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Need to know: London mayor offers sites for SME housebuilders

Need to know: London mayor offers sites for SME housebuilders

Ten smaller Transport for London sites are being made accessible in pilot programme to aid SMEs and community led housing groups.

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Case study: A disruptive approach to housebuilding

Case study: A disruptive approach to housebuilding

An initiative in Bristol is demonstrating a citizen-led approach to delivering homes, but funders have yet to catch up with this kind of disruptive innovation, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Turning a city river from a negative to a positive force

Case study: Turning a city river from a negative to a positive force

The river running through Derry-Londonderry has long been a focus for people in despair, but it could now become a catalyst for change, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Creating identity in a new community

Case study: Creating identity in a new community

Developer Knight Dragon is working hard to transform the Greenwich Peninsula site into a place by combining homes with art, meanwhile uses and varied architecture, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: When the local authority leads town centre regen

Case study: When the local authority leads town centre regen

A Buckinghamshire local authority is working with the private sector to regenerate its town centre as part of a strategy aimed at making it financially self-sufficient by 2023.


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Opinion: Boost for small builders has to be worth trying

Opinion: Boost for small builders has to be worth trying

The supposed collapse of the UK's small housebuilding sector has long been lamented as one of the principal contributory factors to the housing crisis. Thirty years ago, four in ten new homes were built by small and medium-sized (SME) builders, according the Home Builders Federation. Now it is barely one in ten. Moreover, since the 2008 financial crisis, one in three SME housebuilders has shut up shop.

Opinion: Tackling the obese city crisis

Opinion: Tackling the obese city crisis

We need to design walkability and health back into Greater Sydney and other cities if we are to address the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Make social value count for communities

Opinion: Make social value count for communities

The Social Value Act has played a critical role in raising understanding of the importance of social value, but now it's time to aim higher, argues Kevin O'Connor.

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