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HS2 Creates Better Service for Existing Network Reveals Midlands Report

Building HS2 will improve the operation of much of the existing Rail Network, according to new evidence submitted to the Oakervee HS2 Review by the transport body Midlands Connect. 73 stations on the existing rail network stand to benefit from improved passenger services as a direct result of the capacity released. This also includes 54 […]

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Heathrow Expansion Offers Economic Benefits for Reluctant Local Authorities

Heathrow’s expansion will bring massive benefits to the UK economy, the London Property Club event heard, Rupert Waters, Head of Economic Development at Heathrow, detailed the extensive benefits the £14Bn project will bring. Waters highlighted how the airport has faced difficulties at times in garnering support for the expansion from local councils in Buckinghamshire, despite […]

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The £1.2bn Scheme Revitalizing North Lincolnshire

Combing the connectivity, convenience, and opportunity of urban development, with the communal, green living of rural life, the Lincolnshire Lakes scheme shows a contemporary approach to new development. Six new villages are planned as part of the scheme , with 6000 homes spread out across the scheme. This construction is accompanied by the creation of […]

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Brexit Uncertainty Disrupting University Investment Plans

Universities are holding back on making major investment decisions due to prolonged uncertainty over the future of both the UK’s position after it has left the EU and student numbers under any fresh government immigration programme. Speaking at the London Property Club, Jeremy Tanner, Director of Estates at Birkbeck, University of London said: “What is […]

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‘They Dread the Weekends’: Solving Britain’s Loneliness Epidemic in Young Workers

Office workers aged between 18 – 34-year-olds are the loneliest sector of workers in the country, new research by the Commercial Park Group has revealed. John Baker, Founder of Commercial Park Group – which is a partnership between The John Baker Group and construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine – said that research conducted on the […]

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‘Second Only to London’: Devolution is the Key to Scotland’s Surging Development Says Government’s Investment Head

Devolving the Scottish government and granting it decision-making powers has allowed the country to boom despite laggard growth in the rest of the UK, the Scottish Government’s head of investment, Kat Feldinger has said. Speaking at our London Property Club event, Feldinger highlighted the role that devolution has played in boosting the Scottish economy: She […]

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Private Rented Developer To Open Up Manchester Office

The private rented sector market in Manchester city centre is still strong despite jitters that there is an over-supply of such accommodation, a developer told delegates at the Greater Manchester Development Conference. Rodger Till, director of acquisitions at High Street Residential, said while there are worries about the Manchester city centre housing market, investors still […]

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Push For an Advanced Machinery Institute in the North-West

A venerable Rochdale precision tool manufacturer is leading efforts to set up a new Institute for Advanced Machinery in the north west. Tony Bannan, CEO of PTG Holroyd, told delegates at our Greater Manchester Development Conference that the company is preparing a bid to set up the institute with support from the Rochdale Development Agency.

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Burnham Blames Social Media for Parliamentary Chaos

Social media has tipped Parliament over the edge, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham told delegates at our Development Conference. The Greater Manchester elected mayor, who was an MP until 2016, said: ““It was getting more and more dysfunctional with every year, like an old clock. Social media has disrupted many industries and it’s completely […]

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Council Leader Rules Out Manchester Congestion Charge

The leader of Manchester City Council has ruled out the introduction of a congestion charge in the city for the for the “foreseeable future”. Sir Richard Leese, who championed the city council’s unsuccessful attempt to introduce a congestion charge just over a decade ago, rejected a suggestion during our Greater Manchester Development Conference that reviving […]

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Salford Mayor Urges Ministers to ‘Play Ball’ With North on Funding

The Mayor of Salford has urged the government to “play ball” with the north by providing the region with a bigger share of infrastructure funding. Paul Dennett, who has been directly elected mayor of Salford City Council since 2016, welcomed Boris Johnson’s recent trip to Manchester at our Greater Manchester Development Conference, when the prime […]

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Head of Manchester Council Backs City’s 2038 Zero Carbon Target Despite Economic Risks

Greater Manchester’s push to become zero carbon by 2038 is worth pushing ahead with, even though it poses risks for the local economy, the city council’s longstanding leader has said. Speaking at our Greater Manchester Development Conference, Sir Richard Leese identified the target to hit net zero 12 years ahead of government targets for the UK […]

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Second Phase Gets Underway in Landmark Cambuslang Housing Project

Work continues apace at the East Whitlawburn Regeneration Project in Cambuslang, with construction set to begin following three months of demolition works. Led by South Lanarkshire Council and Cambuslang-based CCG (Scotland) Ltd, planning permission has been granted for the 230 new social rented homes and 81 private residences for sale by CCG Homes Ltd, the […]

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Capital&Centric’s Adair Hotel In Piccadilly East Approved

Plans by CAPITAL&CENTRIC to develop a new 275-bed hotel in Piccadilly East have been approved today by Manchester City Council. The application was approved unanimously with councillors welcoming the ‘brave’ and ‘innovative’ design. The 110,000 sq ft hotel will be the first development to come forward in the Portugal Street East Strategic Regeneration Framework area. […]

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Glenbrook Invests In Stockport’s Future With M&S Acquisition

In a significant deal which will further boost the ongoing regeneration of Stockport town centre, property development and investment company Glenbrook has completed the acquisition of the former Marks & Spencer (M&S) building in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Situated within Merseyway Shopping Centre, the scheme comprises 80,551 sq ft over the lower ground, ground and two […]

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Nottingham – Plans submitted for 703-bed student scheme by Cassidy Group

New plans have been submitted by Cassidy Group for its massive student scheme on Deakins Place Road, Nottingham near the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. Come and join us at our East Midlands Development Plans where we will be delving into the latest new projects in the region >

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Selby celebrates high street funding boost

A £430,000 boost for Selby town centre has been announced, following a successful bid for government money from Selby District Council. The money is part of a £95m fund announced over the weekend for historic town centres across the UK.  The funding is designed to help town centres better compete with online outlets and adapt […]

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West of England – New major projects & developments to be discussed

West of England Development Conference to bring together 350 civic and business leaders On the 8th October, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Bristol for the West of England Development Conference – an event officially supported by civic and business leaders across the region. This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, […]

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Bridgend – New police training centre planned

The four-storey police learning centre would be built in Cowbridge Road alongside a human resources building and a two-storey gym, if approved. Plans were submitted by The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for SWP and said the development would provide the police with their own in-house on-site training and recruitment centre, saving them having to […]

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Plans called-in for Edinburgh Airport business district

Due to the concerns over the impact over the development would have on transport, the Scottish Government has called-in plans for a major mixed-use business-les development near Edinburgh Airport The 90-acre International Business Gateway scheme has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, which is now set for vacant land near the airport’s […]

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