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October 2015

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 3 Product News. . . . . . . . . Pg 4-5 Floors, Walls & Ceilings . Pg 6 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Washrooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 7 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 8 Acoustics & Sound Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 9 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 10-12 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 13-15 Social Housing . . . . . . . . Pg 16-17 Urban Regeneration . . . Pg 18-19 WELCOME There has been a lot of talk and a fair bit of action during both the Coalition years and since the Conservatives took power in May regarding the sell-o of public land to get Britain building again. In principal, it marks a wise move by a Government determined to encourage more housebuilding and to stimulate the UK's wider construction industry. However, the move has also sparked a growing disquiet that such initiatives are only benefiting some at the expense of others. Indeed, MPs have crirticised the land sale process and prompted the property industry to claim that public land should be used to generate income for councils. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has released a report criticising the Department for Communities and Local Government's handling of the disposal of surplus public land. A more business-minded approach to land disposals – where old buildings and surplus property can be used to generate income – would be a far better way to encourage councils currently holding up the process. The report states that despite the DCLG claiming that the programme under discussion had brought forward enough land to provide 109,950 new homes, in fact, "the Department cannot assess whether the programme delivered value for money for the taxpayer." Grosvenor House, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TW T: 01952 234000 F: 01952 234003 E: info@tspmedia.co.uk T A N N E R S T I L E S P U B L I S H I N G TSPMEDIA CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Paul Groves paul.groves@tspmedia.co.uk EDITORIAL CO-ORDINATOR Devan Morgan devan@tspmedia.co.uk ADVERTISEMENT PRODUCTION Charita Lala copy@tspmedia.co.uk DESIGN & ARTWORK Kat Jones kat@tspmedia.co.uk Terms and Conditions - While every eff ort is made to ensure the accuracy of all articles and information appearing in Public Sector Building Specifi cation the publisher does not accept liability for errors and omissions, printing or otherwise, that may appear in this publication. The journal includes photographs provided and paid for by suppliers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any retrieval system without the consent of the publisher. CIRCULATION MANAGER Becki Everitt becki@tspmedia.co.uk ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER Martyn Smith martyn@tspmedia.co.uk TELESALES Nicky Vandesande nicky@tspmedia.co.uk PUBLISHER David Stiles david@tspmedia.co.uk The committee went on to recommend that going forward the DCLG, "must apply a broader test of value for money". While making sure that taxpayers receive value for money is important, the reason there's an insufficient supply of public land for development is because local councils have ignored demands to reveal suitable brownfield sites in their areas. The government's housing manifesto called on local authorities to identify all brownfield sites in their areas and to grant planning permission on 90 percent of these sites by 2020. Yet around half of all councils have yet to do so. The best way to get Britain building again is to employ far greater joined up thinking and equal partnerships between the public and private sector. 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