Our proposals to government to stimulate the housing market and support homes for heroes
Following the Government announcement on Tuesday that construction workers are a key group being prioritised for Covid 19 testing we have prepared a detailed paper for government which sets out immediate, short and medium term measures focused on stimulating the housing market.
The focus of government and the whole of society is on tackling the immediate health crisis. As this is ...
Partnership Working Never More Important
How does the housing industry manage the implications of suspension of works in response to the current public health crisis; which current actions will best assist the resumption of work and where should longer term stimulus to the market be applied to best effect?
Around the sector, the picture is mixed; volume house builders have generally closed sites with some exceptions. Design and build contracts for housing associations ...
MIPIM Seminar: New Life for Older English Towns
Wednesday 11 March 2020 (09:30 – 11:00 CET)
Radisson Blu Hotel, 2 Boulevard du Midi, Cannes, France
Housing can breathe new life into older towns and cities and help restore activities in many fine older civic buildings as the retail offer often struggles.
At our annual MIPIM seminar, members will hear about schemes and projects from around the country followed by a facilitated Q & A and audience ...
Development Partnership Forum: The New Politics of Housing
Friday 14 February, London (09:30 - 13:00)
What measures will the new government bring in to address housing issues across the nation?
Safety and supply will continue to be very important issues. In this first Development Partnership Forum for 2020, we will examine government priorities and direction in building quality and home safety.
We will also cover local ...
What is the future of housing standards?
The Housing Forum and NHBC will host the Quality Partnership Forum on Thursday 9 January 2020 to examine what role standards will play in shaping the future of housing.
Alongside the ongoing review of the building regulations in relation to fire safety, government consultation is also underway on the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020.
This popular annual networking event for members provides an opportunity to reflect on progress in the sector over the past year. Members morning is also an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues from The Housing Forum's 150+ member organisations.
Our morning seminar will launch our new vision of "A Quality Home for All" and debate approaches to quality assurance.
9.30 Registration, coffee and networking
The Housing Forum is writing to all main party candidates standing in the General Election in England, urging them to place quality house building at the heart of their political agenda.
Addressing politicians representing Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, a manifesto issued by The Housing Forum sets out the steps necessary to solve the country’s housing crisis.
Titled “A Quality Home for All”, the manifesto calls for an effective ...
Quality in construction is hindered by ambiguity in standards and regulations, issues accessing skills and talent and a history of fragmentation. This was some of the feedback from The Housing Forum’s Quality Counts Conference, hosted in London on 13 November.
Opened by Stephen Teagle, chair of The Housing Forum, the event focused on how to deliver quality consistently in the housing sector.
Making Quality Count
The first session, Making ...
The Housing Forum is pleased to announce its involvement at HOMES UK 2019.
HOMES UK will look at the entire ecosystem of home building and maintenance for every type of accommodation in the UK, from affordable to market sale and the rapidly growing build to rent, student, co-living and retirement sectors.
Taking place at the ExCel in London, the conference will welcome 6,000+ attendees, 200+ exhibitors and hear from 350+ speakers spanning 7 theatres on ...
Our members believe that achieving quality is the number one issue in housing today, demonstrated in our latest members' survey which showed that build quality was the priority, closely followed by design quality.
Our industry is often regarded as fragmented, which is why it's important that all involved -from beginning to end- commit to quality.
And the industry also needs to look at how quality is maintained long after the initial build. Our challenge for ...
We are thrilled to announce John Rowan and Partners have joined The Housing Forum.
John Rowan and Partners is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary property and construction consultancy, delivering projects worldwide.
Their services range from quantity surveying, project management, building surveying, clerk of works, health and safety advice, strategic asset management, joint venture supervisor, bank monitoring to hidden homes.
As an organisation, they ...
Mythbusting guide to MMC seeks to solve the affordable housing crisis
A new guide argues that modern methods of construction (MMC) are key to increasing the supply of affordable homes in the UK.
Published by The Housing Forum, MMC for Affordable Housing Developers, aims to help public sector organisations navigate the procurement, planning, design and post-build stages of MMC projects.
It includes a detailed section on mythbusting, highlighting common ...
Quality continues to be a major challenge to our industry and levels of performance must be raised for our customers, for safety and for legacy.
The Housing Forum is holding a dedicated autumn conference to identify actions to commit to quality throughout the supply chain. The theme of this conference is at the heart of one of the key pledges of The Housing Forum.
We will be welcoming 80 delegates who will hear from high profile speakers covering key themes such ...
The Housing Forum’s Manifesto for Housing:
Achieving increased supply of the right homes and raising the quality of new homes are heavily impacted by wider economic conditions and the approach taken by the Government through supply and demand-side measures. The impact of Brexit and policy and investment decisions have the potential to immediately stimulate or contract market forces.
Unlike investment in other infrastructure, Government can commit to capital ...
We are delighted to announce Lovell Partnerships, London has joined The Housing Forum.
Lovell is a leading provider of partnership housing with over 45 years’ experience. With offices across the UK, Lovell provides a comprehensive range of services and can offer a full range of options for partners.
Lovell is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK regeneration and construction group with revenue of c£2.8 billion and which operates through six ...
Thank you to all Housing Forum members and Board members who contributed to The Housing Forum’s response to the Government’s consultation on ‘Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system’ and to Trowers and Hamlins for a helpful summary and overview.
We have long recognised that this is an important issue for organisations involved in the design, procurement and construction delivery of projects and welcome ...
MHCLG Press Release:
Make “places not just homes” and transform retail parks into thriving communities, says Commission
Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission publishes interim report.
Retail parks and supermarkets could be turned into new ‘mixed’ developments for communities, says report.
Calls for great weight on securing beauty in the planning system, for communities to be given an early and more effective voice in ...
Hear from Jim Martin and technical experts on 'Quality Beyond Hackitt' - including an examination of the Mayor of London’s Zero Defect Charter and the work the G15 have commissioned on “After Care” at our upcoming Affordable Housing Group event on Wednesday 22 May.
The Housing Forum and NHBC host a biannual Affordable Housing Group event for the housing and construction industry. The free-to-attend event is an opportunity for delegates to update their ...
Stephen Teagle has been appointed as the new Chair of The Housing Forum.
Chief Executive of Galliford Try Partnerships, and member of the Executive Board, Stephen brings over 25 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector.
In his role as Chair, Stephen will lead the cross-sector membership network for the housing supply chain during a time where the sector is increasingly viewed as fundamental for the country’s future.
He takes over from Andy von Bradsky who was ...
Major construction and engineering projects the world over face the challenge of bringing multiple consultants, contractors and specialists together to integrate their work, services and supplies.
There are great opportunities not only to reduce disputes but also to improve economic and social value through new contract relationships that integrate team members and that embed learning from one project to another.
In response to these challenges, experts in the Centre of ...
We are delighted to announce the launch of The Housing Forum’s annual Yearbook; showcasing the Forum’s achievements in 2018, and previewing our plans for 2019.
Launched at The Housing Forum’s Members Morning event on Friday 7 December at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, the Yearbook provides a detailed summary of how the Forum has influenced the housing agenda during a transformative year for the sector.
Chairman of The Housing Forum, and Architectural ...
It’s just over a year since I joined The Housing Forum and time to reflect on the changes we've seen in housing and construction in that time and the way the Forum has responded to and influenced that change.
I joined the week following the disaster at Grenfell. The aftermath dominated my first year at the Forum. We are a cross-sector membership organisation and people from all sections of the supply chain were deeply shocked and saddened, but also understood it was a ...
The Housing Forum is delighted to be presenting the findings of our influential report ‘Stopping Building Failures’ at UK Construction Week 2018 (UKCW).
The co-chairs of the working group responsible for the report, Andy Tookey, Managing Director at Baily Garner and Nigel Ostime, Project Delivery Director at Hawkins Brown, will be joined by Austen Reid, Group Director of Development at Clarion and Katie Saunders, Partner at Trowers & Hamlins to discuss how the ...
Our highly anticipated report, 'Stopping Building Failures: How a Collaborative Approach can Improve Quality and Workmanship', is set to be launched next week in London.
Co-chaired by Andy Tookey, Managing Director at Baily Garner and Nigel Ostime, Delivery Director Hawkins\Brown, the working group responsible for the report draws directly from the expertise of our member organisations - commercially successful businesses who employ thousands of staff and contribute ...
In anticipation of The Housing Forum’s latest report ‘Stopping Building Failures’, Construction Manager Magazine have published a preview of the findings in their latest edition.
Commissioned following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the key report will provide a range of recommendations to address the “significant minority” of residential projects which have serious defects.
Responding to Housing Forum Members concerns that ...
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has announced a new £18million fund to accelerate house building in order to provide thousands of new homes where people will want to live.
From 11 November 2016 councils are able to bid for a share of the ‘capacity fund’ which is created to tackle planning issues that can cause delays and prevent builders from getting on site and starting work quickly.
The £18million will help accelerate delivery of up ...
CEOs of The Housing Forum member organisations met in Birmingham on 21st September 2016 to discuss shaping the future for the Midlands housing offer. Focus was on how to improve quality in construction and ensure that shared ownership and other tenures can be built out commercially – even if the market fluctuates.
The conclusions of the Forum are:
- Particularly in times of uncertainty joint ventures offer a good basis for the long-term
- Shared ...
The g15 – who represent London’s largest housing associations– has launched a report which documents 35 of its estate regeneration projects. It highlights the importance of estate regeneration in solving the capital’s housing crisis and identifies what is required to deliver more.
The ‘Meeting the Challenge of Urban Renewal: The g15’s Contribution to Regenerating London’s Estates’-report shows how partnerships ...
The Housing Forum welcomes the announcement of additional funding to support the Home Building Fund and the introduction of the Accelerated Construction Fund announced by the Chancellor and Communities Minister this week.
The funds will provide £1bn of development finance for 25,000 homes this Parliament and up to £2bn for longer term delivery. The Accelerated Construction Fund has also been announced to support building on Government land, ...
How to build more homes? This was the first question raised and responded to by Tim Wates – who urged that infrastructure in towns had to be improved when new homes are planned.
Tim Wates- Chairman- Wates Developments
David Lunts raised issues of the challenges for affordable homes in London where capital values are ten times higher than in Birmingham.
David Lunts, Executive ...
A recent Housing Forum Working Group that I chaired sought to look at new ways Registered Providers (RP’s) could deliver their development programmes.
The difficulty RP’s have is that the external constraints they currently face are unlikely to ...
The output from the CEO Lunch Forum "Lyons Housing Review" held in January 2015 is now available to download below. Principal Speaker: Sir Michael Lyons and contributions from: Keith Exford, Affinity Sutton and Bill Hughes, Legal & General Property
An extract of the output is available below with a link to the full document.
"Mobilising across the nation to build the homes our children need” is the Oct 2014 report from the review led by ...