Redrow teams up with academic institutions to launch UK’s first dedicated housebuilding degree @RedrowHomes

Three-year Housebuilding Degree is first dedicated qualification of its kind

Redrow, the leading housebuilder, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria, one of the UK’s largest colleges have established the UK’s first dedicated Housebuilding Degree. LJMU have also validated the qualification.

The first students to embark on the degree programme will be Redrow team members and they will start their course in 2018. Over the coming years Redrow hope to open the degree out to other housebuilders.

Festool grows the team in preparation for a busy 2018 @Festool_GB

Leading power tool manufacturer Festool has grown its UK team as a response to increased sales over the past year – and to prepare for an even busier year in 2018.

Seven new team members have recently joined its HQ in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Jamie Bunting is now Logistics Team Leader and joins the Festool team after 13 years at Kuehne + Nagle where he ran a logistics team that supported the servicing of the MODs fleet of Apache helicopters.

Osborne Clarke advises St. Modwen on development agreement for 3,000-home Buckover garden village

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised national developer and urban regeneration company St. Modwen on a promotion and development agreement for the Tortworth Estate’s Buckover Garden Village, a planned 3,000-home exemplar new community in South Gloucestershire.

Punching shear problems resolved with Schöck Bole system

With flat slab construction, there is the inevitable risk of punching failure.  So when loads in the stress areas are increased, consideration has to be given to issues such as the quality of the concrete, additional reinforcement content, even enlarging the column heads.  These options are neither time efficient nor cost effective, and rarely solve the problem to an acceptable performance level.  Resolving any potential problems of punching shear at the major new Harbour Central development needed to be cost-effective, easy-to-install and certainly dependable.


A £12m social housing project in Scotland has become the latest development to benefit from Russell Roof Tiles’ sustainable concrete roof tiles.

The 5.6-hectare scheme in Methil Brae, Fife is one of Fife Council’s largest social housing programmes, providing 101 high quality homes for rent. At a time when the Scottish Government has promised to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by 2021 , the scheme has been instrumental in helping to meet these targets and the much-needed local housing requirements.

Comprising of a mixture of one to five-bedroom properties, including semi-detached units, bungalows and cottage flats, the scheme saw Fife Council work with Kingdom Housing Association and contractors Robertson Partnership Homes to deliver the ambitious scheme.

New door hardware brochure is packed with inspiration @CRL_Europe

With all-glass entrances, partitions and doors a trending design in architecture, the new Door Hardware and Office Partition Systems brochure from CRL is bursting with hundreds of products that make creating the look a simple process.

From CRL Langle office partition systems and glazing channels, door controls and patch hardware, sliding and bi-folding doors, to spider fittings, structural standoffs and glass awning systems, the brochure includes all the must-haves for creating a stylish public or private environment.

New education hub provides learning spaces for thousands of Birmingham students @MyBCU

Birmingham City University’s new £31 million building has officially opened today (Wednesday 10 January), offering additional teaching and learning space for 3,000 students and staff within more than 650 rooms.

Facing Gopsal Street, the new building – Curzon B – comprises 100,000 square feet of additional state-of-the-art and experimental facilities for the institution’s existing City Centre Campus courses.

Designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects and constructed by Willmott Dixon, the building will assist in catering for the needs of the institution’s growing student numbers. The canalside development encompasses two sections of six and storeys respectively, with elevated external amenity space.