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Can offsite manufacturing stand the test of time?

The offsite manufacturing industry needs to prove that the quality of products made using the methods will stand the test of time if it is to truly convince the public of its value, Bristol Council’s housing lead has said at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council […]

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Construction industry must tackle “wasteful” practices – says leading procurement chief

The construction industry has to standardise its approach to new projects if it is to hit Government innovation and productivity targets, a Department for Education (DfE) procurement chief head has warned. Adam Jones, the Department for Education’s Strategic Framework Manager, who is in charge of the department’s £3bn offsite framework, said that construction needed to […]

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Risk of UK’s offsite manufacturing sector being overtaken by overseas firms

The Head of Sustainable Futures at architecture practice HTA Design has warned the UK’s offsite manufacturing sector could be overtaken by firms in Asia due to a swathe of investment by Asian government’s in the new technology. Rory Bergin, Partner at HTA said: “What’s been interesting to us from the past few years is the […]

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The construction industry “must grasp” the opportunities of offsite or risk losing funding

The construction industry needs to grasp the opportunities of the sector deal or see Government investment potentially dry up, a leading figure in the industry has said. Speaking at our Offsite Manufacturing Development Conference Trudi Sully, Associate Director for Construction and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, said: “It’s a fantastic time to take advantage of the […]

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WSP secures ten highway projects with Highways England

Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed through Highways England’s Specialist, Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) Framework Contract on ten existing highway-related Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) projects. Running to December 2020, WSP will provide technical support to Highways England in managing their day-to-day business for ten existing projects, collectively covering over […]

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Rail Minister tells Midlands Connect “I entirely support the aspiration” of £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans during visit to Leicester

Rail Minister Andrew Jones has welcomed the submission of Midlands Connect’s £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub proposals to radically transform connections between the East and West Midlands, during a visit to the region yesterday (Thursday 27th June). The Minister pledged to work with Midlands Connect chairman Sir John Peace and Director Maria Machancoses as they […]

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Briggs & Forrester Living secure contract on Park Hill development in Sheffield

Briggs & Forrester Living recently secured the MEP services contract on Park Hill Phase 3, a student accommodation redevelopment located in Sheffield. The development, which was given Grade II listed status in the 1990’s, will be refurbished to create 356 bed student accommodation offering a range of studios, 2 bedroom apartments and 4 and 8 […]

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WSP appointed by Transport for London on Ultra Low Emission Zone extension

Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed by Transport for London to assess the traffic impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone extension, proposed for extension in October 2021. Having gone live in April this year, the London ULEZ will expand up to the North / South Circular roads in October 2021. WSP […]

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Sir Robert McAlpine appointed for Tower Works

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has been appointed by Richardson and Ask Real Estate Ltd as lead contractor to build the Tower Works scheme on Globe Road in Leeds City Centre. The partnership has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine after submitting a planning application earlier this month. The delivery team also includes: engineering firm WSP; Ryder Architecture […]

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Stoford launches new Birmingham city centre HQ 

Leading commercial property developer, Stoford, has celebrated the launch of its new headquarters with an event attended by some of the region’s leading property professionals. The award-winning developer welcomed an audience of 60 invited guests from the commercial property sector to new offices on Ludgate Hill, close to St Paul’s Square, Birmingham. Join us at our incredible Birmingham […]

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Partnership to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes

Partnership to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes Around 150 new affordable homes per year are set to be built in the Midlands, thanks to a partnership between Midland Heart housing association and new housing specialist Partner. The two companies have agreed a memorandum of understanding to work together to source land, gain planning permission, […]

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Works confirmed for next phase of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme after £76m contract signed

The next phase of work on a major project to protect Leeds from the risk of flooding has been confirmed after the contract for it to proceed was signed today. Leeds City Council has agreed a contract worth £75.98million with contractor BMMjv, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, to carry out the […]

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Construction law expert appointment at national law firm Stone King

National law firm Stone King – a frequent attendee to Built Environment Networking events – has strengthened its Commercial Property team with the key hire of construction law specialist Paul Wilson. Paul is regarded as an expert in construction law, both contentious and non-contentious, and joins Stone King’s Birmingham office from Lodders. He will act nationally […]

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Last Call For Schools To Join Major Skills And Stem Event

Schools have one week to sign up to the eighth annual Tees Valley Skills and STEM Event, the region’s biggest careers fair. The event will take place at the Olympia Building at Teesside University on Tuesday, July 2, but there is still time for schools to sign up as visitors and take advantage of the […]

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WSP and Expedition Engineering achieve significant material savings at HS2’s Old Oak Common Station

Lead engineers on HS2’s Old Oak Common station, WSP, have revealed a 27% reduction in the structural steel of the station roof at the west London super-hub. Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, with SME Expedition Engineering, have continued to undertake a series of value engineering reviews for Old Oak Common, following the station designs […]

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Real estate urged to embrace diversity

Real estate bosses may have to be prepared to fire employees in order to foster a more diverse work culture but should take care about promoting currently under-represented groups over the heads of more experienced male staff, our London Property Club event has heard. Amanda Clack, Head of Strategic Advisory at CBRE, outlined the conclusions […]

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Local jobs for Local People: Meeting the Section 106 Challenge

Of all the potential Section 106 requirements, the need to employ local labour can prove to be the most challenging – which is why we at O’Neill and Brennan have put considerable resources behind finding practical solutions. The use of geo-location technology helps, of course. Our Section 106 reports will detail how far each of […]

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Need for review on permitted development rights around airports

Gatwick Airport’s Director of Planning, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Tim Norwood has hit out at how permitted development rights have allowed offices close to the West Sussex airport to be converted into homes. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Mr Norwood said: “We have to ask whether the government has kept it’s […]

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Don’t back on councils to restore housebuilding – Director

Local authorities will be unable to restore completions of new homes to record post-war levels, a west Yorkshire local authorities Director for Regeneration has warned. Richard Conroy, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire-based SME housebuilder Conroy Brook, told delegates at the West Yorkshire Development Conference that councils had played a major role in achieving the record […]

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Northern transport blueprint queried by rail campaigner

Infrastructure and connectivity across Yorkshire have been at the forefront of economic conversation over the past few years and it is set to be crucial in unlocking major opportunities for growth across the region.

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