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VARIATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS PROVING TO BE A BARRIER IN MODERN CONSTRUCTION

Variations in construction costs are a bigger barrier to increased housing delivery than those in land values, the UK’s biggest private landlord told the West Yorkshire economic growth conference. Ed Ellerington, director of PRS at Grainger, “I don’t think land values is the biggest problem. In the majority of cases across the country, you get […]

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NORTH AS THE ‘NORTHSHORING’ TREND CONTINUES

Leeds is not doing enough to attract professional services firms seeking to relocate operations from London, the chairman of one of the world’s leading law firms has told Built Environment Networking’s West Yorkshire Economic Growth conference. Global chairman of Eversheds, Paul Smith, told the keynote session at the event that legal companies were seeking to […]

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NORTH OF ENGLAND HUB AIRPORT A FOCUS OF DISCUSSION AT WYEGC

The government’s senior trade official in Yorkshire has expressed disappointment that the north of England has never successfully put forward the case for its own hub airport.  Mark Robson, Yorkshire & Humber regional director at the Department of International Trade, said that a shortage of direct air routes to overseas destination was holding back business […]

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CENTRAL SQUARE SETS NEW BAR FOR CARDIFF

Cardiff’s speculatively built Central Square has set a new standard for development in the Welsh capital, the city council’s head of economic development has told a Built Environment Networking event.   Ken Pool highlighted the scheme, which is located between the Principality rugby stadium and the city’s mainline railway station, at BEN’s Cardiff Development Plans event […]

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‘HEART OF SLOUGH’ REGENERATION SET TO TAKE BIG STEP FORWARD  

A council backed joint venture is due to unveil proposals for one of the south east of England’s biggest regeneration projects, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Andy Howell. general manager of the JV, told BEN’s Thames Valley Major Development Plans event earlier this month, that the 10-acre site for the ‘Heart of Slough’ […]

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SHEFFIELD COUNCIL BID TO RESTORE MEADOWHALL TO NUMBER ONE

Sheffield council has approved detailed plans for a £300m extension to Meadowhall in a bid to restore the mall’s position as the north of England’s top shopping destination.  The local authority’s s chief executive John Mothersole told Built Environment Networking’s Sheffield Development Plans event, which took place in the city last month, that the council […]

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MANCHESTER TOWN HALL SET TO CLOSE AHEAD OF £300M RESTORATION

Manchester’s town hall is due to close next year as the iconic Victorian building gears up for a £300m restoration, a Built Environment Network heard last month  Paul Candelent, project director of the Our Town Hall Project, told BEN’s Manchester Major Development Plans event that the neo-Gothic Revival building will close to the public in […]

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TEN ACRE EDGE OF BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE WINS CONSENT

Birmingham’s biggest private landlord has secured outline permission for the redevelopment of 10-acre site on the edge of the city centre, Business Environment Networking’s recent event in the city heard.   Mark Lee, chief executive of the Calthorpe Estate, told at the Birmingham Development Plans event that outline permission has been granted for the redevelopment of […]

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£8.4BN PRICE TAG FOR OXFORDSHIRE INFRASTRUCTURE

Oxfordshire requires approximately £8.4bn worth of infrastructure investment by 2040, a Built Environment Networking event has heard.   Sue Halliwell, Oxfordshire County Council’s director for planning & place, revealed the emerging findings of the OxIS study that at BEN’s Oxfordshire Development Plans event last month.   She said the study had shown that the county’s transport funding […]

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TALL BUILDING EARMARKED FOR PORTSMOUTH CITY CENTRE

Portsmouth looks on the verge of a high-rise building boom, the council’s city development manager told Built Environment Networking’s recent event in the city. Delivering the opening presentation at the Portsmouth Development Plans 2017 event, Claire Upton Brown said that the authority had to deliver up to 17,200 new homes in its local plan, which […]

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