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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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UBER – a new vision & a focus on the Northern Powerhouse

Fully electric and hybrid fleets. Improved integrated into local transport networks. Flying vehicles. UBER have recently set out a new vision for their company, their drivers and their riders – as their new leadership team plan the next phases of UBER’s incredible revolution. They’re heading in a new direction – and they’ll be joining us […]

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Collaboration crucial for the delivery of HS2 economic growth

At a time when local government is facing unprecedented pressure on its finances, and a growing and ageing population is putting the UK’s existing infrastructure under increasing strain; public-private partnerships are ever more crucial in delivering on the Government’s agenda for homes, jobs and economic growth. Whilst we look to the private sector to shoulder […]

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HS2: the momentum is building…

There is a real sense of momentum building ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference around the proposed East Midlands HS2 Hub Station at Toton near Nottingham, and the potential for major HS2 related investment in and around Chesterfield. In September 2017, an unprecedented partnership of councils, business and local bodies came together to publish […]

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How can we spearhead city-scale digital twins?

While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, it is only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and scalable information systems that it has become feasible to implement them at scale. Indeed, digital twins are so imperative to business today that the concept was named one of Gartner’s Top 10 […]

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Countryside Properties plan major housing scheme in Cambridge

Award winning developer Countryside Properties are proposing a huge new development on the outskirts of Cambridge which could provide a major boost for economic growth and housing with the region. The scheme, set for the Bourn Airfield site to the West of Cambridge, has held initial public consultations over the plans and will now look […]

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Homes England frameworks set to tackle the housing shortage

Homes England, formally known as the Homes and Communities Agency, are set to begin a drive with the aim of boosting housing numbers across the UK. The vision of delivering new homes faster to ease the shortage of homes will be helped by the launch of a procurement initiative at the end of this month, […]

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The Oxbridge ARC Corridor – what’s the vision, and how do we maximise opportunities?

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor is set to unlock a huge opportunity for economic growth. Through long-awaited connectivity links it will not only improve connectivity, productivity and communication within the cities and wider reaching regions, but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development, regeneration and growth. The work undertaken by […]

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Funding secured for accelerated delivery of 1,300 Cambridge homes

A joint venture between two of Cambridge’s leading businesses – Hill and Marshall Group Properties – have secured funding to unlock a large development site which will provide Cambridge with 1,300 new homes and a variety of other mixed-use schemes. Hill Marshall LLP, as the JV is known, will now move forward with the ‘Wing’ […]

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University reveals plans for Sheffield’s tallest tower

Sheffield Hallam University has unveiled proposals for the city’s tallest building as part of a masterplan to revamp its city centre campus. The university’s Director of Estates, Daniel Ladbury, told our Sheffield Development Plans Conference that it has been working with architects BDP on a 37-storey building. Sheaf Street Tower, as it would be named, […]

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Network Rail retenders project frameworks

Network Rail is retendering its property project frameworks, including architecture, M&E and structural engineering. Speaking at our London’s Major Estates Development Plans Conference Norrie Courts, Stations Director at Network Rail, said that it is rejigging all of its property project frameworks whilst a new umbrella agreement would ‘hopefully’ appear in August or September. Network Rail […]

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Weston Homes plan hundreds of homes in the West of England

Weston Homes are planning to build 400 new homes in Weston-Super-Mare. The development, which is now being opened for public consultation to gain feedback from the local community on the development, will be a major boost for housing in the region which is set to be a key topic at the West of England Economic […]

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Local Plan highlights development of 15,000 new homes

South Kesteven District Council, who are set to speak at our Lincolnshire Development Plans Conference, have begun the final round of public consultation on their new Local Plan – which is set to shape the future vision of the South Kesteven area. The proposed plans, which will be sent to the Secretary of State for […]

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Plans submitted for two schemes as part of Wirral Waters phase one

Plans have been submitted for two schemes at Wirral Waters – the huge regeneration site being transformed by Peel Land and Property. The proposals highlight the creation of more than 500 new homes and 400,000 sq ft of office and employment space. Peel Land and Property, who are set to speak at the Liverpool City […]

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UA92 submit plans to transform former Kellogg’s building

University Academy ’92 (UA92) have officially submitted plans to transform the former Kellogg’s building in Old Trafford to a new designated educational space. The site, which spans 106,000 sq ft, would house UA92 – a new ambitious University project set to educate within media and sports and backed by Bruntwood, Trafford Council and Gary Neville. […]

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Wakefield city gateway to ‘make a real difference’ to the city region

Wakefield City Centre is set to be transformed as the South East Gateway project continues to take shape. The scheme, which centres around the area where The Hepworth Galley and Kirkgate Train Station sit, will ‘make a real difference’ to the area and drive tourists and locals into the city centre. Known as South East […]

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Arts and amentity hub set for Wirral Waters

Plans have been submitted to the Council for a £3.5m arts and amenity hub at the huge Wirral Waters regeneration site. The plans, put forward by Peel Land and Property who’re set to speak at our Liverpool City Region Development Plans Conference later this year. Known as Egerton Village the site, which will be situated […]

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A look at London’s largest regeneration area

Old Oak and Park Royal is one of the most talked about development opportunities within the capital. 1,600-acres 40,000 homes. 65,000 jobs. It will create a brand new and thriving district within West London. The site will help tackle the expected growth in population that the capital is foreseeing – with an estimated 11m living […]

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