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Successful Regeneration; Reviving Calderdale’s Industrial Legacy Through Development

Mills drove forward the industrial revolution within the UK – but now thousands lay derelict and underutilised across the UK. Ahead of our Mills Development Conference we caught up with Richard Seaman, Corporate Lead for Planning at Calderdale Council, who spoke about their involvement in bringing life back to these historic buildings… Mills drove forward […]

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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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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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Brighton & Hove Council Announce Major ‘Rejuvenation’ Project

A derelict site on the seafront in Brighton is about to be transformed, as Brighton & Hove City Council look to ‘rejuvenate’ the Black Rock area. The area has laid empty for more than 40 years, but now the Council are now planning to restore the area to former glories which should then see a […]

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Wheatley Group Proposes New Housing Scheme In Glasgow

Developer Wheatley Group has revealed fresh plans to deliver more than 250 new housing units in Glasgow – as they continue their growth across Scotland.

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Developer Gets Green Light On Appeal For Wales Project

  Developer Wales & West Housing Association has won an appeal to deliver ‘much-needed’ affordable homes in Gwersyllt in Wrexham. The scheme, which was initially refused by Wrexham Council, was sent on appeal to the Welsh Government and their appointed planning inspector has now overturned that decision.

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Highways England Announces 15-Mile Upgrade

Highways England has unveiled plans which will see the 15-mile stretch of the A12 between Chelmsford and Marks Tey upgraded.

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Sustainable ‘Living’ Building Revealed For Swansea

Hacer Developments have revealed proposals for their newest Swansea city centre development – and it is set to be covered in plants and trees. A planning application has now been submitted to Swansea Council, and developer Hacer is hoping that the scheme, once approved, could begin as early as April 2020 – and they’ll be […]

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CWC Group and Homes England JV to Transform 600-acre Plot

The consultation period over a proposed £800m community on the edge of Nottingham has just finished – an announcement which moves the major development forward. CWC Group – who’re speaking at our Nottinghamshire Development Plans Event – have received outline planning permission for the project through Rushcliffe Borough Council in May, which includes £100m of […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans across Greater London

Prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the London Property Club next week – a bi-monthly gathering of the biggest names and firms from the industry. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the city’s leading civic and business leaders discuss the major topics, challenges […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans within Essex

On the 12th November, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Essex and South East Development Plans Conference in Chelmsford – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities in Birmingham

On the 4th November, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Birmingham and West Midlands Development Plans Event – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s leading civic […]

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Boris Johnson Branded HS2 Axe As ‘Political Suicide’

Boris Johnson admitted that cancelling HS2 would be ‘political suicide’ at a meeting just days before he became prime minister, according to a leading west midlands businessman. Steve Hollis, chair of the West Midlands HS2 Growth Delivery Board, told our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that he and the conurbation’s elected mayor Andy Street had met […]

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Ex-Olympics Minister Urges HS2 To Grasp Cost Increase Nettle

HS2 must learn the lesson from the 2012 Olympics that is important to grasp the nettle about cost increases, according to one of the ex-ministers at the heart of London’s winning bid. Richard Caborn, minister of sport when London submitted its successful bid in the early Noughties, said at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that […]

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Politicians Warned That North Will Be Key In Upcoming Election

Whoever wins the upcoming general election will have to take northern concerns seriously, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was told. Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), told the Northern Powerhouse Rail session that he had “never known” as much unanimity of political leadership across the north despite the cuts that the region’s […]

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‘No Excuse’ For Second Class Manchester Terminus, Says Council Leader

There is “no excuse” for the north of England not to have the same high standard of rail projects recently seen in London, Manchester city council’s leader has said. Speaking at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference Cllr Richard Leese said that the HS2 upgrade of Manchester’s Piccadilly should be of a similar grade to the […]

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Build Leeds & Manchester HS2 Legs Together – Nottinghamshire Leader Urges

The last two legs of HS2 should be developed in tandem rather than one after the other, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council told delegates at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference. Cllr Kay Cutts, who also chairs the delivery board for the development planned around the proposed East Midlands Hub station at Toton, called for […]

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HS2 Station Needed To Stop Euston Overcrowding

Plans to upgrade Euston station to house the HS2 terminal are necessary in order to prevent the existing station from becoming dangerously overcrowded, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was warned. Mark Witham, head of commercial development at HS2 Ltd, told delegates that the classic station is over capacity by about three-fold. “It needs the HS2 […]

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Leeds Chief Challenges HS2 Critics – “If you don’t do HS2 what is the solution?”

The chief executive of Leeds city council has thrown down the gauntlet to HS2’s critics to come up with a better solution for tackling the north-south divide. Referring to the history of failed attempts to overcome regional inequalities, Tom Riordan said: “If you want something that is going to stabilise the economy and give certainty […]

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“Antiquated” Rail Network Blamed For 2018 Timetable Nightmares

The “antiquated” nature of the north’s rail infrastructure was the root cause of last year’s botched new regional timetable introduction, according to the independent expert appointed to oversee improvements to the train network. Richard George, who was speaking on behalf of Atkins / SNC Lavalin at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference, said that the north […]

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Leeds Leader Urges HS2 Review to Shift From “Obsession” With Speed

The review of HS2 should rule out only building the line as far as Birmingham, the Leader of Leeds City Council has urged. Cllr Judith Blake told delegates that she is “very concerned” that the terms of reference of the exercise, which is headed by HS2 Ltd’s former chair Douglas Oakervee, contains an option for […]

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Milton Keynes Has Room For Logistics, Says Council

Milton Keynes has land available for warehouse and distribution developments, a senior official at the council told our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference. Head of Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council Pam Gosal used her keynote presentation to outline progress on the development of the UK’s largest new town. She said that Milton Keynes […]

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Technology Will Cause Net Job Loss By 2035 – AI Expert Predicts

Within 15 years technology will be destroying jobs more rapidly than people can be retrained to fill new roles, the Sheds & Logistics Development Conference has heard. Daniel Hulme, Chief Executive Officer of Artificial Intelligence consultancy Satalia, predicted to delegates at the Built Environment Networking event that technology will continue to free more people from […]

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Strong Council Leadership Needed During Planning Process

Planning committee members should pay the cost of lost appeals out of their own pockets if they reject their officers’ advice, a leading logistics developer has suggested at our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference. Philip O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Mountpark, told Built Environment Networking event that this move would concentrate elected members minds. In the […]

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London Curb on Polluting Vehicles Threatens Small Hauliers

Sadiq Khan’s push to clean up London’s air by banning more polluting trucks threatens to drive many small hauliers out of business, our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference was warned. Rob McKenzie, Managing Director of Policy & Affairs at the Road Haulage Associate, told delegates at the Built Environment Networking event that many hauliers would […]

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Head of Manchester Council Backs City’s 2038 Zero Carbon Target Despite Economic Risks

Greater Manchester’s push to become zero carbon by 2038 is worth pushing ahead with, even though it poses risks for the local economy, the city council’s longstanding leader has said. Speaking at our Greater Manchester Development Conference, Sir Richard Leese identified the target to hit net zero 12 years ahead of government targets for the UK […]

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#Stayalittlelonger: how good wayfinding drives inward investment

One of the sessions at Built Environment Networking’s Greater Manchester Development Conference explored inward investment: encouraging people to spend money in a location. This is a frequent objective for Placemarque when designing a wayfinding strategy. Good wayfinding encourages people to stay a little longer or walk a little further in order to spend their time […]

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PM urged to back £3.5bn Midlands Engine Rail, as region’s rail revolution takes a leap forward

£3.5 billion plan to revolutionise Midlands rail network, comprised of seven projects Up to 60 locations across the UK could benefit from improved services 736 more passenger trains on the network each day Plans are fully integrated with HS2 and will be submitted to Oakervee Review Creates space for an additional 1 million lorries’ worth […]

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Sheds and logistics developments in one of the UK’s fastest growing cities…

Milton Keynes is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. Home to over 14,000 business units and with a population of 267,000, Milton Keynes is showing no signs of slowing down its growth. By 2050 Milton Keynes is expected to have a population of over 500,000 making it a city larger than Liverpool, Cardiff or […]

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Pioneering construction skills academy opens

A pioneering civil engineering skills academy unlike anything else in the North East has been officially opened in Hartlepool. The new skills academy from Seymour Civil Engineering and principal partners Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Borough Council will provide certified qualifications to future and current civil engineers both locally and nationally with the […]

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Modular development moves forward in London

The first of 438 off-site manufactured modules have been lifted into place at First Way Campus, the 678-bedroom student accommodation scheme which is being developed by Cole Waterhouse in Wembley, London. Work started on the 1.6 acre site in September 2018 and the £54m scheme build, which will provide accommodation for University College of Football […]

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PAGABO Predicts trebling project numbers through second term frameworks

PAGABO, the rapidly expanding framework organisation, is predicting to deliver millions of pounds of social value for communities with support from its two newest frameworks going out for tender this month. Pagabo is introducing the second terms of its National Framework for Professional Services in Construction and Premises (2020) and National Framework for Major Works […]

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Speculative development unlocked at Icon Manchester Airport

Commercial property developer, Stoford has completed the forward sale of a major warehouse at Icon Manchester, paving the way for a new speculative development at the strategic site. Alpha Real Capital, a leading investor in long income real assets, has agreed to buy Unit 4, a new, state-of-the-art 102,500 sq ft industrial/warehouse facility at the Manchester Airport development, from Icon Industrial, a strategic joint venture by […]

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Connecting Britain to launch at major one-day conference

A green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail is ‘critical to the long term success of the UK and all its parts’, says new campaign backed by business and political leaders Business and political leaders from the North have today joined together to launch Connecting Britain, a campaign to speak with one, united voice […]

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HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference

HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference Joined on stage by council leaders and key project stakeholders   Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in Leeds on Tuesday, 3rd September. Allan will address over 400 delegates sharing his views on the […]

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Mental health and well being matter – BOHO

‘When we talk about mental health, we’re talking about our mental well-being: our emotions, our thoughts and our feelings, our ability to solve problems and overcome difficulties, our social connections, and our understanding of the world around us.’ (CMHA, 2019)   One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in […]

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Building Equality marches at Leeds Pride

Building Equality – an alliance of construction companies working to build LGBT+ inclusion including Built Environment Networking, has completed their second annual march at Leeds Pride. More than 200 people from across the construction and property industry – double the number of people from the previous year – joined the parade to celebrate diversity, advocate […]

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NW speculative build trade counter schemes reap rewards

Trade counters are increasing their footprint and now account for almost 20% of all floorspace in the North West Despite reducing their footprint, general manufacturers remain the region’s single largest occupier sector at 22% North West sees “ripple effect” of high ERV growth in other geographical locations, pushing occupiers into the region Manchester, UK – […]

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Dear Prime Minister, don’t forget the Midlands – Midlands Connect

A message from Midlands Connect… Prime Minister, congratulations on your appointment. As you embark on the first 100 days of your premiership, you will face huge challenges, but also an unparalleled opportunity. Our message to you is simple; unleash our economic potential, succeed where your predecessors have faltered, back the Midlands.

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Plans for redevelopment of former ski village edge closer

Plans to redevelop a former Ski Village in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield have moved forward – as Extreme Destinations and Sheffield City Council sign an agreement for the project, with Extreme signing a 150-year lease. The ski village, which has remained derelict since it was destroyed by a fire in 2012, is set […]

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