Construction in the UK

Sustainable Building Solutions for all

The UK construction industry consists of some of the most talented and capable specialists around, most of whom love to transform spaces and develop great places to live and work. The successes of our building companies are celebrated at events and award ceremonies such as the National Construction News Awards, which have been held in London for over 20 years. Innovation, technological advances and excellence in construction are highlighted under the banner of 'people, pride and passion'.

Construction these days is increasingly about sustainability, and new builds are required to demonstrate certain design features which facilitate the use of green energy etc, before planning permission is given. This means options that are generated from natural resources such as the sun, wind, and water. These include things like air source heat pumps, solar panels, water saving systems and LED lighting, where energy stores are naturally replenished. There are government funded incentives to encourage the use of green energy among homeowners such as the Renewable Heat Incentive. The scheme allows those who qualify, and who install and use systems such as air source heat pumps, to receive regular payments.

The need for Affordable Housing

There is also a push for affordable housing, especially in areas like London, as pointed out by the Guardian newspaper. An article here stated that due to lack of affordable housing, there is a danger that London could lose nurses, teachers and emergency workers. Key workers are important to the capital, and their loss could cost billions yearly. London's population is set to increase to 9.8 million by the middle of the next decade, and consequently places like hospitals and schools need to retain their specialised staff. A typical home in Westminster now costs around 961,000, and it's facts like this that prompt people to seek work in other locations.

The recently promoted concept of Garden Villages is being implemented by the government throughout the UK to alleviate the affordable housing shortage nationally. They are described as a 'self sustaining solution', meaning residents have all they need within their community, including homes, work, schools, doctors and shopping areas.

Popular Home Improvements Extensions, Conversions & Conservatories

Although the building industry has seen a positive upturn in recent times, many still prefer to improve or refurbish their homes rather than buy new. This can be for a number of reasons including financial restrictions, practical considerations and convenience. Home improvements are a great way to raise the profile and boost the value of the home, especially if planning to place the property on the market. Future buyers are usually impressed by additions like extensions, conversions, bathroom and kitchen installations and conservatories.

The most popular home improvement projects undertaken within the UK are conversions and extensions which create extra rooms, and new bathrooms and kitchens with state of the art designs and fittings. Also extremely desirable are conservatories enabling enhanced enjoyment of the garden, and central heating for comfort and a damp free home.

Choose a Reputable Builder for your Project

The UK has a vast choice of reputable construction companies, but in order to avoid picking that one rotten apple, take the time to check the company thoroughly. Word of mouth is always a good way to go so if you can access a companies past customers all the better. Another thing to check is that the company has contact details such as a real address and phone number. Always get written quotes, but take note that if the price seems too good to be true it probably is! If the company claims to have membership or certification of certain bodies like NICEIC, check this out also.

If they can start your work first thing in the morning, this is often a red flag too, a good builder is typically a busy one. Once the job is agreed, make sure you have a signed contract, and beware of paying money up front, or of being asked for cash only. Companies such as Premier Build Ltd in Essex have a history of successful construction work and offer a wide range of services including expert project management.

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