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Exclusive Q&A | Urban Growth Company – Catalyst For Growth

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy. With a major focus on infrastructure connecting cities and towns across the Midlands, and the impending arrival of HS2, the region is set […]

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Transforming Yorkshire’s economy; MEPC’s Wellington Place

For anyone who has been to Leeds in recent years one success story is clear to see – MEPC’s Wellington Place. This impressive scheme has transformed land in the city centre – swapping a low-grade retail park to a thriving new community – bustling with busy office workers.

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Northamptonshire school to be converting into new homes

Plans to transform a former Middle School in Northampton into over 100 new homes have been given the green light by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee. The scheme, being led by Countryside Properties, will see the school converted into 115 new properties, delivering much needed housing in the area.

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Regeneration plans for former 350-acre power station site to be submitted this autumn

A 350-acre site in the Midlands formerly housing the Ironbridge Power Station is set for a major regeneration – with plans likely to be submitted this autumn. Harworth Group, who’ll be speaking at the Midlands Development Conference about this and several other major schemes, are currently working on these plans – with a second consultation […]

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£1bn+ Manchester project details revealed

Details have been unveiled by The Mayfield Partnership which outline the first phase of the ambitious project to transform a 30-acre site in Manchester. The £1.1bn Mayfield project will now open up for consultation before the official planning application is submitted later in the summer. The Mayfield Partnership is being led by LCR, Manchester City […]

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42-storey Caddick Group development backed by Goldman Sachs

Leading global investment firm Goldman Sachs are set to fund the development of an incredible new 42-storey project set to transform the Birmingham skyline. The announcement will see Goldman Sachs provide £118m debt facility to fund the construction work – which Moda Living (Caddick Group) and Apache Capital have both brought forward in a joint-venture. […]

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ACO; Sealing the deal in Dublin

Dublin Port has been the gateway for Ireland’s international trade for centuries. From its origins as a home to the seafaring expertise of the Vikings to the rise of the Celtic tiger and increasing global commerce, the port has needed to adapt to thrive. As part of its Masterplan 2040 project, which will see a […]

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Modular homes project hits completion in just 34 days

The first four homes on a modular housing development site in Northamptonshire have been completed in just 34 days – with traditional construction homes usually taking months. Project Etopia, who’re set to speak at the Offsite Manufacturing Development Conference in June, are behind the project which will see them deliver 47 homes across the Priors […]

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Real estate companies told to get closer to customers

The property company of the future will have to get more hands on with its assets, KPMG’s Head of UK Real Estate has predicted. Average lease lengths are continuing to fall, partly because accounting standard IFRS 17 means all liabilities must be places on the balance sheet, and in addition occupiers want greater flexibility in […]

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Post Brexit economy to ‘hold up well’

Brexit may hit UK economic growth, but it will hold up well compared to other advanced economies, investment bank Berenberg’s UK economist has predicted. Delivering a keynote during our most recent London event Kallum Pickering forecasted that a hit on growth will be most limited in the event of the UK adopting a so called […]

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London commuting patterns will flip, Chief Executive predicts

London’s commuting patterns will change as the lines between where people live and work increasingly blur, Croydon’s Chief Executive has predicted, which will have implications for single use developments, like residential blocks. Jo Negrini told delegates: “Cities change, and we know people will use them very differently in the future. The premise that people come […]

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Brexit boon for domestic property investors

Domestic property investors have been able to land cut price assets following the withdrawal of overseas competitors from the UK during the run up to Brexit according to Legal and General Investment Management’s Head of Real Assets. Speaking at our event in London Bill Hughes said that uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal had created opportunities […]

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Stoford completes work at oil and gas firm’s new HQ

The final stage of a multi-million-pound new Northumberland headquarters for PII Pipeline Solutions, a subsidiary of Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has completed.  

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Weston Group invests £20m to create new £40m HQ & serviced office complex as part of ongoing expansion

Leading volume housebuilder Weston Group is investing £20 million in order to build a new circa £40 million (GDV) expanded headquarters and serviced office complex in Stansted which, once complete in 2021, will provide 95,000 sqft of Grade-A office space in two twin buildings. The multi-million project is the result of Weston Group’s ongoing expansion, […]

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Nottingham set to approve regeneration of long derelict site

Nottingham City Council is gearing up to approve plans for the regeneration of a major site in the city’s Eastside, which has been derelict for 30 years, our event heard. Paul Seddon, Director of Planning & Regeneration at the council, told delegates that new plans for ‘The Island’ site are due to be presented to […]

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Confidence in Birmingham infrastructure was key to Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

Birmingham’s ability to deliver infrastructure at speed and on a scale necessary for the Commonwealth Games was key to the city winning the bid to host the Games in 2022. Speaking at our Birmingham event Neil Carney, Project Director for Birmingham 2022 at the City Council, said: “Certainly when I talk to colleagues in the […]

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£11m co-living development reaches halfway point

The transformation of the former headquarters of construction giant Carillion into an £11 million high quality co-living development has hit a major milestone by reaching the halfway point, with more than 100 studios now completed. Six floors with a total of 108 studios have now been unveiled at the 12-storey building where The Studios24 is […]

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Procurement firm breaks the £1bn social value barrier

Specialist procurement experts, Pagabo, have announced a major breakthrough of more than a £1 billion in its measurement of social value –  that’s according to new financial year end figures out this week.  The company, who operate nationwide, are the first UK public sector procurement provider to achieve such a huge breakthrough across the three […]

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Construction starts at Eyewitness Works as owners CAPITAL&CENTRIC look back on the building’s history

With construction starting at Eyewitness Works this month, owners CAPITAL&CENTRIC have revealed how their plans will celebrate the former cutlery works’ rich history. The Eyewitness Works and Ceylon Works buildings have been a prominent resident on Milton street since 1852 – although the first registered building at the site was in 1838.  For 150 years […]

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University of Lincoln eyes vision to open regional hubs

The University of Lincoln is planning to open hubs across the county to allow towns such as Boston, Scunthorpe and Grantham to benefit from the growth of the academic institution. Speaking at our event in Lincoln Harvey Dowdy, Director of Estates at the University of Lincoln, said the university planned to stimulate growth in the […]

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