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Further details of Cambridgeshire Metro revealed

Additional details have been revealed for the ambitious transport scheme which would see a new metro system developed within Cambridgeshire. The scheme would help connect villages and towns from across the region, linking areas such as Haverhill, Huntingdon and Mildenhall with the city of Cambridge. Mayor James Palmer, who’ll be speaking at the Cambridgeshire & […]

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HS2 Chairman: “Half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are just the beginning”

Local HS2 growth plans show almost half a million jobs at HS2 station sites Nearly 90,000 thousand new homes to be built around HS2 stations including new garden villages. Opportunities to better local transport connections facilitated by HS2 for both work and leisure.   Today, Sir Terry Morgan, Chair of HS2 Ltd will state how […]

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Public-Sector & Tri-Light Collaboration – Place Partnership

Tri-Light Collaboration between the UK’s emergency services is increasing – with a focus on rationalising their estates to deliver more efficient and effective buildings which in turn allow improves the service for the communities the sector serves. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Andrew Pollard, Managing Director of Place Partnership, about their unique […]

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Plans revealed for major new office development in Nottingham

A major new development in a key location in Nottingham City Centre is on the cards – with developers Sladen Estates and Peveril Securities today revealing plans. The potential development proposed the creation of two buildings between 10-13 storeys high. Sladen Estates, who’re set to speak at our West Midlands Development Plans Conference, have submitted […]

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Wildgoose Construction; Success in Frameworks

Frameworks play an incredibly important role within the construction industry – which is why we’re bringing together those at the forefront of the sector at the Construction Frameworks Conference on the 13th December with a focus on sharing best practice, helping to reduce capital costs, help clients achieve best value from procurement and enable the […]

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Nottinghamshire Police and Fire & Rescue Headquarters To Merge

Authority chiefs have backed plans to merge Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue headquarters, it has been announced. The creation of a new joint headquarters has now moved a step forward after detailed designs and costings have been given the thumbs up. The announcement, ahead of the Blue Light Estates Development Conference which Nottinghamshire […]

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Merger to give Bournemouth ‘more clout’

Merging south east Dorset’s councils will allow the area to compete with bigger cities for resources, a member of Bournemouth Council’s cabinet has told our Bournemouth event. Councillor Philip Broadhead, who leads on local government reorganisation and economic growth at the authority, told delegates that the revamp of Dorset’s councils will happen in April next […]

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Cities and Transport Catapults to join forces

The Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult are set to be merged into a new organisation, it has been announced. The move, which is set to allow them to become more focused on issues around modern and smart cities as well as the future of connectivity, infrastructure and mobility, reflects their joint relevance to […]

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HS2 Chairman keynote speaker at Economic Growth Conference

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the inaugural HS2 Economic Growth Conference. The event, supported by HS2 Ltd, will see Sir Terry Morgan address up to 1,000 delegates on Wednesday 7th November, sharing his views on the importance of the project to the UK’s […]

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Belfast plans major new visitor attraction

Belfast City Council is planning to build a major new visitor attraction to capitalise on the success of the Titanic Quarter, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Speaking at the Northern Ireland Development Plans Conference Sinead Grimes, Head of Investment Programme Delivery and Projects at Belfast City Council, said that the dockside Titanic-themed attraction […]

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New Manchester strategy to explore further metro expansion

Further developing Greater Manchester’s metro system with tram trains will be explored in a soon to be published transport blueprint for the city region. Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, told the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference that the body will publish its 30-year plan later this autumn. This will look […]

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New University Academy aims to tap secret of ‘class of ’92’

The new University Academy being set up by Manchester United FC’s ‘class of 92’ aims to learn the lessons of the club’s golden era, the institution’s Chief Executive has said. Craig Gaskell told the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference that students would learn a set of ‘fundamental life skills’ each year alongside their academic curriculum. […]

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Developers urged to help the homeless

Manchester developers have been urged to give space in their schemes to charities that support homeless people. Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, told the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference that Greater Manchester is ‘ahead of the game’ thanks to its strategy to tackle tackling rough sleeping: “These are important commitments but nobody can do […]

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Developer hails healthy Manchester commercial market

Demand for Manchester city centre commercial property is at a three-year high, one of the north west’s leading developers has claimed. Speaking at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference John Hughes, Managing Director of Ask Real Estate, said: “Over the last two to three years we never been this scale of requirements in terms of square […]

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Bloxham blasts ‘fundamentally flawed’ social housing policy

Tom Bloxham has branded the way the UK provides social housing as ‘fundamentally flawed’ because it drives up home price inflation. The Urban Splash founder and chairman criticised social housing policy whilst speaking at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth Conference. He said: “We believe that the basic way of providing social housing is fundamentally flawed […]

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University of Manchester development has potential to be most valuable in the county

Manchester University has launched an international search for a partner to develop its North Campus. Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, told delegates at the Greater Manchester Economic Growth that feedback from agents suggested development has the potential to be the most valuable in the country. The University of Manchester is […]

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Planning for life beyond HS2

Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference – focused on developing stations, hubs and cities – we hear from Keith Mitchell, Director – Community Development and Infrastructure, at PBA, now part of Stantec.   In the beginning… When HS2 was first presented, the concept was easy to grasp. Reduce travel times between London and the […]

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Bristol Airport boss backs rapid transport plans

Bristol Airport’s long-term expansion rely on the delivery of plans for a rapid transit system in the West of England, its Chief Executive has warned.  Dave Lees told the Infrastructure Session at the West of England Economic Growth Conference that rapid transit, whether it turns out to be light rail or tram, could be a […]

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Don’t overlook further education – warns college boss

The West of England’s development plans must cater for further education alongside primary and secondary schooling in order to provide career avenue for young people who do not pursue A-levels, the West of England’s Economic Growth Conference has heard.  Keith Hamblin, Executive Principal of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, said:“4,000 houses are being built within […]

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Materials supply problems prompt Taylor Wimpey to stockpile

Taylor Wimpey is stockpiling bricks and other building materials on its construction sites in order to ensure that it can keep on building the company’s south west boss has revealed. Ralph Hawkins, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey’s South West division told the Major Housing Builders Session at the West of England Economic Growth Conference that […]

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