Crossrail facing ‘significant issues’, says Infrastructure and Projects Authority

By Jordan Marshall 6 July 2018

The project is facing cost or schedule overruns if problems are not addressed, according to infrastructure authority

Crossrail is looking at a cost or schedule overrun if “significant issues” are not addressed, according to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

In its 2018 Annual Report, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) gave Crossrail an amber delivery confidence assessment – the first time the project has received a rating above a green category in the report’s six year existence.

According to the IPA, an amber rating means “successful delivery appears feasible but significant issues already exist, requiring management attention. These appear resolvable at this stage and, if addressed promptly, should not present a cost/schedule overrun”.

Just 1% of housebuilders think government housing targets are achievable

By Jordan Marshall 9 July 2018

Housebuilders cast further doubt on government housing policy as ministerial turnstile continues, according to Knight Frank research

Close to 90% of housebuilders believe construction of 250,000 additional homes a year is the maximum achievable amount by 2022 – 50,000 short of the government’s 300,000 target – according to Knight Frank

In its annual Housebuilding report, the property agent said 86% of housebuilders felt the government’s targets were completely unachievable.

Just 1% of respondents, which include more than 100 developers that account for almost 75% of all newly-built homes across the country each year, think surpassing 300,000 additional homes each year is possible by 2022.


Painting / decortating

Turning a house into a home and an office block into a creative work space that inspires can only be done when the painting and decorating is spot on. At LBM we have huge range of paints and colours that will allow you deliver the finishing touches to your project and give your client the wow factor. Other than huge selection of paints we also have all the necessary kit you need to give your painting jobs that professional look. From varnishes and finishers to ladders and overalls we have everything you need to deliver a work of art.
Feel free to explore our range, which includes:

  • Emulsions
  • Primers & Undercoats
  • Gloss
  • Exterior Paint
  • Fillers
  • Putties
  • Dust Sheets
  • Sandpapers
  • Scrapers & Knives
  • Surface Preparation
  • Brushes
  • Rollers
  • Paint Kettles
  • Stains
  • Varnishes

Plumbing- heating

Making sure that the plumbing and heating of a house or any building is vital especially in the winter months, and those that reside within it need to feel secure in the knowledge that they won’t have any nasty surprises. This is what makes us want to go the extra mile in making sure we supply the best quality material so that tradesmen can do their jobs with confidence knowing that we have their back.

As a leading independent plumbing and heating supplier we supply a huge range of gear which effectively makes us a one stop shop for all your plumbing and heating needs. We hold stock of the following items and more.

  • Ducting and Ventilation
  • Cistern Fittings
  • Copper tubing
  • Copper fittings
  • Push fit fittings

WC fittings

Hand Tools/power tools

At LBM we understand the importance of supplying the best quality hand tools and power tools so that our customers can do their jobs with ease and confidence and our tradesman can deliver projects that will stand the test of time. After all, without the tools nothing will get done, and with bad quality tools things will get un-done. So that everything stays together and on track for our customers we work with leading tool manufacturers and quality test the products before we put it on our shelves this gives our customers they need to get the job done.

Our range of hand tools and power tools includes:

  • Spirit Levels
  • Tape Measures
  • Saws, blades and Mitres
  • Knives, Blades and Staple Guns
  • Hammers and Wall Anchor Tools
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers, Tin Snaps & Side Cutters
  • Files, Chisels and Hand Planes
  • Jack saws
  • Trowels
  • Drills
  • Power Tool Kits
  • Power Saws
  • Sanders and Planers
  • Grinding and Cutting
  • Nail Guns
  • Radios
  • Power Tool Accessories

Fixings and screws

It’s not will power that keeps a building together. It’s the fixings and screws that do. Understanding this simple fact allows us to make sure that we supply the best quality fixings and screws that can stand the test of time and keep things together for years to come. Although it may seem tedious but we quality test material from all our suppliers to make sure that they are top notch. Once we are happy then it goes up on our shelves for you to buy.

Our range of fixings and screws include.

  • High performance wood screws
  • Dry wall screws
  • Decking screws
  • Frame fixings
  • Rawlbolts
  • Coach screws
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Cup square hex nuts and bolts


Britain has been respected and famed for its skills in Ironmongery since the 19th century’s industrial revolution. At LBM we want to maintain and respect this proud heritage in our own small way by making sure that our iron components have quality, durability and a little bit of charm to add some character to your home or build.

The LBM ironmongery range includes

  • Yale locks
  • Tower bolts
  • Fixings
  • Sash locks
  • Bathroom locks
  • Padlocks


We all know that timber forms a critical part of any build. Lately timber is becoming popular as the main choice of material for most builds due to its warm and aesthetic feel and look. At LBM we ensure that the timber we supply is of the best possible quality that can stand the test of time and against the elements.

We want you to have the flexibility and peace of mind of knowing that all our timber material is of good quality and like everything else we provide it has gone through extensive quality testing. So, if you need raw timber, or pre-shaped wood for decking, coving etc then get in touch with us.

Our range of timber products include:

  • Decking
  • Sawn Timber
  • Plained (PAR)
  • Skirting Boards
  • Timber Mouldings
  • Laminated & Real Wood Flooring
  • Tongue and Grooved Flooring
  • CLS Studwork Timber
  • Timber Cladding
  • Window Boards
  • Softwood timber
  • Carcassing


A quality aggregate is not just about aesthetics but also about durability and quality that can stand firm years down the line and still look great.  At LBM we offer a range of aggregates so that those of you in the trade can have a range of choices that allows you to deliver a job to you client that will make them want to pass your name to all their friends and family.

All of our cements, mortars and other aggregates have been tested by us and industry professionals so that you can buy with confidence from us.

Our range of aggregates include:

  • Decorative Aggregates
  • Rock Salt
  • Ballast
  • Building sand
  • Plastering sand
  • Sharp sand
  • MOT Type 1
  • P shingle 10mm/20mm
  • Top Soil