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“A big step towards a green future” New Hydrogen Plant in the North West

HyNet is the most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the UK which could see hydrogen blended into the gas grid and piped into homes and businesses by 2024. As climate change protests take place across London, attendees to a Westminster briefing yesterday heard how HyNet will initially save one […]

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Major Projects Spearhead Bournemouth Revitalisation

A number of redevelopment projects are emerging across the Bournemouth region, with details revealed at our Bournemouth Development Plans Event. One of those key developments is at Bournemouth Airport, which has recently been bought by the Rigby Group. Rigby Group are seeking to create a new business park adjacent to the airport to benefit from […]

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Scottish Government begins £3bn Green Investment

Scotland has issued the first call under its £3bn Green Investment Portfolio (GIP) programme for projects seeking large-scale private investment. The Scottish government are revealing details of their plans at our upcoming Energy Development Conference. Wind, solar and energy storage schemes are among the technologies eligible for support, which includes potential access to capital through […]

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Legal & General Invest £750m in Affordable Homes

Legal & General Affordable Homes (LGAH) is investing £750m to new affordable housing projects across the UK – increasing its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes over different 41 projects. L&G speaking about some of these projects at our upcoming Essex event in November. Continuing its aim to become the UK’s leading Institutional Registered Provider […]

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Ballymore Lodge Plans For Dublin’s Tallest Tower

Developer Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Group will submit a fast-track planning application to An Bord Pleanála today for the development of a 23-storey apartment block in Dublin city centre. Ballymore are speaking at our upcoming Ireland event. The proposed tower forms part of the wider Connolly Quarter mixed-use scheme, Ballymore and its Singapore-based partner, Oxley Holdings, are aiming to […]

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New Gas-Fired Power Station Approved for Swansea

A new £90 million gas-fired power station in Swansea has been given the go-ahead. The application for Abergelli Power Station, submitted by Drax Group Plc, was referred to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the final decision. Drax Group are speaking at our upcoming energy development conference.  The decision to […]

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Planning Permission given for New Garden Village in Hampshire

Outline planning permission has been granted for the Welborne Garden Village scheme in Hampshire, which incorporates a new community of up to 6,000 homes with supporting shops and community facilities, employment space, schools, parks and open spaces.

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“New Localism” How Developers are Creating Scotland’s Future Places

The decline of the traditional high street and the need to create a new forms of community have been omnipresent in the news media.  Paul Hanegraaf of Creative Navigate at Milligan defined their attitude to redevelopment as “Placemaking to us is not gravity and rainwater, it’s not buildings, it’s about people”.

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Housebuilding “Key Economic Growth Sector” for Scotland

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland emphasised incredible importance of the house building industry for Scotland, saying that “Homebuilding supports 80,000 jobs and contributes £370m to government and local finances and also contributes to social wellbeing”.  She discussed how historical lack of building was a significant challenge for the country, she said in […]

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Chief Planner Claims Improvements to the “Whole System” for Process In Scotland

This June MSPs finished what Chief Planner for the Scottish government John McNairny described as a “lengthy and controversial process” to pass the 2019 Planning Act to reform the system. The bill introduces new requirements for councils to appoint chief planning officers to prepare regional plans and manage changes for communities. McNairny said that the […]

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Technological Innovation Shaping 21st century Scottish Infrastructure

Scotland’s is seeing the emergence of “A new type of infrastructure asset classes, 5G networks, EVs, Carbon capture storage”  Kerry Alexander, Director of Infrastructure, Finance & Programmes at the Scottish Futures Trust told delegates. Alexander told the conference of the of the many new considerations involved in such infrastructure  “Ambition is fantastic, infrastructure must be […]

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Scottish government Focused on ‘Leveling Up’ Skills and Communities

The Scottish Government is focusing on ‘leveling up’ it’s workforce according to Head of Investment, Kat Feldinger.  Speaking at the Scotland Development Conference Feldinger spoke about the devaluation of vocational education saying that it was previously seen as “second hand” and “not on parity” with the academic route, but this has “changed massively in the […]

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Scotland is Now: Why Scotland is Primed for Investment

  Scotland’s unique opportunities were at the forefront of Scotland Development Conference’s first session titled “Scotland is Now” – named after the global campaign launched by the Government to position Scotland as a forward-thinking country for people to visit, live, work, study and invest.

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Break the Silence: Mental Health and Welfare in Construction

In all walks of life, mental health is becoming a more prevalent issue, with one in four people being affected. Scotland Development Conference sponsor BOHO have highlighted the issues surrounding mental health, and Pagabo wanted to champion this movement towards better mental health. Both companies want to raise mental health awareness and the impacts it […]

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The Case for Scotland: Scottish Minister Reveals Unique Investment Opportunities

The abundance of opportunities for investment and development in Scotland was at the forefront of the most recent Scotland Development Conference  Delivering a keynote speech to over 350 delegates Scottish Minister Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan Paul McKee said: ‘‘This is a great place to come and live, work, study and invest, Scotland […]

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Plans For New Everton Stadium Ready By End of The Year

Following what is claimed to be one of the largest-ever public consultations in the UK, the football club has said it remains on course to submit a planning application for its £500m stadium in Liverpool by the end of the year. Everton will speaking at our North-West Development Conference  The latest proposals for the stadium […]

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£30 Million Investment into Rotherham Town Centre Homes

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet is set to formally approve plans to build 171 new homes in a £30 million investment intended to breathe new life into three rundown town centre sites.

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How HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Railway could be the catalyst to reinvigorating Britain’s towns and cities

Atkins, the sponsor of our recent HS2 Growth Conference gave us an exclusive insight into the many ways HS2 and The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will benefit the UK economy. HS2 and the NPR are more than new railways. They represent new, critical national infrastructure, that can reshape the economic landscape of the UK.  Every […]

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‘£60 a Year’ in Energy Bills on York’s New Council Homes

All new council houses in York could be built to ‘Passsive house’ standards as part York’s 2030 Carbon neutral targets City of York Council plans to build more than 600 homes during the next five years. Senior councillors heard the new housing will be carbon zero – in a bid to tackle climate change and […]

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Groundbreaking Plans for The UK’s First Ever Plastic to Hydrogen Plant Announced by Peel Environmental

Peel Environmental have submitted plans for a cutting edge waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, with the scheme aiming to reduce fossil fuel consumption, reduce waste and help tackle the ongoing climate emergency. The company will be further detailing their plans at the upcoming Building Zero Carbon […]

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Highways England To Review Procurement Methods Ahead of £25bn Framework Launch

  Highways England are looking to redraw the way they procure the next tranche of major project works, which are anticipated to be worth £25bn. Speaking to delegates at the a conference in Reading Mike Grant, Smart Motorways Delivery Director at Highways England said the body aims to bring smaller Tier 2 and Tier 3 construction […]

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‘Is the Midlands ready for HS2?’

HS2 has the potential to radically transform and improve transportation in the Midlands. Following the Leeds HS2 conference, we spoke to Maria Machancoses, the director of Midland’s Connect who gave her exclusive thoughts on the issue:    

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Masterplan for Canada Water Approved by Southwark Council

The creation of a new town centre at Canada Water  in London passed a key milestone last night as Southwark Council Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for British Land’s masterplan, in line with their officer’s recommendation. British Land will be discussing their zero carbon agenda at the upcoming climate conference.

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Collaborating to reduce homelessness

CSjv is working on the High Speed Two (HS2) Enabling Works, where they are taking an innovative and collaborative approach to reduce homelessness. Head of Legacy, Louise Dailly, shares her team’s holistic approach to tackling homelessness and leaving a positive legacy.   Homelessness is a growing problem across England, with major cities such as London, […]

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‘Game changing because of their sheer size’: Enterprise Zones Primed to Deliver Huge Growth

  The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) revealed major plans for ten designated Enterprise Zones in the region at our recent event in Leeds.  Phase One of the project was focused around the Leeds Aire Valley site, which has established itself as a successful business hub and they are now bringing forward Phase 2 which […]

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The Home of the Future: How Citu’s Leeds Climate District is Redefining What Homes Can Be

What if you could design a home from the ground up to be a response to climate change? This question is at the forefront of developers Citu’s guiding philosophy. Climate Innovation District, currently under construction as part of the Leeds South Bank development one of the largest revitalisation projects in Europe. The district will be […]

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HS2 Creates Better Service for Existing Network Reveals Midlands Report

Building HS2 will improve the operation of much of the existing Rail Network, according to new evidence submitted to the Oakervee HS2 Review by the transport body Midlands Connect. 73 stations on the existing rail network stand to benefit from improved passenger services as a direct result of the capacity released. This also includes 54 […]

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Heathrow Expansion Offers Economic Benefits for Reluctant Local Authorities

Heathrow’s expansion will bring massive benefits to the UK economy, the London Property Club event heard, Rupert Waters, Head of Economic Development at Heathrow, detailed the extensive benefits the £14Bn project will bring. Waters highlighted how the airport has faced difficulties at times in garnering support for the expansion from local councils in Buckinghamshire, despite […]

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The £1.2bn Scheme Revitalizing North Lincolnshire

Combing the connectivity, convenience, and opportunity of urban development, with the communal, green living of rural life, the Lincolnshire Lakes scheme shows a contemporary approach to new development. Six new villages are planned as part of the scheme , with 6000 homes spread out across the scheme. This construction is accompanied by the creation of […]

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Brexit Uncertainty Disrupting University Investment Plans

Universities are holding back on making major investment decisions due to prolonged uncertainty over the future of both the UK’s position after it has left the EU and student numbers under any fresh government immigration programme. Speaking at the London Property Club, Jeremy Tanner, Director of Estates at Birkbeck, University of London said: “What is […]

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‘They Dread the Weekends’: Solving Britain’s Loneliness Epidemic in Young Workers

Office workers aged between 18 – 34-year-olds are the loneliest sector of workers in the country, new research by the Commercial Park Group has revealed. John Baker, Founder of Commercial Park Group – which is a partnership between The John Baker Group and construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine – said that research conducted on the […]

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‘Second Only to London’: Devolution is the Key to Scotland’s Surging Development Says Government’s Investment Head

Devolving the Scottish government and granting it decision-making powers has allowed the country to boom despite laggard growth in the rest of the UK, the Scottish Government’s head of investment, Kat Feldinger has said. Speaking at our London Property Club event, Feldinger highlighted the role that devolution has played in boosting the Scottish economy: She […]

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Private Rented Developer To Open Up Manchester Office

The private rented sector market in Manchester city centre is still strong despite jitters that there is an over-supply of such accommodation, a developer told delegates at the Greater Manchester Development Conference. Rodger Till, director of acquisitions at High Street Residential, said while there are worries about the Manchester city centre housing market, investors still […]

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Push For an Advanced Machinery Institute in the North-West

A venerable Rochdale precision tool manufacturer is leading efforts to set up a new Institute for Advanced Machinery in the north west. Tony Bannan, CEO of PTG Holroyd, told delegates at our Greater Manchester Development Conference that the company is preparing a bid to set up the institute with support from the Rochdale Development Agency.

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Burnham Blames Social Media for Parliamentary Chaos

Social media has tipped Parliament over the edge, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham told delegates at our Development Conference. The Greater Manchester elected mayor, who was an MP until 2016, said: ““It was getting more and more dysfunctional with every year, like an old clock. Social media has disrupted many industries and it’s completely […]

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Council Leader Rules Out Manchester Congestion Charge

The leader of Manchester City Council has ruled out the introduction of a congestion charge in the city for the for the “foreseeable future”. Sir Richard Leese, who championed the city council’s unsuccessful attempt to introduce a congestion charge just over a decade ago, rejected a suggestion during our Greater Manchester Development Conference that reviving […]

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Salford Mayor Urges Ministers to ‘Play Ball’ With North on Funding

The Mayor of Salford has urged the government to “play ball” with the north by providing the region with a bigger share of infrastructure funding. Paul Dennett, who has been directly elected mayor of Salford City Council since 2016, welcomed Boris Johnson’s recent trip to Manchester at our Greater Manchester Development Conference, when the prime […]

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