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Successful Regeneration; Reviving Calderdale’s Industrial Legacy Through Development

Mills drove forward the industrial revolution within the UK – but now thousands lay derelict and underutilised across the UK. Ahead of our Mills Development Conference we caught up with Richard Seaman, Corporate Lead for Planning at Calderdale Council, who spoke about their involvement in bringing life back to these historic buildings… Mills drove forward […]

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Untapped Potential for the UK in Alternative Energy Sources

Julia Safiullina, Investment Manager for Iona Capital, has revealed the massive potential for biomass energy in the UK: “There were around 25 anaerobic digestion plants in the UK when we started in 2011, whereas Germany had around 8000. There now around 500 in the UK, 17 of those are ours, and this level of development […]

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Developing Solutions in the UK’s “Highest Emitting Sector”

Liana Cipcigan, Co-Director of the Electrical Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University, has stated the need to make rapid changes in the transport industry to help tackle climate change. Speaking at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain event he said, “transport is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases out of all sectors” and she […]

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Building the Sustainable Communities of Tomorrow

Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus at British Land has highlighted the huge potential carbon savings within the construction industry. She said, speaking at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain conference: “There are 30 gigatons of potential C02 reduction in our sector until 2030.” British Land are behind plans to create a new £4bn town in […]

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Tackling Climate Emergency Means Going Beyond the “Politically Possible”

Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley has said at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain event  that tackling the climate emergency means going with what “the science demands and not what is seen as politically possible.” Bartley noted that in 2017 the climate emergency was scarcely discussed, yet now “50-60% of people will take […]

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UK at Risk of Missing 2050 Net Zero Targets

A call to action on climate change has been issued by a Senior Policy Advisor at independent think tank Green Alliance who declared at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain, “the UK is not on track to meet its 4th and 5th carbon budgets to 2032, and the gap is even bigger if we consider […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2020

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, Brexit and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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Northern Eden Project on Track For 2020 Planning Submission After Positive Consultation

Earmarked for a prime waterfront location in Morecambe, the Eden Project North has moved a step forward after an incredibly successful and positive public consultation, whilst a new partnership is on the cards with another regeneration project on the waterfront. A planning application for the proposed £85m eco-friendly tourist attraction is on target to be […]

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Applications Open for Innovative Tech Scheme to Support the Next Generation of Ambitious Entrepreneurs

Exchange, a revolutionary new digital and technology programme, has opened applications for its first cohort, as it looks to foster the UK’s next best start-ups. The one-of-a-kind scheme will offer ambitious, early stage, tech companies and entrepreneurs access to the tools and infrastructure they need, to learn and succeed, paving the future of tech and […]

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Hammerson’s Move Into Republic of Ireland BTR Market With €30m Scheme

Major developer Hammerson has received approval for a new build to rent (BTR) scheme in the south of Dublin. Situated in Dundrum town centre the plans mark the firm’s first move into residential development in the Republic of Ireland, having made a reputation of being one of the UK and Ireland’s biggest retail players. The […]

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New Homes in Waltham Forest Approved

A regeneration project in Waltham Forest has been given then thumbs up – with existing housing set to be demolition. The Council led scheme will see 120 new homes being built – knocking down the council homes currently at the Hylands Road site. The buildings will range between four and nine-storeys in height and they […]

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York Council Submit Apartments & Infrastructure Project

The City of York Council have submitted plans which will deliver more than 100 new flats in the city – as well as much needed infrastructure and landscape. The plans – set to be built on the Castle Mills site – will be a feature of our York Development Plans Event in 2020 as the […]

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Police Estates Incorporate Community Engagement Projects

The Metropolitan Police Service is developing new public engagement into their estates, our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. These community engagements have been accompanied by a “just over a billion-pound programme” of estates regeneration that was conducted by the service between 2013-2017 according to Vince Fihosy, Property Services Director at the Metropolitan Police. 

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Police and Crime Commissioners Leading on Estates Strategy

Police and Crime Commissioner’s across the country are increasingly focused on estate strategy, our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. When the role was first created in 2012 the commissioners were given particularly broad portfolios, being tasked with ensuring the overall performance of the service. Many of the commissioners have devolved more powers to […]

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Design Innovation Redefining the Possible Within Blue Light Estates

  “This is a very exciting time for construction and suddenly everything is possible” – declared Jami Cresser-Brown, Director of Creative Technology at Bryden Wood, at our recent Blue Light Estates Development Conference.  During the hour-long Q&A session Cresser-Brown challenged conventional notions of best practice as an achievable benchmark: “Best practice in its very nature […]

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Ageing Estates Issue Provides Green Renewal Opportunities

Ageing estates across the blue light sector have promoted calls for a serious renewal of the sector, with Alex Brown Head of Property, Capital Projects and Estates at Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue warning of the “very real potential for real asset failure.” Speaking at our Blue Light Estates Development Conference Brown explained the depth […]

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Cross-Service “Tri-Light” Cooperation Leading the Blue Light Sector

Emergency services and their estates are becoming increasingly interlinked,our recent Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. A number of different pressures have pushed emergency services closer together, making such cooperation an increasing norm across estates and providing services. The impact of austerity and the push of the government from 2010 onwards towards consolidation of […]

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The ‘Finite Mindset’ is Holding Back the Construction Sector

“We have to get better” The case that the construction industry needs to look beyond the short-term was made passionately at our Blue Light Estates Development Conference by Jason Hallas – Corporate Partner and Regional Framework Manager at Willmott Dixon. Hallas expressed the notion that this attitude had bred a culture which is slow to […]

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CAPITAL&CENTRIC Reveal Secret Garden at KAMPUS project

The recently completed secret garden at HBD and CAPITAL&CENTRIC’S newest project has been revealed in new images. The jungle like garden sits at the heart of the new £250m neighbourhood being developed by CAPITAL&CENTRIC and HBD.

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51-Storey Birmingham Tower Given Green Light

Developer Court Collaboration have received the go-ahead for their One Eastside project featuring an impressive 51-storey residential tower alongside another residential building. The building is set to become the tallest building in the Midlands, and will be a stones throw from the new HS2 Curzon Street Station – helping to continue the transformation of Birmingham […]

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