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“A big step towards a green future” New Hydrogen Plant in the North West

HyNet is the most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the UK which could see hydrogen blended into the gas grid and piped into homes and businesses by 2024. As climate change protests take place across London, attendees to a Westminster briefing yesterday heard how HyNet will initially save one […]

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Major Projects Spearhead Bournemouth Revitalisation

A number of redevelopment projects are emerging across the Bournemouth region, with details revealed at our Bournemouth Development Plans Event. One of those key developments is at Bournemouth Airport, which has recently been bought by the Rigby Group. Rigby Group are seeking to create a new business park adjacent to the airport to benefit from […]

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Scottish Government begins £3bn Green Investment

Scotland has issued the first call under its £3bn Green Investment Portfolio (GIP) programme for projects seeking large-scale private investment. The Scottish government are revealing details of their plans at our upcoming Energy Development Conference. Wind, solar and energy storage schemes are among the technologies eligible for support, which includes potential access to capital through […]

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Legal & General Invest £750m in Affordable Homes

Legal & General Affordable Homes (LGAH) is investing £750m to new affordable housing projects across the UK – increasing its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes over different 41 projects. L&G speaking about some of these projects at our upcoming Essex event in November. Continuing its aim to become the UK’s leading Institutional Registered Provider […]

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Ballymore Lodge Plans For Dublin’s Tallest Tower

Developer Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Group will submit a fast-track planning application to An Bord Pleanála today for the development of a 23-storey apartment block in Dublin city centre. Ballymore are speaking at our upcoming Ireland event. The proposed tower forms part of the wider Connolly Quarter mixed-use scheme, Ballymore and its Singapore-based partner, Oxley Holdings, are aiming to […]

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New Gas-Fired Power Station Approved for Swansea

A new £90 million gas-fired power station in Swansea has been given the go-ahead. The application for Abergelli Power Station, submitted by Drax Group Plc, was referred to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the final decision. Drax Group are speaking at our upcoming energy development conference.  The decision to […]

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Planning Permission given for New Garden Village in Hampshire

Outline planning permission has been granted for the Welborne Garden Village scheme in Hampshire, which incorporates a new community of up to 6,000 homes with supporting shops and community facilities, employment space, schools, parks and open spaces.

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“New Localism” How Developers are Creating Scotland’s Future Places

The decline of the traditional high street and the need to create a new forms of community have been omnipresent in the news media.  Paul Hanegraaf of Creative Navigate at Milligan defined their attitude to redevelopment as “Placemaking to us is not gravity and rainwater, it’s not buildings, it’s about people”.

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Housebuilding “Key Economic Growth Sector” for Scotland

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland emphasised incredible importance of the house building industry for Scotland, saying that “Homebuilding supports 80,000 jobs and contributes £370m to government and local finances and also contributes to social wellbeing”.  She discussed how historical lack of building was a significant challenge for the country, she said in […]

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Chief Planner Claims Improvements to the “Whole System” for Process In Scotland

This June MSPs finished what Chief Planner for the Scottish government John McNairny described as a “lengthy and controversial process” to pass the 2019 Planning Act to reform the system. The bill introduces new requirements for councils to appoint chief planning officers to prepare regional plans and manage changes for communities. McNairny said that the […]

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Technological Innovation Shaping 21st century Scottish Infrastructure

Scotland’s is seeing the emergence of “A new type of infrastructure asset classes, 5G networks, EVs, Carbon capture storage”  Kerry Alexander, Director of Infrastructure, Finance & Programmes at the Scottish Futures Trust told delegates. Alexander told the conference of the of the many new considerations involved in such infrastructure  “Ambition is fantastic, infrastructure must be […]

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Scottish government Focused on ‘Leveling Up’ Skills and Communities

The Scottish Government is focusing on ‘leveling up’ it’s workforce according to Head of Investment, Kat Feldinger.  Speaking at the Scotland Development Conference Feldinger spoke about the devaluation of vocational education saying that it was previously seen as “second hand” and “not on parity” with the academic route, but this has “changed massively in the […]

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Scotland is Now: Why Scotland is Primed for Investment

  Scotland’s unique opportunities were at the forefront of Scotland Development Conference’s first session titled “Scotland is Now” – named after the global campaign launched by the Government to position Scotland as a forward-thinking country for people to visit, live, work, study and invest.

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Break the Silence: Mental Health and Welfare in Construction

In all walks of life, mental health is becoming a more prevalent issue, with one in four people being affected. Scotland Development Conference sponsor BOHO have highlighted the issues surrounding mental health, and Pagabo wanted to champion this movement towards better mental health. Both companies want to raise mental health awareness and the impacts it […]

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The Case for Scotland: Scottish Minister Reveals Unique Investment Opportunities

The abundance of opportunities for investment and development in Scotland was at the forefront of the most recent Scotland Development Conference  Delivering a keynote speech to over 350 delegates Scottish Minister Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan Paul McKee said: ‘‘This is a great place to come and live, work, study and invest, Scotland […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities in Birmingham

On the 4th November, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Birmingham and West Midlands Development Plans Event – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s leading civic […]

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Plans For New Everton Stadium Ready By End of The Year

Following what is claimed to be one of the largest-ever public consultations in the UK, the football club has said it remains on course to submit a planning application for its £500m stadium in Liverpool by the end of the year. Everton will speaking at our North-West Development Conference  The latest proposals for the stadium […]

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£30 Million Investment into Rotherham Town Centre Homes

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet is set to formally approve plans to build 171 new homes in a £30 million investment intended to breathe new life into three rundown town centre sites.

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Boris Johnson Branded HS2 Axe As ‘Political Suicide’

Boris Johnson admitted that cancelling HS2 would be ‘political suicide’ at a meeting just days before he became prime minister, according to a leading west midlands businessman. Steve Hollis, chair of the West Midlands HS2 Growth Delivery Board, told our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that he and the conurbation’s elected mayor Andy Street had met […]

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Ex-Olympics Minister Urges HS2 To Grasp Cost Increase Nettle

HS2 must learn the lesson from the 2012 Olympics that is important to grasp the nettle about cost increases, according to one of the ex-ministers at the heart of London’s winning bid. Richard Caborn, minister of sport when London submitted its successful bid in the early Noughties, said at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that […]

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