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“Taking on construction was my way of rebelling”

Emma Noble, Strategic Development Manager at Perfect Circle, recently shared a fantastic story with us about how she landed a career in the construction industry – and we thought this was definitely something which needed to be shared. Here is her journey from standing in the queue to enrol in Business Studies to her career […]

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Managing historic environment project risk as part of successful developments

Over 90% of archaeological work undertaken across the UK comes about as a result of developments and the heritage legislation and planning requirements in force at the time. What can developers and their agents do to ensure that archaeology and built heritage doesn’t become a costly and time-consuming project constraint…   Heritage Legislation When progressing […]

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What defines an airport city? – Placemarque

Placemarque chose to sponsor Built Environment Networking’s Airport Cities Development Conference because it combines our key markets. We create wayfinding for large estates and for communities. An airport city involves (possibly) the most complex of all estates. And community-wise, an airport city is the same as every other city, isn’t it? People have to eat, […]

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Government Framework success for Premier Modular

Premier Modular Limited, a leading offsite manufacturer and speaker at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition & Conference next week, has been named as suppliers on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Modular Buildings Framework. Premier has vast experience of working across the full range of sectors looking to benefit from this Government led drive to use offsite […]

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‘Extreme’ wall membranes driving major performance improvements on site

Protect Membranes, an exhibitor at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition and Conference next week and a UK producer of construction and roofing membranes, has introduced two new waterproof breather membranes designed for use externally on timber frame, SIPs and CLT wall panels, achieving a Class W1 resistance to water penetration. Launched in tandem with the STA […]

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Wakefield Council; Exclusive Q&A – development plans and economic growth

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Development Conference we hear exclusive from Wakefield Council on their need for development and investment partners, how they’ve become one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, information on their proposed Wakefield District Local Plan and more…   Wakefield is one of the key city regions within Yorkshire and it will […]

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Offsite – should be the norm not the exception

NG Bailey, one of the partners at the Offsite Manufacture Conference & Exhibition, has been pioneering offsite manufacturing since the 1990s and has seen a steady growth in its use – but believes there is still a long way to go until it becomes the norm. “We welcome the increased focus the sector is getting […]

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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities and challenges within West Yorkshire

This Wednesday prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the West Yorkshire Development Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. Running for the third consecutive year the conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a […]

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Industry collaboration sees the creation of ‘Pareidolia’

For the their second Clerkenwell Design Week collaboration, PORCELANOSA Group and Jestico + Whiles teamed up with Studio Fractal and Architainment Lighting, to create a new and exciting immersive experience, Pareidolia. Pareidolia is an experimental large-scale immersive installation. Constructed from a seamless domino line of KRION™, free-standing fins which are 2.3m high were placed on […]

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New regional design blueprint drawn up for combined authority schemes

A regional design charter is being drawn up by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Patricia Willoughby, Head of Housing & Regeneration Policy at the WMCA, revealed during the placemaking session at the MDC that mayor Andy Street’s body is working on the production of a regional design charter. The charter would be used in tandem […]

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Brexit collapse in EU students will fuel skills gaps

A drop in the number of EU students attending UK universities could open big skills gap in large areas of the economy like construction, our event has heard. Speaking on the panel of the Universities session at the MDC, Prof Ian Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, said: “The changes Brexit could introduce to the […]

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Local Enterprise Partnership issues plea for funding certainty

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) require longer term funding certainty from the government in the upcoming spending review to continue making progress. Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of the Black Country LEP, told delegates that there are “lots of fantastic projects” under way across the midlands. As an example of the progress that has been achieved by […]

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Developer funds infrastructure to deliver new development project

A logistics developer has agreed to pay for and deliver the first phase of a bypass after Northamptonshire County Council lost its funding for the project. Jonathan Wallis, Development Director of DB Symmetry, told delegates that the company is taking over the project so that it can deliver the plans for its Symmetry Park at […]

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Lords ignored Midlands, says regional transport boss

The midlands were “largely ignored” by a recent damning House of Lords committee report into High Speed 2, the Leader of the region’s transport body told the Midlands Development Conference Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, used her keynote presentation to kick off the conference’s HS2 session by criticising the Lords economic affairs committee report […]

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Warning that regions must speak clearly to ministers to deliver ‘critical peice of national investment’ – HS2

Work on HS2 is not too far advanced for the project to be cancelled, the Chair of the umbrella body for East Midlands Councils has warned. Speaking on the Midlands Development Conference East Midlands Councils Chair Andrew Pritchard, said: “The project is not so far down the track that it couldn’t be cancelled. We need […]

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Kerslake backs new regional super agencies

A heavyweight House of Lords commission will back the establishment of four regional agencies to spearhead economic development in England, its Chair Lord Kerslake has revealed. The former Chief Civil Servant outlined the headline recommendations of the Lords 2070 Commission in the opening speech at our Midlands Development Conference. The commission, which has been set […]

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NEC Group; 40 years of success in Birmingham and Solihull

Over 40 years of success in Birmingham and Solihull By Kathryn James, Managing Director, NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions   I have the pride of leading fantastic teams that manage the NEC – one of Europe’s leading exhibition and live event venues – as well as the Vox, our newest and most exciting new conferencing […]

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Brexit; the inside view from the Midlands construction and property industry

Following our Brexit straw poll at our BE Premier Leaders Club (poll results here) in May 2019, Built Environment Networking decided to consult our 300 strong audience at the Midlands Development Conference to gauge their opinion on current political developments. The poll took place before Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation but nevertheless the same question […]

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£1bn regeneration set to get underway

Work is set to begin on a transformational regeneration of the former Ford manufacturing plant in Dagenham, London. The regeneration project, brought forward by major developers Countryside Properties and L&Q Group, will see the 29-hectare site revitalised into a thriving new community. It’ll take until 2030 to completely deliver the new project, with plans for: […]

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Uncertainty over UK’s property market leads major developer to rethink plans

Uncertainty in the UK’s property market, especially in retail, has also led to developer Whitehill and Bordon (W&B) to rethink some of its own development plans, including the make-up of the town centre element of its vast Prince Philip Park scheme. Speaking at our Southampton Development Plans event Chris Knott, Director at W&B Regeneration Company, which […]

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HS2 already supports 9,000 jobs – new report reveals

HS2, the transformational infrastructure project which is set to drive economic growth across the UK, is already supporting 9,000 jobs across the UK – new government figures have revealed. The project to build a high-speed rail network to connect UK cities and in turn improve regional connectivity has now begun with spades in the ground […]

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CEG’s £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme in Leeds takes step forward

The highly-regarded Kirkstall Forge scheme transforming Leeds has taken a step forward with CEG releasing new information on the next phase of delivery. CEG – who’re set to share further details at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference in September – have unveiled new CGI’s showing how the next part of the project will look once […]

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Yorkshire housebuilder secured funding for further growth

Conroy Brook,  a specialist developer in healthcare, commercial and residential projects across Yorkshire who also trade under the name of Ben Bailey Homes, have secured £10m in funding to support the companies ambitious growth plans over the coming years. The firm, who primarily work across Yorkshire, have exciting plans across the region and the funding […]

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Crown Commercial Services announce £1.2bn modular framework suppliers

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have announced the successful firms who’re set to work on their new £1.2bn Modular Building Framework ahead of their involvement in the Offsite Manufacture Conference this June. The Modular Building Solutions Framework will offer the public sector with ‘a simple, low-cost way to address their modular building requirements’, which comes […]

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Plans submitted for student accommodation project in Worcester

Plans to transform a former Worcester nightclub into student accommodation have been submitted to the council – in a bid to revitalise the derelict building. The plans, submitted by Regen Developments and Thornloe Developments in a JV, outline their ambition to turn the ‘eyesore’ into a 100-bed student accommodation block. The scheme proposes: 2 x […]

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Masterplan to grow local economy planned by Cambridgeshire towns

A masterplan is being put together to help towns surrounding Cambridge to benefit from the major growth set to happen over the coming years through the ARC Corridor infrastructure scheme. Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives Council’s are set to work together to create a district-wide masterplan aimed at boosting the economy and trade within their […]

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Impressive 15-acre lagoon park planned for Bournemouth

Impressive plans have been revealed for a new £35m ‘waterpark’ in Bournemouth – titled the Lagoon Project. The vision for the 15-acre park is to create a tourist destination to attract visitors, families and surfers – with accommodation units and watersports.

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£10m University of Sheffield project given go-ahead

The green light has been given for a multi-million pound development by the University of Sheffield – as they continue to become the UK’s leading university for engineering and hi-tech manufacturing. The proposed scheme will see the creation of a new research hub – which will entice global hi-tech and innovative brands to South Yorkshire […]

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University of Liverpool £1bn estates plan

The University of Liverpool are planning a major investment and development programme – with a £1bn estate plan having recently been announced. The higher education institution, set to share details of the masterplan at an event in Liverpool on the 27th June, is set to be unveiled for public consultation shortly – with a masterplan […]

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180 acres of Birmingham centre to be transformed

The consultation process has been kickstarted by Birmingham City Council as they plan a transformational project in the heart of the city. The council are proposing an ambitious scheme which will deliver exceptional public space and deliver more than 5,000 new homes across a 180 acre site. The scheme, earmarked for the Rea Valley Urban […]

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Manchester’s most sustainable building

The most sustainable building in Manchester has officially reached practical completion this week. FORE Partnership, a purpose-driven real estate investment firm who’re working heavily across Europe and the UK, have announced the completion of its Grade A office development Windmill Green in the centre of Manchester. The building, which boasts to be ‘the most sustainable […]

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DB Symettry gain green light for 136-acre scheme

DB Symettry have been given the thumbs up for a major 136-acre scheme set to be transformed into a new logistics hub. The firm, who were recently acquired by Tritax Big Box REIT to create the largest portfolio of prime ‘Big Box’ logistics assets across the UK, now have outline permission to deliver 2.31m sq […]

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Brexit; the inside view from construction industry

Business leaders from within the industry met at Spencer House in London for a strategic discussion around the state of the industry and how the sector was reacting to market and political conditions, in particular the fact that BREXIT had been hanging over us for nearly 3 years and was creating an unstable platform for […]

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University looks to develop PRS homes for staff and post-graduates

The University of Hertfordshire is considering building homes for staff and post-graduates because homes in the local area are too expensive. Speaking at our event in Hertfordshire the Director of Estates at the university – Ian Grimes – said the faculty was looking to address the consequences of unaffordable homes in the region. He said: […]

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“We need your help”

As hosts of the leading built environment networking events, we are always looking at ways we can improve and modernise to ensure we are providing everyone with an outstanding experience. We have recently partnered with Constructing Rainbows to look at ways we can encourage a more diverse audience to our events. We know that by […]

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Scottish univerisities focus on business and innovation expertise to attract investment

Scottish Universities are boosting their business and innovation expertise to ensure that their capital expenditure plans have adequate businesses cases to attract investment in a tough funding environment. Speaking at our conference in Glasgow, Andy McGoff, Director, Finance and Operations at Edinburgh Napier University, said that universities have had little choice but to seek new […]

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The moment social value was born

It is 40 years since the British gangster movie, The Long Good Friday, was released and there have been numerous documentaries to mark the cinematic milestone. In the film, the main character Harold Shand (played by Bob Hoskins) gives a stellar speech aboard his luxury yacht moored on the banks of the Thames, presenting a […]

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London Festival of Architecture and Architecture LGBT+ launch competition for Architectural Pride float

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Architecture LGBT+ have announced a design competition for a float to represent architecture and LGBT+ architects at Pride in London and Manchester Pride. Now in its second year, the project celebrates the diversity of the architecture sector, and offers opportunities for architecture students, recent graduates, emerging practices as […]

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Perfect Circle announce national partnership

PERFECT Circle has announced a national partnership with Built Environment Networking. In order to increase accessibility for both public sector customers and its growing number of supply chain partners, Perfect Circle has committed to a year-long sponsorship of the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events, Built Environment Networking. The partnership will see Perfect […]

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Protecting the environment the key long-term challenge facing UK ports

Aside from Brexit the environment is the key long-term challenge facing shipping, the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Bob Sanguinetti has said. “As far as protecting the environment, gone are the days when shipping was perceived as a dirty industry: shipping has opportunity to show its true colours,” he said at our Ports Development Conference, highlighting […]

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Ports need improved infrastructure to drive development and tackle road congestion

Inadequate infrastructure connecting UK ports and the wider UK is putting a brake on the development and expansion of ports, our Port Development Conference has heard. Poor transport access to the south of England’s ports could result in freight being diverted to less congested part of the country. Ports in the north of England aspire […]

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Quicker planning process needed for UK ports

The growth of UK ports are often held back by a planning system that moves too slowly for the fast-changing needs of the sector, our Ports Development Conference has heard. Speaking at the event DP World’s Estate Manager Nick Orbell said: “Ports don’t like lag time. If a response is needed, it needs to be […]

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UK ports ongoing and future major development projects

A shift in demand for sector services across UK ports, and an over capacity in the UK market, is changing the trading landscape and the new developments and regeneration happening at each port. Our Ports Development Conference heard about the ongoing major projects and future plans – including the biggest port project currently in the […]

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Port bosses warn Brexit may cause traffic chaos, but also opportunities

The road network of the south east of England could become choked due to congestion at Dover if there is a hard Brexit, our Ports Development Conference has heard. Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) – which represents nine of the largest port operators across the UK – pointed out the […]

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Overcoming challenges in restoring heritage buildings

David Hills, Partner at Purcell, recently presented details of his work as lead architect on the incredible Battersea Power Station regeneration project. Speaking at our National Partner CIOB’s event focused on exploring quality and standards in the heritage architecture sector he delves into the impressive examples of hertiage restoration projects across the UK. As an […]

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Uniper delivers trusted solutions for your on-site energy needs.   Who are Uniper? We are a global energy company that generates, trades, and markets energy on a large scale. We also procure, store, transport, and supply commodities such as natural gas, LNG, and coal as well as energy-related products. With about 37 GW of installed […]

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Trebor acquire 25 acre site for massive speculative industrial development

Trebor Developments and their partner, Hillwood, have entered into contract with Lazarus Properties to acquire a 25 acre site at Gateway 4, Doncaster, adjacent to M18 Motorway and are submitting a planning application to speculatively develop a massive 408,000 sq ft facility on the site. The development will deliver over the next 12 months the […]

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Trebor Hillwood flying with another major site acquisition

Trebor Developments, working in conjunction with its partner, Hillwood, have agreed terms with Peel Land and Property (Peel L&P) to acquire a site of 5.66 acres, located at Aero Centre Yorkshire, the development site surrounding Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) and have submitted a planning application for a 2 unit, industrial, speculative development. They will deliver […]

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Housing association and council in modular homes joint-venture talks

A major housing association is exploring establishing a modular housing venture with a local authority – which will discussed in detail at our Offsite Manufacture Conference in June. Geoff Pearce, Executive Director for Regeneration and Development at Swan Housing Group, told our Thames Estuary Development Conference that the Essex-based association is in discussions with an […]

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Essex borough challenges Lower Thames Crossing

Plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing are being resisted by the Essex authority where the tunnel will emerge, our event heard. The new crossing, which will carry 14.5 miles of dual to three lane expressway in the UK’s longest road tunnel, is due to emerge on the north bank of the Thames in the […]

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