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Posted: 23rd March
By: rlf

March 2015

The property and construction industry as a whole is currently in a period of political anticipation.  Whilst the recent budget had little impact, with the exception of a few tweaks here and there, the General Election is fast approaching.  All Parties are now in the midst of their campaigns and changes of different degrees will be promised for the industry.  Let’s hope that whoever wins brings policies that wil...

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Posted: 23rd March
By: rlf

Review of the key announcements from the Chancellor’s 6th budget

When George Osbourne delivered his sixth, and potentially final, budget he had one eye on the forth coming general election; with a budget split between wooing key voters and heading off opposition criticism.

Although the Chancellor had a few announcements designed to make the headlines, and a few new sound bites, the budget was broadly fiscally neutral again. The message was very much one of job half done with mo...

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Posted: 23rd March
By: rlf

London regeneration on the cards

One of the largest regeneration schemes in London for years, dubbed the ‘Canary Wharf of West London,’ has been given the seal of approval from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

The regeneration of Old Oak Common; (which covers the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Brent) promises to boost the economy in the area by £15billion, with the creation of ...

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Posted: 19th March
By: rlf

"RLF have for a number of years provided John Lewis with a service across a number of construction disciplines. This service has always been delivered in a thoroughly professional manner and way which wholeheartedly fits with the values of the John Lewis partnership."

Nigel Keen, John Lewis

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Posted: 16th March
By: rlf

Eco-friendly development given green light

In development news, Fareham Borough Council has given the go-ahead for construction to begin on six two-bedroom eco-friendly properties in Portsmouth.

The properties will form part of a trial, to test how viable and energy-efficient it is to construct environmentally-friendly homes that meet the ‘Passivhaus’ standard on a large scale.

In addition to providing much needed rental homes, the project aims to s...

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Posted: 9th March
By: rlf

Are 3D-printed homes the future of property?

We’re living in a world where 3D printing can create anything, from prosthetic limbs to edible biscuits. There are even 3D photos that enable blind people to ‘touch’ their memories. What about property?

But a Chinese construction company has shown the potential of the technology for the construction sector by creating a 3D-printed five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre (11,840 square foot...

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