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HS4 Air – proposed plans to connect the UK’s busiest airports

The UK’s busiest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – could be connected via a new high-speed railway, cutting times between the two airports to just 15 minutes! The plans, which propose new rail infrastructure to run partly alongside the M25 motorway looping around the capital would provide the first direct route between the two airports. […]

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Lincoln to take retail inspiration from Shoreditch

Lincoln’s under threat House of Fraser is being eyed up for conversion into a pop up mall, our Lincolnshire Development Plans Conference has heard. The city’s biggest department store is due to shut its doors next year under the retailer’s plans to slash its estate. William Stokes, Co-Founder and CEO at The Co-Creative, told delegates […]

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This Land purchase 20 new sites for regeneration across Cambridge

Exciting new development and investment company This Land have announced the purchase of 20 new sites across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as it drive forward it’s plans to create new neighbourhoods and communities within the East of England. This Land, who’ll be presenting about their plans for the sites at our Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth […]

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Amended plans revealed for Manchester Piccadilly Station

New plans have been revealed to help Manchester maximise the huge potential from HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail – which is set to be a huge focus of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd. The revised Manchester Piccadilly Framework Agreement ensures the area around the station will be transformed into a thriving […]

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Yorkshire’s Airport ready for take-off after redevelopment

Airports are incredibly important to economic growth – they’re far more than just transport hubs. By taking a strategic approach to our airports we’re able to maximise their potential with an investment and development model tailored to the strengths of the specific sites and regions in which they sit. Leeds Bradford Airport is no exception. […]

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NFB and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and property networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow the NFB to continue to help its members build prosperous businesses and create optimal conditions for the construction industry. The NFB represents small […]

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

On the 18th September, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the 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 regional economic debate including […]

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New garden village set for outskirts of Coventry

A brand new ‘garden village’ is set to be built in Coventry after council chiefs approved plans for a development in Westwood Heath. Developer Crest Nicholson, who’ll be speaking at the West of England Economic Growth Conference about their ongoing and future development plans, are behind the 425-home scheme and they have will now got […]

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Exciting new life science development set for Manchester

An incredible new medicine campus is set to come to Manchester’s Enterprise Zone as Health Innovation Manchester announce an exciting new project. The development, which will see a world-leading precision medicine campus being built on the UK’s largest clinical academic campus, has involved global diagnostics company QIAGEN who’ve worked jointly with Health Innovation Manchester to […]

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£880m Trinity College Dublin campus development announced

Trinity College Dublin are set to build a second campus in the biggest transformation of the higher education institution’s estate history. The £880m scheme, which will be designed to drive entrepreneurship and innovation with the aim of housing more than 400 new start up businesses, will be situated within the Grand Canal Innovation District and […]

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First images of former Amex House site revealed

Images have been revealed of how the former Amex House in Brighton will be transformed by developer First Base. The project, which could create 2,000 new homes, will turn Edward Street into a thriving quarter with the development set to go before councillors next week. First Base, who’re set to speak at the Brighton & […]

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HS2 Economic Growth Conference: Unlocking huge development, regeneration and economic growth opportunities

On the 7th November, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Birmingham for the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking the huge economic growth opportunities which HS2 will bring to the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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Exclusive: Q&A with Sheffield Council on huge HS2 opportunities

HS2 is set to provide huge opportunities for people and businesses looking to start, grow or relocate to Sheffield according to Edward Highfield, Sheffield City Council’s Director of City Growth. Edward’s role includes responsibility for economic development, inward investment, regeneration, planning, transport and property. One of the anticipated game changers for Sheffield is HS2 – […]

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Office parks under the microscope as millennials opt for town centre sites

Planners are examining options for the future of the Thames Valley’s business parks as younger employees favour more central work locations, our conference has heard. Andrew Hunter, Chief Officer for Planning, Transport and Countryside at Bracknell Forest Council, told the Berkshire and Thames Valley Development Plans Conference that the issue was on the authority’s agenda […]

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Rail plans could bring 6 million extra passengers a year & boost region’s economy by £649m

A new ‘Our Routes to Growth’ report has been launched by Midlands Connect, supporters of our HS2 Economic Growth Conference, which includes a 20-year proposal for a Midlands Rail Hub with the vision of bringing 6m extra passengers a year and boosting the region’s economy by £649m. Midlands Connect launch Our Routes to Growth report, […]

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CPCA to launch new ‘Delivering Digital Connectivity’ strategy

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) are set to launch a new ‘Delivering Digital Connectivity Strategy’ with the aim of driving regional economic growth and ensuring a better way of life for those living within the region. The strategy, which will officially be announced next week, will see £5.6m of investment from CPCA in a […]

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‘Council for the North’ to boost growth across the region

The Northern Powerhouse is set to be given a huge boost with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) from across the North set to join together to create a super council. The ‘Council for the North’ will aim to drive economic growth across the region and support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse initiative. NP11, as […]

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Huge redevelopment earmarked for Birmingham city centre site

Hammerson have announced that they will be bringing forward a new masterplan later this year which is set to see the 6.5-acre Martineau Galleries site transformed. The masterplan, which will be progressed towards the submission for a planning application once the masterplan has been developed, will see the outdated site revamped to benefit from the […]

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3D printed houses – the answer to accelerating the delivery of homes?

HS2 is set to unlock huge regeneration and development projects across the whole of the UK, whilst other proposals to deliver an expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, the delivery new infrastructure to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda and many more are also set to drive economic growth across our city regions. These projects, alongside other […]

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Joint venture to unlock regeneration project in Barnstaple

Proposals to regenerate historic buildings in Barnstaple have moved closer – with a joint venture being agreed between Acorn Property Group and Wessex Investors. Acorn Property Group, who’ll be speaking and presenting their future development plans at our West of England Economic Growth Conference, are planning to bring the site alive through the creation of […]

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University of Bristol’s £300m flagship campus set for approval

Proposals to create a new flagship city centre campus for the University of Bristol are set to be approved. The development, which represents an investment of around £300m, will go before Bristol City Council next week – in the knowledge that they’ve been recommended for approval by council planners. The University of Bristol, who’re an […]

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Department for Transport: Why HS2 will deliver huge growth for Leeds

The Government have revealed nine reasons why HS2 will unlock huge development and regeneration projects within the region – and why it’ll be the driver for economic growth within West Yorkshire. We’re set to hear from regional authorities and HS2 Ltd who’re crucial in maximising the opportunities at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference later this […]

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Designs revealed for development by Acorn Property Group

Designs have been revealed for a development in St Werburghs which will see the creation of over 100 new homes. The impressive designs, released by Acorn Property who’ll be presenting about their ongoing and future development plans at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, show how the derelict area being completely transformed. The site, […]

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Cubex set to continue transforming Bristol

The former fire service headquarters in Bristol city centre is set to be transformed by Cubex, alongside their funding partner Palmer Capital. The site, which used to house Avon Fire and Rescue, is adjacent to the Finzels Reach quarter which has also seen an incredible regeneration in recent years led by Cubex. Cubex, who’ll be […]

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Leeds set to house HS2 rolling stock depot

A rolling stock depot which will store, clean and maintain high-speed trains used by the HS2 route is set to be located in Leeds, it has been confirmed. The announcement, which will see the depot built at Gateway 45 close to the M1 motorway rather than in Wakefield as previously confirmed. The plan, which Transport […]

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CEG reveal revised proposal for Kirkstall Forge

Revised proposals have been revealed for the next phase of the Kirkstall Forge development which is transforming the area of Leeds. The multi-million pound scheme has been submitted by CEG – with the new updated plans looking to increase the number of properties from 112 to 135. CEG, who’re speaking at our Leeds Development Plans […]

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CaMKOx cities ‘need £200m injection into cycling infrastructure’

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) have published a report which calls for additional funding to be pumped into providing more cycling infrastructure in Cambridge, whilst improving the quality. The city, which the report says could ‘seize up’ within a focus on cycling infrastructure, could need an injection of an additional £200m for the work which […]

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Oxford – Cambridge corridor needs ‘a single voice’ to drive development forward

The Oxford to Cambridge corridors needs a ‘single voice’ to drive forward its development plans, one of the area’s most experienced planners has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. Speaking on the events Inclusive Economic Growth Session, South East Midlands LEP Chief Executive Hilary Chipping said that an ‘overarching structure’ and a single […]

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Council bosses left frustrated by the pace of decision making on Ox-Mk-Cam Corridor

Council bosses have expressed their frustration at the pace of decision making on key transport projects in the Oxford – Cambridge growth corridor. Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director for Place at Milton Keynes Council, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that development is currently being held back by the need to reserve […]

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‘We’ve relied on the private sector model of housebuilding for too long’

Policy makers have relied too heavily on private house builders to bring forward new communities, a senior director of one of the UK’s biggest housing associates has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. During the conference’s panel debate on housing, Places for People Group Director Mary Parsons said: ‘’We’re not very good at […]

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Attracting the best planning officers to the Oxford – Cambridge corridor

Salaries for planners in the Cambridge to Oxford corridor should be doubled, the Chair of Silverstone Technology Cluster has said. Roz Bird, who is also Commercial Director of Silverstone Park, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that councils had to provide incentives to attract good quality staff into the corridor. That […]

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Government ‘has to make sure it sticks’ to its latest east-west rail timelines

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, has said Government ‘has to make sure’ it sticks to its latest timetables on east-west rail whilst speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. The region’s local authorities are ‘hopeful’ that the Government would deliver its promise to decide this summer on the corridor for the […]

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NIC call for government-backed development corporations to unlock OxMkCam potential

Professor Sadie Morgan, a member of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), has called for central government-backed development corporations to bring forward the new settlements that will be needed to fulfil the growth plans for the OxMkCam arc corridor. Speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference she said the Secretary of State for Communities […]

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OxMKCam review author backs ministerial champion for the arc corridor

The Oxford to Cambridge corridor requires a ministerial champion, according to the MP commissioned by the Government to review the area’s development strategy. Delivering an opening keynote speech at the beginning of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart said this co-ordination should either be delivered by a minister or […]

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Castleford’s £750m masterplan takes centre stage in Leeds

Wakefield Council have adopted the masterplan for the £750m regeneration of Castleford’s riverside, the authority’s Chief Executive confirmed at our Transforming West Yorkshire Conference in Leeds. Merran McRae told delegates that the council had rubberstamped the blueprint for the Aire River Growth Corridor (ARGC) in the borough’s second biggest centre. The 230 ha of former […]

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A Case Study – Corn Exchange, Manchester

Earlier this year saw the completion of the redevelopment of the Corn Exchange in Manchester. Getting to this stage in the life of this heritage building has been 13 years in the making and made possible through a partnership of industry professionals and experts. The partnership was between Aviva Investors, Queensberry Real Estate, Spring & […]

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20-storey residential tower at Old Oak and Park Royal site given go-ahead

A development set to bring an ambitious residential development to the Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration site has been given to thumbs up – with a 20-storey tower brought forward by Fruition Properties. The development, part funded by Propio – an innovative crowdfunding investment platform, will also include a new church, nursery and community […]

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Exploring how Leeds is taking forward the inclusive growth agenda…

Leeds economy is growing! Over the next twenty years its expected to grow by 50% whilst Leeds City Centre is set to ‘double in size’ through the huge regeneration and development plans outlined by the Council. Leeds is outperforming other cities across the UK and it’s attracting a lot of interest from both UK and […]

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Foreign investment continues to increase and create new jobs

Money from foreign investors is continuing to flood into the West Midlands with the strong city outlook, the imminent arrival of HS2 and the strong developments planned for the city ensuring that it’s a great place to invest! Despite concerns over the impact and uncertainly surrounding Brexit, there continues to be an increasing number of […]

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Renderings revealed for University College Dublin masterplan proposals

The University College Dublin have released the latest images of their masterplan proposal – put forward by the shortlisted teams competing to design the final buildings. The designs, which have been compiled by the six shortlisted firms who’ve progressed to the final stages of the ‘Future Campus International Design Competition’, consist of artwork for two […]

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Infrastructure investment in the North to be higher than London and the South of England

The North of England is set to be boosted by investment into their road and rail networks – as the Government announce higher spending on upgrades in the north compared to London and the South. The announcement by The Department for Transport shows that investment between 2018 and 2021 will be more than £30 more […]

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Kirklees Local Plan: what does it mean for Kirklees and West Yorkshire

Kirklees Council have been given the backing of the Planning Inspector – paving the way for the introduction of their new Kirklees Local Plan in the next few months. The plan sets out the vision and strategy for the future of the region, highlighting improved infrastructure and housing as two areas of focus. Kirklees Council, […]

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Transforming Leeds City Region through ’12 big ideas’

A five-year strategy has been set out by Leeds City Council with the aim of ensuring the City flourishes – driving regeneration, development, opportunities, better education and health amongst many other things. The strategy, which is expected to be approved by the council’s executive board on Wednesday highlights 12 ‘big ideas’ which will transform Leeds […]

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Local communities and woodlands in Birmingham and Crewe recieve HS2 funding boost

An additional £8m of funding has been provided to benefit local communities and woodlands between Birmingham and Crewe. The announcement, which promises to create new woodlands and bring safer local roads to communities and residents, comes as HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani promises to ensure that HS2 sets a new environmental standard for construction projects. The […]

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Work begins on multi-million pound retail and industrial scheme

Work has begun on the multi-million pound Park 66 development on the outskirts of Bury. The development, which is set to see the first retailers of the park open their doors in the Spring of 2019, will see Home Bargains, Food Warehouse, KFC and Costa Coffee located in Pilsworth. It will pave the way for […]

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Student bed boost for University of Lincoln

Proposals to boost student beds within Lincoln’s Viking House development have been given the thumbs up by the City of Lincoln Council chiefs. The plans, which will provide an additional 272 beds for students within the City, are a great boost for housing in the City at a time that there is a real focus […]

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Countryside Properties get green light for Garden City housing

Developer Countryside Properties have had their proposal for the delivery of an addition 172 new homes within Ebbsfleet Garden City approved. The scheme, which forms part of its plans for the Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Springhead Park, will see the creation of new houses alongside additional amenities including an outdoor gym, park and allotments. The project […]

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Retail axed from Ravenscraig masterplan

Plans for 1m sq ft of new retail and leisure floorspace have been axed from the updated masterplan for the regeneration of the ex-Ravenscraig steelworks, our Glasgow Development Plans Conference has heard. Murray Collins, Managing Director of Fusion Estates, said the masterplan for the Lanarkshire site has been ‘just updated’ which included the removal of […]

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Rail connectivity is vital to economic growth

The expansion of UK railways to connect cities is vital and essential to ensure that the economy can thrive, whilst ensuring social goals can be achieved. A new report, published by Urban Transport Group, claims that if cities and their surrounding regions continue to drive improvements within social, environmental and economic aspects within their communities […]

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University of London looking to collaborate with private sector

The amount of student beds in London which are owned by Universities has taken a huge drop since 2010 – with the percent dropping from over 65% to 55%. It’s a trend which is potentially set to continue as the University of London say they’re happy to engage with the private sector on new developments […]

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