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10.12.2021 by Emily Bull

Fuel Poverty Awareness and Beyond

Last week, on the 3rd of December, it was Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. The statistics behind the day are shocking to say the least.

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22.10.2021 by Mary Bennell

Social Value – The People Approach

As we are all aware social value is a wide-ranging topic which has become more prevalent in the public sector since the inception of the Social Value Act (2012). The squeeze on public sector budgets has exacerbated the need for social value to help generate the desired value for money outcomes.

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07.10.2021 by Tony Woods

Unlocking the value of MMC for social housing

With the many challenges and pressures facing the housing market today – and in particular those faced by the social housing sector – it’s time for providers to start exploring new solutions.

Take up of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is slower for the social sector than amongst private companies, but mounting and almost overwhelming issues demand that all possible avenues are investigated.

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28.09.2021 by Gary Cawley

A call to arms – MMC for all

Look, I get it. There are lots of reasons not to start engaging with modern methods of construction.

Too risky. Too expensive. Too many unknowns. Too much else to do. Especially if you’re a smaller housing provider. And all the while, boards are starting to apply the MMC pressure.

But what if I told you there was an easy way to overcome all these concerns, with a positive impact on the local job market and economy? Would you consider it?

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15.09.2021 by Gary Cawley

Start your retrofit journey here

Four million of the North’s homes need to be upgraded to reach an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) level C. That’s a huge target in itself, but when you factor in the Government's Clean Growth Strategy deadline of 2035 for this to happen, that means 270,000 homes need to be retrofitted every year until then.

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27.05.2021 by John Skivington

A message from John Skivington, LHC Group Director

I have been privileged to be one of only three people in the last 55 years to hold the post of LHC Director.

When LHC was first founded in 1966 (or London Housing Consortium as it was then known), the aim was to bring together the Chief Architects of 13 London Boroughs to coordinate technical and social standards for the booming council house building programme. This was the time we last built 300,000 new homes in Great Britain.

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10.05.2021 by Paul Dawson

Let the public sector lead the way

Paul Dawson, group technical manager at LHC, looks at the runaway demand for the latest Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund grants and explains why public-sector led programmes to transform the energy performance of our buildings are the quickest route on the road to net zero.

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22.03.2021 by Tim Oakley

How post-COVID procurement can help to boost MMC

The first Covid-19 lockdown marked a sudden and radical change for public sector housing and construction procurement. Fast forward to lockdown number three and it appears that the changes of the last year could be beneficial for new MMC contracts in the public sector.

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03.03.2021 by Tim Oakley

Post BREXIT approach to hiring from non-UK countries

The UK construction workforce has long included workers from outside UK, most recently from Eastern European countries, including EU accession states.  In 2017, a CITB research paper revealed that while the UK construction workforce was still largely home-grown, migrants played a critical role, particularly in London, where they make up half the workforce, and in the South East.

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09.02.2021 by Tim Oakley

A post-COVID picture of public sector procurement

The first Covid-19 lockdown marked a sudden and radical change for public sector housing and construction procurement.

The closure of offices and sites initially left local authority and housing association schedules in tatters, with public bodies unable to plan the completion of existing projects or to launch new projects. The preparedness of procurement staff, both on the supplier and buyer side, to carry out their respective duties was placed under significant stress.

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