Built Environment Networking Blog:

New partnership programme will ”help cities to plan for the future”

The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North East to the South West” to share knowledge and expertise as […]

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Sheffield City Council to head up regeneration masterplan

Sheffield City Council have confirmed that they’ll be the lead developer for new housing and regeneration within the Gleadless Valley region of the City Region. The Council, after having spoken with communities and residents of the area in depth during consultation, have ruled out using a private developer for the 30-year project as they look […]

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Ministry of Justice Drawing Up New Custody Guide

The Ministry of Justice is drawing up a new design guide for police custody centres, the Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Tony Maggs, Projects Lead for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police & Crime Commissioners Office, told the delegates that the guide is due to be issued in the spring or summer […]

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Police Property Rationalisation ‘Pretty Much Exhausted’ in West Yorkshire

One of Britain’s biggest police forces is reaching the limits of what it can achieve through rationalising its property portfolio, the Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Matthew Saunders, Head of Estates at West Yorkshire Police, said that its scope for rationalisation is ‘pretty much exhausted’. More than 90% of the force’s running costs […]

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New National Fire Estates Group To Be Set Up

A National Fire Estates Group is being set up to enable brigades across the country to share and develop innovative property solutions. Alex Brown, Head of Property Capital Projects & Estates at the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Services, revealed at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference said that the newly formed group are set […]

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Commissioner Warns Minister Over Police Cuts

Avon & Somerset’s Police Commissioner has warned the Home Office that her force cannot rationalise its estates further. Sallie Banks, Co-ordinator of the Avon & Somerset Force, told the Blue Light Estates Conference that her service’s Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), has written to Police Minister Nick Hurd expressing warning about the limits of what […]

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Cornwall Rolls Out Tri-Light Officers

The county of Cornwall is increasing the number of officers who will be trained to deliver all three emergency services – our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Ellen Vernon, Programme Manager at One Public Estate (OPE), said that seven of ‘tri-light officers’ are currently being trained across the county, following in the footsteps […]

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London boroughs pilot NHS staff housing initiative

Five London boroughs have been chosen to roll out a pilot programme for helping to remedy the capital’s health staffing crisis by building new homes on surplus NHS land. Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director of Housing & Public Estate Disposals at the Office of Government Property, revealed at our Blue Light Estates Conference that the ‘NHS […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

Andy Parker, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure: With the number of providers only increasing, it’s important to take stock and ask, what are the hallmarks of a best-in-class framework? What’s driven their proliferation? And what value do they provide both customers, and the wider community? If frameworks are to continue to thrive and provide the […]

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University of Buckingham to transform 40-acre MMU Campus

The University of Buckingham have completed a landmark deal which will see them repurpose Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus in Crewe – redeveloping the site into a new health science campus. The development is set to create hundreds of jobs within the region, whilst attracting up to 5,000 students. The University of Buckingham, who’ll be speaking […]

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Working Futures for Future Cities: for sustainable and inclusive smart cities.

Working Futures for Future Cities: for sustainable and inclusive smart cities: Ahead of the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February 2019 we hear exclusively from one of the speakers – Dave Carter of University of Manchester – on working futures for future cities… Manchester was a founder member of the European Network of […]

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University of Reading: The benefits and opportunities of Smart Cities

On the 6th February the Smart Cities Development Conference will bring together hundreds of business leaders and decision makers from across both the public and private sector to look at how we can work together to ensure development and regeneration happening across our city regions are smart, sustainable and contribute to the economic growth of […]

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Creating a Smart and Sustainable Vision for Reading to 2050

Professor Tim Dixon, School of the Built Environment – University of Reading, speaks exclusively to Built Environment Networking about Smart Cities and Sustainable Development ahead of the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February 2019…   We live in an urban world. Today a majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this […]

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Exclusive Q&A: Regeneration & Property Specialists – U+I

Today’s Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference is bringing together those at the forefront of regeneration, development and growth within the region. Public and private sector leaders with gather to network and share insights around ongoing and future development plans and how those within the built environment can integrate into those proposed schemes. One of […]

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£800m Construction framework launched for bidding…

Procurement and framework firm Fusion21, who’ll be speaking and exhibiting at next weeks Construction Frameworks Conference, have announced details of a new construction framework – worth £800m over the course of the next four years. The framework, which will focus on Construction Works and Improvements, has now opened for bidding with Fusion21 seeking to speak […]

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Essex County Council in discussions with Whitehall over viability tests

Essex County Council has fired a warning shot over developers who use viability studies to wriggle out of housing projects.  Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, told delegates at our Essex and South East Development Plans Event that he has had discussions with central government about developers who use such methods or other […]

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Norfolk County Council MD calls for quality developments

Communities and councillors in East Anglia are looking for quality developments that will not “infringe” their quality of life, according to the Managing Director of Norfolk County Council. Dr Wendy Thomson, speaking at our Norwich and East Anglia event, said residents frequently tell council officials that ‘they recognise quality’ and therefore they need to ensure […]

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100 investors already eyeing up South Tees Development Corporation site

More than 100 investors have already expressed an interest in the South Tees Development Corporation’s 4,500 acre site, the interim head of the regions Combined Authority has said. Julie Gilhesphie, Interim Managing Director at Tees Valley Combined Authority told delegates at our Tees Valley event that the site, which incorporates the former Redcar SSI steelworks, […]

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Plans to revitalise York Station approved

The City of York Council have approved plans which will revitalise and upgrade the front of York Train Station to create an improved gateway into the city for those visiting via rail. The plans will help transform the area surrounding the historic station – creating pedestrian friendly public spaces, an improved setting for the City […]

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The ambitious Leeds project that could drive £1bn of development and investment

There is a real excitement about the city of Leeds at present. The news of C4’s arrival has only boosted the already thriving Yorkshire city which has plans to ‘double the size of the city centre’ – plans being realised by Leeds City Council who’re backing ambitious transformation projects including Vastint’s Tetley’s project and CEG’s […]

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