UK universities will have a very different feel at the start of the new academic year in September with social distancing measures in place, and many offering increased teaching online.
First-time buyers Tasos and Michael felt that after renting for years, the time was right to buy a home of their own. However, what they didn’t anticipate was getting on the property ladder in the midst of a global pandemic.
With construction sites and the housing market re-opening, the construction industry is working tirelessly to introduce new working practices to make it safe for staff and subcontractors to return to work.
Here at Higgins Homes, we are always impressed and inspired by the design flair of our residents. So, while we’re all spending more time in our homes - and making the most of this opportunity to enhance our interiors with décor, furniture and art – we’re launching a competition to find how our residents have transformed their Higgins Home.
Higgins Homes welcomes the Government’s announcement that, as of Wednesday 13th May, it is easing lockdown restrictions for home movers, buyers and sellers while continuing to ensure strict social distancing measures remain in place. This means that alongside developers, estate agents are now able to safely reopen for business, viewings can take place and surveyors and moving companies are able to restart operations.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, construction work across the majority of Higgins Homes’ sites was paused in late March to ensure the safety of our staff and suppliers. We were able to maintain activity on a small number of our sites while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Since then, we have been closely following Government guidance and reviewing our position carefully. Following a detailed review of all measures and the latest Government guidance, we are now in a position that enables us to reopen a number of our sites – where it is safe to do so - on Monday 4th May.
Many people remember the experience of buying their first home, which is usually filled with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. But for Duygu Baydur, an investment banker, originally from Turkey, the experience was simply unprecedented due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A cancelled wedding due to the coronavirus outbreak could be a cause for heart break but for Katie and Alex, they turned the situation into something much more positive.
In just three month, James, a 29 year-old working in finance and living in London, viewed between 25 and 30 flats. This intense process enabled him to quickly understand exactly what he was looking for and get a good understanding of the market.
Luke Perry says of his recent purchase of a three bedroom villa at New Stratford Works.........“It was definitely a positive experience all-round.”
Higgins has completed 201 new mixed tenure homes at Clapham Park, Clapham for Metropolitan Thames Valley.
Although we are living in very uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to our customers to reassure them that we are doing all we can to help with their homebuying needs. With the self-isolation rules firmly in place, the enforced time we are spending in our homes leads us to consider what we would perhaps like to change about them. Many people are reflecting on the lives they have and the things they would like to change, and that can include using the time to research new areas and homes to live in.
Read why, according to one of its' residents, The Reserve in Waltham Cross is the the perfect location to live.
The Connected Partnership, the leading consortium of Octavia Housing, Origin Housing and Shepherds Bush Housing Group, has appointed Higgins to its Contractor Framework.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister to further restrict the movement of people on the 23rd March 2020, we now have taken the decision to close all of our sites from Friday 27th March and as of tonight move all of our office staff to work from home (WFH).
Open for business – although in a slightly different manner. We wanted to reach out to you on our latest news regarding COVID-19 and explain everything that is currently happening at our marketing suites and show homes.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on the 16th March 2020 in response to the situation surrounding COVID-19, The Higgins Group has taken the decision to revise the Groups working practices for the foreseeable future.
To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Higgins invited representatives from Women into Construction and Newham Workplace to visit its site, Woolwich Reach, E16 and see the wealth of career opportunities available to women in the construction industry.
A2Dominion and Higgins have established a joint venture vehicle to deliver a prestigious development in Hanwell, West London which includes homes as well as retail and commercial space.
Living in a stunning rental apartment, two design-conscious buyers were not prepared to compromise on style when stepping on to the property ladder for the first time. Corrado, an associate professor of economics, and his partner Renato, who works at a London-headquartered international development bank were keen to make a good financial investment for their future. Having lived in a high-end rental property, with hotel-style services and amenities, the couple were sad to leave behind their development but knew they wanted to move on with the next stage of their lives.
“Before I purchased, I researched Higgins Home and I saw that they’d won an award for their new homes. That gave me the reassurance I needed to buy, I felt they’d be a company who were keen to get things right.”
Higgins’ commitment to building sustainable communities through community engagement, employment and training opportunities has been recognised at this year’s UK Housing Awards and TPAS Awards.
Higgins has been awarded the £44 million contract to design and build 208 brand new mixed tenure homes for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing on the former iconic Shredded Wheat Factory site in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Islington Council has appointed Higgins on two lots of its New Build Construction Framework. Lot 2 covers projects with a value of between £5 million and £20 million and Lot 3 for projects over £20 million.
Higgins Group plc has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
Higgins has been appointed to five lots on the Hyde Group main contractor framework. Lot 2 covers projects in Kent above £10 million; lot 4 for projects in the South region above £10 million; lot 5 for projects in London between £5 million and £10 million; lot 6 for projects in London above £10 million and lot 7 for projects in all regions above £25 million.
London is without doubt one of the greatest cities in the world but the twenty four-seven lifestyle can sometimes feel exhausting. A home that offers a place to retreat when you need to recharge the batteries but is still in the hub of the action is the ideal antidote. First-time buyer Farida Knott, who works for a creative agency in Farringdon, had been wanting to break out of the renting cycle for a number of years. When she moved from freelance to full-time employment, she seized the opportunity to get on the ladder with assistance from Help to Buy.
Hot on the back of signing the Armed Forces Covenant in the summer, Higgins has been awarded the bronze award in The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.