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Stress-free Grilling in a Friendly Community Setting

With National BBQ taking place in the UK from 4th to 10th July, residential developer Quintain Living is showcasing the facililities on offer to residents of one of its friendly community settings. Firing up the BBQ come rain or shine is an intrinsic part of summer in the UK. Yet many renters in London miss…

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deVere CEO Brands BoE Plans to Axe Mortgage Affordability Requirements as ‘Utter Madness’

Bank of England plans to scrap mortgage affordability rules have been described as “utter madness” by Nigel Green, the CEO of deVere Group, who says the move underscores how the central bank is “failing Britain.” The damning analysis from the head of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent advisors of specialist global financial…

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Heylo Housing Selects MRI Solution for Property Part Ownership Programme

UK part buy-part rent housing provider heylo has installed the MRI LivingTM software suite to help manage its portfolio. The deployment of MRI Living allows the company to leverage a flexible set of tools that encompass property management, sales and lettings, and resident portals, as well as MRI’s fixed asset accounting and strategic planning solutions.…

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Overcoming the UK’s Social Housing Emergency Lighting Challenge

René Joppi, managing director of global lighting manufacturer Mackwell, explains how smart technology can resolve challenges associated with testing retrofitted emergency lighting in the United Kingdom’s ageing public housing stock. New buildings are constructed with the most up-to-date technologies in mind, but many structures – especially older ones – are prone to be left behind…

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£4 Billion Legal & General-Oxford University Partnership to Deliver Postgrad Accommodation

Legal & General and the University of Oxford have agreed the development of Court Place Gardens, an estate containing new postgraduate homes specifically designed for families, under a £4 billion partnership. The development of Court Place Gardens in Iffley, Oxfordshire is the first residential site to be delivered through the Partnership and will deliver 84…

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£141 Million UK MoD Accommodation Contract Operational

A £141 million contract which was awarded to Pinnacle Group in 2021 to deliver National Accommodation Management Services (NAMS) for 49,000 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) homes in the UK on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has become operational, with services to be delivered by the group’s specialist division, Pinnacle Service Families. Service Personnel…

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2,000 Hyfire Wireless Devices Commissioned for London High-Rise Installation

Four landmark London towers are now benefiting from cutting edge fire protection thanks to Hyfire wireless devices, which were installed in record time thanks to a partnership between Hyfire, installers Gemini AMPM and property management company, FirstPort. With up to 25 floors, the Elektron Tower, Proton Tower, Neutron Tower and Switch Tower together form a…

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Homeless Charity Unveils Modular Home Development

Centrepoint, one of the UK’s largest charities dedicated to combating youth homelessness, has released images of a new, 33-modular-home development for young people in Peckham, South London.  Reuben House is part of the charity’s Independent Living Programme, which seeks to provide 300 young people a home and entry-level or apprenticeship roles that lead to full time…

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Energy Performance Certificates: Going Back to the UK’s Future?

Saurabh Saxena, founder of Buy To Let and AI property evaluation platform houzen, explains how artificial intelligence is delivering better value from EPCs in the UK. 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in the United Kingdom. Originally a requirement of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC and enshrined in UK…

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Residential Energy Metering Contract

21.10.2021, 17:17 Residential Energy Metering Contract Insite Energy has been selected to install and service pre-paid metering at the new South Quay Plaza luxury residential development in Canary Wharf. Part of the ongoing redevelopment of the London Docklands, the 628-property site represents a flagship project for developer, Berkeley Homes Southeast London (BHSEL). The development has…

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RE:Visionary Awards 2021

19.10.2021, 16:32 RE:Visionary Awards 2021 MRI Software has announced the recipients of its third annual RE:Visionary Awards at the MRI Ascend 2021 North American users conference in Cleveland, Ohio.   The RE:Visionary Awards, which were formerly known as the “MRI Innovation Awards”, honor MRI clients and partners who have leveraged the company’s open and connected…

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Kim Scott Appointed CEO of Aramark Uniform Services

18.10.2021, 16:25 Kim Scott Appointed CEO of Aramark Uniform Services Former Terminix Chief Operating Officer Kim Scott has joined Aramark Uniform Services (AUS) as its new CEO. In her new role, Scott will become a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, reporting directly to Zillmer, and will oversee the company’s nearly 20,000 employees who…

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Residential PPM Contract Award

  30.09.2021, 12:50 Residential PPM Contract Award Polyteck Group has secured a one-year contract to provide planned preventive maintenance (PPM) services at Lillie Square, a new landscaped residential development in West London in the latest of a series of contract wins. As part of the contract with Management and Capital & Counties Properties PLC, the facility…

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Investing in Commercial Real Estate

23.09.2021, 18:43 Investing in Commercial Real Estate Despite a tail-off in demand for commercial real estate during the Covid-19 pandemic, the asset class is expected to return to growth rates similar to those of the last decade within five years. With offices reopening from national lockdowns imposed by many countries, employers are beginning to accommodate…

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Seasoned Multifamily Executive Joins Cushman & Wakefield

05.08.2021, 22:19 Seasoned Multifamily Executive Joins Cushman & Wakefield Tina West has joined Cushman & Wakefield from CBRE as Senior Managing Director, Multifamily Asset Services for the western United States. West, who previously served as Managing Director and Multifamily Practice Leader for CBRE’s Property Management business in the Americas, brings more than three decades of…

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Savills IM Adds Assets to Japan Residential Fund

30.06.2021, 10:38 Savills IM Adds Assets to Japan Residential Fund Savills Investment Management has acquired or committed to acquire a further JPY 24 billion (US $218 million) of residential real estate for inclusion in its Japan Residential Fund II (JRFII).   Twenty-four of the 27 new assets are in Greater Tokyo and will form part…

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Making Historic Buildings Energy Efficient

Historic buildings can help tackle the climate crisis, according to a new report from Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. Produced in consultation with the National Trust, Historic England, Peabody, Southern Housing Group and The Crown Estate, and written with Donald Insall Associates, Heritage & Carbon argues for a decisive reformulation of planning policy as the United Kingdom prepares to…

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Renters Face Significantly Higher Housing Costs

11.05.2021, 11:53 Renters Face Significantly Higher Housing Costs Housing costs are felt more by households that rent, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business. The study which was led by Professor Emanuel List and Associate Professor Wilfried Altzinger from the university’s Institute for Money and Finance investigated the financial burden housing costs…

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Smoker Detection in Residential Buildings

14.04.2021, 18:51 Smoker Detection in Residential Buildings Sensor manufacturer FreshAir has launched an innovative smoking and marijuana detection system for apartment buildings, public housing complexes and other high-occupancy residential settings. The FreshAir1 Smoking Detection System is also being marketed at building owners and operators with enforceable no-smoking policies, and as a solution for protecting infrastructure…

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Decrypting UK Sheltered Housing Fire Standards

12.04.2021, 15:38 Decrypting UK Sheltered Housing Fire Standards With new fire safety legislations demanding a renewed focus on safety in all residential settings, Karen Trigg of Allegion UK explains why care home and sheltered housing associations must prioritise fire door maintenance.   The regulations and standards associated with fire safety and sheltered, assisted and social…

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Setting New Standards in Housing

15.03.2021, 11:35 Setting New Standards in Housing A series of standards documents from The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) identify seven desirable development and behavioural characteristics for housing professionals. Developed in collaboration with hundreds of CIH members, tenants and residents, housing organisations and other professional bodies, the standards are designed to raise the professional competency…

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Back on Track

25.02.2021, 13:00 Back on Track Terminix has reported strong revenue growth for the fourth-quarter of 2020, and adjusted its Full-Year 2021 revenue forecast to between US $2,025 and US $2,050, in unaudited accounts released today. For the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company reported a revenue increase of four percent to $460 million. Net income…

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Making Social Housing Safer

17.02.2021, 08:21 Making Social Housing Safer Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has appointed Kier to deliver fire safety works across its housing stock under a programme which includes replacing 3,600 sets of fire doors. Kier, a certified member of testing and certification organisation BM TRADA, has committed to working with BM TRADA-approved suppliers on the project,…

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Accolade for UK Apprentice

Apprentice Jude Kirkwood-Thompson has been named “Apprentice of the Year”, with her employer, property services company Ian Williams, also receiving an award for its training academy at this year’s National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) Awards. The NHMF is a leading source of best practice for the social housing sector, with a focus on building maintenance…

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Acquisition Finance Raised for Residential Complex

29.01.2021, 07:16 Acquisition Finance Raised for Residential Complex Cushman & Wakefield has raised acquisition debt and joint venture equity financing for a 48-unit apartment complex in Boulder, Colorado. The purchase transaction for Glenwood Village Apartments at 2747 Glenwood Ct closed with an equity investment of US $11,000,000 and debt financing of US $7,000,000 with a…

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Airbnb Distorting Rental Housing Market

19.01.2021, 08:53 Airbnb Distorting Rental Housing Market Short-term rentals on Airbnb and other online vacation rental marketplaces are causing rent increases in the longer term lettings market according to new research from the University of Cologne. The study into the impact of short-stay lets was led by Felix Mindl and Dr Oliver Arentz who identified…

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Providing 20,000 Meals to Those in Need

18.12.2020, 00:32 Providing 20,000 Meals to Those in Need The Wimbledon Foundation has extended its support for organisations addressing food poverty at Christmas and beyond as part of its response to COVID-19. With support from Food and Drink at Wimbledon, and food surplus distribution charity City Harvest, the Foundation will have supported the provision of…

Events

The Festive Make or Break?

16.12.2020, 15:34 The Festive Make or Break? Tim Morris, Cymphony managing director, explains why telephone answering services are particularly in demand over the festive season. After a tough year in the property sector, everyone deserves a break over the festive period. However, with a survey of 1,600 businesses from BT finding that a missed call…

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Regional GSHP Project Recognised with Global Award

01.12.2020, 13:20 Regional GSHP Project Recognised with Global Award Together Housing and Kensa Contracting have received international acclaim for a ground source heat pump retrofit programme involving 770 homes in the North of England. A sub-category of the annual European Heat Pump Awards (EHPA), the Heat Pump City of the Year (HPCY) award commends local…

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Building Greener with 600,000 Heat Pumps a Year

A BBC report on Oxford’s pioneering smart-city project coincides with the launch of UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for a green revolution.   The Prime Minister’s 10-point plan is set to put the UK back on track to meet its net-zero carbon target by 2050. The plan, which includes the aim to install…

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Following Safety Guidance Outside Work

11.11.2020, 11:35 Following Safety Guidance Outside Work Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has joined the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum in reminding the sector’s workers to stay COVID smart in their social lives and when travelling to and from jobs.   After explaining it was “essential” for construction workers to keep following guidance to protect…

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