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Focus on contracting delivers strong annual performance for Willmott Dixon

Privately-owned construction and fit-out company, Willmott Dixon has recorded positive financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2018. The company saw turnover rise by £54 million to £1.323 billion, while profit before tax rose by 55% to £37.5 million. These figures were bolstered through the significant levels of activity in the Midlands, with […]

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Blackpool Set To Benefit From A Multi-Million Pound IT Investment & 5G Technology

Blackpool will connect to New York in under 0.06 seconds, digitally, via the next generation subsea fibre optic cable network linking the USA with European Financial markets, giving the town faster transatlantic internet connectivity than London. Business leaders hope that the multi-million pound investment by Aqua Comms, an Irish company and worldwide specialist in the […]

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Planner’s response to “watershed moment” for the north

In response to today’s launch of the UK2070 Commission report – ‘Fairer and Stronger: Rebalancing the UK Economy’ – Claire Kent of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore shared her thoughts.   Barton Willmore is part of the UK2070 Commission and Claire facilitated the ‘Scope and Scale of Sub-national Planning’ workshop at today’s symposium in Leeds.

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Official Press Release for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Corridor

Conference to discuss major development and economic growth opportunities surrounding the Oxford Cambridge ARC On the 20th June, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Development Conference – one of the country’s largest business conferences of the year. This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking […]

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An exclusive Q&A with Crown Commercial Services on Offsite Manufacturing

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is of course well known across the industry, but for those who may not know, tell us a little about the CCS and the work you’re responsible for… The Crown Commercial Service is the largest Public Sector Procurement Organisation in the UK. Last year we spent £13bn on frameworks – […]

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“Taking on construction was my way of rebelling”

Emma Noble, Strategic Development Manager at Perfect Circle, recently shared a fantastic story with us about how she landed a career in the construction industry – and we thought this was definitely something which needed to be shared. Here is her journey from standing in the queue to enrol in Business Studies to her career […]

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Pagabo announces alliance with leading construction tech firm – Sypro software a project game changer for Pagabo customers

Construction procurement experts, Pagabo, have announced a new alliance with leading contract management software providers, Sypro. The formalisation of the partnership, which comes into effect on June 13, 2019 will offer Pagabo clients’ cloud-based and time-saving solutions as well as value for money across its influential frameworks.

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Planning application submitted for landmark Tower Works site

Cedar (Maple Oak) Ltd, a company owned by the Richardson family, alongside its development partner Ask Real Estate Ltd, has submitted a planning application to develop the historic Tower Works site on Globe Road in Leeds city centre. The plans were warmly received by the city’s Plans Panel in April. Cedar (Maple Oak) Ltd has […]

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Swan Housing give their thoughts on Offsite Manufacturing

A housing association with a difference, Swan is focused on achieving the biggest social impact possible and creating balanced neighbourhoods by specialising in social, affordable and private sale homes. Our focus is ensuring as many people as possible have somewhere to feel at home. As we celebrate our 25th year in 2019, we’ve grown to […]

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Curtin&Co give exclusive thoughts on the Oxford Cambridge ARC

It is absolutely clear that Government at all levels has a commitment to delivering an Oxford Cambridge ARC.  That commitment is articulated in a number of ways, not least the joint declaration between Government and partners that was published in March. The reasons for the commitment are obvious: both the Cambridge and Oxford economies are […]

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Managing historic environment project risk as part of successful developments

Over 90% of archaeological work undertaken across the UK comes about as a result of developments and the heritage legislation and planning requirements in force at the time. What can developers and their agents do to ensure that archaeology and built heritage doesn’t become a costly and time-consuming project constraint…   Heritage Legislation When progressing […]

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What defines an airport city? – Placemarque

Placemarque chose to sponsor Built Environment Networking’s Airport Cities Development Conference because it combines our key markets. We create wayfinding for large estates and for communities. An airport city involves (possibly) the most complex of all estates. And community-wise, an airport city is the same as every other city, isn’t it? People have to eat, […]

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Government Framework success for Premier Modular

Premier Modular Limited, a leading offsite manufacturer and speaker at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition & Conference next week, has been named as suppliers on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Modular Buildings Framework. Premier has vast experience of working across the full range of sectors looking to benefit from this Government led drive to use offsite […]

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‘Extreme’ wall membranes driving major performance improvements on site

Protect Membranes, an exhibitor at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition and Conference next week and a UK producer of construction and roofing membranes, has introduced two new waterproof breather membranes designed for use externally on timber frame, SIPs and CLT wall panels, achieving a Class W1 resistance to water penetration. Launched in tandem with the STA […]

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Wakefield Council; Exclusive Q&A – development plans and economic growth

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Development Conference we hear exclusive from Wakefield Council on their need for development and investment partners, how they’ve become one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, information on their proposed Wakefield District Local Plan and more…   Wakefield is one of the key city regions within Yorkshire and it will […]

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Offsite – should be the norm not the exception

NG Bailey, one of the partners at the Offsite Manufacture Conference & Exhibition, has been pioneering offsite manufacturing since the 1990s and has seen a steady growth in its use – but believes there is still a long way to go until it becomes the norm. “We welcome the increased focus the sector is getting […]

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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities and challenges within West Yorkshire

This Wednesday prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the West Yorkshire Development Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. Running for the third consecutive year the conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a […]

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Industry collaboration sees the creation of ‘Pareidolia’

For the their second Clerkenwell Design Week collaboration, PORCELANOSA Group and Jestico + Whiles teamed up with Studio Fractal and Architainment Lighting, to create a new and exciting immersive experience, Pareidolia. Pareidolia is an experimental large-scale immersive installation. Constructed from a seamless domino line of KRION™, free-standing fins which are 2.3m high were placed on […]

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New regional design blueprint drawn up for combined authority schemes

A regional design charter is being drawn up by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Patricia Willoughby, Head of Housing & Regeneration Policy at the WMCA, revealed during the placemaking session at the MDC that mayor Andy Street’s body is working on the production of a regional design charter. The charter would be used in tandem […]

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Brexit collapse in EU students will fuel skills gaps

A drop in the number of EU students attending UK universities could open big skills gap in large areas of the economy like construction, our event has heard. Speaking on the panel of the Universities session at the MDC, Prof Ian Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, said: “The changes Brexit could introduce to the […]

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