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University purchase Bristol and Bath Science Park

The University of Bath have joined forces with South Gloucestershire Council to purchase the Bristol and Bath Science Park for £18m. The joint partnership on the scheme will help unlock the huge opportunities the park provides whilst driving the creation of new jobs in high valued sectors and roles. The University of Bath, who’ll be […]

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Oxfordshire infrastructure to see £120m investment

Oxfordshire County Council have agreed to borrow up to £120m which will fund both major and minor infrastructure projects across the county. The plans, aimed at improving the overall quality of the transport routes, has been agreed to a ‘significant reduction’ in road quality – leading to increased damage to vehicles and a spike in […]

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Exciting new chapter for Yorkshire firm

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking has moved to a new office in the city to support an ongoing growth strategy. Built Environment Networking, which has recently recruited 10 new members of staff, has relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, allowing the company to double the size of its […]

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HS2 will arrive in Yorkshire on time and on budget

The arrival of HS2 to Yorkshire is set to be a catalyst for regeneration, development and growth within the region, and yesterday the confidence within the delivery and region was boosted as HS2 reaffirmed the delivery would arrive on time, and on budget. The major infrastructure project is set to arrive in both Sheffield and […]

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Edinburgh on track to overtake Glasgow

Edinburgh is due to outstrip Glasgow within the next 15 years to become Scotland’s biggest city, the Chief Executive of the Scottish capital’s council has told our conference. In the opening keynote presentation Andrew Kerr said that by 2050 Edinburgh’s population is due to grow by half. Based on projections the Scottish Capital will overhaul […]

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Firms reaping the benefits of HS2

A once in a lifetime opportunity. A catalyst for growth. HS2 is set to deliver phenomenal opportunities for regeneration and development across the UK – and new latest released shows that several regions across the UK are already reaping the commercial rewards of the massive infrastructure scheme. According to the latest data by Barbour ABI […]

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Chelmsford conference to set out development opportunities and major plans within Essex and the South East

On the 14th 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, sponsored by Willmott Dixon, will see some of the region’s leading […]

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New 210-hectare village development takes step forward

The creation of a new village in Cambridgeshire which could provide 3,500 new homes has moved a step closer as a planning application has officially been submitted. The development, set to be housed on the Bourn Airfield brownfield site, is being brought forward by Countryside Properties who’re looking to transform the 210-hectare area into a […]

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Major expansion planned for Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport is set for a large multimillion pound extension which will give a major boost to the regional economy. The planned extension of their terminal building will transform the current building and provide a higher level of service and amenities to those passing through the airport. Details of the planned development, which will […]

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Bull protects £3bn development in London

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment and one of several partners for the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, is putting workers’ health and safety front of mind, with the installation of its fire alarm systems during a £3bn London development. Bull has supplied its Cygnus alarm systems to phases 1 and 2 […]

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West Yorkshire Council Leaders to gather in Leeds to drive the regional economy

Council Leaders and Chief Executives from across Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale are set to gather on Tuesday with a focus of driving economic growth across the region and unlocking opportunities for those living and working in the region. More than three hundred construction and property industry professionals will attend the West Yorkshire Economic Growth […]

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Huddersfield Town unveil ‘Premier League’ training complex plans

Premier League football club Huddersfield Town have revealed plans to develop a new training facilities which will be of ‘the highest standards’. The world-class development would include a showpiece pitch, incredible modern facilities for players and staff, along with a stand able to house supporters. Huddersfield Town, who’ll be represented at the West Yorkshire Economic […]

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Oldham Council – Supporting & Growing The Local Economy (Exclusive)

Ahead of the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference we hear exclusively from Oldham Council on the huge opportunities within the region, what major infrastructure schemes like HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail could bring to Oldham, and how they’ll be approaching the need to accelerate housing within the region:   How will Oldham Council support the […]

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CEG apply for demolition application for South Bank development

Developer CEG, at the forefront of major regeneration schemes across Leeds, has applied to Leeds City Council to carry out demolition works in the South Bank area of Leeds. The demolition works, if approved, would pave the way for a major residential development and a variety of mixed-use space. The site proposed for demolition is […]

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Arora Group move £14bn Heathrow bid forward

The Arora Group, headed up by hotel tycoon Surinder Arora, are set to bid for the £14.4bn development of Heathrow Airport’s Third Terminal. The airport expansion, which was officially agreed in June, already has a planning application from Heathrow Airports Limited (HAL) however the rivalled proposals ‘could save up to £6.7bn when compared to the […]

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Calderdale – a place for growth and investment

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference – an event set to bring together senior figures from across the public and private sector to drive regeneration, investment and development – we hear exclusively from Calderdale Council on why their borough is an attractive location to develop, investment, work, live and more…   Calderdale – […]

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£76m West Yorkshire regeneration scheme…

A major £76m regeneration of an area Halifax has moved a step closer this week – after Calderdale Council received financial backing. £1.4m of investment is set to be secured from the Council’s Capital Programme with an additional £797,000 coming through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Calerdale Council, who’ll be speaking about their plans at […]

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”We have to do things differently” – Bristol City Council move forward with housing plans

Bristol City Council are moving ahead with their plans to build 2,000 new homes every year by 2020 – with 40% set to be affordable. In this weeks Council meeting an agreement was made to step into the private housing market – with the Council striking a deal with major developer Willmott Dixon for the […]

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Cogress complete 50th funding deal

A new residential development in New Barnet has taken the combined GDV of Cogress’s property portfolio past the £1bn mark as they confirm their 50th funding deal. Cogress, who were founded back in 2014, passed the landmark figure after announcing a new residential scheme in North London. Cogress, who’ll be speaking at our West Midlands […]

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Belfast’s largest development site approved

A major regeneration is set to happen within Belfast – with the City Council approving plans for the £140m Giant’s Park & North Foreshore project. The project, which will see the site become a major hub and attraction point for visitors to the city by 2026, is set to boost the regional economy with the […]

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‘Glasshouse’ – name revealed for major collaborative workspace development

Bruntwood have revealed the name of their flagship collaborative workspace development at Alderley Park. ‘Glasshouse’, which is set to be a key component of the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone, was chosen as the name for the development as it ‘reflects spirit of innovation and flourishing ideas’. The project is set to create 150,000 sq […]

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BAM Nuttall; Contributing to the future of West Yorkshire

BAM Nuttall are one of over 150 companies set to join us at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference. Ahead of the event we speak to them about the exciting developments they’re delivering across the region, and how they’re making a positive contribution to economic growth across the region:   With so many large developments […]

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The wider impact of HS2

Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders: A shorter journey time between London and the Midlands was how HS2 was initially sold to the public. According to Ernst & Young, 90% of Eurotunnel passengers cited shorter journey times as a key reason for using the tunnel. It would not […]

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Smart Cities; how is energy crucial to the development of smart cities?

Built Environment Networking are the UK’s leading provider of networking events within the construction and property industry – bringing together public and private sector leaders to connect and collaborate with a view of driving regeneration, development and economic growth.  Leading energy firm E.ON are our National Smart Cities Energy Partner which sees them attend our […]

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Developments in the Leeds City Region – we’re HS2 ready

  The HS2 Growth Strategy is a once in a generation opportunity to revolutionise our transport network, but it is more than just a transport project. HS2 programmes are expected to add an extra £54bn to the regional economy by 2050. The HS2 Economic Growth Conference, supported by HS2 Ltd, is set to bring together […]

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Dame Nancy Rothwell – Exclusive interview on growing Greater Manchester’s economy…

The University of Manchester are set to join us at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference as they join in the discussion on the major constraints and opportunities to economic growth within the region – and how the University plans to be at the forefront of the regions future. Dame Nancy Rothwell of The University […]

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Huge park proposed for Bristol as part of three major new villages on fringes of Bristol

Housing developer Taylor Wimpey are proposing a massive new park on the edge of Bristol – integrated into their plans for three new village developments providing over 4,500 new homes. The proposed plans would see a new park created stretching 360 acres – equivalent to over 200 football pitches – to transform the area into […]

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There is ‘real excitement and enthusiasm’ for the Ox-MK-Cam Corridor

June’s Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference highlighted for me the real excitement and enthusiasm there is for the Growth Arc and its future.  Whether speakers were from academia or industry, Parliament or Town Hall, what united them was a clear desire to make sure the area’s economic success and ability to attract the brightest […]

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Solihull Council recieve HS2 funding boost

Solihull Council have received £10.2m in funding to help prepare the area for the imminent arrival of HS2 as the infrastructure project builds momentum. The funding, provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority, will help the Council deliver large transport and infrastructure schemes and improvements to help the region get ready for the huge development […]

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University driving growth across Leeds City Region

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference we hear from the University of Leeds on their vision for the future and how they’re at the forefront of the economic growth story within Leeds, West Yorkshire and the wider UK.   University driving growth across Leeds City Region By Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research […]

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Exclusive Interview: The University of Salford on developments and economic growth

Greater Manchester is thriving! There is a real positive momentum in the region – with the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail potentially unlocking huge regeneration and development, and so many other schemes in the pipeline which will help transform cities and towns. One of those places central to the economic growth story in […]

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HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands?

HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands? By Elaine Clarke, General Manager at Rail Forum Midlands. HS2 is frequently in the news – but sadly not always for the right reasons. Often the headlines are about how much it will cost with little, if any, media attention on the benefits it could […]

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Exclusive Interview: Old Oak & Park Royal Opportunities

HS2 is set to bring huge regeneration and development to the UK, driving transformational economic growth and unlocking a once in a generation opportunity within some of the UK’s major cities and regions. The HS2 Economic Growth Conference, supported by HS2 Ltd, is set to bring together civic and business leaders who’re at the forefront […]

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Yorkshire Water seek firms for major £1bn framework

Water supply and treatment utility company Yorkshire Water have announced their desire to seek businesses to join a supplier framework for a major programme of civil and building work. The programme, set to be split into two different frameworks, has a total value of £1bn. Yorkshire Water, who’ll be joining us at the West Yorkshire […]

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INTERVIEW: Russell Galley, Lloyds Banking Group – Driving Economic Growth In Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference is set to bring together civic and business leaders from across the built environment industry together to discuss the opportunities and barriers to economic growth within the region, whilst presenting future development plans set to happen and tackling the constraints together in a collaborative approach. We’ll be welcoming hundreds […]

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Major dual-branded hotel scheme at Heathrow T4 nears completion

A major hotel project at London Heathrow Airport has reached its final stages this week. The development, a dual-branded hotel brought forward by the Arora Group who’re set to speak at our Heathrow Development Plans Conference, will comprise of two InterContinental Hotel Group-branded properties – the Crowne Plaza London (Heathrow Terminal 4) and Holiday Inn […]

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EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Kirklees Council – Economic Growth Constraints & Opportunities

Leeds and the wider West Yorkshire region are seeing huge development and regeneration schemes come to fruition – being driven by the great work being done across the region by business and civic leaders, along with the phenomenal once in a lifetime projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail which will unlock so much […]

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Team appointed to deliver master plan for Sheffield station transformation

The creation of a masterplan for the proposed Sheffield Midland Railway Station has moved a step forward with the announcement of a collaborative team who’ll be working to maximise opportunities for Sheffield and those within the region. The team of architects and engineers will now work together to develop a plan for the area in […]

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The economy & the industry in West Yorkshire – Oliver Myers, Kirklees Council

West Yorkshire is thriving! There is a real positive momentum within the region, being driven by the arrival of HS2 and the push to unlock opportunities through linking cities and towns across the North through new infrastructure schemes and collaborative partnerships. Growth however brings challenges, and one of those currently at the forefront of potential […]

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Dorset LEP reveal ambition to double regional economy

A new draft Statement of Intent has been shared by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which sets out the future vision and ambition for the region and how they can drive economic growth through supporting businesses, whilst highlighting opportunities for future funding and investment. Dorset LEP, who’ll be speaking about their regional plans at the […]

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Peter Brett Associates to join forces with Stantec

Peter Brett Associates (PBA) has signed a letter of intent to join international consultancy Stantec to fulfil its strategy to grow and diversify the business. Stantec is an international consultancy, headquartered in Canada, with a strong record of growth. It shares PBA’s growth ambitions in the UK and Europe, strong values and focus on community. […]

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Weston Homes in huge recruitment drive

One of the UK’s leading housebuilders, Weston Homes, are set to unleash a recruitment drive to employ an additional 350 new members of staff couple of years inline with their ambitious housing targets. The announcement, which will be the largest recruitment drive registered in the construction industry for over 10 years, are now set to […]

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Acorn Property Group acquire new site in Devon

Acorn Property Group have joined forced with Galliard Homes to acquire a 7.4-acre site in Chillington, South Devon which will be used to create new homes in the county. Acorn Property Group, who’re a confirmed speaker at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, plan to build 65 new properties with an estimated total value […]

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Largest ever single housing project in East Yorkshire given go-ahead

Plans to build 900 new homes and additional amenities in Yorkshire have been given the go-ahead by councillors. The development, the largest ever single housing project within East Yorkshire, is set to be build over 100 acres of land to the south of Beverley. The scheme is being brought forward by Strata Homes, who’re set […]

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Oxford North urban district takes a step forward

Oxford North, the proposed new urban district set to be developed in Oxford, has taken a step-forward this week after plans were submitted to Oxford City Council. The Oxford North development, previously known as Northern Gateway, will transform the land owned by St John’s College into a thriving district with new homes, employment space, open […]

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Crest Nicholson submit planning application to Gloucester and Stroud Council’s

Developer Crest Nicholson have submitted an application to develop land in Gloucestershire which could be a big boost for housing numbers in the region. The application, which has been sent to both Gloucester and Stroud Council’s due to the boundary of the land covering both neighbouring councils, highlights their desire to create 118 new properties […]

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Making HS2 work for everyone

Maria Machancoses of Midlands Connect is set to join us at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in November – an event supported by HS2 Ltd which will bring together civic and business leaders from across every region of the UK to drive and maximise economic growth opportunities presented by the arrival of HS2 to our cities […]

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University of Manchester begin search for development partner

The University of Manchester, who’ll be speaking at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference, are launching their search to find a development partner for their North Campus Development partner. Proposals have been given the green light by the university’s Board of Governors, which will see them develop an incredible world-class innovation district over the course […]

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Sterling Property Ventures reveal plans for Milton Keynes scheme

Milton Keynes is set to set an impressive new development being built at Midsummer Boulevard – with plans being revealed to create a thriving and vibrant complex. The project, being brought forward by Sterling Property Ventures, will see the creation of new shops, offices, apartments, cafes and restaurants. Sterling Property Ventures, who’re set to speak […]

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Developer & housing association join forces to accelerate housing

A joint-venture will boost housing numbers in Cambridgeshire – as a property developer and housing association join forces to accelerate the creation of homes in the region. Lindum and Cross Keys Homes have announced that they’ll be teamed up to build 22 low cost affordable homes after the latter secured funding for the scheme. The […]

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