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Liverpool Universities Plan to Create 30,000 “Knowledge-Intensive” Jobs

The three universities of Liverpool – Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University – are collaborating with Liverpool City Council on a strategy to create 30,000 new high-skilled jobs over the next decade, the recent North West Development Conference heard. “Universities are about 40% of the local economy of Liverpool,” according […]

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Liverpool City Region “Continues to Look Forwards and Outwards”

The Liverpool City Region is an area “that continues to look outwards, and forwards” according to the Chair of the Liverpool-China Partnership, Paul Grover. Speaking at the North-West Development Conference Grover celebrated the fact the partnership has recently secured “£138m worth of deals” as part of delegations to mark 20 years since Liverpool was twinned […]

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Peel Group’s £50bn Transformation of the North West

Peel Group, the firm behind some of the North West’s most iconic schemes including MediaCityUK, Liverpool Waters and The Trafford Centre, is continuing its massive development programme, the £50bn Ocean Gateway. Speaking at the North West Development Conference Anthony Hatton, Director of Strategic Projects said of the projects success:  “Over the first 10 years of […]

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UK’s Largest Garden Village Planned for Near Carlisle

The scenic county of Cumbria is set to receive a massive 10,000 new homes following a development push by Carlisle City Council.

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Liverpool Bound for ‘London-Style’ Transport System

“I’ve set a target of achieving a London-style transport system for Liverpool in the next decade” That was the message from Metro Mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotheram whilst delivering an inspiring keynote speech at our North West Development Conference, as he outlined his vision for a transportation revolution in the region.

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Focus on Making a “Real Difference” says Mayor Driscoll

“There’s no automatic connection between growth and well-being, I don’t care about growth, I care about people being able to pay their bills, that small business has a secure pipeline of work”- Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) delivered an impassioned keynote at the recent Built Environment Networking North-East Development […]

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New Community Developments Reshaping Cambridgeshire

Massive new communities are emerging across Cambridgeshire which are reshaping the region, our Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Development Conference has heard. One of the major developers working in the region are Crest Nicholson who’re developing homes at the former RAF Wyton site.  

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£1bn Garden Village Scheme soon to go to Tender

The massive Welborne garden scheme was outlined by Fiona Gray, Project director at Buckland Development- she described: “6000 homes, about a million sq ft of employment space bringing an anticipated 5700 jobs one secondary school, three primary schools and a significant amount of green space.” The project was given garden village status back in 2017, […]

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The Massive £4bn Project to Keep Oxford World-Leading

“Oxford is not just competing with the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, but also competing on a global level with cities such as Boston and San Francisco- China and also places in Europe.” – Jennifer Waterhouse, Associate at Legal & General’s Future Cities laid out the stakes for the city, which she described as a […]

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£3.5bn Garden Communities Lead Development Wave in Essex

North Essex Garden Communities Ltd (NECG), a partnership between Braintree, Colchester and Tendring district council are developing 43,000 homes across three new communities, a total of £3.5bn of investment was announced at the recent Essex & South East Development Plans. However , that is just one facet of the massive developments that are taking place […]

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£2bn Investment in Nottingham Driven by Rental Boom

“We recognise that Nottingham is hot right now” – that was the message from Chris Henning, Corporate Director of Development at Nottingham City Council speaking at our East Midlands Development Plans Event.    Henning touted the booming property market of the city, outlining key headline projects including the renovation of Nottingham Castle and the £250m […]

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Untapped Potential for the UK in Alternative Energy Sources

Julia Safiullina, Investment Manager for Iona Capital, has revealed the massive potential for biomass energy in the UK: “There were around 25 anaerobic digestion plants in the UK when we started in 2011, whereas Germany had around 8000. There now around 500 in the UK, 17 of those are ours, and this level of development […]

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Developing Solutions in the UK’s “Highest Emitting Sector”

Liana Cipcigan, Co-Director of the Electrical Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University, has stated the need to make rapid changes in the transport industry to help tackle climate change. Speaking at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain event he said, “transport is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases out of all sectors” and she […]

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Building the Sustainable Communities of Tomorrow

Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus at British Land has highlighted the huge potential carbon savings within the construction industry. She said, speaking at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain conference: “There are 30 gigatons of potential C02 reduction in our sector until 2030.” British Land are behind plans to create a new £4bn town in […]

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Tackling Climate Emergency Means Going Beyond the “Politically Possible”

Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley has said at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain event  that tackling the climate emergency means going with what “the science demands and not what is seen as politically possible.” Bartley noted that in 2017 the climate emergency was scarcely discussed, yet now “50-60% of people will take […]

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UK at Risk of Missing 2050 Net Zero Targets

A call to action on climate change has been issued by a Senior Policy Advisor at independent think tank Green Alliance who declared at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain, “the UK is not on track to meet its 4th and 5th carbon budgets to 2032, and the gap is even bigger if we consider […]

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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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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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Exclusive Interview On Mills With A Regeneration Specialist

In a BEN exclusive we spoke with Tom Stannard, Corporate Director of Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council to discuss the development of Mills. Wakefield Council will be presenting at our upcoming Mills Development Conference.   Wakefield Council has worked extensively with developers City & Provincial on redeveloping Rutland Mills Complex, how did that […]

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Knowsley Council’s £44m Investment In Kirkby “Largest Ever”

Knowsley Council and the developer St Modwen have agreed a deal to transfer 87 shops and 12.4 acres of land into council ownership in what is claimed to be the local authority’s largest-ever property investment. Knowsley council are speaking at our upcoming North-West Development Conference. The council said the move was a “significant step forward […]

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Weston Homes and Tesco Submit Plan For Goodmayes Site

Weston Homes, working alongside their partner Tesco, has now submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the 10.4 acre Tesco store and carpark site at 822 High Road in Goodmayes into a new mixed use development. The site is located next to Goodmayes Railway Station and is close to Barley Lane Park. Weston Homes […]

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Government Needs To “Release land Around Transport Hubs,” Says Major Developer

Planning Director of Crest Nicholson, the 8th largest listed house building, Rebecca Warren told delegates at the recent Birmingham Development Plans evening that the government needed to “release land around transport hubs” in green belt areas to ease the housing crisis.  Warren said: “There are lots of train stations in green belt which do not […]

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Historic Shrewsbury Ready For The High Street Of The Future

Shrewsbury’s Big Town Plan, created in consultation with over 5,000 residents, is leading the way forward for the medieval town centre, which is populated with over 600 listed buildings.

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The Glass Works Is Letting New Light into Barnsley Town Centre

The Glass Works is the centerpiece of the transformation of Barnsley high street, the High Streets Development Conference heard. The Glassworks is a £180m project being led by Barnsley Council, partially funded by the Public Works Loan Board, to create a new home for the Barnsley markets and a new high street destination. The name […]

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Kirklees Redevelopment Lead by Ambitious Huddersfield Blueprint

Kirklees Council are launching their high streets redevelopment with the first projects of their 2019-2031 masterplan, our High Streets Development Conference has heard. Huddersfield is the largest town in the Kirklees area which has avoided much of the national problem, according to Angela Blake, Service Director of Economy and Skills: “The retail offering is still […]

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Regeneration Specialist Compares Swansea Transformation to “Victorian” Proportions

Swansea is embracing the changing nature of Britain’s high streets, a leading Councillor has said. Cllr Rob Stewart, Cabinet Member for Economy and Strategy, told delegates at our High Streets Development Conference that the scale of changes occurring across Swansea was transformational: “About 70% of our city centre is under redevelopment, regeneration or being refurbished […]

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Massive £1.2bn Investment in Bolton Bringing the Town’s Metamorphosis

Bolton is receiving huge investment to enable the redevelopment of the town; our recent High Streets Development Conference heard. Gerry Brough, Director of Place at Bolton Council outlined their objectives: “The council wants to turn Bolton from a much loved but rundown town centre into a vibrant place where people want to live, work, study […]

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Creative Industries Fueling Wakefield Redevelopment

City & Provincial Properties, the developers behind Europe’s largest music cluster, are redeveloping the disused Rutland Mills in Wakefield into a new complex, Tileyard North. The buildings are all Grade II listed properties but will require significant restoration work as part of the new project after 20 years of unoccupancy.

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Custard Factory Owners unveil 3.8m sq ft plan for Digbeth

New homes, offices, bars and cultural space are all set to built as part of a major overhaul of a Birmingham city centre district. Oval Real Estate is unveiling its plans today for the wholesale regeneration in Digbeth where it owns dozens of buildings including the Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios which it bought in 2017. Oval will […]

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Date Set for £140m Galliard Homes Crossrail Flat Development

Galliard Homes on Tuesday shrugged off Brexit uncertainty and agreed to start construction on luxury flats worth over £140 million above the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station. Galliard Homes are speaking at our upcoming TFL Development & Economic Growth Conference, where they will discuss this and other developments driven by the Elizabeth Line’s construction.

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460,000 Homes in Scotland Could Be Renewably Heated by 2030

A report commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables has found that the Scottish government could see the equivalent of 460,000 homes heated renewably by 2030. The report used information collected by CAG Consultants concerning the type and volume of potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities, gathering information from local authorities and industry professionals.

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World’s Largest Off-Shore Windfarm Opening in Hornsea

Ørsted opened the world’s first offshore wind farm back in 1991 and is due to open the world’s largest offshore wind farm in 2020. Seen as a world leader in offshore wind power production, Ørsted has succeeded in establishing the greatest production of this type of power than any other company, accounting for a quarter of […]

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Back to the Future – Optimistic for UK High Streets

Transforming the fortunes of struggling UK high streets “will involve thinking back to the future” according to one leading industry expert. Michael Weedon, Chair of the Retail and High Street Policy Unit, explained to delegates at the High Streets Development Conference that the future for high streets may involve looking back, to enable new development […]

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Experts Say Residential The Way Forward For UK High Streets

  A poll of 300 industry experts from across the built environment industry – taken from our recent High Streets Development Conference – looked to discover how the property and construction sectors can play a pivotal role in easing pressures facing UK High Streets.

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Successful Cities “Are Less Reliant” on Retail Due to Changing Economy

Cities that are less reliant on the retail sector are much more successful, our High Streets Development Conference has heard. Speaking to over 300 delegates expert Andrew Carter, the Chief Executive at Centre For Cities, described the structural issues in the economy affecting high streets: “We’ve seen no real wage growth over the last 10 […]

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EXTREME and Sumou Holdings Unveil Saudi Arabia Partnership

EXTREME, a global pioneer of extreme and adventure sports since 1995, and Sumou Holdings (through its subsidiary, Fast Service) have today announced a joint venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build an end to end events and arena business in the country. Extreme will be revealing new plans at our upcoming South Yorkshire […]

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Stansted Airport Expansion Proposals Given New Lift

Stansted Airport owner MAG is confident that consent for major expansion – put on hold by a change in leadership at Uttlesford District Council in September – will finally be forthcoming by the end of this month. MAG are speaking at our upcoming Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Development Conference. The district council’s planning committee last November […]

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Leaked Review recommends HS2 go ahead, despite increased costs

A draft copy of a review into the HS2 high-speed railway linking London and the North of England says it should be built, despite its rising cost. This comes after national leaders campaigned for HS2, more detail can be found in our HS2 Conference Report. The government-commissioned review, started in August, will not be published […]

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Homes Of The Future Being Built Across The West of England

Bristol Housing Festival have been exploring future methods of housing to try to tackle shortages within the housing market, our West of England Development Conference heard. Jeremy Sweetland, Project Lead for the festival, said: “There is the reality of a systemic failure in the housing market, and there is a reality that there is a […]

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One Giant Leap for the South-West Peninsula: Virgin Orbit Spaceport in Cornwall

The claim to the largest space cluster outside of the US is set to be taken by Cornwall Newquay Airport, according to Al Titterington, Managing Director of the airport. Speaking at our West of England Development Conference he said land surrounding the airport, which was formerly an RAF base until 2008, is set to be […]

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£1.7bn Road Improvements Proposed at A303 Near Stonehenge

The A303 Corridor is a site of a potential major development, with a new £1.7bn road upgrade proposed near Stonehenge. A decision is set to be made in Spring 2020. Derek Parody, Project Director at Highways England, specified details of the development at Built Environment Networking’s West of England Development Conference,  saying that the whole […]

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West of England Plans to Build on World-Leading Tech Success

The planned £300m Temple Meads Enterprise Campus at the University of Bristol will “cement Bristol’s position” as a leader in technology according to the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Guy Orpen.  Speaking at our West of England Development Conference he described their ambition as “to support and enable what is Britain’s most successful technology cluster around […]

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Western Powerhouse Being Driven By Atoms & Enterprise

The Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station is the “largest foreign direct investment and inward investment project in the country” Claire Pearce, Director of Planning and Economic Growth of This is Gravity Ltd told attendees at the recent West of England Development Conference.  With a building cost of up to £22.5bn the new power plant […]

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YTL’s Sky-High Ambitions for New Arena in Bristol

Malaysian developer YTL Developments revealed details of their plans for the former Brabazon hangars on the derelict Filton Airfield, at our West of England Development Conference. Plans for the hangars, the birthplace of the Concorde aircraft, centre around the construction of a new 17,000-seater arena set in the central hanger, and YTL is currently awaiting […]

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