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Massive £1.2bn Investment in Bolton Bringing the Town’s Metamorphosis

Bolton is receiving huge investment to enable the redevelopment of the town; our recent High Streets Development Conference heard. Gerry Brough, Director of Place at Bolton Council outlined their objectives: “The council wants to turn Bolton from a much loved but rundown town centre into a vibrant place where people want to live, work, study […]

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Creative Industries Fueling Wakefield Redevelopment

City & Provincial Properties, the developers behind Europe’s largest music cluster, are redeveloping the disused Rutland Mills in Wakefield into a new complex, Tileyard North. The buildings are all Grade II listed properties but will require significant restoration work as part of the new project after 20 years of unoccupancy.

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Custard Factory Owners unveil 3.8m sq ft plan for Digbeth

New homes, offices, bars and cultural space are all set to built as part of a major overhaul of a Birmingham city centre district. Oval Real Estate is unveiling its plans today for the wholesale regeneration in Digbeth where it owns dozens of buildings including the Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios which it bought in 2017. Oval will […]

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Date Set for £140m Galliard Homes Crossrail Flat Development

Galliard Homes on Tuesday shrugged off Brexit uncertainty and agreed to start construction on luxury flats worth over £140 million above the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station. Galliard Homes are speaking at our upcoming TFL Development & Economic Growth Conference, where they will discuss this and other developments driven by the Elizabeth Line’s construction.

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460,000 Homes in Scotland Could Be Renewably Heated by 2030

A report commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables has found that the Scottish government could see the equivalent of 460,000 homes heated renewably by 2030. The report used information collected by CAG Consultants concerning the type and volume of potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities, gathering information from local authorities and industry professionals.

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World’s Largest Off-Shore Windfarm Opening in Hornsea

Ørsted opened the world’s first offshore wind farm back in 1991 and is due to open the world’s largest offshore wind farm in 2020. Seen as a world leader in offshore wind power production, Ørsted has succeeded in establishing the greatest production of this type of power than any other company, accounting for a quarter of […]

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Back to the Future – Optimistic for UK High Streets

Transforming the fortunes of struggling UK high streets “will involve thinking back to the future” according to one leading industry expert. Michael Weedon, Chair of the Retail and High Street Policy Unit, explained to delegates at the High Streets Development Conference that the future for high streets may involve looking back, to enable new development […]

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Experts Say Residential The Way Forward For UK High Streets

  A poll of 300 industry experts from across the built environment industry – taken from our recent High Streets Development Conference – looked to discover how the property and construction sectors can play a pivotal role in easing pressures facing UK High Streets.

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Successful Cities “Are Less Reliant” on Retail Due to Changing Economy

Cities that are less reliant on the retail sector are much more successful, our High Streets Development Conference has heard. Speaking to over 300 delegates expert Andrew Carter, the Chief Executive at Centre For Cities, described the structural issues in the economy affecting high streets: “We’ve seen no real wage growth over the last 10 […]

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EXTREME and Sumou Holdings Unveil Saudi Arabia Partnership

EXTREME, a global pioneer of extreme and adventure sports since 1995, and Sumou Holdings (through its subsidiary, Fast Service) have today announced a joint venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build an end to end events and arena business in the country. Extreme will be revealing new plans at our upcoming South Yorkshire […]

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Stansted Airport Expansion Proposals Given New Lift

Stansted Airport owner MAG is confident that consent for major expansion – put on hold by a change in leadership at Uttlesford District Council in September – will finally be forthcoming by the end of this month. MAG are speaking at our upcoming Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Development Conference. The district council’s planning committee last November […]

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Leaked Review recommends HS2 go ahead, despite increased costs

A draft copy of a review into the HS2 high-speed railway linking London and the North of England says it should be built, despite its rising cost. This comes after national leaders campaigned for HS2, more detail can be found in our HS2 Conference Report. The government-commissioned review, started in August, will not be published […]

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Homes Of The Future Being Built Across The West of England

Bristol Housing Festival have been exploring future methods of housing to try to tackle shortages within the housing market, our West of England Development Conference heard. Jeremy Sweetland, Project Lead for the festival, said: “There is the reality of a systemic failure in the housing market, and there is a reality that there is a […]

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One Giant Leap for the South-West Peninsula: Virgin Orbit Spaceport in Cornwall

The claim to the largest space cluster outside of the US is set to be taken by Cornwall Newquay Airport, according to Al Titterington, Managing Director of the airport. Speaking at our West of England Development Conference he said land surrounding the airport, which was formerly an RAF base until 2008, is set to be […]

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£1.7bn Road Improvements Proposed at A303 Near Stonehenge

The A303 Corridor is a site of a potential major development, with a new £1.7bn road upgrade proposed near Stonehenge. A decision is set to be made in Spring 2020. Derek Parody, Project Director at Highways England, specified details of the development at Built Environment Networking’s West of England Development Conference,  saying that the whole […]

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West of England Plans to Build on World-Leading Tech Success

The planned £300m Temple Meads Enterprise Campus at the University of Bristol will “cement Bristol’s position” as a leader in technology according to the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Guy Orpen.  Speaking at our West of England Development Conference he described their ambition as “to support and enable what is Britain’s most successful technology cluster around […]

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Western Powerhouse Being Driven By Atoms & Enterprise

The Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station is the “largest foreign direct investment and inward investment project in the country” Claire Pearce, Director of Planning and Economic Growth of This is Gravity Ltd told attendees at the recent West of England Development Conference.  With a building cost of up to £22.5bn the new power plant […]

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YTL’s Sky-High Ambitions for New Arena in Bristol

Malaysian developer YTL Developments revealed details of their plans for the former Brabazon hangars on the derelict Filton Airfield, at our West of England Development Conference. Plans for the hangars, the birthplace of the Concorde aircraft, centre around the construction of a new 17,000-seater arena set in the central hanger, and YTL is currently awaiting […]

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Southampton’s £100m Bargate Quarter Project Due To Start in Early 2020

A NEW hotel has been included in revamped plans for a major city centre developement Tellon Capital, who are behind Southampton’s flagship Bargate Quarter development have lodged fresh proposals for the prominent city centre site, they will be revealing additional details at our upcoming Retail Development Conference They include stripping out all of the student […]

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£90m plans for 400 apartment project in Birmingham

Fresh plans for a £90m project to build almost 400 apartments as part of a wider regeneration scheme in Birmingham have been published. Court Collaboration has submitted a outline matters planning application for 392 flats as part of the wider New Garden Square project, off Hagley Road on the Calthorpe Estate. They will be revealing […]

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