News & Events

England could need 1m houses by 2025

"Without urgent action to release and consent more land, England’s housing shortfall will total 1 million within 10 years", underlines a report by the global real estate provider Savills. "Britain is facing an annual shortfall of 136,000 new homes across, 100,000 of which is in England", continues the report.  

"This gap can be reduced substantially, but only by boosting the supply of consented development land in high demand locations and supporting a wider range of developers and delivery models". According to Savills, private housebuilders could deliver 150,000 new houses starts a year in England by 2020 but they need to be backed up by a National housing policy. Find out more on Savills website and Telegraph website.

London Build 2015

Over 200 exhibitors, 50 top level speakers and thousands of construction industry professionals are expected to take part in the London Build 2015. The two-day event, hosted at the O2 London, next 18 and 19 June, is the leading construction expo for London and the South of England. Registration is free. For more information visit

DRC timber production deeply affected by illegal logging, NGO reports

"None of D.R. Congo's 87 million euros ($97 million) of timber production appeared to comply with international timber trade laws", underlines a report by Global Witness. The London-based NGO denounces that "Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo's forests, undermining efforts to protect the world's second largest rainforest". Find out more here.

Dennis Smith takes interim role at BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed Dennis Smith on a consultancy basis as Interim Membership Services Director.  He will assist the BMF for a three-month period, while the trade body seeks a permanent replacement for its long-standing Federation Secretary, Peter Matthews. Read more here.

Timber Expo at NEC Birmingham

Timber Expo is one of the most relevant event on the UK construction calendar focused on timber. It is three days in the NEC Birmingham showcasing the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector both from the UK and international market. The event offers 3 days of insightful seminar sessions covering a spectrum of current industry trends and issues, alongside the Structural Timber Association Theatre, BM TRADA Live Zone and an installation collaboration with the Architectural Association. Find out more here.