A new generation of higher skilled trussed rafter designers and fabricators will increase homebuilding standards and protect the construction industry from poor quality products and installations, the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has said.
Timber roof and floor experts and suppliers in Ireland have come together to form a new group within the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA).
The group has seven members already from the Republic and Northern Ireland, including Armstrong Timber Engineering, ATS Trusses Ltd, Cork Roof Truss Company, Harmony Timber Solutions Ltd, Magtruss and Quinn Building Supplies.
The group is now liaising closely with HomeBond, the lead... more
A new collaboration in the engineered wood industry is paving the way for important product quality improvements and increased skills in wall, roof and floor construction for the benefit of housebuilders and developers.
They are cu... more
By the end of the year, we will have distributed nearly £140,000 to assist the retired and sick from the timber trade and also some younger beneficiaries, who have fallen ill, have become handicapped or ... more
It is with great sadness that TRA have received news today that Steve Read Managing Director of Read Brothers Norwich, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his family, following a brave fight, on November 20th, 2016 aged 63 Years. The TRA and its members throughout the trussed rafter sector will mourn the loss of Steve and the contribution which he made to the industr... more
In his Autumn Statement, the chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £2.3 billion housing infrastructure fund for up to 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand, and £1.4 billion for 40,000 additional affordable homes.
He also said that government grants would be relaxed to allow housing providers to deliver a wider range of housing types.
London will also receive £3.15 billion as its share of national affording housing... more
Housebuilders are forecasting increased growth and investment in the sector despite the uncertainty following the EU vote and ongoing challenges with skills and planning.
Prime minister Theresa May has today pledged to “repair the dysfunctional housing market” to help deliver more new homes.
New home registrations in Q2 2016 totalled 41,222, marking the strongest quarter since 2007, according to NHBC’s latest figures published today (July 29). The figures were a 1% lift on Q2 2015. The pre-EU referendum uncertainty had not impacted Q2 statistics, commented NHBC’s ceo Mike Quinton.
Private sector up 6% to 31,753
Public & Affordable 13% drop to 9,469.
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Gavin Barwell has been appointed today as the new minister for housing, planning and London.
He replaces Brandon Lewis who has moved to the position of minister of state for policing and the fire service.
The MP for Croydon Central has previously been a senior government Whip and held PPS roles in the DCLG and under Michael Gove when he was education secretary.
The new minister took to Twitter saying he was: "Lookin... more
Peter Andrew, deputy chairman of the Home Builders Federation said;
“It is too early to understand all the implications of the Brexit vote for house builders. However, it is clear that after decades of undersupply we face an acute housing crisis and demand for new homes will remain high. We will continue working with government and others to ensure we can deliver the number of homes the country needs in the coming years.”
The Home Building Skills Partnership board has met for the first time to begin its work to attract and train tens of thousands of new workers.
The HBSP, headed by John Tutte, ceo of Redrow Homes, consists of a “very strong” group of leaders from across the housebuilding industry, said the Home Builders Federation, one of the HBSP partners.
Over its first four years the HBSP through its programmes will aim to engage wit... more
- Meet the nei... more
HBF and Government have been in discussions for a number of months aimed at ensuring output continues to rise. The Government continues to respond to barriers to housing growth, including through reforms in the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16; whilst the industry has pledged to continue to grow its businesses, invest more in training and provide more transparency around build out rates. HBF will also develop a ‘land ex... more
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the senior businesspeople polled in a major new British Chambers of Commerce survey have revealed that the outcome of the Prime Minister’s renegotiation is unlikely to change how they will vote - despite large majorities saying they are familiar with the objectives of the renegotiation package.
When it comes to how individual businesspeople will vote in a forthcoming referendum, 60% would ... more
Wyckham Blackwell hosted their Autumn Clay Shoot supporting the Midlands Region TTBS. The event was held on Thursday 8th October at the Atkin, Grant & Lang Shooting Ground at Markyate, St Albans with 35 guns competing for the trophies sponsored by Crown Timber.
The weather was excellent and the Atkin, Grant & Lang facilities once again provided a superb venue.
TRA Members supported the event with the overall winne... more
TRA Members are encouraged by the latest housing figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government which show:
- The number of homes started in Q1 is 11% up on Q1 2013 and 41% up on Q1 2011
- 40,340 new homes started in England in Q1
- 34,210 homes were completed in Q1, the highest number since Q4 2008
However, the 137,310 new homes started in 2014 while 10% up on 2013 is still a long way sh... more
TRA Fabricator members identified the following as business critical for 2015:
- Support with Training and Development of new Skilled Staff
- Increasing Manufacturing Efficiency to produce more Trusses
- Assistance in understanding how to grow their businesses
- Maximising return from investment in Quality Assurance
To help members address these issues we have put in place speakers with expertise in thes... more