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19 October, 2016

Home Builders Federation Launches ‘Foundations of the Future’, A News-Style Programme With ITN Productions


In a unique communications partnership, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme.

‘Foundations for the Future’ looks beyond the bricks and mortar at the innovations and investments taking place across the home building sector. These range from securing finance for building sites to connectivity in new build homes. The programme explores the impact ‘NIMBYism’ has on planning permission and how to build homes today that will be sustainable in the long-term.

‘Foundations for the Future’ premieres today at UK Construction Week. Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports, along with sponsored editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations in the sector.

The way Homebuilders work with the Government is changing constantly. The Home Builders Federation wish to ensure senior politicians and government officials are aware of housing issues, the challenges faced by their members, and find methods that are workable for the industry to deliver on targets. In an interview, Peter Andrew, Deputy Chairman of the HBF discusses the support offered by Theresa May’s government to homebuilders and how the sector has bounced back after Brexit.

Recognising and managing skills shortages and encouraging younger people to enter the sector is another key theme in ‘Foundations for the Future’.

A total of seven sponsored news-style reports feature in ‘Foundations for the Future’, championing innovation and forward-thinking sustainable solutions:


  • AES Sustainability Consultants - Adding value to new build homes
  • Aldermore - Championing bespoke housing developments
  • Gladman - Sustainable development on greenfield sites
  •  HWO Architects - New solutions to London’s housing crisis?
  •  Rectical Insulation - Thermal insulation solutions
  •  Sky - Instant access to entertainment, phone and broadband in your new home
  •  Virgin Media - Improving the broadband infrastructure


Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman, Home Builders Federation, said: “The house building industry faces a range of challenges, but as the film shows, it is tackling them head on. All the fundamentals are in place to allow the industry to look forward optimistically and deliver further increases in housing supply.”

Simon Shelley, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions, said “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our partnership this year with the Home Builders Federation, examining the major challenge of building desperately needed homes, and building them better through the development of skills and people in the sector, incorporating innovative solutions, and creating successful collaborations with planners and authorities. We hope the programme will be a means of sharing ideas and knowledge, and foster engagement between key organisations and people dedicated to shaping the right future for home builders and home owners.”

Foundations for the Future’ is now available at the Home Builders Federation’s website:


Notes to editors:

About the Home Builders Federation

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies: 

For more information visit: 

About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the business, commercial, broadcast and digital sectors. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news programme format, including interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.

For more information visit:

Press contact:

Gavin Hudson, Digital Marketing Manager, ITN productions, +44 20 7430 4708


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