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Government action can ensure UK benefits from world-class infrastructure

Ministers have a real and exciting chance to set the course for the UK to have world-leading infrastructure, Sir John Armitt said today. The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission pointed to the action taken to date to enact the Commission’s recommendations – and the central role that infrastructure plays in the Government’s Industrial Strategy […]

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Caledonian Modular successful in two educational builds

Caledonian have announced that they’ve successfully bid for two new school projects in England – as they continue to drive forward their modular offering to educational institutions across the UK. The projects, valued at £38m, have been named as the Haygrove School in Somerset and The Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Essex. Caledonian, who’ll be […]

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Champions of infrastructure design sought for pioneering new group

The National Infrastructure Commission is today launching the recruitment of members for its new Design Group, inviting champions of infrastructure design to play an important role in ensuring this issue is placed at the heart of major projects. Commissioner, Professor Sadie Morgan, who will chair the Group, said those involved in this exciting initiative will […]

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CERT Property acquires land for significant Manchester development

A joint venture partnership has completed the purchase of land at 86 Talbot Road, Old Trafford for residential development. CERT Property, who’ll be speaking about their future development plans at our Nottinghamshire Development Plans Conference, and Salboy have teamed up to acquire the land which has planning permission for the development of 90 apartments over […]

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Capital & Centric get the green light for Eyewitness Works city centre apartments

Plans by Capital & Centric to create a new community at a former cutlery works on Milton Street have been approved by Sheffield City Council. Councillors voted unanimously to approve the plans welcoming the regeneration of this part of the city. The £21m plans, which were discussed at our Sheffield event last month, include the […]

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£200m Port of Tilbury project given go-ahead

A huge scheme has today been given the green light which could see 12,000 jobs created within the next 10-15 years. The multimillion pound port terminal development, known as Tilbury2, was given the thumbs up by the Secretary of State for Transport after Forth Ports submitted their plans. Forth Ports – owner of The Port […]

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Plans submitted for 8-storey Sheffield office development

Scarborough Group International have today submitted plans for an exciting new office development in the heart of Sheffield. The project, situated in the Sheffield Digital Campus quarter, will reach 8-storeys in height and deliver around 60,000sq ft of office space. Scarborough Group, who’ll be speaking at our Leeds & Yorkshire Development Plans Conference next month, […]

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Route unveiled for major new road and junction at Black Cat

The preferred route for a new 10 mile dual carriageway road set to form part of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor Expressway has been announced – which will help ease growing congestion and hold-ups on the A1, A428 and A421 – stretching from the Black Cat junction to the Caxton Gibbet roundabout. The announcement comes ahead of […]

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RICS; top tips for commercial mediators

Martin Burns – RICS, Head of ADR Research and Development   In my experience, lawyers and other professionals who become commercial mediators are driven by three things. They want to add a new product to their service offering, they yearn for the challenge of doing something new and intellectually challenging, and they want to get […]

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Warning over automation jobs policy gap

Innovative thinking is required to help society cope with the estimated 2.5m jobs that will be lost during the next decade as a result of automation, the Smart Cities conference’s universities session heard. Dave Carter, Smart City Project Lead at the Manchester Urban Institute, said that an estimated 2.5m jobs are due to disappear in […]

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Turn bus garages into EV top up points – TfL

Transport for London is exploring how its network of bus stations can be turned into top up charging points for emergency services vehicles and even private cars as part of a major revamp of its estate. Peter Elliot, Head of Development at Transport for London told delegates at the Smart Cities Development Conference that the […]

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EV roll out sparks Manchester power upgrade call

Manchester’s power network requires a significant upgrade to cope with the anticipated increase in use of electric vehicles (EVs), our Smart Cities Development Conference has heard. Steve Cox, Engineering & Technical Director at Electricity North West, told delegates that every morning, 223,000 vehicles are driven into Manchester.

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Uber’s exciting rural plans queried by Catapult chief

Moves by Uber to expand into rural areas won’t work, our Smart Cities Development Conference heard. James Kelly, Head of Cities at the app-based ride hailing business, said the company is exploring a roll out of community transport services, recalling how he had used informal ride sharing early in his career to commute into work […]

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Digital natives may quit cities, prop-tech boss warns

The dystopian vison of future cities, painted in recent science fiction film Ready Player One, will come true if current patterns of high-rise development continue, a Crown Estates adviser has warned. Vanessa Lee Butz told our Smart Cities Development Conference that the ‘digital native’ generation will have different digital and human connections to their predecessors, […]

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Plan for tomorrow’s tech, urges Catapult chief

The importance of thinking about emerging technologies when planning development was the key message of the opening keynote presentation at our Smart Cities Development Conference. Nicola Yates, Chief Executive Officer of the Future Cities Catapult – which examines the application of innovation to the built environment, said: “Planners have to imagine a future world. If […]

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Physical interaction to remain important in digitised future

Personal contact will remain prized even as individuals spend an increasing proportion of their time on-line, a leading futurologist has told our London Property Club event. Tom Cheesewright predicted that the next ten years would see the transition to a new world in which the boundary between the digital and physical worlds becomes ‘seamless’.

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Partnerships still on agenda post PFI – Government Property Chief

Whitehall is still keen to pursue partnerships with the property industry despite the ‘unravelling’ of the HMRC’s STEPS property private finance initiative deal, the Chair of the Government Property Unit (GPU) has said. Liz Peace told delegates at our London event that the STEPS deal struck nearly 20 years ago with property company Mapeley, and […]

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Bank to maintain gilt holdings post QE

The Bank of England will continue to hold large quantities of gilts even if it stops the quantitative easing policy of bond buying, the Bank of England’s Agent for London has said. Speaking at our London event Rob Elder said that QE remains a tool that the UK’s central bank uses to support the economy, […]

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Planning in London ‘never more difficult’ – Madelin

The planning system in London has ‘never been more difficult’, veteran developer Roger Madelin told delegates at our London Property Club event. Madelin, who heads the Canada Water development at British Land, said that he could not remember a more difficult time for development since he started out in the industry: “Planning in London has […]

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Convert department stores into retirement homes – says leading developer

Ailing department stores could be reconfigured to create town centre residential communities for older people, a leading retirement developer has said. Lex Cumber, Director of Cardiff-based Castleoak, told delegates at our South Wales Development Conference that big stores like House of Fraser contain a lot of floorspace that could be converted to house older people: […]

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