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Pagabo Announces Winners of £10bn Framework

The winners of our national partner Pagabo’s £10 billion, six-year Major Works Framework have been announced. The framework, which launches in April 2020, is the second iteration of the Major Works contract and will see up to 28 contractors deliver projects starting at £5 million. The framework – which is open to all public and […]

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£1bn Fawley Waterside Redevelopment “On Track”

Fawley Waterside Ltd – the firm behind the £1bn redevelopment of the former power station – has made “significant progress” on the scheme and they’re “on track” for a decision from the council by April. The firm are looking to transform the site into a thriving residential and commercial waterside community that becomes a destination […]

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High Street Residential & Logik Developments Announce £100m PRS Project

A new partnership between High Street Residential and Logik Developments is set to unlock a £100m residential tower in Manchester. High Street Residential has taken a stake in Logik Development’s Arundel Street PRS scheme – and their assistance with funding, planning, design and development of the project could see the project start in mid-2020. Logik […]

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€2bn Redevelopment Takes Step Forward

Proposals for a major new urban quarter in Limerick have taken a step forward – with the key stakeholders signing a memorandum of understanding for the strategic city centre regeneration.

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Bovis Homes and Metropolitan Thames Valley Strike JV Deal

Bovis Homes and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) have announced a partnership that will see them deliver new homes in Cambridgeshire. The JV will develop more than 750 new homes as part of a £240m development at Cambourne West – a project which is set to see the creation of more than 2,350 homes in […]

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CEG Submit Plans New Plans For Kirkstall Forge Scheme

Major development Commercial Estates Group (CEG) has submitted a planning application for the next stage of their 57-acre Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds. The planning application includes 200,000sq ft of commercial space and forms part of the wider £400m mixed-use project being led by CEG. CEG – who’re speaking at the annual West Yorkshire Development […]

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17-Storey Office Build in Leeds Given Green Light

Developer McLaren Property has received the green light from Leeds City Council to develop a 17-storey office building in the city centre. The project, situated on Wellington Street, will see the creation of Grade A multi-occupied office workspace – and will become one of the largest such buildings in Leeds. The development includes: 17-Storey Build […]

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Faithful+Gould Secure Framework Success With Pagabo

Framework organisation and our National Events Partner Pagabo has announced that Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has retained its position as Lot 1 provider for its Professional Services Framework. The consultancy has been reappointed to lead the framework, which is for projects up to £500 million and covers project and cost management, architecture, […]

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Home-Start Cambridgeshire; Supporting Communities

Home-Start Cambridgeshire (HSC) are a charity working in the region to improve lives of families – and they exhibited at our most recent event in Cambridge looking to connect with developments and construction firms to help create better communities together. We took some time out from the event to hear about their aims, and how […]

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Major one-day conference to delve into economic growth opportunities in the North East

On Wednesday (8th January 2020), prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the North East Development Conference – the region’s largest construction and real estate conference of the year. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the biggest names from regional business, politics and local government lead a […]

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Trinity College Dublin Led €1bn Scheme Approved

The Government has approved the development of the €1bn Grand Canal Innovation District- a national initiative, spearheaded by Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with other universities. Located in the heart of the city, the District aims to be a hub for innovation and excellence, world class university research facilities and a thriving start up ecosystem, […]

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Plans Submitted Forming 1,200-Home Development

Plans have been submitted for the latest phase of a major 1,200-home development in Wales. The latest plans for the site in Torfaen – to the north of Newport – propose 177 homes in a scheme being led by major housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

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Karbon Homes Scheme Receives Green Light

Karbon Homes new development in the North East has been given the green light – a scheme which will transform the former Sunderland College campus which has remained derelict since 2016. The £20m project will see the development of 105 new homes in a variety of styles with generous proportions of landscaped space, with the […]

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Platform Housing Group Announce Newest Development

Platform Housing Group have announced plans to demolish a former pub and develop new homes on the site. The firm, who’re investing over £250m over the coming years into delivering new homes, have highlighted the site in Upton Snodsbury – Worcestershire – for 14 new affordable homes including four flats, six two-bedroom homes and three […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans within Birmingham and the West Midlands

On the 15th January, 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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Regeneration of Cork Town Revealed

The Pork of Cork has outlined an ambitious vision for Bantry Bay which will act as a catalyst for future development in the town. The plans propose a water-sports park, boardwalks and a new tidal water feature. Brendan Keating, CEO of Pork of Cork and speaker at the upcoming Ireland Development Conference, said: “It’s hoped […]

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Canary Wharf Group Announce 1st BTR Scheme

Property giant Canary Wharf Group have launched their first event build-to-rent scheme – using their recently announced built-to-rent arm Vertus to bring a 37-storey scheme to fruition. The development will take place within Canary Wharf’s new district named Wood Wharf and it’ll feature: 327 flats over 37-storeys

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Brighton Lay Foundations For £1bn Transformation

More than a billion pounds in investment and development will revitalise Brighton & Hove in the coming years as the city region is totally transformed.

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U+I’s £200m regeneration plans submitted

Major developer U+I Group has ended 2020 on another high – submitted plans for a £200m regeneration of the Faraday Works scheme in Greenwich, The site set to be developed is the Siemens Brothers Factory in Charlton overlooking the River Thames – with a vision to transform the derelict site into a thriving business and […]

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New London Premier Inn Planned After Successful Whitbread Appeal

Whitbread is set to build a new 294-bed hotel in Westminster after successfully overturning a decision to reject the plans. The hotel plans were initially rejected by Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority in 2018 due to the servicing bay’s location, however the planning inspector over-ruled the decision.

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Grainger Announces Newest Residential Led Scheme in Capital

Grainger plc has received planning consent from the London Borough of Lambeth to move forward their latest development in London. The firm, one of the UK’s largest professional landlords, have recently set their sites on a major expansion in the capital – and this project will see them deliver 215 new homes just a stones […]

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Springfield Properties £650m Project Approved

Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties have been given the go-ahead for a massive 3,000+ community development – Durieshill in Stirling. The £650m project has been given the green light by Stirling Council, subject to the completion of a Section 75 agreement, and it is the largest project in Scotland to have received planning permission in its […]

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Exclusive Q&A – Restoring Heritage Builds; Creating Spaces & Places

(Lister Mills, Copyright Purcell) Ahead of the Mills Development Conference – supported by Historic England and Homes England we quizzed heritage built environment experts Purcell on regenerating derelict mills, preserving historic and the opportunities heritage buildings present…   Q. Purcell specialise in restoring heritage, what are some major examples of your work? A. We are […]

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Introducing a New Way to Manage Construction Project Data

Introducing a new way to manage project data with the AECO industry Digitalisation is great, but it also brought a whole lot of new challenges. When documents were not necessarily tied to paper and photos not tied to celluloid anymore, the amount of information produced immediately skyrocketed due to decreasing costs – with unforeseeable consequences […]

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Exclusive Q&A – Looking Back & Forwards Over 25 Years

Spring and Company has been delivering property and construction services for over twenty five years – with offices in Stockport, Leeds and London. Ahead of the Manchester Development Plans Event – where they’re an event partner – we spoke exclusively to them about the industry as they shared their expertise…   Q. How would you […]

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Achieving The Sustainable and Viable Re-use of Historic Mills

Ahead of the Mills Development Conference – supported by Historic England and Homes England we hear from Rebecca Burrows and Dr Alex Holton of industry experts Purcell… Great emphasis and optimism has, rightly, been placed on the ‘historic mill’ as a cultural asset that has potential to offer solutions to residential housing or commercial office […]

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Building a strong future in the North East

By Helen Golightly, Chief Executive, North East Local Enterprise Partnership: I’m very happy to be able to begin the New Year by speaking at the North East Development Conference, which takes place in Newcastle on Wednesday 8 January. I will be speaking alongside representatives from some of our universities, who will be discussing their ambitious […]

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Exclusive Q&A – North East LEP

Ahead of the North East Development Conference; supported by the North East Combined Authority, we’ve been speaking exclusively to Helen Golightly – Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – to hear about the exciting opportunities for economic growth across the region…   Q. The North East LEP plays a crucial role […]

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£133m Social Housing Funding Boost For Wales

The Welsh Government has announced an additional £133m which will be used to provide support to deliver and improve social housing across the country. The announcement, which brings the total annual budget for social housing grants to £223m, is a major coup for the sector – and it has been incredibly well received by leading […]

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£200m Business Park Revealed at Teeside Airport

Plans for an impressive new £200m business park at Teeside International Airport have been announced – which could create almost 4,500 new jobs. The Airport, now under the ownership of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (75%) and Stobart Group (25%), is set to be transformed after previous plans to expand and grow the airport under […]

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Thirteen Housing Begin Search For Construction Partners

Thirteen Housing Group – a prolific developer in the North East of England – are currently looking to engage with those in the construction industry to develop new homes, and maintain, upgrade and improve their current estate. Firstly they’re searching for two construction partners to help deliver an ambitious 5-year £100m programme of improvements, upgrades […]

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Irish Housing Developer Announces Plans to Build 1,400+ Homes

Circle – a voluntary housing association – is set to build more than 1,400 new homes over the next two years having secured a €51m AIB loan. The house builder, who’ll be speaking at our Ireland Development Conference, are expected to build the homes across the Republic of Ireland in locations such as Greater Dublin, […]

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University of Sheffield AMRC to Open North West Facility

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has driven incredibly growth across South Yorkshire, attracting global brands including McLaren Automotive and Boeing to the region, and they’ve now made a major new step with confirmation of a new facility in Lancashire.

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£2bn Social Value Milestone Achieved By PAGABO

Frameworks organisation Pagabo has surpassed £2bn in social value enabled by works procured through its suite of frameworks over the last three years. The landmark comes as the company has furthered its ongoing commitment to enabling social value by announcing a partnership with Social Profit Calculator (SPC), the market leading online tool helping organisations account […]

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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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