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Housebuilders have overwhelming returned a vote of “no confidence” in the current operation of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the body which collects a levy on construction companies to help fund skills and training, according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
HBF said that other construction federations were likely to give CITB enough support for its levy proposals for it to continue its work. However, in terms of the total levy paid by housebuilders responding to the vote, 89% voted against it remaining the lead body for construction training, rejecting its proposals. Every three years, CITB is asked by the secretary of state to show that it has continued support from the construction industry, known as a Consensus.
HBF explained that “for some years”, the housebuilding industry’s frustration with CITB had been increasing, with critics questioning its ability to deliver the training requirements unique to the sector.
With the wider construction industry likely to vote for CITB’s continuation, HBF said housebuilders were now keen to work with the body to “drive the truly radical change needed within the organisation to address the concerns the vote has exposed.”
Housebuilding’s response to the Consensus comes ahead of the launch of the Home Building Skills Partnership’s Home Building Skills Pledge at the Housing Market Intelligence conference on Thursday (October 5).
The Skills Pledge commits companies to working together and with subcontractors to recruit and train more people “to the highest industry-agreed standards”, HBF said. It added that all of HBF’s larger members had signed up to the Pledge as well as a growing number of SME members.
HBF’s executive chairman Stewart Baseley said: “Housebuilders desperately need a training body focused on its requirements with which it can work closely to develop training regimes that are easily accessible to companies large and small. We hope this will be the wake-up call CITB needs to drive root and branch change through its entire organisation.”
In June 2017, McCarthy and Stone won 15 Pride in the Job awards, which recognises site managers who achieve the highest standards in housebuilding. The 2017 result was unprecedented for McCarthy & Stone - as it is the largest number of awards ever received by the company.
Included in the 15 awards was the Southern McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles South East, Swift House Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire
It was with the hard work of Gary Pullen, Louis Calpin and the of course the award would not have been won without the exceptional work carried out by the Philpott team.
We are proud to have been part of the hard work and excellent standards of workmanship which was recognised by the National House Builders Council.
This site adds another year and another site to our incredible record of 27 years, each year being part on a top 100 site for the NHBC.
The latest National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey has revealed that 84% of home buyers are happy with the overall quality of their new home.
This is slightly down on last year’s 86% result. The results of the latest NHBC/HBF annual survey, first published in 2006, also showed that 84% of respondents would recommend their builder to a friend against the 85% of last year.
HBF’s executive chairman Stewart Baseley acknowledged the dip, also noting the recent media attention the industry had experienced which had “not always been positive. We can’t ignore the media and political spotlight that the industry is under.”
The industry was committed to addressing the slight fall, HBF and NHBC said. But Baseley added that the latest results also showed that 91% of respondents to the survey would buy a new build home again.
At an event to honour housebuilders who had achieved five stars in the survey, Baseley told the audience that it should be “justifiably proud” of the results, particularly in the context of far higher customer expectations thanks to advanced technology – “everything you want is now instantly available” – and the industry significantly increasing production over the past three years.
“Against that backdrop the results are especially commendable,” Baseley said. “Achieving the highest levels of satisfaction is a huge challenge that requires commitment from everyone in an organisation from top to bottom.”
The survey covers the 12 months from October 2015 to September 2016. Fifteen housebuilders were awarded five stars for the period - the highest achievable accolade in the survey. This is slightly up on last year when 14 companies were crowned five-star housebuilders.
Retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone was a five-star housebuilder for the 12th consecutive year.
The independently-verified survey was launched in response to the 2004 Barker Review of Housing Supply.
Below are the 15 housebuilders who achieved a five-star rating for the 2015/16 period:
Churchill Retirement Living
Mactaggart & Mickel Homes
McCarthy & Stone
Russell Armer Homes
St Modwen Homes
Of the more than 90,500 questionnaires sent to customers 58% were returned. The number of questionnaires sent was an increase of 61% on three years ago.
A big push at Kenavon Drive, Reading saw us complete 97 units in hectic last quarter. A big thank you to all our guys who helped achieve the massive task of painting 97 apartments and houses at Bellways Kenavon Drive, Reading.
This was all the more impressive considering that not only were all the plots finished and handed over, but all communal areas were also completed. Including four, eight story staircases and 32 separate corridor and lobby areas.
Philpotts had 18 painters on site for several periods throughout the development. And its with special thanks to the regular team who worked at Kenavon Drive: Derek May, Dave Crocker and John Richmond who were supported by our contracts manager Steve Odell, thank you and well done.
Email Received from Michael Irwin, Project Manager at Bellway Homes
Well done chaps. We got CML as you know in block A 3rd and 4th and today lock and leaves in first and second floor block B. That's 22 units this week. It really is an excellent effort as on top of that we had another 16 air tests passed, that's 77 without fail, which is extremely hard to achieve. A real well done to Derek (Philpott & Co) who has been painting the busiest staircase in history. It counts that people are putting there bit in to push us through. It is important to me that your men know that I know they don't want to let me down and they haven't !!