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    100 new jobs to be created as modular homes building comes to sprawling Hull site – Business Live - November 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    More than 100 new jobs look set to be created in Hull after off-site construction specialist M-AR secured a new 100,000 sq ft factory.

    The Melton-based company has acquired the large premises in Freightliner Road, enabling it to increase and accelerate the delivery of modular housing across the UK.

    Production capacity will be tripled for the 13-year-old firm, allowing it to deliver 750 homes a year, ramping up to 1,000 by 2022.

    Rob Grimbleby, managing director, said: Expanding our manufacturing operation is a key strategic milestone for us and is testament to our great people and our partners, many of whom have worked alongside us for many years.

    Modern methods of construction provide a route to increase the supply of high-quality buildings around the country, and its been great to see recent announcements from the government in support of the off-site sector.

    We are proud to be opening our second factory in the UK in delivering much needed, energy efficient housing that assists housing associations, registered providers, local authorities and our developer partners to respond to the current housing shortage.

    Indeed, the unique challenges of Covid-19 and the housing crisis will see an acceleration in new forms of delivery, and we are well placed to help customers deliver turnkey projects. Enquiries remain strong across all our market sectors, and we are particularly excited about the housing sector, where we feel we have the right skills and approaches to provide best value to our new and existing customers.

    The expansion plans at the former Actavo facility follow a string of key framework appointments and contract wins, including the Central Housing Investment Consortium, a 15 year 573 million housing programme and the 400m Procure Plus off-site housing framework.

    M-AR will further invest in development training, providing skills for local people to work on the low carbon homes, made from light gauge steel. They include bungalows and apartments.

    It is estimated that one quarter of new homes will be of modular build, with East Yorkshire a strong cluster.

    The combination of a strong concentration of trades following the post-war rebuilding of Hull and it being a prime timber import location saw the sector blossom, with caravans and park lodges widening to commercial, industrial and now residential accommodation, with building methods brought on significantly.

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    There’s no such thing as affordable housing in Toronto – NOW Toronto - November 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    As COVID creates urgency around homelessness, frontline workers say the affordable housing solutions fail to address the root causes

    Samuel Engelking

    The phrase is a favourite for municipal and federal governments alike, but its meaning has become deceptively confusing over the years: affordable housing. The term has been used to describe rental rates for middle-class households, to gesture widely to a crisis plaguing Toronto and to refer to housing supposedly made for the citys most vulnerable communities.

    But who is affordable housing really for? Housing advocates say that the term has changed so much that it has become meaningless, vaguely pointing to a level of affordability that is nowhere near accessible for the citys currently unhoused population.

    Affordable housing in Toronto could refer to a variety of housing structures, including subsidized, modular, supportive, rent-geared-to-income and social housing. Each has a slightly different purpose and represent different levels of affordable.

    A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report found that a renter would need to make $27.74 per hour to be able to afford a one-bedroom in Toronto. And a minimum-wage worker would need to work 79 hours per week. When you consider a vacancy rate that, in 2019, hovered around 1.5 per cent (a healthy rental market should have a minimum rate of three per cent), you have all the makings of an affordable housing crisis.

    The government defines affordable housing as shelter expenses that represent less than 30 per cent of pre-tax (or gross) income.

    Though the crisis is one that hits most income levels, its effects are most vividly seen among the more than 10,000 people currently unhoused in Toronto any given night. And with a chronically low supply of affordable housing options, they have nowhere to go.

    At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter capacity went down in order to allow for physical distancing, and encampments began to pop up in parks as people experiencing homelessness looked for alternative places to stay.

    The city has been reluctant to allow the encampments, citing city bylaws that dont allow people to inhabit parks overnight. But with limited shelter capacity and the pandemic resulting in more unhoused people due to job loss and evictions, options are slim.

    In recent weeks, the city has announced initiatives to tackle the shortage of affordable housing options. It plans on building 250 supportive modular homes over the next two years, and has also received funding from the federal government for the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), with the goal of creating a minimum of 417 new permanent affordable homes.

    However, housing activists say these plans are insignificant and, ultimately, not truly affordable. The demand for affordable housing vastly eclipses the meagre supply being proposed by the city, and activists say that very few of these units are genuinely affordable for the people who need it most.

    Since federal and provincial governments pulled out of social housing funding in the 1990s, the rental costs of so-called affordable housing funded by the municipal government have often been much higher. In Toronto, units that start off affordable dont stay that way, meaning that the city is losing its current affordable housing supply while barely adding to the new supply. Activists are calling for a commitment from the city to rent-geared-to-income and supportive housing, coupled with a real effort to control the citys rental market.

    The way we think about homelessness needs to change, says Greg Cook, an outreach worker and housing advocate with Sanctuary Toronto.

    The term chronic homelessness is problematic, because it individualizes a systemic issue, he says. Its actually a failure by the media and the government to acknowledge that we have a crisis because people cant afford housing.

    Cook says government officials are quick to point to mental health and addiction as the complex issues fuelling homelessness, but he says all that does is obfuscate the real economic problem.

    Basically, were not willing to, at the very least, regulate a runaway real estate industry thats making tons of money, he says. Meanwhile, people just cannot afford rent on minimum wage or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW).

    The way we think about and regulate rent prices also needs to change, says Melissa Goldstein, a local housing advocate. She argues that a lack of vacancy control and eviction prevention has turned Torontos rental market into the wild west.

    Vacancy control would limit the amount landlords can raise rent in between tenancies. In Ontario, landlords can only raise rent on existing tenants every year by a provincially mandated residential rent increase of 2.2 per cent. But landlords can also raise rent between tenants, and without vacancy control, they can scale up rent prices by 30 or 40 per cent.

    If we had vacancy control, I think it would not be nearly as important that we dont have adequate social housing, because we just wouldnt have the rising rents that were seeing, she says. Housing would just be more affordable.

    Matias Kunzle, Montgomery Sisam Architects

    The citys modular housing project takes shape at 11 Macey Avenue in Scarborough.

    David Hulchanski has studied homelessness and housing affordability in Toronto and Canada for over 40 years. Hes tracked how social housing spending has gone down over the past few decades. From 1965 to 1995, the city of Toronto added an average of 3,900 new social housing units per year to the housing market, meaning social housing made up around 12 per cent of the total housing supply.

    At the time, the federal government was responsible for funding most social housing initiatives, recognizing that municipalities had nowhere near enough cash to keep up with demand.

    Until around the late 1980s, homelessness wasnt really a well-recognized or much-used phrase, Hulchanski says. In the few reports or studies looking at homelessness from the 60s to 80s, the common phrase was homeless and transient men.

    What was going on since the Industrial Revolution was there would be some people, mainly men, who werent associated with a family home, who drifted from job to job and lived in poorer areas in the city, he explains.

    However, in 1993, the federal government made the decision to cease funding new social housing. By 1996, the feds announced that management and subsidization of social housing would be transferred to provinces. In Ontario in 1998, the provincial government transferred financial responsibility for social housing to municipalities, and passed the Social Housing Reform Act in 2000 to implement the transfer.

    Hulchanski says the downloading of social housing is a major factor in the rise of homelessness as a widespread crisis. Because of the lack of social supports and the cutbacks of new social housing, you had everyone and anyone women, men, young and old, families finding themselves unhoused, he explains.

    People always talk about how the federal government pulled out of supporting social housing, Goldstein adds. The impact of that has been huge because there hasnt been anything to replace it.

    In December 2019, the city released the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, a 10-year plan outlining goals for, among other things, building more affordable and supportive housing units. The target is to build 40,000 new affordable housing units over 10 years, with 18,000 of those in supportive housing.

    Supportive housing provides a combination of housing assistance and supports, including for mental and physical health.

    The problem with that plan is really just the lack of funds to implement the goals, Goldstein says.

    To make the plan a reality, the federal and provincial governments must fund each action item. The city is asking Canada and Ontario to provide capital and ongoing operating funding to support the creation and delivery of 18,000 supportive housing homes over the next 10 years, which are anticipated to cost a total of $6.4 billion in capital costs and $300 million in ongoing annual operating costs.

    Even if the city does come up with the money, Cook worries it wont be enough. Im frankly concerned it wont even keep up to the level were at now, he says. In the last 10 years, they didnt even get halfway to what they said theyre going to do.

    In the citys 2000-2010 action plan, the goal was to create 1,000 affordable housing units annually. Toronto hit that target once in 2012 due to additional provincial and federal economic stimulus funding. In other years, the city barely reached 400 units.

    Even then, it was basically making housing somewhat affordable for middle-class people, Cook says. I would argue that that trend has continued, so when they say 40,000 units, most of those units arent accessible to people on ODSP and OW.

    Compared to the citys historical social housing supply, Hulchanski says Torontos current plan is totally insignificant. He notes that while their goal averages out to around 4,000 new units a year, those units wont count as true social housing.

    I call it fake affordable housing; its market housing to help developers who build rental buildings to market their very expensive rental buildings, he says.

    The city has increasingly turned to a public-private partnership model. Developments will often combine not-for-profit, private and public participation on projects, resulting in affordable units being included alongside other units in a new condo or apartment building.

    Hulchanski points to Mirvish Village as an example of how Toronto conceives of affordable housing. Its a for-profit development that includes 916 rental units at different affordability levels.

    According to a recent report by Goldstein, 85 of the units will rent for 80 per cent of average market rent (AMR) for 25 years, after which point rent can be raised again. Another 281 units will rent at 30 per cent of median before tax total income for households in the area for 10 years.

    According to the city of Torontos 2020 affordable housing model, 80 per cent of AMR would equal $1,099 for a one-bedroom apartment.

    Goldstein writes that the city funding that went toward this development could have funded 65 units of permanently and deeply affordable public housing. These units would rent at the established deeply affordable rental rate of 30 per cent of individual household income, rather than the median before-tax total income for households in the area.

    Goldstein says the city is losing affordable housing at a much faster rate than its being created.

    We lose it every time somebody moves out and housing gets more expensive, and we lose it through rent redevelopment, she says. When a unit with rental housing is redeveloped, Goldstein says the redeveloped properties are often rented at a higher rate.

    Her report mentions the Queens Hotel eviction, in which 27 tenants were mass evicted for redevelopment and renovation purposes after the city failed to secure it as affordable housing.

    As mentioned earlier, the pandemic spurred the city to announce Torontos first modular supportive housing project, which will see 250 units built over two years.

    So how much will they cost to rent?

    Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of families, children and social development and MP for York South-Weston, says the government has different definitions for different affordability levels.

    Some mixed housing units incorporate some market rental units, some somewhat affordable units, and then some deeply affordable units, he says. Deeply affordable means 30 per cent of the persons income and somewhat affordable is 80 per cent of AMR in Toronto.

    He couldnt specify at what rate the RHI units would rent for, but even if all 417 units are created within a year, along with the 250 modular homes, the city is still falling far behind its yearly 4,000 affordable housing units goal.

    Hussen says that while the federal government is happy to provide funding for initiatives like the RHI, the province needs to step in too.

    We said we will eliminate chronic homelessness, but were not going to meet those targets or even exceed them if we dont have other levels of government come in, he says.

    In response to an interview request, a rep for Parkdale-High Park councillor and city planning and housing committee member Gord Perks said the city has issued the COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan, which is an urgent appeal to the federal and provincial governments to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes, within the next 24 months, for homeless, vulnerable and marginalized residents.

    The 3,000 homes would include 1,000 new permanent modular homes, 1,000 new permanent affordable rental homes created through acquisitions and shovel-ready construction projects and new portable housing benefits that will assist 1,000 people secure housing and pay rent.

    A spokesperson from Ontarios ministry of municipal affairs and housing said in a statement the province is providing the city with an additional $217 million through housing and homelessness programs next year and accelerating approval for the two modular housing projects and three developments in West Don Lands. The statement also points to the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit, a joint federal-provincial housing allowance that will invest up to $1.4 billion over nine years.

    Matias Kunzle, Montgomery Sisam Architects

    The citys housing plan aims to build 40,000 new affordable units over 10 years, with 18,000 of those in supportive housing.

    Since last November, Candace, whose name has been altered for privacy, has been living in a shelter hotel with her two children after leaving an abusive home situation. At the time, she was put on a priority list for community housing. But its been a year and she says she hasnt heard anything.

    Picture someone who maybe lost her job and fell behind on her bills and ended up getting evicted. She has nowhere to go, she doesnt have friends or family, so she ends up at a shelter. The list that she goes on is the housing list for a person whos homeless, Candace explains.

    Thats a forever list. Thats 10 years. Thats not emergency.

    A report by Social Planning Toronto found that in 2019 over 110,000 households were on the waitlist for social housing.

    It could take years before [someone] can get out of the shelter system and get housing, says Roxie Danielson, a street nurse who works with people in the shelter system. The ODSP rates are just so low, and its just not enough for people to afford market rent, for example.

    [The city] announced theyre going to buy some land and put modular housing there, but it was nowhere near enough the amount thats needed for people that actually do need housing, she continues. The city is just not investing enough there.

    The lack of supply means people on waitlists end up in housing that doesnt meet their needs.

    Candace ideally wants to move to Halton. But shes seen other women at the shelter on the waitlist get housing in neighbourhoods she would never consider.

    I chose somewhere out of town, somewhere quiet, somewhere that I can feel safe to raise my kids and my kids can walk to school and be safe, she says.

    Diana McNally is a frontline worker who works with the Toronto Drop-in Network, and she sees the lack of housing options as a recurring problem particularly when it comes to supportive housing.

    Ive known lots of folks who really dont want to be housed in these kinds of units. Maybe they have animals and they cant have animals. They have a partner, but its a bachelor unit. Oftentimes, in supportive housing, youre not allowed to have guests, she says. Theyre looking for a place that suits them and theres not necessarily a lot of flexibility.

    She thinks about the lack of options when people wind up homeless again after being placed in permanent housing.

    If you look at folks who are sleeping rough, about 16 per cent of them, once they are housed, return to homelessness within one year, and they return an average of 2.3 times, she says. Any idea that it is permanent housing is patently false.

    McNally says part of the solution is to include people experiencing homelessness into conversations around housing needs and housing solutions.

    We really need to actually engage people in a much more fulsome way to ask what are the services that they really need to remain housed, and make sure that those are in place over long periods of time, she says.

    She also notes that while the government can say that projects such as the modular housing units are geared towards multiple equity-seeking groups, the supply is so low that theres no way for that to match up.

    In fact, this kind of housing does not necessarily make sense for a lot of folks, she says. And so I deeply question, how are they going to prioritize who has access? I dont know.

    Hulchanski points out that the idea of supportive housing being key to getting people off the streets is not new.

    He cites a 1999 report on an action plan for homelessness that highlighted the need for supportive housing; then only a few years later, the federal government pulled out of social housing funding entirely.

    A key part of [the 1999 report] was a modest ask for 5,000 additional supportive housing units over a short period of time, and then maybe more depending on if we need more, he says. Again, we know what to do. We just havent been doing it.


    Julia Mastroianni and Melissa Goldstein discuss Torontos affordable-housing crisis in the latest episode of the NOW What podcast, available on Apple PodcastsorSpotifyor playable directly below:

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    Julia Mastroiannis first attempt at writing resulted in the first 20 pages of a novel that she promptly abandoned, a year after starting, at age nine, because she couldn't bear to read her own work. Since then, shes completed assignments at various publications, including Post City Magazines and the National Post.

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    The Best Lego Sets for Kids and Adults – - November 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Creating structures and imaginary worlds with Lego building bricks can be fun at every age. An abbreviation of two Danish words, leg and godt, the Lego name is a creation of Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen that translates to play well. This intention has flourished since the Lego Groups invention of small bricks with interlocking studs in 1958, and the brightly colored bricks inspire kids and adults to do exactly that.

    When combined in Lego sets, the bricks and pieces can create a range of specific projects, like a space rocket, townhouse, or construction vehicle. Whether youre looking for a small project for a child or a large project that can take days for an adult to complete, there are a variety of Lego sets available for any age group, price, or interest. Read on to discover some of the best Lego sets by category.

    When shopping for a Lego set, there are a number of things to think about, such as project theme, age appropriateness, and number of pieces. Since Lego sets can be used as both toys and collectors items, its helpful to determine the objective of your selection. No matter the set you buy, there is the added flexibility to combine sets, because the traditional Lego brick still fits together with any piece manufactured since 1958.

    Children and adults are attracted to Lego sets for different reasons. Younger children tend to play with the bricks in a less structured way, while older kids and adults may focus on building techniques and the accuracy of the finished project.

    Adult Lego enthusiasts may buy sets with the intention to collect and display the completed project as a design element in their homes. Some of the best Lego sets can increase in value over time, making them a good investment.

    For children and adults, the act of assembling Lego bricks can provide a relaxing experience that may help relieve anxiety and stress. In the United States, behavior therapists and teachers use Lego sets as a tool to calm hyperactive children and promote cooperative learning. When children construct a set with other kids, they strengthen their collaboration abilities and develop more effective communication skills.

    Some sets are used for group activities through after-school programs and interactive Lego fan-run communities that include building clubs and informational websites.

    While there are kids and adults at every age who look forward to the challenge of constructing intricate Lego sets, the building complexity of each set is evaluated and assigned to a certain age group. The recommended age group is printed on the packaging, so its easy to identify the best Lego set that is age appropriate.

    Age recommendations are especially important when selecting Lego sets for toddlers who are too young to play with the small parts that could be a choking hazard. Starting at age 2, children can play with chunkier sets called Duplo that are designed to help toddlers with fine motor skills and imaginative play. The sets with the iconic smaller bricks are recommended for kids who are over 5 years old.

    The size of the completed project can be a big factor when shopping for a Lego set. While a Lego project can be built and then taken apart when its done, many Lego enthusiasts plan to display the finished project. Some adults and children combine Lego sets to create little worlds that can include realistic towns from one type of set and imaginative worlds with creatures and vehicles from other various sets.

    The chosen size of the completed set and collection of sets can be determined by the amount of space available to devote to the hobby. Its important to look at the completed set size when shopping. Many Lego sets with hundreds of pieces range in size from inches to a little more than a foot in mass. Sets that include thousands of pieces can be as big as 40 inches wide or 27 inches tall. Sets of this size are perfect for the minifigure characters that are just four bricks tall, but it can be more challenging to find space in your home for those larger sizes.

    A Lego sets level of difficulty and completion time depends on the number of pieces. Lego sets with more parts can take many hours or days to assemble.

    Beginner sets with larger bricks for toddlers have about 16 or more pieces. Standard-size brick sets for beginners typically have about 100 pieces, so it shouldnt take young builders long to put them together. Most Lego sets for older children have a range of 100 to 1,000 bricks. The complexity of sets amps up when the number hits more than 1,000 bricks, and the largest sets exceed 7,000 pieces.

    Over the years, the size of Lego sets has continued to grow. The number of bricks in a set has increased by an average of 1.9 percent annually, while the largest sets are increasing an average of 5 percent each year.

    Adding to the challenge, the Lego sets that have a lot of pieces include nonbrick pieces. These can include baseplates, wedges, slopes, tiles, windows, doors, wheels, fences, and decorated parts. Good organization is an important component in keeping track of the types of pieces and successfully completing one of the larger projects.

    Some Lego sets combine fixed and movable parts. The fixed parts include the standard bricks and accessories like base plates and windows. The movable parts are made up of pieces like axles, gears, and connector pegs.

    Adding to the movement features are motorization. There are two types of motors: the pull-back and Powered Up. Some Lego sets offer Powered Up as a tech platform that supports sensors and smart motors to rev up your set for speed, sound, and lights. A wireless Bluetooth connection via a free app allows for remote control operation.

    Lego offers a multitude of themes based on age, purpose, and interest. For kids, the themes include pirates, space, dinosaurs, superheroes, houses, castles, and more. For teens and adults who are interested in constructing collectibles, there are modular houses, cars, buildings, and seasonal sets. There are sets inspired by well-known films and produced because fans have voted for them, themed sets with power functions to make vehicles move, and a series of Lego sets that brings iconic buildings from around the world to life.

    Lego Group also produces licensed theme sets such as Batman, Spider-Man, DC Universe, Marvel, Disney, Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Minecraft, Ninjago, and Star Wars.

    Lego knows that some builders crave creative freedom instead of following instructions. While some builders may use structured sets to build their own new forms, others prefer to use sets designed for free-form creativity. For these builders, Lego offers sets that let builders decide what creations they want to make. There is a starter set for the youngest builders that comes with a storage case filled with plain bricks, decorated bricks, numbered bricks, a buildable wagon base that has turning wheels, two windows, a dog, and a boy figure.

    For builders ages 4 to 99 years old, there is a set with 1,500 pieces that includes bricks in 33 colors. It also includes a green baseplate along with windows, eyes, and wheels for creating structures, figures, and vehicles.

    No matter the set used, constructing the plastic bricks into a completed form encourages children to problem solve, think creatively, follow directions, and persevere. The process also aids in developing spatial awareness, fine motor skills, and coordination.

    The widespread interest in Lego sets bridges generations, making them fun for every age. Used as an education tool, a make-believe toy, or a serious hobby, Lego sets foster ingenuity in all age groups and are versatile in their use and in their finished forms.

    The versatility and durability of Lego sets stands out among other toys, especially since the bricks and accessories can last for decades and are interchangeable from one set to another. With each addition of more bricks and sets, the amount of building opportunities expands, and creativity abounds.

    Lego sets can make the perfect gift. When shopping for a Lego set, keep in mind the recipients age, set size, number of pieces, power capability, and the theme to ensure all your requirements are met. Here are some of the best Lego sets available on the market.


    This brick box is a good introduction for first-time builders, and its ideal for supplementing other Lego sets. The plastic storage box is packed with 790 pieces that are compatible with all Lego construction sets. Thats why the Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box is recommended for ages 4 to 99.

    Included in the set are building ideas for a house or scooter, but you are free to unleash your imagination. In the box, youll find 33 different-colored bricks, eight types of windows and doors, two green baseplates, and six tires and wheel rims. One baseplate measures 6 inches by 6 inches, and the other is 4 inches by 2 inches.


    The budget-friendly Lego Creator 3-in-1 Townhouse Toy Store is a lot of value for the money. Kids can choose their adventure with three building options that include a townhouse, toy store, cake shop, and flower shop. Adding to the fun are realistic accessories such as a working rocket ride, cakes, two minifigures, a bird, and flowers.

    For hours of fun and pretend play, children ages 8 and up can assemble a townhouse with a street-level toy store and an upstairs apartment. Then they can rebuild it into a cake shop with an outside seating area or reassemble it into a flower shop with a skylight. The largest building in the Lego set is the townhouse toy store, which measures 7 inches by 5 inches by 3 inches.


    Your preschooler can build a steam train while developing communication skills, fine motor skills, and cognitive skills. The push-and-go motor moves the train along the tracks. An optional app has additional activities and allows children to operate the train with a remote control.

    The Lego Duplo Steam Train set for ages 2 to 5 has a locomotive driver, squirrel and child figures, refueling can, suitcase, bread, and a spade. To assemble the locomotive, passenger carriage, train station, coal tipper, and tree, the set contains 59 pieces. Among the pieces are 16 individual tracks and five action bricks that make the train sound the horn, turn on the lights, refuel, change direction, or stop. The steam train with attached passenger carriage measures 3 inches by 11 inches by 2 inches, and the train station is 5 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches. Batteries are required, but theyre not included.


    The Lego City Ice-Cream Truck set provides rich details to ignite the imagination of little ones ages 5 to 7. They can build the truck and serve ice cream to customers.

    The 200-piece set comes with an ice cream seller, skateboarder, and a dog figure along with accessories such as ice cream cones, skateboard, helmet, and money.

    Directions are included for constructing the colorful truck that measures 4 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches. You also can use the Digital Instructions Plus available through the Lego Life app. The digital instructions allow novice builders to zoom in and rotate the model to aid them with assembly.


    Aspiring astronauts will find the building blocks necessary to build their way to a space mission in the Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control set. With the 837-piece set, they can construct a customizable multistage rocket with a cockpit, booster, and payload storage modules. A monorail system with two cars has access to multiple stops along the track.

    The launch control tower is the heart of the space center, where two scientists and a launch director prepare the ground crew technician and two astronauts for liftoff. Additional items include a rover with an articulated grappling arm, telescope with folding solar panels, magnifying glass, and robot figure.

    This Lego set is recommended for kids ages 7 to 9. The standing rocket measurements are approximately 16 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches, and the monorail track is about 3 inches by 14 inches by 18 inches.


    Builders ages 12 and up learn about the elements of engineering as they construct the authentic 4,108-piece Lego Technic Liebherr Excavator. The functional, high-tech construction toy is run by three XL motors, four L motors, and two Bluetooth-controlled smart hubs. Its also operated with the Lego Technic Control+ app.

    Hours of immersive play are provided with realistic features and motorization. Kids can engage sound effects, rotate the excavator, move the boom and bucket, and drive the machine forward and backward. With a smart device, they can record driving distances and power usage. The impressive excavator model requires batteries (not included) and measures 15 inches by 25 inches by 10 inches.


    This Lego set is an accurate replica of the White House for builders ages 18 and older interested in history, design, and architectureor for those who just want to immerse themselves in a creative project. While assembling the 1,483-piece set, builders re-create the presidents Executive Residence and the colonnades that connect the East and West Wings along with the Rose Garden and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden.

    Builders can divide the model into three sections for closer examination. The completed model is 4 inches by 18 inches by 7 inches.


    Over the years, the Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon has remained a perennial favorite. The model is based on the Corellian freighter from the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

    The Lego design allows access inside the freighter and features a cockpit that opens. The interior is filled with details such as a cargo area with two containers, navigation computer with rotating chair, couch, Dejarik hologame table, galley, bunk, hidden smuggling compartment, and a hyperdrive with repair tools. The freighter is ready for battle with rotating top- and bottom-gun turrets, two spring-loaded shooters, and a lowering ramp.

    The set includes seven character figures, so kids can act out Star Wars adventures with Finn, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Boolio, R2-D2, and D-O. It is recommended for ages 9 and up and the starship measures 5 inches by 17 inches by 12 inches.


    Builders construct Tony Starks Iron Man Hall of Armor using the 524 pieces in the set. The Lego set has a rotating podium with two posable robotic arms and detachable modules that are designed for combining and stacking in a variety of ways. Some of the modules are the lab, kitchen, and various storage units. The six Marvel Universe minifigures include Iron Man MK 1, Iron Man MK 5, Iron Man MK 41, Iron Man MK 50, and two Outriders.

    The Lego Marvel Avengers Iron Man Hall of Armor is recommended for builders ages 7 and up. When the Iron Man Lab is completed with modules in standard formation, it measures more than 5 inches by 13 inches by 6 inches. The Igor Suit is about 3 inches by 1 inch by 3 inches.

    The popularity of Lego sets endures because they are a quality product that captivates builders of all ages. Since the Lego Group continues to introduce new sets and institute new technology, you may have more questions. The following popular questions and answers may help.

    Lego sets can be expensive because the company manufactures a higher-quality product than its competitors and pays licensing fees for brands such as Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel.

    The largest Lego sets include Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon, Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, and the Taj Mahal. The Millennium Falcon set has the most pieces at 7,541.

    Sometimes Lego sets have extra pieces; this may happen because the pieces arent counted. Instead, the pieces are automatically weighed and packaged. If you need an extra piece for a set, each piece has a unique number to make replacing pieces easier.

    Lego pieces are stored in a variety of ways. For example, you can keep them in boxes, cubes, containers, or bins. Some Lego builders keep pieces in carts and chests with drawers.

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    Former Jersey City elected official indicted – The Hudson Reporter - November 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Sudhan Thomas, former president of the Jersey City Board of Education and former Acting Executive Director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP), along with Ocean County attorney Paul Appel, were indicted for embezzlement, money laundering, and fraud in connection with multiple criminal schemes, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Nov. 2.

    Thomas, 45, was charged in a 26-count indictment with embezzling funds from the JCETP, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection with the alleged JCETP theft.

    Thomas was charged with wire fraud for allegedly embezzling money from his 2016 school board campaign, wire fraud for allegedly embezzling money from his 2019 school board campaign, bank fraud for allegedly stealing checks issued by and to another school board candidates campaign in 2018, and mail and wire fraud for allegedly defrauding two Florida-based companies.

    In January Thomas was charged by criminal complaint with embezzling funds from JCETP. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $75,000 unsecured bond.

    Paul Appel, 78, of Point Pleasant, is charged as Thomass alleged accomplice in several of the schemes, including the alleged embezzlement of funds from the JCETP, alleged money laundering in connection to the JCETP theft, the alleged embezzlement of money from Thomass 2016 school board campaign, and the alleged fraud against the two Florida companies.

    Alleged theft of federally funded nonprofit

    Thomas served as the JCETPs acting executive director from January 2019 until his resignation in July 2019.

    The JCETP is a nonprofit organization that receives federal funding from grants to help residents prepare for and enter the workforce.

    From March 2019 through July 2019, Thomas allegedly embezzled more than $45,000 from the JCETP.

    During his brief time as the acting executive director, he allegedly caused checks to be drawn from JCETP accounts made payable to other people but which he allegedly received or used to pay his debts and expenses.

    Thomas caused certain checks to be issued to Appel who then redirected the funds back to Thomas, including by issuing checks made payable to Next Glocal; Thomas was a director of Next Glocal.

    Thomas allegedly embezzled JCETP funds by issuing JCETP checks made out to cash that he either cashed himself or used to obtain bank checks made payable to Next Glocal, which were then deposited into a bank account for Thomass personal use.

    Thomas then allegedly used these JCETP funds deposited to Next Glocals bank account to pay for his personal expenses, including payments to his landlord and airfare and hotel expenses for a trip to Hawaii.

    In August 2019, former JCETP employee Nuria Sierra filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against Thomas and the JCETP when she lost her job in July after alerting JCETP board members and state officials to several financial improprieties at the agency. She noted that Thomas had allegedly made three checks payable to cash and provided no receipts.

    Candidate schemes

    In 2016 Thomas was elected to the school board, serving as vice president and then president of the board.

    Appel served as treasurer for Thomass 2016 campaign.

    From September 2016 to November 2016, Thomas and Appel collected campaign contributions and deposited them into a bank account opened for the 2016 campaign that they both controlled.

    Under the guise of collecting repayments for loans to the campaign or reimbursement for other campaign-related expenses, Thomas and Appel allegedly embezzled more than $8,000 from Thomass 2016 campaign for their own personal use.

    Thomas ran for re-election to the school board in 2019.

    From June 2018 to August 2019, Thomas collected campaign contributions and deposited them into two bank accounts opened for the 2019 campaign.

    Under the same guise of collecting repayments for loans to the campaign, Thomas allegedly embezzled approximately $6,000 from the 2019 campaign by causing checks to be issued from the campaign bank accounts made payable to Thomas. He then allegedly cashed those checks or deposited them into a bank account for his personal use.

    In November 2018, Thomas was an informal advisor for a candidate in the 2018 school board election. During that time he allegedly claimed that he required $100 checks to pay eight individuals who worked on the unnamed candidates campaign. When the campaign provided Thomas with the requested checks, Thomas allegedly fraudulently endorsed the checks and deposited them into a bank account for his personal use.

    Thomas also got a $1,000 contribution check made payable to the candidates 2018 campaign committee which he allegedly fraudulently endorsed and deposited into a bank account for his personal use.

    Floridia companies allegedly defrauded

    In 2016, Thomas and Appel entered into an agreement with a Florida-based technology company to expand the companys business through a debit card program.

    Between May 2016 and October 2016, Thomas and Appel allegedly made false representations regarding work they were undertaking as part of the agreement and induced the technology company to wire them a total of $48,500.

    Thomas and Appel allegedly diverted the companys funds to their own bank accounts and used them to pay personal expenses, including payments to Thomass landlord, tuition for Thomass relative, and payments for Appels credit and debit card expenses.

    According to the charges, the duo didnt provide any meaningful services or generate any business as required under the agreement with the Florida company, or spend any substantial parts of the funds provided by the company toward fulfilling the agreement.

    That same year, Thomas and Appel entered into an agreement with a Florida-based housing company in connection with the sale of modular homes to veterans and the homeless.

    Between October 2016 and April 2017, Thomas and Appel allegedly made false representations regarding work they would undertake pursuant to the agreement in order to collect monthly $2,000 payments from the housing company.

    The housing company made five $2,000 payments to Thomas and Appel between November 2016 and March 2017.

    Thomas and Appel allegedly misappropriated the funds without providing any meaningful services or generating any business as required under the agreement, or spending any substantial part of the funds toward the fulfillment of the agreement.

    Facing prison time

    Thomas and Appel face a maximum of up to 100 years in prison and up to $2.25 million in fines.

    U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., and special agents of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, New York Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael C. Mikulka with the investigation leading to the charges.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Tazneen Shahabuddin of the Special Prosecutions Division in Newark represents the government in this case.

    The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations. Thomas and Appel are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

    For updates on this and other stories checkwww.hudsonreporter.comand follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached

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    Meet the RESI Trailblazers | Insight – Property Week - November 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    So here it is our list of 32 entrepreneurs, innovators and disruptors who are shaking up the UK residential sector.

    Whats so trailblazing? After spending 17 years working for some of the UKs biggest residential and PBSA developers, Canning launched her own sales and marketing consultancy this year. The knowledge she has accumulated over her career puts her in the perfect position to support real-estate businesses looking to develop new innovations. Canning also offers strategy, training, recruitment, data analysis and research support. Her strategic approach to marketing combined with her exposure to operations means she has an innate understanding of the industry.

    Mantra: Challenge the status quo.

    Whats so trailblazing? Clarke launched

    the boutique estate agency Mr and MrsClarke after feeling distinctly underwhelmed by the experience of selling his home in London and buying a family home in the country.Clarke and his wife Alexandra have created an estate agency that believes buying and selling can be done better through a focus on creating beautiful advertising and offering high levels of customer service. Clarke has quickly grown the business across the UK through the use of licensing agreements, and Mr and Mrs Clarke has won a number of awards for the stylish service it provides.

    Mantra: Work hard and be nice to people.

    Whats so trailblazing? In addition to Dawideks work in the living capital markets team, she played an integral role in the creation of Real Estate Balances NextGen committee, which she co-chairs, and she also sits on JLLs gender balance committee.Dawidek is particularly interested in gender equality having written a dissertation on how gender pay gap reporting could be an effective tool for improving diversity and inclusion (D&I) in real estate. However, she believes it is fundamental that D&I is approached in a holistic way in which all forms of inequality in real estate are addressed to achieve the shared goal of creating an inclusive environment where anyone can succeed.

    Mantra: Work hard and be kind to everyone.

    Whats so trailblazing? Click Abovecreates new homes on top of existingbuildings, utilising offsite construction methods. This allows the highest standards of quality control, safety, design and energy-efficiency to be delivered, while minimising onsite disruption.Through his extensive planning expertise, Emmett spearheads Click Aboves airspace development strategy. Working with both private freeholders and local boroughs, Click Above delivers new homes through MMC and innovative design and has recently completed an airspace development above an existing residential block in Nine Elms.Click Above currently has 103 new homes in the development pipeline.

    Mantra: Innovate and be a solution.

    Whats so trailblazing? Former journalist and marketing consultant Fulford set up nHouse to improve the quality of houses built in the UK.I didnt and dont like the majority of new homes built in the UK, he says. From their poor construction quality to the lack of imaginative designs, the customer experience is mostly rubbish and it felt like an industry in need of some disruption. And so I thought I might be able to stir things up a bit.Fulford co-founded nHouse in 2016. He raised money via crowdfunding and launched a design-led modular housing company that combines advanced manufacturing methods with high-quality natural materials. The company offers nine residential unit typesand supplies private buyers and developers. More than 50 nHouses are now makingtheir way through the planning process.Fulford is also co-founder of the Offsite Alliance, a new association designed to help MMC residential builders work together to promote the sector.

    Mantra: No one really knows anything. All assumptions cause cock-ups. Keep buggering on as perseverance pays.

    Whats so trailblazing? Godwin is a trained economist and entrepreneur with a passion for design and experience.He is the managing director of Lamington Group, an established group of companies investing and developing real estate in the residential and commercial sectors.Godwin is also the founder and chief executive of award-winning room2 Hometels, an innovative and creative hospitality brand and operating business that bridges the gap between Airbnb and hotels.Room2 currently has two open sites with five in the pipeline and has ambitious rollout plans that Godwin hopes will see it operating 5,000 rooms by 2030.For 10 years, Godwin represented Great Britain at the highest international level in sailing a fiercely competitive, performance-orientated environment. He brings these skills to business, actively targeting market shares of the hotel giants with a more relevant business model built for the future.

    Mantra: I am driven to add value to peopleslives and experiences for places they work,live and visit.

    Whats so trailblazing? Hammond is the founding director of Eutopia Homes, which was established in September 2017. Eutopia has secured a pipeline of 1,500 homes across the housing spectrum in key regional cities Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester.Having secured planning permission for one of Exeters largest BTR schemes, Hammond has been instrumental in forming a discounted market rental offer as part of the S106 agreement. Through masterplanning complex urban sites, Hammond has led Eutopia Homes into emerging relationships with institutional investors, later-living providers and housing for sale partnerships.

    Mantra: Challenge convention at every stage quality knows no bounds.

    Whats so trailblazing? Thirty-three-year-old former developer Harrington launched Glenhawk in 2018 to disrupt the oft-maligned short-term lending market. The company took only 18 months to become profitable, with more than 2.1bn of enquiries generated and 150m of loans provided to date.Ground-breaking initiatives, including offering free valuations and paying borrower legal fees, reinforced its reputation for fairness and transparency. March saw a 200m funding line secured with JP Morgan, marking its UK entry into this market.Covid-19 has not slowed Harrington down. August and September saw nearly 350m of new loan enquiries and the last six months saw a 20% loan-book increase.

    Mantra: You never win or lose; you winand learn.

    Whats so trailblazing? Hayford founded The Land Collective in her third year of university. The career development and commercial awareness platform, which started of as a blog to rant about local property issues and built environment matters, has grown into an international online publication, showcasing the sector to interested and curious students and young professionals.Hayford is now also the managing director of Sqft Digital, a student marketing agency aiming to transform early career programmes and firms engagement with students throughout the academic year. Sqft Digital was born out of frustration with the property industrys low visibility among students and the slow progress of diversity in the sector.

    Mantra: Run your own race and dance your own dance.

    Whats so trailblazing? Hawthorn has worked in the resi sector since the age of 16. He started Landmark in 2000, aged 19, with no capital and is on course to own 150m of assets by the end of 2020.His newest and most exciting project is LDS Next Generation Development Finance, which offers sales guarantees for resi developers and their lenders. During lockdown, LDS used proptech to launch an online sales guarantee engine, which produces reliable proposals in under two minutes.

    Mantra: Work smarter and harder; refuse to choose between quantity and quality as both can be achieved.

    Whats so trailblazing? Heatley andHiggins are co-founders of Capital & Centric,a social-impact developer spending 2m a week on regeneration.

    They are also co-founders of the non-profit Regeneration Brainery, which works throughout the UK to mentor more than 100 young adults from diverse backgrounds into the real estate sector, and co-founders of the Embassy Bus, which is a non-profit shelter for people experiencing homelessness.The duo are working up plans to evolve this into a village of 40 homes in central Manchester. Heatley is also co-founder and chair of the Greater Manchester Mayors Charity, which has raised 3m since being founded two years ago, to support the regions most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

    Mantra: Dont follow the crowd.

    Whats so trailblazing? Iannucci-Dawson trained as an architect and quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder at the worlds largest design firm. After moving into housebuilding, he became familiar with the new-homes sales process and it was here that he saw how painful the buying and selling process was for all parties involved.Iannucci-Dawson gave up his corporate salary and struck out alone to start Yourkeys, which three years later represents around 10% of all new homes sales in the UK. He says this is just the start.

    Mantra: Sheer grit and determination wins over raw talent every day of the week.

    Whats so trailblazing? Jezeph believes thought leadership and best practice are powerful routes to enhancing the quality of our built environment; shaping communities and improving the life chances of individuals. She champions this through her involvement in the Urban Land Institute.After working for 10 years in the private sector at JLL, she moved to TfL, where she is leading the delivery of circa 1,600 homes, creating new communities and transport facilities for the next generation of Londoners.

    Mantra: Perseverance: if you dont keep trying, youll never know what might be possible.

    Whats so trailblazing? Kannan is a co-founder of Native Finance, the first tech platform in Europe for real estate finance.Since its launch in 2018, the platform has priced more than 800m and completed around 100m in development and investment transactions. Backers include fintech VC Passion Capital and leading angel investors.Kannan is also a housing fellow with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, researching co-living globally. He was previously portfolio manager at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, where he launched one of the worlds first social-impact bonds. He started his career on the London trading floor at Goldman Sachs.

    Mantra: Stay hungry, stay foolish.

    Whats so trailblazing? House by Urban Splash is a pioneering joint venture with Japans biggest housebuilder, Sekisui House, backed by Homes England. Its mission is to build beautiful modern homes in characterful new neighbourhoods using innovative design, MMC and the latest technology.Outside this non-executive role, Kober is managing director, homes at Pinnacle Group, overseeing the companys housing, estatesand property management contracts and working in partnership with a range of clientsin the local government, institutional investment and development sectors. Priorto joining Pinnacle in 2018, Kober spent a decade in local government as leader of Haringey Council.

    Mantra: People are at the heart of everything I do; excellent outcomes come from strong relationships with all sorts of people sometimes the best partnerships are themost unexpected.

    Whats so trailblazing? Twenty-nine-year-old Lenehan is associate director of House by Urban Splash the modern housebuilder revolutionising the sector through the creation of customisable homes using MMC. Lenehan took on his senior role in spring 2019, having been with Urban Splash for two years. He was the project lead on the companys 90m transaction with one of the worlds biggest housebuilders, Sekisui House, and Homes England, and retains responsibility for strategy and shareholder relations.Lenehan is a non-executive director of one of the UKs largest social media creators, Komi Group. He is also a trustee of learning disabilities charity Leeds Mencap.

    Mantra: Be obsessed with the customer.

    Whats so trailblazing? Lerche-Lerchenborg is overseeing the strategic roll-out of Lavanda RESIDENTIAL and Lavanda LPM products, legitimising short-term lets and boosting yields for real estate partners and the multi-family housing and PRS industry.Prior to working at Lavanda, he worked in fund management and investment banking for 10 years. These roles included helping to build and manage more than 3bn in global equity income as part of a two-person team at Artemis Investment Management.

    Mantra: Find something that you love to do and treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect; the rest will sort itself out.

    Whats so trailblazing? McCourt started Court nine years ago in a Starbucks coffeeshop alone with his laptop. Today, Court is one of Birminghams most active and acquisitive residential development companies. Four years ago, McCourt received the backing of billionaire Sir Tony Gallagher and together they are delivering a further 5,000 units, including Birminghams first 51-storey skyscraper and some of the biggest residential schemes in the city, such as the 1,000-unit scheme Stoneyard in Digbeth.

    Mantra: Property isnt about bricks-and-mortar; its about people.

    Whats so trailblazing? As a director at Inspired Villages, an award-winning operator and developer of retirement villages, McNamara is responsible for fosteringlong-term partnerships with housebuilders, universities and landed estates to helpcreate later-living communities in the UK.McNamara started his career at DTZ in Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to the London office where he worked in the investment and corporate finance teams.Since then, his career has taken him toBarings Real Estate Advisers, BGC Partnersand also to co-found Indirex, a secure information exchange.

    Mantra: Strive to make a positive difference to peoples lives.

    Whats so trailblazing? In the sometimes grey world of planning, Murray and his team at Urbana like to work a little differently. They have a passion for the built environment and the way cities work.The Urbana mission is to provide exceptional, design-led planning expertise. The company has enjoyed a number of successes in strategic land planning and grand city projects, which demonstrate its ability to deliver a clients brief with a flair rarely seen in the planning world.

    Mantra: If you love what you do, the results show.

    Whats so trailblazing? Porter founded Urbane London with business partner Duncan Wilson. Urbane is a development company which delivers socially permeable, high-quality housing for London utilising MMC. Due to the flexible, factory-made nature of their homes, Urbane has an agile business model, which operates effectively on challenging London sites from micro (single plot) to macro (300-plus units).Prior to Urbane, Porter founded award-winning MMC practice Surface to Air Architects. She also founded Chicks with Bricks: a network dedicated to celebrating diversity in the property industry.

    Mantra: Standardise the invisible, customise the visible.

    Whats so trailblazing? Puddle began his career at London estate agency Hamptons International and five years later moved to Strutt & Parker where he spent a further six years working within the companys residential development team, with a specialist focus on consultancy and overseas project marketing.In 2017, Puddle spotted an opportunity in the market and relocated with his family to Singapore, where he founded One Global Property Services, a boutique real estate agency business that specialises in international project marketing.

    Mantra: Live everyday like its your last. Never ever give up and always treat everyone that you come across in life in the same way that you would like to be treated yourself.

    Whats so trailblazing? Rajah and Dipino run a multi-award-winning residential-led development company. Its live well manifesto puts the wellbeing of stakeholders at the forefront of all decision making.It is B-Corp-certified and one of fewer than 100 worldwide organisations to sign up tothe WGBC net-zero building commitment.With a 1.1bn multisector pipeline of high-quality, highly sustainable, low-toxic property, Joseph Homes aims to raise the bar for the industry by building better homes for a better world.

    Mantra: If its funny, youre not in trouble.

    Whats so trailblazing? Reid is founder of MATTER . SPACE . SOUL, an innovative architecture and research lab shaping places for wellbeing.Starting from the social, psychological and emotional impacts of the built environment, the consultancy aims to create joyful, meaningful, enriching places and experiences and act as a catalyst for step-change in the industry. Reid is a passionate advocate for the power of design to create impact that matters, and regularly presents on socially conscious approaches to design.

    Mantra: Making change that matters with empathy, experimentation and curiosity for what could be possible.

    Whats so trailblazing? Salmons passion for innovating with technology spans 30 years and includes the first offset mortgages, the worlds largest parking app and the launch of contactless cards. He has held executive roles at NatWest, Barclays and Capital One, as well as an advisory board role at Roche.With Coadjute, Salmons is aiming to connect every business in the UK property market, enabling them to share data and documents instantly and securely from within their existing software platforms, doubling the speed of transactions. The Coadjute network will go live in early 2021.

    Mantra: Creativity is thinking up newthings. Innovation is doing new things Theodore Levitt.

    Whats so trailblazing? Sanham is one of Londons most creative developers, combining 16 years experience of delivering mixed-tenure schemes with a drive to make a meaningful impact on Londons complex housing crisis.An engineer by education, Sanham began his development career at Urban Splash, before leading the delivery of Argents first affordable housing at Kings Cross and most recently becoming managing director of HUB.Slated to formally launch in November 2020, with two large, complex London sites already acquired, Sanhams new business is backed by alternative investment specialists Mitheridge Capital Management.

    Mantra: Work honestly. Be clever. Be kind.

    Whats so trailblazing? Shearer trained at Cushman & Wakefield before setting up his own retail investment firm, Sandford Capital. Alongside his property work, he co-founded Semble, an activation agency that delivers community campaigns for companies wanting to deliver on their purpose. Clients include major fast-moving consumer goods brands and a number of leading property firms.Sembles latest project is a corporate funding platform that allows companies to meet community initiatives. The ambition is to transform neighbourhoods from the grassroots up, fuelled with corporate backing.

    Mantra: Its important to do the right thing.

    Whats so trailblazing? With a strong personal motivation for our everyday heroes to be better served by the housing market, Tsiagbe is the founder of QIQO, a developer and operator of intermediate rented homes for single key workers. QIQOs mission is to ensure that Londons essential workers are able to live within the communities they care for, protect and serve. While QIQOs current geographic focus is on inner London, the need for affordable key worker housing is a common theme in major cities all over the world.

    Mantra: A business with a genuine purpose will always strive to meet a genuine need.

    Whats so trailblazing? While co-directing Jo Cowen Architects, Wilkinson undertakes a lead role in the concept and technical development of all major projects, with a key interest in MMC and innovative, sustainable technologies. Wilkinson maintains a close relationship with clients and consultants throughout the design process and takes pride in upholding key project concepts from start to finish.He is constantly looking for new and alternative perspectives on development sites, with a focus on providing efficient and commercially viable proposals that achieve the high design standards of the practice.

    Mantra: Never stop setting the pace and always deliver the best possible product.

    Whats so trailblazing? Wyman took up the strategic director of growth and development role at Manchester City Council in June 2020. She oversees investment and development and has responsibility for planning, housing strategy, work and skills and inclusive growth.Previously, Wyman led the design and inclusive growth agenda at West Midlands Combined Authority and, as director of strategy and engagement at Homes England, was part of the team that established the governments housing agency.Wyman led US and European urban renewal projects and was a member of the London Legacy Development Corporation planning committee with responsibility for developing Londons 2012 Olympic Park.

    Mantra: Im passionate about creating healthy, green and inclusive cities.

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    Global Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes Market 2020 with COVID-19 After Effects Growth Drivers, Top Key Players, Industry Segments… - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The research document entitled Global Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 by covers a host of metrics like supply-demand ratio, market frequency, market trends, dominant players of market driving factors, challenges, future prospects contains a forecast of 2020 and ending 2025. The report reveals the key elements influencing the market, the constraints, and the difficulties that could stop the market development. The report focuses on defining, describing, and analyzing the market competition landscape, market share, and development plans in future years. It sheds light on the key segments expected to dominate the market such as product type, application, and regions.

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    Global Modular Homes Market Current Trends, SWOT Analysis, Strategies, Industry Challenges, Business Overview and Forecast Research Study – The Think… - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Global Global Modular Homes Market: Segmentation

    For clearer understanding of the global Global Modular Homes market, analysts have segmented the market. The segmentation has been done on the basis of application, technology, and users. Each segment has been further explained with the help of graphs figures. This breakdown of the market gives the readers an objective view of the global Global Modular Homes market, which is essential to make sound investments.

    Segment by Type, the Modular Homes market is segmented intoRanchCape CodTwo-story homesCabin/Chalet

    Segment by Application, the Modular Homes market is segmented into999 sq ft Floor1000 sq ft 1499 sq ft Floor1500 sq ft 1999 sq ft Floor2000 sq ft 2499 sq ft FloorMore than 2500 sq ft Floor

    Regional and Country-level Analysis:North AmericaUnited StatesCanadaAsia-PacificChinaJapanSouth KoreaIndiaSoutheast AsiaAustraliaRest of Asia-PacificEuropeGermanyFranceU.K.ItalyRussiaNordic CountriesRest of EuropeLatin AmericaMexicoBrazilRest of Latin AmericaMiddle East & AfricaTurkeySaudi ArabiaUAERest of MEA

    To understand the changing political scenario, analysts have regionally segmented the market. This gives an overview of the political and socio-economic status of the regions that is expected to impact the market dynamic.

    Global Global Modular Homes Market: Research Methodology

    To begin with, the analysis has been put together using primary and secondary research methodologies. The information has been authenticated by market expert through valuable commentary. Research analysts have also conducted exhaustive interviews with market-relevant questions to collate this research report.

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    Global Global Modular Homes Market: Competitive Rivalry

    The research report also studied the key players operating in the global Global Modular Homes market. It has evaluated and elucidated the research and development statuses of these companies, their financial outlooks, and their expansion plans for the forecast period. In addition, the research report also includes the list of strategic initiatives that clearly explain the achievements of the companies in the recent past.

    Competitive Landscape and Modular Homes Market Share AnalysisModular Homes market competitive landscape provides details and data information by companies. The report offers comprehensive analysis and accurate statistics on revenue by the player for the period 2015-2020. It also offers detailed analysis supported by reliable statistics on sale and revenue by players for the period 2015-2020. Details included are company description, major business, Modular Homes product introduction, recent developments, Modular Homes sales by region, type, application and by sales channel.

    The major companies include:Bouygues ConstructionLendlease CorporationLaing OrourkeSeikisui HouseClayton HomesChampionModular Space CorporationDaiwa HouseCavco Industries, Inc.Algeco ScotsmanRed Sea HousingRedman HomesFleetwood AustraliaKwikspace Modular BuildingsHorizon North LogisticsKleusberg GmbH & Co. KgKEE KaterraPleasant Valley HomesAlta-Fab StructuresArts Way ManufacturingNRB Inc.Wernick GroupWestchester Modular HomesModscapePratt Construction IncorporatedKoma ModularNew Era HomesGuerdon Enterprises LLCHickory GroupLebanon Valley Homes

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    Chapter 1: Introduction, market driving force product scope, market risk, market overview, and market opportunities of the global Global Modular Homes market

    Chapter 2: Evaluating the leading manufacturers of the global Global Modular Homes market which consists of its revenue, sales, and price of the products

    Chapter 3: Displaying the competitive nature among key manufacturers, with market share, revenue, and sales

    Chapter 4: Presenting global Global Modular Homes market by regions, market share and with revenue and sales for the projected period

    Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9: To evaluate the market by segments, by countries and by manufacturers with revenue share and sales by key countries in these various regions

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    Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes Market Detail Analysis focusing on Application, Types and Regional Outlook – The Think Curiouser - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The latest Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes market research added by Market Study Report, LLC, delivers a concise outline regarding the potential factors likely to drive the revenue growth of this industry. The report delivers valuable insights on market revenue, SWOT Analysis, market share, profit estimation and regional landscape of this business vertical. Moreover, the report focuses on significant growth factors and obstacles accepted by market leaders in the Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes market.

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    The new research report on Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes market provides a comprehensive overview of this industry landscape while evaluating the key growth stimulants, limitations, restraints, and prospects influencing the business revenues.

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    According to the report, the Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes market is predicted to showcase a y-o-y growth rate of XX% during 2020-2025. Vital data regarding the geographical landscape, competitive terrain, and other factors impacting the market segmentations is encompassed in the document. Moreover, the study measures the effect of coronavirus pandemic on the industry remuneration.

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    Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes Segment Market Analysis (by Type)

    Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes Segment Market Analysis (by Application)

    Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and Mobile Homes Major Manufacturers Analysis

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    Plans to turn derelict land in former pit village into more than 100 modular home – Nottinghamshire Live - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Plans have been unveiled to turn derelict land in a former Nottinghamshire village into more than 100 modular council homes.

    The 120 houses, flats and bungalows would mostly be prefabricated before arriving on-site in Manton, near Worksop.

    Bassetlaw District Council plans to build its very first modular homes on the site of the old allotments off Radford Street and has appointed Faithful+Gould as the schemes managers and principal designers of the development.

    One councillor has said the new homes will deliver energy-efficient housing and help support local jobs once completed by spring 2022.

    Councillor Steve Scotthorne, cabinet member for housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: This project will deliver a modern, innovative and energy-efficient housing scheme that improves neighbourhoods, supports local jobs and continues the councils ambition to increase the amount of council housing in our district.

    When we initially consulted residents about the project, the overwhelming response was a request to build more Council Housing. We are now delivering on this promise.

    We are delighted to appoint Faithful+Gould who will manage and accelerate the development, adding their expert insight and knowledge into the design and delivery of the project.

    Manton's main source of employment for 100 years was Manton Colliery, sunk by the Wigan Coal and Iron Company in the late 19th century.

    Faithful+Gould will work closely with the council and the manufacturers of the modular homes to ensure that the development meets the needs of the local community and provides the right mix of housing and apartments.

    The 120-home Radford Street development is the first modular residential scheme for the authority and forms a key part of its aim to increase its housing availability and encourage investment in the local economy.

    Construction work on the Radford Street development is expected to start in the spring of 2021 and take a year to complete.

    Andrew Prickett, director and head of residential for Faithful+Gould, said: The modular approach will help us deliver the Radford Street development quicker, more cost-effectively, and crucially, at a consistent and high quality.

    "By combining Faithful+Goulds knowledge of the modular housing sector with our exceptional approach to delivery, we can help the council deliver on its vision, and the UK reach its target of 300,000 new homes each year.

    Faithful+Gould describes itself as focusing on developing modern methods in response to the UK housing crisis and is a member of the Homes England housing pilot scheme that covers seven sites and in excess of 1,500 new homes.

    Faithful+Gould has selected a local design team of Nottingham businesses including Lungfish Architects, Dice Consultancy and BEC Consultancy to be involved in the project.

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