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December 2011

Hello and welcome to the December issue. As the nights draw in and

the country covers itself in a blanket of fog, doom and gloom continues to hit our industry.

The latest ONS industry data (2011: Q3),

has shown that construction output has fallen by 0.2 per cent since the last quarter, whilst it has fallen a total of 1.0 per cent since the same quarter last year. Also, all new work fell by 0.6 per cent since the second quarter and by 1.8 per cent from last year. Out of the nine sectors that the Office of National Statistics reports on in the

Editor: Rebecca Hubbard

Graphic Designer: Emma Coppin

Group Sales Manager: Donna Jenkins

Deputy Sales Manager: Vicky Bullivant

Account Manager: Kerry Watson

Classified Sales: Anton Wells

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The latest moves and team-ups that have been shaking up the world of developing

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This month’s special feature takes a look at these finshing touches and is introduced with some cladding advice from Steni. It also involves a

discussion on the integral role insulation has to play in the move towards low & zero carbon buildings

26 PRODUCT INNOVATIONS The latest releases to hit the market, including Pegler Yorkshire’s HENCO connection, British Ceramic Tile’s extended Dorchester collection and Lakes Bathrooms’ new tray range

28 FANCY A REBRAND? Is your development under-selling or just not performing to your expectations? Read this before you consider a rebrand as your solution

33 LAST WORD This issue, Phil Slater of SLR Consulting looks at the dangers of basement developments as well as the consequences of not following legislation

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industry, six of them saw volume reductions. That’s a massive two thirds. Many reasons are being blamed for the

downturn, with some saying that the Eurozone crisis is causing any green shoot growth we saw in the second quarter to be eroded, whilst others are saying that the increased belt-tightening in the private sector is not helping either. Either way, let’s hope that measures being put in place, such as the NPPF, the FirstBuy scheme and the presumption of yes in favour of sustainable development will help stimulate things soon. Turning to the issue, our special feature this month is on roofs, cladding & insulation,

THE MONTH 4 The latest stories that have caught the BB&D’s

news teams’ eyes over the last month, as well as our up-to-date statistics page, which includes mortgage lending and new build registrations

INDUSTRY NEWS 8 The latest events from across the industry,

including news on the Old Edinburgh Town being revealed and the UK Worker of the Year finals


BB&D takes a look at the winners from the awards, including their inspiration, conception & construction and what makes them a winner

which involves discussions on insulation’s role in carbon emissions and how to make that decision between cladding or render. Our Development Focus is with David

Wilson Homes this month in York, and we have welcomed a new contributor in the shape of Peter Blake. He is now our resident lawyer, offering all sorts of legal advice. If you have a question for him, get in touch. Enjoy the issue, have a great Christmas and see you in the new year!

Rebecca Hubbard, Editor 23 PETER’S LEGAL ADVICE

In a new feature for BB&D, Peter Blake of law firm Prettys is to offer legal advice to our readers

24 DEVELOPMENT FOCUS We are in York this month with David Wilson and their development in Market Weighton, where the housebuilder is answering urgent calls for housing

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