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Construction Frameworks – New Frameworks, Renewals & Industry Challenges To Be Discussed

On the 2nd October, prominent figures from the public and private sector will come together for the Construction Frameworks Conference – the framework industry’s largest event of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, is set to be held in London, and will attract the industry’s biggest names including leading framework providers, major […]

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Affordable housing on the way for Branston

Leading Midlands housing association, Midland Heart, is celebrating gaining planning approval for its third development of affordable housing with Partner. The 24-home development on Court Farm Lane, Branston, Burton-on-Trent is their first joint venture since agreeing a memorandum of understanding that will see them working together to identify land and build 150 homes a year. […]

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Building change into construction business planning ahead of reverse charge

A major change to the way VAT is collected in construction will impact on 150,000 UK organisations – and it is predicted that the change could lead to cash-flow issues. The VAT domestic reserve charge for building and construction services comes into effect in October. This means the customer receiving the service will have to […]

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Housebuilder and social enterprise develop innovative modular housing design 

Ambitious North East housebuilder Homes by Carlton is trialling an innovative modular house type that could have a major impact on the new homes market and the environment. The County Durham-based property developer is currently building two of the new designs on its latest new homes site at Cathedral Gates, a mix of 14 three […]

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Keller Williams partners with Investerge the UKs only property investment marketplace

Keller Williams, the world’s largest estate agency, has entered into a partnership agreement in the UK with start-up Investerge to widen their service offering, giving their customers access to the UKs only property investment marketplace. Investerge, a new UK start-up, created by Richard Jacques, the ex-lettings director and head of property investment for Purple Bricks, […]

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Great crested newt mitigation scheme expands across the South Midlands

  NatureSpace is now offering even more developers the opportunity to join an innovative scheme which provides a quick, simple, certain and sustainable solution for meeting their legal obligations to great crested newts. Today the company is announcing the scheme’s expansion into nine new Local Planning Authorities across the South Midlands. With an unfortunate reputation […]

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Avison Young completed the deal to the construction and property consultancy

Midlands — Birmingham’s 1 Newhall Street has welcomed independent multi-disciplinary construction and property consultancy, Robinson Low Francis (RLF) as the latest tenant. Avison Young completed the letting to RLF for 3,500 sq ft of Grade A space, representing the front half of the building’s 7th floor, on a 10 year lease. RLF, which is relocating […]

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An Exclusive Q&A from Homes for Scotland

To drive economic growth across Scotland one major issue needs to be tackled – the lack of housing across the country. Homes for Scotland represent 95% of all housebuilders across the coutnry, creating one unified voice which can tackle the challenges, create opportunities and help accelerate housing delivery. Ahead of their participation in the Scotland […]

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First development underway following partnership agreement to deliver 1,000 new homes

Midland Heart housing association and home builder Countryside have started work on their first joint development following the recent signing of a partnership agreement. The £14.8m development, on a former golf course at Nuneaton, Warwickshire, will provide 105 family homes and one-bedroom apartments. Come and join us at our London Property Club November event where […]

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Nottingham bucks national trend with increases in value of hotel room bookings

The latest accommodation figures released by hospitality data analytics company STR make for very positive reading for Nottingham, which is bucking the national trend with the value of its hotel bookings and is one of the UK’s strongest performers for year-on-year growth.   The UK Hotel Review for June 2019 analysed hotel statistics from 24 […]

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Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, today announced the appointment of Lord Smith of Kelvin as Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise.  The Cabinet Secretary said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lord Smith of Kelvin into his new position as Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise. “Scottish Enterprise plays a vital role in helping […]

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Marshalls sustainability work recognised on FTSE4Good Index

Marshalls plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer of hard landscaping, has remained a FTSE4Good constituent. The FTSE4Good Index measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices and is designed to help investors take these factors into account to make ethical investment decisions. Only companies who demonstrate strong sustainability practices make it onto […]

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Rural development of affordable homes gets underway

Work for Stonewater’s latest development of new affordable and shared-ownership homes on Leicester Lane in Great Bowden, a village in the Harborough District of Leicestershire, is under way. Stonewater currently owns and operates over 600 homes in Leicestershire and aims to help more first-time buyers and families looking to get on the property ladder, with […]

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Planning Secured For Bury Residential Scheme

Bury Council’s planning committee has unanimously granted outline planning permission for a 108-unit residential scheme on a 2.6-hectare site close to the town centre. The scheme, which was submitted by local manufacturing company Andrew Industries, will see the redevelopment of its former textile mill site off Walshaw Road which closed in March this year. The […]

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Icon Industrial eyes fifth development at Manchester Airport

A planning application has been submitted for a fifth development at the rapidly growing global logistics area of Manchester’s Airport City. Icon Industrial – a joint venture between Stoford and TPG Real Estate – has announced plans to develop a new industrial/warehouse unit and accompanying office space at Unit 2 of its Manchester Airport site. […]

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Major works to upgrade College Road roundabout expected soon

Drivers will need to be prepared for disruption before benefiting from the major changes taking place this summer at the College Road roundabout. From Monday 19 August, essential work will begin on the A630 College Road which is a critical access point to the Town Centre and provides an important link across the borough. Improvements […]

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Construction to start at Axis J9 Bicester’s latest distribution & manufacturing park following detailed planning approval

Construction is to start on a new distribution and manufacturing park in Bicester to provide space for between 900 and 1,200 jobs, following approval by Cherwell District Council of Albion Land’s detailed planning application incorporating amendments. Axis J9 will be a major employment park totalling 500,000 sq ft, which will be built in three phases: […]

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E.ON Launches Solar Reward Scheme For New Solar Customers

The first 500 customers on the Solar Reward scheme will be rewarded for exporting back to the grid. Designed to encourage homeowners to invest in solar energy and help the UK meet renewable energy target. E.ON has launched a Solar Reward scheme to help try and bridge the gap between the closure of the FiT […]

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Brighton needs its own mass transit – says Council Chief

Brighton requires its own mass transit transport system, the city council’s environment chief has said. Nick Hibberd, the south coast authority’s Executive Director for Economy, Environment & Culture said that buses and trams could help to reduce the city’s congestion because they require less road space: “We need to move toward more sustainable modes of […]

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£20m major works to start on transforming The Headrow in Leeds

From September 2019, bus services and stops in Leeds city centre will change as Connecting Leeds starts major works on The Headrow. Leeds City Council’s Connecting Leeds programme is set to transform transport in the city centre into world-class gateways for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists, while continuing to provide access for businesses. The total […]

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Winchburgh Developments Limited and Scottish Canals agree contract for new marina

Winchburgh Developments Limited and Scottish Canals have agreed a contract for the new marina in Winchburgh and have released a brand-new CGI image revealing what the Winchburgh marina will look like. The contract outlines that the new marina, which will be built on the Union Canal, will include 20 marina berths, and a further 29 […]

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Greater Cambridge’s aspirations for greener new developments 

Proposals to help make new housing developments as green as possible have been published by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council – and local people are being encouraged to have their say. The draft guide to sustainable design and construction will, when adopted, give house-builders a clear steer on what is expected of […]

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Major development opportunity comes to the market in the ‘West End’ of Leeds

A rare opportunity to purchase and develop a major site in a well-connected and established urban quarter of Leeds city centre is being brought to the market this week. Formerly the International Pool, the 2.77 acre site at Lisbon Street (owned by Leeds City Council), sits to the west of the city centre and at […]

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Greater London’s Fastest and Slowest House Sale Markets Revealed

Property Solvers’ latest data shows that properties in West London are selling the fastest.   North London and Sutton were reported as having the slowest home sales markets over the last 12 months. Sell house fast firm Property Solvers most recent research has indicated that residential homes are taking an average of 15 and a half […]

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More than 90 new Council homes under construction across South Cambridgeshire

More than 90 new Council homes are currently being built across six sites in South Cambridgeshire – with around 170 more in the pipeline. A priority in the Council’s Business Plan that was agreed in February this year is to bring forward housing that is truly affordable for everyone to live in – and that […]

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Mayor Welcomes Cash Boost For Tees Valley High Streets

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has today (July 5) welcomed £300,000 of Government cash to help transform two of the region’s town centres. Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees will each benefit from up to £150,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

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Trebor/Hillwood start on site at Rotherham’s Atomic

Work has started on Trebor Developments’ 78,458 sq ft speculative development at Rotherham. Trebor/Hillwood and selected contractor, MCS Group Limited, is building the quality industrial unit on the prominent site located less than 2.5 miles from Junction 31 of the M1, near Rotherham, following the site purchase completion. Come and join us at our Logistics […]

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Construction To Start At £1.5m Tower Gardens, Skegness

Construction work to breathe new life into Skegness’ much-loved Tower Gardens park is set to begin today (28 May). Perfect Circle is delivering project management, cost management and health and safety services for the £1.5 million scheme in Skegness, Lincolnshire. The provision of these services has been procured via the Scape National Built Environment Consultancy […]

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Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Local people are being encouraged to comment on plans by information and communications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility in Sawston. The technology company has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council that seeks permission to develop the former Spicer’s site on the Sawston Bypass.

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Public house makes way for social housing in Dinnington

People on Rotherham’s Council Housing Register will be some of the first to benefit from a new housing development to be built on the site of the former Lordens Hotel in Dinnington. The Arches Housing Association scheme will offer two and four bedroomed homes for rent and Rotherham Council be nominating the first people to […]

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Council calls for strengthened green commitment ahead of A428 upgrade

Councillors are calling for a stronger environmental commitment to be made by Highways England in their plans to upgrade the A428. At a meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Monday), members agreed that they supported the plans to upgrade the road in principle, subject to clarification around several areas – including a strengthened […]

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WSP secures ten highway projects with Highways England

Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed through Highways England’s Specialist, Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) Framework Contract on ten existing highway-related Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) projects. Running to December 2020, WSP will provide technical support to Highways England in managing their day-to-day business for ten existing projects, collectively covering over […]

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Rail Minister tells Midlands Connect “I entirely support the aspiration” of £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans during visit to Leicester

Rail Minister Andrew Jones has welcomed the submission of Midlands Connect’s £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub proposals to radically transform connections between the East and West Midlands, during a visit to the region yesterday (Thursday 27th June). The Minister pledged to work with Midlands Connect chairman Sir John Peace and Director Maria Machancoses as they […]

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Briggs & Forrester Living secure contract on Park Hill development in Sheffield

Briggs & Forrester Living recently secured the MEP services contract on Park Hill Phase 3, a student accommodation redevelopment located in Sheffield. The development, which was given Grade II listed status in the 1990’s, will be refurbished to create 356 bed student accommodation offering a range of studios, 2 bedroom apartments and 4 and 8 […]

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WSP appointed by Transport for London on Ultra Low Emission Zone extension

Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed by Transport for London to assess the traffic impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone extension, proposed for extension in October 2021. Having gone live in April this year, the London ULEZ will expand up to the North / South Circular roads in October 2021. WSP […]

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Sir Robert McAlpine appointed for Tower Works

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has been appointed by Richardson and Ask Real Estate Ltd as lead contractor to build the Tower Works scheme on Globe Road in Leeds City Centre. The partnership has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine after submitting a planning application earlier this month. The delivery team also includes: engineering firm WSP; Ryder Architecture […]

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Stoford launches new Birmingham city centre HQ 

Leading commercial property developer, Stoford, has celebrated the launch of its new headquarters with an event attended by some of the region’s leading property professionals. The award-winning developer welcomed an audience of 60 invited guests from the commercial property sector to new offices on Ludgate Hill, close to St Paul’s Square, Birmingham. Join us at our incredible Birmingham […]

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Partnership to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes

Partnership to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes Around 150 new affordable homes per year are set to be built in the Midlands, thanks to a partnership between Midland Heart housing association and new housing specialist Partner. The two companies have agreed a memorandum of understanding to work together to source land, gain planning permission, […]

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Works confirmed for next phase of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme after £76m contract signed

The next phase of work on a major project to protect Leeds from the risk of flooding has been confirmed after the contract for it to proceed was signed today. Leeds City Council has agreed a contract worth £75.98million with contractor BMMjv, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, to carry out the […]

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Construction law expert appointment at national law firm Stone King

National law firm Stone King – a frequent attendee to Built Environment Networking events – has strengthened its Commercial Property team with the key hire of construction law specialist Paul Wilson. Paul is regarded as an expert in construction law, both contentious and non-contentious, and joins Stone King’s Birmingham office from Lodders. He will act nationally […]

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Last Call For Schools To Join Major Skills And Stem Event

Schools have one week to sign up to the eighth annual Tees Valley Skills and STEM Event, the region’s biggest careers fair. The event will take place at the Olympia Building at Teesside University on Tuesday, July 2, but there is still time for schools to sign up as visitors and take advantage of the […]

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WSP and Expedition Engineering achieve significant material savings at HS2’s Old Oak Common Station

Lead engineers on HS2’s Old Oak Common station, WSP, have revealed a 27% reduction in the structural steel of the station roof at the west London super-hub. Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, with SME Expedition Engineering, have continued to undertake a series of value engineering reviews for Old Oak Common, following the station designs […]

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Local jobs for Local People: Meeting the Section 106 Challenge

Of all the potential Section 106 requirements, the need to employ local labour can prove to be the most challenging – which is why we at O’Neill and Brennan have put considerable resources behind finding practical solutions. The use of geo-location technology helps, of course. Our Section 106 reports will detail how far each of […]

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Airline catering giant checks in at Icon Manchester Airport 

One of the world’s leading providers of airline catering services is expanding its UK operations with a move to a new state-of-the-art 102,500 sq ft industrial/warehouse unit at Manchester Airport. Alpha LSG, which is jointly owned by dnata and LSG Sky Chefs, has agreed a lease at Unit 4 of the £100 million Icon Manchester […]

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The University of Lincoln has appointed BAM Construction to deliver the next stage of the Lincoln Medical School

After the completion of the first stage of a competitive two-stage tendering process through the YorBuild framework, BAM was selected to develop the detailed design and finalise costs for the major new academic facility on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus; the first of its kind in Lincolnshire. Working in collaboration with the University and Perfect […]

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Focus on contracting delivers strong annual performance for Willmott Dixon

Privately-owned construction and fit-out company, Willmott Dixon has recorded positive financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2018. The company saw turnover rise by £54 million to £1.323 billion, while profit before tax rose by 55% to £37.5 million. These figures were bolstered through the significant levels of activity in the Midlands, with […]

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Blackpool Set To Benefit From A Multi-Million Pound IT Investment & 5G Technology

Blackpool will connect to New York in under 0.06 seconds, digitally, via the next generation subsea fibre optic cable network linking the USA with European Financial markets, giving the town faster transatlantic internet connectivity than London. Business leaders hope that the multi-million pound investment by Aqua Comms, an Irish company and worldwide specialist in the […]

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Planner’s response to “watershed moment” for the north

In response to today’s launch of the UK2070 Commission report – ‘Fairer and Stronger: Rebalancing the UK Economy’ – Claire Kent of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore shared her thoughts.   Barton Willmore is part of the UK2070 Commission and Claire facilitated the ‘Scope and Scale of Sub-national Planning’ workshop at today’s symposium in Leeds.

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Official Press Release for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Corridor

Conference to discuss major development and economic growth opportunities surrounding the Oxford Cambridge ARC On the 20th June, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Development Conference – one of the country’s largest business conferences of the year. This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking […]

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An exclusive Q&A with Crown Commercial Services on Offsite Manufacturing

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is of course well known across the industry, but for those who may not know, tell us a little about the CCS and the work you’re responsible for… The Crown Commercial Service is the largest Public Sector Procurement Organisation in the UK. Last year we spent £13bn on frameworks – […]

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