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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2020

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, Brexit and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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Northern Eden Project on Track For 2020 Planning Submission After Positive Consultation

Earmarked for a prime waterfront location in Morecambe, the Eden Project North has moved a step forward after an incredibly successful and positive public consultation, whilst a new partnership is on the cards with another regeneration project on the waterfront. A planning application for the proposed £85m eco-friendly tourist attraction is on target to be […]

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Applications Open for Innovative Tech Scheme to Support the Next Generation of Ambitious Entrepreneurs

Exchange, a revolutionary new digital and technology programme, has opened applications for its first cohort, as it looks to foster the UK’s next best start-ups. The one-of-a-kind scheme will offer ambitious, early stage, tech companies and entrepreneurs access to the tools and infrastructure they need, to learn and succeed, paving the future of tech and […]

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Hammerson’s Move Into Republic of Ireland BTR Market With €30m Scheme

Major developer Hammerson has received approval for a new build to rent (BTR) scheme in the south of Dublin. Situated in Dundrum town centre the plans mark the firm’s first move into residential development in the Republic of Ireland, having made a reputation of being one of the UK and Ireland’s biggest retail players. The […]

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New Homes in Waltham Forest Approved

A regeneration project in Waltham Forest has been given then thumbs up – with existing housing set to be demolition. The Council led scheme will see 120 new homes being built – knocking down the council homes currently at the Hylands Road site. The buildings will range between four and nine-storeys in height and they […]

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York Council Submit Apartments & Infrastructure Project

The City of York Council have submitted plans which will deliver more than 100 new flats in the city – as well as much needed infrastructure and landscape. The plans – set to be built on the Castle Mills site – will be a feature of our York Development Plans Event in 2020 as the […]

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Police Estates Incorporate Community Engagement Projects

The Metropolitan Police Service is developing new public engagement into their estates, our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. These community engagements have been accompanied by a “just over a billion-pound programme” of estates regeneration that was conducted by the service between 2013-2017 according to Vince Fihosy, Property Services Director at the Metropolitan Police. 

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Police and Crime Commissioners Leading on Estates Strategy

Police and Crime Commissioner’s across the country are increasingly focused on estate strategy, our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. When the role was first created in 2012 the commissioners were given particularly broad portfolios, being tasked with ensuring the overall performance of the service. Many of the commissioners have devolved more powers to […]

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Design Innovation Redefining the Possible Within Blue Light Estates

  “This is a very exciting time for construction and suddenly everything is possible” – declared Jami Cresser-Brown, Director of Creative Technology at Bryden Wood, at our recent Blue Light Estates Development Conference.  During the hour-long Q&A session Cresser-Brown challenged conventional notions of best practice as an achievable benchmark: “Best practice in its very nature […]

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Ageing Estates Issue Provides Green Renewal Opportunities

Ageing estates across the blue light sector have promoted calls for a serious renewal of the sector, with Alex Brown Head of Property, Capital Projects and Estates at Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue warning of the “very real potential for real asset failure.” Speaking at our Blue Light Estates Development Conference Brown explained the depth […]

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Cross-Service “Tri-Light” Cooperation Leading the Blue Light Sector

Emergency services and their estates are becoming increasingly interlinked,our recent Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. A number of different pressures have pushed emergency services closer together, making such cooperation an increasing norm across estates and providing services. The impact of austerity and the push of the government from 2010 onwards towards consolidation of […]

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The ‘Finite Mindset’ is Holding Back the Construction Sector

“We have to get better” The case that the construction industry needs to look beyond the short-term was made passionately at our Blue Light Estates Development Conference by Jason Hallas – Corporate Partner and Regional Framework Manager at Willmott Dixon. Hallas expressed the notion that this attitude had bred a culture which is slow to […]

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CAPITAL&CENTRIC Reveal Secret Garden at KAMPUS project

The recently completed secret garden at HBD and CAPITAL&CENTRIC’S newest project has been revealed in new images. The jungle like garden sits at the heart of the new £250m neighbourhood being developed by CAPITAL&CENTRIC and HBD.

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51-Storey Birmingham Tower Given Green Light

Developer Court Collaboration have received the go-ahead for their One Eastside project featuring an impressive 51-storey residential tower alongside another residential building. The building is set to become the tallest building in the Midlands, and will be a stones throw from the new HS2 Curzon Street Station – helping to continue the transformation of Birmingham […]

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Exclusive Q&A With Newcastle University’s Director of Estates & Facilities

In January we’re hosting – with the support of the North East Combined Authority – the first ever North East Development Conference which is focused on driving regeneration, development and investment into the region. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Newcastle University ‘s Director of Estates and Facilities – Iain Garfield – about […]

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£70m Healthcare Facility Given Green Light

The Royal Marsden NHS Trust has received the thumbs up to develop a new £70m cancer facility in Sutton, London. The Oak Cancer Centre will “help people with cancer for decades to come” with a focus on providing faster diagnosis for more people and research to find new cures and treatment. The centre will house […]

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Decision Set For Portsmouth Mixed-Use Scheme

THAT Group’s plans to transform the now empty John Lewis store in Portsmouth’s Southsea will be decided next week – after they submitted plans earlier in the year. The proposal from THAT Group is to re-purpose the buildings into a thriving mixed-use building including: Cinema Hotel

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Bovis Homes Boosts Housing Associations 16,000 Home Target

Major housing developer Boris Homes have given housing association LiveWest a huge boost in their bid to develop 16,000 new homes over the next 10 years by strike a 2,000 home strategic partnership.

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West London Property Growth Driven By New Connectivity

The London Borough of Ealing in West London is the site of a large number of major developments, driven by expansions in the transport network our London Property Club heard. Lucy Taylor, Director of Regeneration & Planning for Ealing Council described the surge as “some of the fastest growth in London”. Taylor told delegates of […]

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Huge New Communities Emerging at Wembley Park and Brent Cross

The borough of Brent is supporting massive community building, long-term schemes the recent London Property Club heard. Alice Lester, director of regeneration, growth and employment described the scale of development, she said, “We’ve got 8 growth areas, two of them are new.” The Borough of Brent is “pro-development” and is supporting long-term community led schemes, […]

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