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5G connectivity to launch in 16 UK cities

5G mobile connectivity is set to be launched across 16 UK cities in 2019 – it has been confirmed. EE, part of the BT Group who’ll be speaking at next years Smart Cities Development Conference, are set to roll out the connectivity once their initial trials in Canary Wharf and East London have been completed, […]

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LandSec announce strong performance amid plans to build 4,000+ new homes

Landsec, the largest commercial property development and investment company in the UK and speaker at the Smart Cities Development Conference, have today revealed a strong market performance as they look at developing future opportunities. The announcement comes alongside plans to build more than 4,000 new homes within London – primarily on the suburbs of it’s […]

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UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference

UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference On the 20th November, prominent estates and facilities leaders from the UK’s national, regional and local emergency services will come together at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will offer the first ever […]

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McBains; Blue Light estates & Tri-Light collaboration

Next week the inaugural Blue Light Estates Development Conference is set to bring together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management at our Emergency Services – including Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. We’re set to hear about the future vision for our services estates portfolios – with new regeneration and development […]

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Essential funds for Oxford North scheme set for green light

Vital funds which will unlock the proposed Oxford North development are set to be given the green-light in a major boost for regional jobs and homes. The funding, set to be a percentage of the total £105m needed for infrastructure upgrades around the area, is set to go towards crucial infrastructure which includes new roads, […]

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CEG scheme to create 3,400 jobs in Leeds

Around 3,400 new jobs could be created in Leeds from the ambitious Kirkstall Forge development by CEG, a new report has found. The results of the report highlight the importance of the major development – which also highlights the ability of the scheme to deliver tens of millions of pounds worth of skills, training and […]

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1.7 acre site in Northamptonshire set for development

Property development and investment company Godwin Developments have purchased a new site set in a prominent location in Northamptonshire. The 1.7 acre development site, located in Rushden on the A6 bypass, is set to be a commercial development. Godwin Developments, who’re set to speak at the East Midlands Development Plans Conference next week, have exchanged […]

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Liverpool Mayor outlines Council’s ‘Ethical’ Housing Plans

Liverpool Council’s housing company aims to be on site with nearly 2000 homes within a year, the Mayor of Liverpool has said. Speaking at our Liverpool event Mayor Joe Anderson told delegates that his authority’s new ethical housing company aims to deliver 10,000 homes on council and privately-owned land. The company, which will deliver a […]

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Further details of Cambridgeshire Metro revealed

Additional details have been revealed for the ambitious transport scheme which would see a new metro system developed within Cambridgeshire. The scheme would help connect villages and towns from across the region, linking areas such as Haverhill, Huntingdon and Mildenhall with the city of Cambridge. Mayor James Palmer, who’ll be speaking at the Cambridgeshire & […]

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HS2 Chairman: “Half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are just the beginning”

Local HS2 growth plans show almost half a million jobs at HS2 station sites Nearly 90,000 thousand new homes to be built around HS2 stations including new garden villages. Opportunities to better local transport connections facilitated by HS2 for both work and leisure.   Today, Sir Terry Morgan, Chair of HS2 Ltd will state how […]

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Public-Sector & Tri-Light Collaboration – Place Partnership

Tri-Light Collaboration between the UK’s emergency services is increasing – with a focus on rationalising their estates to deliver more efficient and effective buildings which in turn allow improves the service for the communities the sector serves. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Andrew Pollard, Managing Director of Place Partnership, about their unique […]

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Plans revealed for major new office development in Nottingham

A major new development in a key location in Nottingham City Centre is on the cards – with developers Sladen Estates and Peveril Securities today revealing plans. The potential development proposed the creation of two buildings between 10-13 storeys high. Sladen Estates, who’re set to speak at our West Midlands Development Plans Conference, have submitted […]

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Wildgoose Construction; Success in Frameworks

Frameworks play an incredibly important role within the construction industry – which is why we’re bringing together those at the forefront of the sector at the Construction Frameworks Conference on the 13th December with a focus on sharing best practice, helping to reduce capital costs, help clients achieve best value from procurement and enable the […]

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Nottinghamshire Police and Fire & Rescue Headquarters To Merge

Authority chiefs have backed plans to merge Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue headquarters, it has been announced. The creation of a new joint headquarters has now moved a step forward after detailed designs and costings have been given the thumbs up. The announcement, ahead of the Blue Light Estates Development Conference which Nottinghamshire […]

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Merger to give Bournemouth ‘more clout’

Merging south east Dorset’s councils will allow the area to compete with bigger cities for resources, a member of Bournemouth Council’s cabinet has told our Bournemouth event. Councillor Philip Broadhead, who leads on local government reorganisation and economic growth at the authority, told delegates that the revamp of Dorset’s councils will happen in April next […]

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Cities and Transport Catapults to join forces

The Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult are set to be merged into a new organisation, it has been announced. The move, which is set to allow them to become more focused on issues around modern and smart cities as well as the future of connectivity, infrastructure and mobility, reflects their joint relevance to […]

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HS2 Chairman keynote speaker at Economic Growth Conference

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the inaugural HS2 Economic Growth Conference. The event, supported by HS2 Ltd, will see Sir Terry Morgan address up to 1,000 delegates on Wednesday 7th November, sharing his views on the importance of the project to the UK’s […]

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Belfast plans major new visitor attraction

Belfast City Council is planning to build a major new visitor attraction to capitalise on the success of the Titanic Quarter, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Speaking at the Northern Ireland Development Plans Conference Sinead Grimes, Head of Investment Programme Delivery and Projects at Belfast City Council, said that the dockside Titanic-themed attraction […]

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New Manchester strategy to explore further metro expansion

Further developing Greater Manchester’s metro system with tram trains will be explored in a soon to be published transport blueprint for the city region. Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, told the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference that the body will publish its 30-year plan later this autumn. This will look […]

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New University Academy aims to tap secret of ‘class of ’92’

The new University Academy being set up by Manchester United FC’s ‘class of 92’ aims to learn the lessons of the club’s golden era, the institution’s Chief Executive has said. Craig Gaskell told the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference that students would learn a set of ‘fundamental life skills’ each year alongside their academic curriculum. […]

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Developers urged to help the homeless

Manchester developers have been urged to give space in their schemes to charities that support homeless people. Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, told the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference that Greater Manchester is ‘ahead of the game’ thanks to its strategy to tackle tackling rough sleeping: “These are important commitments but nobody can do […]

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Developer hails healthy Manchester commercial market

Demand for Manchester city centre commercial property is at a three-year high, one of the north west’s leading developers has claimed. Speaking at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference John Hughes, Managing Director of Ask Real Estate, said: “Over the last two to three years we never been this scale of requirements in terms of square […]

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Bloxham blasts ‘fundamentally flawed’ social housing policy

Tom Bloxham has branded the way the UK provides social housing as ‘fundamentally flawed’ because it drives up home price inflation. The Urban Splash founder and chairman criticised social housing policy whilst speaking at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference. He said: “We believe that the basic way of providing social housing is fundamentally flawed […]

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University of Manchester development has potential to be most valuable in the county

Manchester University has launched an international search for a partner to develop its North Campus. Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, told delegates at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth that feedback from agents suggested development has the potential to be the most valuable in the country. The University of Manchester is […]

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Planning for life beyond HS2

Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference – focused on developing stations, hubs and cities – we hear from Keith Mitchell, Director – Community Development and Infrastructure, at PBA, now part of Stantec.   In the beginning… When HS2 was first presented, the concept was easy to grasp. Reduce travel times between London and the […]

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Bristol Airport boss backs rapid transport plans

Bristol Airport’s long-term expansion rely on the delivery of plans for a rapid transit system in the West of England, its Chief Executive has warned.  Dave Lees told the Infrastructure Session at the West of England Economic Growth Conference that rapid transit, whether it turns out to be light rail or tram, could be a […]

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Don’t overlook further education – warns college boss

The West of England’s development plans must cater for further education alongside primary and secondary schooling in order to provide career avenue for young people who do not pursue A-levels, the West of England’s Economic Growth Conference has heard.  Keith Hamblin, Executive Principal of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, said:“4,000 houses are being built within […]

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Materials supply problems prompt Taylor Wimpey to stockpile

Taylor Wimpey is stockpiling bricks and other building materials on its construction sites in order to ensure that it can keep on building the company’s south west boss has revealed. Ralph Hawkins, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey’s South West division told the Major Housing Builders Session at the West of England Economic Growth Conference that […]

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Government’s Broadmead approval hailed as a vote of confidence

Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s approval of Hammerson’s plans for a 1m sq ft redevelopment of Bristol’s Broadmead shopping centre has been hailed as a vote of confidence in the city centre, Robin Dobson, Director of Retail Development at Hammerson, welcomed the decision during his presentation at the Major Developers Session at the West of […]

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CBI warns over Brexit ‘panic’

The uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is spreading ‘panic’ in boardrooms, the South West Regional Director of the CBI has warned. Deborah Fraser, talking on the  Industrial Strategy Panel at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, said that firms must be planning for the consequences of a hard Brexit: “The biggest […]

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Government backing for major North East scheme

An incredibly ambitious project in the North East has gained the support of the Department for International Trade as part of £2bn of new investment opportunities launched across the UK. The £250m scheme, set for Gateshead Quay, will see a 3.84 hectare site transformed into a thriving new area which will drive tourism and visitors […]

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Boldness and ambition can help solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s “immoral” housing crisis.

Mayor James Palmer says only boldness and ambition can help solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s “immoral” housing crisis. He gave a keynote address at the Cambridge Development Plans 2018 event last month (September), where he outlined the scale of the problem, suggesting current housebuilding rates in his Combined Authority area needed to roughly double to 6,000-8,000 […]

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Transformation growth set for the North of England

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people. Leaders from the city regions of Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have welcomed the move to bring fast and frequent rail services to the region – and new opportunities for businesses and […]

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LCR and Nottingham County Council to partner to maximise HS2 regeneration

Regeneration specialists LCR, owned by the Department for Transport, are to partner with Nottinghamshire County Council as they look to maximise the huge potential the arrival of HS2 will have on the East Midlands. The partnership will help the region prepare for the ‘once in a generation’ infrastructure scheme which is set to help transform […]

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Funding close for East Midlands build to rent tower

Funding is being lined up for plans to build Derby’s tallest building, our event has heard. Matt Chandler, Development Manager at Godwin Developments. our recent Birmingham event that the company is close to securing a funder for its Landmark scheme. Funding will ‘hopefully’ be in place by mid-November for the 17-storey build to rent scheme, which […]

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Trinity College Dublin opening Republic’s first privately funded academic building

Trinity College is just about to open what it claims is the Republic of Ireland’s first purely privately-funded academic building, our Dublin Development Plans Conference has heard. Dr Patrick Prendergast, the college’s Provost & President, told the event that the Trinity Business School is due to open in six months. He said the school is […]

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York Central; an ambitious scheme to transform the city

One of the largest brownfield sites within England is set for a transformational scheme led by the York Central Partnership. The collaborative group, made up of Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and the City of York Council, are driving forward plans to regenerate a 45 hectare area of York – the most ambitious […]

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Trains, planes and driving the economy – Central Lancashire’s opportunity of a lifetime

Trains, planes and driving the economy – Central Lancashire’s opportunity of a lifetime Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference we hear exclusively from Lancashire County Council on the phenomenal opportunities the infrastructure scheme will bring to the region and how it’ll be a catalyst for growth:   The potential is crystal clear – Preston’s […]

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Transforming Blue Light Estates in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset…

This year the UK’s first ever event focused on Blue Light Estates will take place in London – bringing together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management, including the Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. One of those involved within the Blue Light Estates Development Conference are Devon & Cornwall Police and […]

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Designs for HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull revealed

Impressive new images have been revealed to showcase what the two new HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull – Birmingham Curzon and The Interchange Station – could look like. HS2, a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ set to bring phenomenal economic growth opportunities to the UK, is set to arrive in the West Midlands in […]

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£350m Leeds South Bank scheme…

The regeneration of Leeds South Bank is set to see the City Centre ‘double in size’ – and today marks a major step forward in the project with the signing of a legal agreement. Having had planning permission granted by Leeds City Council in April developers CEG, who’re planning a major £350m scheme at the […]

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More than 400 canal-side homes set for Gloucester site

A new £65m residential development set to create 411 new homes in Gloucester has been approved – twelve years after the council initially granted permission back in 2006. The development, set to create stunning new residential properties overlooking the canal, are set to be created at the Monk Meadow Dock site in Gloucester. Developer Crest […]

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1,300 new homes given green light in Bristol

The creation of almost 1,300 new homes on the edge of Bristol have been given the green light this week as a scheme has been recommended for approval. The development, being brought forward by Crest Nicholson, will see the 65-hectare site transformed into a thriving community with amenities and local facilities.

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Funding announced to maximise HS2 Toton station and East Midlands Airport expansion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced fresh funding for a local-led body named Midlands Engine Partnership – which will help the region maximise the huge opportunities which HS2 will bring to the East Midlands HS2 Station and East Midlands Airport. The funding will enable the development body to put to together plans to […]

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Green light for new housing scheme at Wirral Waters

Peel Land and Property have today received the go-ahead for new homes set to be built at their ambitious Wirral Waters development site. The £90m ‘Wirral Waters One’ scheme, which will see them built 500 new properties, is set to be the first residential development at the site – which is set to be transformed […]

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Brexit wrangling threatens to delay HS2, warns project executive

The Brexit parliamentary process could hold up efforts to deliver the northern leg of High Speed 2, a senior executive at the project has warned.  Lorna Pimlott, Director of Sponsorship & Policy for Phase 2 of HS2 told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the hybrid bill for the Birmingham to Crewe […]

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Plan earmarks two new garden suburbs

South east Calderdale has been earmarked for two new garden suburbs to help address West Yorkshire’s wider housing shortage. Karen Lythe, Assistant Director for Economy, Housing & Investment at Calderdale Council, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the borough’s draft local plan had identified Brighouse and Elland for the two extensions […]

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Leeds reverse brain drain, says Riordan

Leeds has reversed the brain drain which has seen many regional cities lose graduates to the South of England, Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive has said. Tom Riordan, speaking at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, said work carried out to support Leeds’ bid for the Channel Four headquarters had demonstrated the relative youth of […]

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Call for Northern towns to bury the hatchets

The north of England’s towns and cities have been urged to bury their parochial rivalries in order to reap the potential benefits of the Northern Powerhouse. Chairing our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, University of Huddersfield Emeritus Professor Colin Bamford raised concerns that smaller towns and cities in west Yorkshire will be left with the […]

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Leeds-Manchester rail capacity set for four-fold boost

The number of hourly seats on the route between Leeds and Manchester is set to quadruple by the mid-2020s, the Chief Executive of Transport for the North has said. Barry White, whose organisation was set up in April to create a cohesive voice for northern England’s transport system, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic […]

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