilson Homes

Preston homebuyers are being given the last chance to buy a property at David Wilson Homes developments Cuerden Heights and Cromwell Heights as homes are being snapped up quickly.

The Cuerden Heights development is located on Wigan Road, in Clayton-le-Woods and only has two five bedroom homes still remaining for sale.

Cromwell Heights, located on Whittingham Road in Longridge has two five bedroom Maddoc style homes still available for sale.

Steve Jackson, Operations Director at David Wilson Homes North West, said:

Help to Buy drives First Time Buyers to Northampton as developer reports over 70% of total purchasers

First Time Buyers

With Help to Buy already helping over 108,000 buyers onto the property ladder since its inception in 2013, towns and villages across the country are beginning to emerge as brand new first time buyer hotspots. Buckton Fields, a new development just 5 miles north of Northampton city centre, has proven a popular option for those in search of better value outside of the capital, with first time buyers representing 70 per cent of the total purchasers.

Help to Buy in desirable North Finchley

Desirable North Finchley

Desirable North Finchley is becoming increasingly more of an desirable area of London with fantastic connections to the city centre. A pleasant suburb of the North London Borough of Barnet, it’s popular with young people looking to buy their first home, as well as families.

There is a wide range of property in North Finchley, the majority of which are period properties towards the east of the area. However, for those homebuyers who are looking for a modern apartment, there are not as many options.

Turning off the lights and opting for a shower are popular money-saving habits says new survey

 Money saving hacks

As Bristol recovers from the recent cold snap, new research shows money saving hacks are among the most popular ways for people to be thrifty at home.

Barratt Homes, which is bringing new homes to Bristol, joined forces with a leading research company to find out the lengths people go to to be thrifty at home. Interestingly, the study found that energy-saving life hacks, like turning off the lights and opting for a shower over a bath, were among the most popular ways of saving money.

Brits turning to tech to get a restful night sleep

Technology based

NEW RESEARCH into Britons’ sleeping habits reveal that the UK is embracing technology based sleep aids in a bid to get the perfect night sleep.

A survey of 1,105 UK adults carried out by interiors etailer Furniture123.co.uk found 51% of the UK population has used technology-based sleep-aids.

Almost 1 in 3 (31%) said they use them every night.

Sleep tracking apps available on Android and IOS, such as Sleep Cycle, are the most commonly used sleep-support technologies, with 43% claiming to have used these.

Pupils have the rhyme of their lives with David Wilson homes on World Poetry Day

David Wilson Homes

In celebration of World Poetry Day on March 21st, four creative pupils from St Gabriel’s in Newbury were crowned winners of a poetry competition organised by David Wilson Homes Southern.

The winning entries from Pippa in the senior school, Grace in year six, Jasmyn in year five and Luke in year two, were all selected by the leading developer as part of its competition requiring poems based on the topic of homes.

A presentation was recently held at the school to announce the winners and Danica Trim, a former pupil of St Gabriel’s and now a David Wilson Homes Sales Office Manager, was in attendance to award the prizes.

Modern Masonry launches research into UK homemakers’ aspirations

Modern Masonry

Today, Modern Masonry, the representative body for the UK masonry industry, launches a specially commissioned report, ‘A Dream Home: An Exploration of Aspirations’.

This important research was conducted in response to a perceived disconnect between the construction industry and consumers, particularly within the housebuilding sector. Do developers truly understand what makes the nation tick?

In an industry where the public’s voice is not often heard, a national sample of 2,000 adults was surveyed to address this concern head on. The results give a clear insight into what UK buyers and renters think.

Security expert issues five-point protection plan in wake of Night Watcher attacks

Croma Security Solutions

Croma Security Solutions, which has earned an enviable reputation from government departments and private residents alike, says there needs to be a reliance on both technology and traditional methods to ensure the best protection.

Following a spate of violent burglaries across the UK – most notably the seven by the so-called Night Watcher in the Home Counties – one of the country’s leading security experts has issued a five-point plan aimed at protecting the residents of expensive homes.  

Standish pupil’s fairy design brought to life at Bloor Homes showhome

Bloor Homes

A creative schoolgirl has designed a bedroom for the showhome at the Bloor homes development in Standish. Alice Waterworth, 8, created a magical fairy tale-themed room for the Bloor Homes at Standish development, where she will soon be living.

The budding artist, whose parents have reserved a home at the development, submitted her spellbinding design to the housebuilder, and was thrilled when they agreed to recreate it inside the new showhome. Alice’s design has been brought to life by interior designers Interior Motives, who incorporated Alice’s ideas into the room’s furnishings and décor.

Alice, who will be moving into a four-bedroom detached home with her parents Catherine and Lewis and her 5-year-old sister Beatrice, said:

Homebuilder takes a walk on the wild side

Hedgehog friendly

David Wilson Homes Mercia is rolling out hedgehog friendly features at all of its upcoming developments in Shropshire following the success of its wildlife friendly show home garden.

The homebuilder recently won an award for its show home garden created in partnership with the RSPB at its Spinney Fields site in nearby Warwickshire. The garden scooped the ‘Temporary Award’ in the Big Biodiversity Challenge Awards and is full of features designed to attract wildlife.  The ‘Temporary Award’ promotes non-permanent environmental enhancements, such as green hording, a temporary green wall or a community engagement initiative.

Local Hook boy names new development Oakwood Grange

Oakwood Grange

An 11-year-old boy who named David Wilson Homes’ Oakwood Grange development in Hook was invited to visit the site after winning a competition.

The creative former pupil at Hook Junior School, Amar Jheeta, chose the name of the new development in a competition hosted by the school.

The leading homebuilder asked pupils at the school for their help and ideas for naming the new development on Griffin Way North.

After almost 100 entries were submitted, Amar won with his suggestion of ‘Oakwood Grange’ which was inspired by the amount of trees in the area.

Amar’s winning name, which impressed the five star housebuilder, will now be used on all of the development’s signs and promotional material.

His father, Bob Jheeta, said:

Leading developer’s apprenticeship schemes lay foundations for a successful career in construction

Westleigh

Westleigh is calling on young people who dream of stepping onto the construction industry ladder to discover the fantastic apprenticeship schemes it has to offer.

Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from Monday 5th to Friday 9th March, the leading developer is promoting its bricklaying and joinery apprenticeship schemes for 2018.

The programme, which takes up to three years to complete, will see trainees split their time between studying in college and getting hands-on experience at one of Westleigh’s construction developments across the Midlands or beyond.

Barratt Homes encourages women to consider a career in construction

Women

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March, leading developer Barratt Homes Northampton is encouraging more women to consider careers in the construction industry, with a variety of roles available across Northamptonshire.

With a number of female employees already in a range of roles across the company, the housebuilder is reminding women from all skill sets of the different roles available and is encouraging them to put their experience to the industry.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We want to quash the age old stereotype that the construction industry is a male dominated field as we have many women who work out on site as well as in office based roles.