Sunday, 20 April 2014

Firm foundations

Not all homes built for soldiers returning from World War One have survived the march of time, but those that have are a source of community pride. Caroline Thorpe reports

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  • Lasting memories


    Built across the UK as a quick fix to the post-World War II housing shortage, thousands of prefabricated homes are still going strong. Sonia Zhuravlyova reports on plans to demolish two prefab estates, and why some tenants are desperate to stay put

  • Road in new housing estate named after fallen soldier

    8 January 2014

    A new road in a Wigan council estate will be named after a fallen soldier who had a ‘very promising career ahead of him’.

  • Private pioneers


    Demand for private rented homes is soaring, so how is the housing industry stepping up to the plate? Caroline Thorpe investigates

  • Landlord highlights plight of ex-soldiers

    8 August 2013

    A housing association is highlighting the issues faced by the armed forces trying to get back into civilian life through a series of exhibitions.

  • Building the future – women in construction

    12 March 2014

    There needs to be a call to arms across the construction industry if gender equality in the sector is to be realised, writes Christine Townley


  • Global reach


    Off on holiday this summer? Perhaps you’d prefer to spend a longer stint abroad? Here, Caroline Thorpe speaks to housing professionals based overseas about how their UK experience has gone down among employers on the other side of the world

  • You are where you live


    Stunning views and elegant Georgian architecture aren’t necessarily what you would expect from a homelessness hostel. Caroline Thorpe investigates why one charity thinks a beautiful location is key to its success

  • Room for dignity


    A new toolkit aims to help smaller housing associations address the needs of residents suffering from dementia. Caroline Thorpe reports

  • Housing lessons to learn


    With a week left to enter the Into Africa competition, Erick Kabendera reports from Dar es Salaam on the rise of affordable housing

  • The key to recovery


    Can living in general needs homes give drug and alcohol abusers a better chance of recovery? Caroline Thorpe reports on the three-year pilot study in Northamptonshire that tried to find out