Modern Masonry launches research into UK homemakers’ aspirations

Modern Masonry

Today, Modern Masonry, the representative body for the UK masonry industry, launches a specially commissioned report, ‘A Dream Home: An Exploration of Aspirations’.

This important research was conducted in response to a perceived disconnect between the construction industry and consumers, particularly within the housebuilding sector. Do developers truly understand what makes the nation tick?

In an industry where the public’s voice is not often heard, a national sample of 2,000 adults was surveyed to address this concern head on. The results give a clear insight into what UK buyers and renters think.

Security expert issues five-point protection plan in wake of Night Watcher attacks

Croma Security Solutions

Croma Security Solutions, which has earned an enviable reputation from government departments and private residents alike, says there needs to be a reliance on both technology and traditional methods to ensure the best protection.

Following a spate of violent burglaries across the UK – most notably the seven by the so-called Night Watcher in the Home Counties – one of the country’s leading security experts has issued a five-point plan aimed at protecting the residents of expensive homes.  

Standish pupil’s fairy design brought to life at Bloor Homes showhome

Bloor Homes

A creative schoolgirl has designed a bedroom for the showhome at the Bloor homes development in Standish. Alice Waterworth, 8, created a magical fairy tale-themed room for the Bloor Homes at Standish development, where she will soon be living.

The budding artist, whose parents have reserved a home at the development, submitted her spellbinding design to the housebuilder, and was thrilled when they agreed to recreate it inside the new showhome. Alice’s design has been brought to life by interior designers Interior Motives, who incorporated Alice’s ideas into the room’s furnishings and décor.

Alice, who will be moving into a four-bedroom detached home with her parents Catherine and Lewis and her 5-year-old sister Beatrice, said:

Homebuilder takes a walk on the wild side

Hedgehog friendly

David Wilson Homes Mercia is rolling out hedgehog friendly features at all of its upcoming developments in Shropshire following the success of its wildlife friendly show home garden.

The homebuilder recently won an award for its show home garden created in partnership with the RSPB at its Spinney Fields site in nearby Warwickshire. The garden scooped the ‘Temporary Award’ in the Big Biodiversity Challenge Awards and is full of features designed to attract wildlife.  The ‘Temporary Award’ promotes non-permanent environmental enhancements, such as green hording, a temporary green wall or a community engagement initiative.

Local Hook boy names new development Oakwood Grange

Oakwood Grange

An 11-year-old boy who named David Wilson Homes’ Oakwood Grange development in Hook was invited to visit the site after winning a competition.

The creative former pupil at Hook Junior School, Amar Jheeta, chose the name of the new development in a competition hosted by the school.

The leading homebuilder asked pupils at the school for their help and ideas for naming the new development on Griffin Way North.

After almost 100 entries were submitted, Amar won with his suggestion of ‘Oakwood Grange’ which was inspired by the amount of trees in the area.

Amar’s winning name, which impressed the five star housebuilder, will now be used on all of the development’s signs and promotional material.

His father, Bob Jheeta, said:

Leading developer’s apprenticeship schemes lay foundations for a successful career in construction


Westleigh is calling on young people who dream of stepping onto the construction industry ladder to discover the fantastic apprenticeship schemes it has to offer.

Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from Monday 5th to Friday 9th March, the leading developer is promoting its bricklaying and joinery apprenticeship schemes for 2018.

The programme, which takes up to three years to complete, will see trainees split their time between studying in college and getting hands-on experience at one of Westleigh’s construction developments across the Midlands or beyond.

Barratt Homes encourages women to consider a career in construction


Ahead of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March, leading developer Barratt Homes Northampton is encouraging more women to consider careers in the construction industry, with a variety of roles available across Northamptonshire.

With a number of female employees already in a range of roles across the company, the housebuilder is reminding women from all skill sets of the different roles available and is encouraging them to put their experience to the industry.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We want to quash the age old stereotype that the construction industry is a male dominated field as we have many women who work out on site as well as in office based roles.

Take a tour of the showhome at Westleigh housing development from the comfort of your sofa


Property-seekers who dream of moving to a well-connected yet peaceful location now have the unique opportunity to view the Westleigh housing development from home!

The two-bedroom Mitchell showhome has been wowing potential buyers since it was unveiled at the sought-after collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes, which is situated in an area that has been central to the city’s cultural identity for more than 100 years.

And now, prospective purchasers can also take a virtual tour of the showhome from the comfort of their own sofa.

By visiting Westleigh’s website, home-hunters can embark on an immersive and interactive walkthrough of the Mitchell, taking in every corner with amazing 360° views from both inside and outside this gorgeous property.

The most enjoyable ways to use your culinary skills in your new home

culinary skills

Using your Culinary skills and cooking a wholesome meal for the family is the very best way to spend time in your new home.

Asking 2,000 people which type of cooking they like best, the five star housebuilder received an overwhelming response - with more than half of those asked saying they’d rather feed their closest relatives than rustle up an intimate dinner for two (14 per cent).

“Since our buyers tell us the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the new homes we build, we thought we’d find out how people like to spend their time there,” said sales director, Louise Ware.

Maintaining a modern development’s security, without detriment to its design.

 security, without detriment to its design

London is a metropolis filled with a limitless collection of buildings reflecting our treasured, age-old culture. From Buckingham Palace to traditional British pubs and iconic Victorian town houses, our capital is steeped in historic architecture and boasts charm from all angles. However, as the city becomes increasingly cosmopolitan and adapts to the urban preferences of a modernised society, newly erected buildings appear to demonstrate more chic, crisp and savvy design; reflecting our re-found willingness to push boundaries and exceed aesthetic expectations.