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Custom build is double dutch

Our housing minister spent Monday this week visiting Almere’s self build quarter. A contact sent me this article from one of the Dutch papers. He sent it using Google’s haphazard translation programme. I enjoyed the problems it encountered with idioms. Hope you do too. I can’t wait to taste the ‘homebrew’ that is so vital […]

Epic tour of shortlist for Housing Design Awards judges

Planners Mike Lowndes, head of Turley Associates residential, and Meredith Evans, Telford’s ex-head of environment and planning laugh off the Leeds rain as they enter Saxton, an Urban Splash remodeling of 1960s council blocks. The development represents a triumph for Kickstart and is the only flatted development of any size to come on the market […]

End of Winter

Towards the butt end of winter, when nature starts an Advent calendar-like countdown to spring with catkins, bulbs, swelling buds and then green shoots, I start musing about why new-build often fails to exploit planting. What is the point of dedicating areas of greensward to roam if the houses themselves are lost to a sea […]