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Stoneygate masterplan launched by Preston Council chiefs

Today business leaders from Preston and across the county met for the launch of the Stoneygate Masterplan – an area that includes key landmarks such as Queen Street Retail Park, Cardinal Newman College and St. John’s the Minster.

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Sypro secures key role in £738m Transport for Wales infrastructure project

Across the board deployment of Sypro Contract Manager software in: Improved connectivity for 1.5 million people Electrification of 172km of track Five new rail stations Improvement to all 52 rail stations within the Cardiff valley region  Hull-based construction software providers, Sypro, has been announced as a key partner in a landmark Transport for Wales infrastructure […]

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Work underway on Sheffield’s largest new employment site

Work is underway at Sheffield’s largest prime employment site with the speculative development of two industrial and warehouse units by developers PLP. Phase one, now underway, includes the construction of two industrial/warehouse units of 45,000 sq ft and 134,000 sq ft, due to be completed in November 2019. The scheme on the former Outokumpu steel […]

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Next steps endorsed for Wakefield District Economic Strategy

The first-year Annual Review of the Wakefield District Economic Strategy was endorsed by Cabinet, which is set to be delved into at the UK High Streets Development Conference. In the next four years the Council will continue to provide help to sustain the key strands of the Economic Strategy: Successful Businesses, Successful People and Successful […]

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Countryside Properties building new timber panel factory

Countryside Properties is building its own timber panel manufacturing site to remedy shortfalls in its supply chain. Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning at Countryside Properties, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Arc Development Conference that the housebuilder has purchased a site for manufacturing timber panels which its plans to roll out over the next year. […]

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Arc university development to focus on new institutions

The next phase of university development in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc is likely to be focused on new institutions rather than the expansion of existing facilities, our event has heard. Both Peterborough and Milton Keynes, currently the largest population centres in England that lack their own universities, are keen to set up their own […]

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Failure to electrify mooted Oxford Cambridge rail line branded a “disaster”

Using diesel instead of electric trains on the proposed line between Oxford and Cambridge has been branded a “disaster” for the development of the surrounding Arc, one of the area’s most eminent planners has said. The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust’s Jane Hamilton told the infrastructure panel session at Ox-Cams conference, that “backsliding” on […]

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Council Chief downplays role of Ministerial Arc Champion

Progress on the development of Oxford to Cambridge Arc should not be held up by the delayed appointment of a Ministerial Champion, one of the area’s leading local government chiefs has said. The government made a commitment last year to appoint a ministerial champion for the Ox-Cams Arc but has yet to fill the role. […]

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“Disappointment” aired due to lack of emphasis on “blue and green infrastructure” in major UK infrastructure project

Jane Hamilton, Chair of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, has told our event that she is “disappointed” about the lack of emphasis on “blue and green” infrastructure, like waterways and parks, in the Arc’s plans. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Arc Development Conference she said: “We’ve heard a lot about the Expressway and […]

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Oxford Cambridge Arc’s provision of full fibre broadband and wet labs lagging

The Oxford Cambridge Arc lacks enough of the full fibre broadband or wet lab space that its growth industries require – a Local Enterprise Partner (LEP) boss has warned. Ahmed Goga, Director of Strategy and Programmes at OXLEP, said the rate of full-fibre connectivity in the Arc is “seven to eight per cent” but while […]

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Mayor Welcomes Cash Boost For Tees Valley High Streets

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has today (July 5) welcomed £300,000 of Government cash to help transform two of the region’s town centres. Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees will each benefit from up to £150,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

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REIT questions pace and capacity of modular homes sector

Modular housing manufacturers’ ability to deliver at sufficient speed and scale has been questioned at our event in Manchester. Hayley Fielden, North West Regional Director at Sigma Capital, told delegates at our North West Development Plans event that it has already invested in or committed £900m to projects, and that the private rented specialist REIT […]

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Trebor/Hillwood start on site at Rotherham’s Atomic

Work has started on Trebor Developments’ 78,458 sq ft speculative development at Rotherham. Trebor/Hillwood and selected contractor, MCS Group Limited, is building the quality industrial unit on the prominent site located less than 2.5 miles from Junction 31 of the M1, near Rotherham, following the site purchase completion. Come and join us at our Logistics […]

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Construction To Start At £1.5m Tower Gardens, Skegness

Construction work to breathe new life into Skegness’ much-loved Tower Gardens park is set to begin today (28 May). Perfect Circle is delivering project management, cost management and health and safety services for the £1.5 million scheme in Skegness, Lincolnshire. The provision of these services has been procured via the Scape National Built Environment Consultancy […]

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Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Local people are being encouraged to comment on plans by information and communications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility in Sawston. The technology company has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council that seeks permission to develop the former Spicer’s site on the Sawston Bypass.

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Public house makes way for social housing in Dinnington

People on Rotherham’s Council Housing Register will be some of the first to benefit from a new housing development to be built on the site of the former Lordens Hotel in Dinnington. The Arches Housing Association scheme will offer two and four bedroomed homes for rent and Rotherham Council be nominating the first people to […]

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Council calls for strengthened green commitment ahead of A428 upgrade

Councillors are calling for a stronger environmental commitment to be made by Highways England in their plans to upgrade the A428. At a meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Monday), members agreed that they supported the plans to upgrade the road in principle, subject to clarification around several areas – including a strengthened […]

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Opportunities lie abroad for UK modular start-ups

Start-up modular manufacturers are finding it easier to find opportunities abroad than in the UK due to the burden of paperwork and procurement, the founder of one start-up offsite company has said at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Joseph Daniels, Founder and Chief Executive of Project Etopia told our event that in his experience it was […]

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Transport and logistics remains key issue for offsite and modular industry

The transport and logistics of delivering offsite manufactured builds to site has been raised as a key issue by one of the UK’s leading housing associations – who was speaking at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Chair of Swan Housing Association Valerie Owen said that their offsite facility had been chosen to be able to deliver […]

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Early engagement with industry will heighten offsite manufacturing benefits

Clients who want to maximise the advantages of offsite manufacture need to engage as early as possible in the process or see benefits curtailed by design and planning issues, a major modular construction firm has said. McAvoy Group’s Senior Business Development Manager Graham O’Doherty told delegates at our Offsite Manufacture Development Conference that engaging with […]

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