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

Westleigh

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

Women

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

Westleigh

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.

 

Garden villages and growing outdoor trends

Garden villages

This year has been big for the housing market, with the government backing 14 new garden villages to create a potential 50,000 extra homes at the start of 2017. But what are garden villages and what changes can we expect to see when they’re finished? 

To find out more, Arbordeck — a leading supplier of composite decking boards — explores these new housing projects, their regional implications and how they might cause a shift in gardening trends.

Staying sustainable as a first time home buyer

sustainable first time home buyer

Staying sustainable as a first time home buyer

After the government announced key changes last week in the budget which will aid in cutting air pollution by raising diesel tax and investing in electrical cars rather than un-sustainable fuel alternatives, it’s clear that more people are waking up to the reality that sustainability is important. Not only is it something that the government can help with, it’s something we should all be investing in. 

 

The rise in micro-homes the size of a London Tube carriage

Jason Harris-Cohen, micro-homes

The rise in micro-homes - It is no great revelation that London is too expensive for many first-time buyers (FTBs), with the average home costing more than £480,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for September 2017. The Government recently announced that it has scrapped the stamp duty on all first-time house purchases of up to £300,000, and in London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of a £500,000 property by FTBs will be exempt from the tax. While this goes some way to “reviving the dream of homeownership”, as the Chancellor said during the Autumn Budget 2017, the fact remains that house prices are just too high compared to wages for most young people.

Help to Buy hits high notes across the nation

Help to Buy hits high notes across the nation

In March 2013, the government launched its Help to Buy initiative to open the door to affordable home ownership for people right across the nation. 

Help to Buy is a scheme that is transforming the housing sector, as people priced out of the open market are being given the opportunity to pick up the keys to their very own home. 

The scheme offers buyers a five per cent deposit - half as much as the traditional 10% - meaning people stuck in the rental rat run are finally able to put enough money aside to get the ball rolling.