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Ambitious plans for Edinburgh to be examined by City Council

Edinburgh Council is examining ‘ambitious plans’ to revamp the public realm of the Scottish capital’s city centre. Delivering the opening keynote at our Edinburgh Development Plans Conference, the authority’s Head of Place Development Michael Thain said the city was in the middle of a building boom. He described the £3bn worth of projects under way […]

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Compulsory Purchase Order issued for former SSI Redcar site

The purchase of a huge site in Redcar have taken a big step forward today – with the issuing of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) noticed being issues to all the landowners today. The Tees Valley Mayor’s office and authorities are keen to complete an agreement in the next few weeks with landowners, with the […]

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Nottingham College’s £58m campus builder announced

Wates have won the race to build the £58m flagship campus for Nottingham College as part of wider plans to completely overhaul the southern area of the City. The site, located next to the city’s Broadmarsh shopping centre and close to the train station, is set to be transformed into the six-storey City Hub. We’ll […]

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NHS Five Year Forward View discussed at conference

The Government’s new health public private vehicle (PPP) – Project Phoenix – is unlikely to be launched until this time next year, a leading healthcare investor has predicted. Simon Gould, Head of Development at the Assura REIT (real estate investment trust) told our Healthcare Estates Development Forum that the sector is still waiting for details. […]

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Consultation begins on £75m Belfast office redevelopment

Consultation is set to begin on a £75m office redevelopment plan being led by Belfast City Council. The public have now been invited to give their views on the development, which will see the conversion of a former news office into new and improved office and commercial space. The development in one of many happening […]

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Multimillion pound deal reached for Lincoln High Street development

The City of Lincoln is set to see a boost in student accommodation numbers, as a deal is struck to bring 301-bedrooms to a Lincoln High Street site. The development, which will be based alongside the £25m ongoing project which will see new restaurants, shops and a gym, is now set to be completed by […]

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Homes on car parks – a solution for NHS key worker housing

Building over hospital surface car parks could both help to cure the NHS’s key worker crisis and remedy its shortage of move on accommodation, a Stirling prize shortlisted architect told our Healthcare Estates Development Forum. Bill Dunster, whose Bedzed housing development in Sutton was on the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects prize […]

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Proptech within healthcare

The government has been insufficiently hard-line about mandating BIM on publicly funded construction projects, the Proptech Session heard at our Healthcare Estates Development Forum. Jason Whittall, Director of One Creative Environments, said that failure to use BIM was treated less seriously than not following the BREEAM eco building standard. Whittall said the mandate had also […]

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NHS providers ‘should work with private finance initiative consortia’

NHS Providers should work with private finance initiative (PFI) consortia to cut their energy use, our Healthcare Estates Development Forum heard. Peter Sellars, Chair of the Carbon & Energy Fund, told the event the NHS had ‘missed a trick’ during the 1990s heyday of PFI by not providing contractors with incentives to deliver more energy […]

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Health tax isn’t a cure for the NHS

Our Healthcare Estates Development Forum has heard that moves to raise a tax specifically to pay for the NHS could be seen as a ‘trick’. Leading health economist and Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs Thinktank Dr Kristian Niemietz,, said that so called hypothecated taxes could get swallowed up into […]

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University of Cambridge breaks into housing delivery ‘big league’

The University of Cambridge is on track to be one of the major housing developers in the south of England this year, our Cambridge Universities Development Plans Conference has heard. Heather Topel, Project Director of the university’s North-West Cambridge development, told the event that 150 homes in the scheme’s first phase have already been built, […]

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Modular homes – the future of the British construction industry?

Last week the Government called for a more innovative approach to solving Britain’s housing shortage and is backing modern methods of construction, such as modular homes, to speed up housing delivery. The Government is calling on councils to set their own design quality standards and use virtual reality technology to win round communities and end […]

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Green light given to procure regeneration development partner

Poole Borough Council’s cabinet have given the green light to procure a development partner for its £170m town centre regeneration plans, our Bournemouth Development Plans conference has heard. Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth & Infrastructure at the Borough of Poole Council, revealed that the decision on the Town Centre North project has been taken the […]

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Legal & General make move into affordable housing

Legal & General are set to move into the UK affordable housing business – with plans to develop, buy and manage ‘affordable’ rented homes built by others. The move by the UK insurance giant is the latest example of investors moving into a sector traditionally dominated by charities. L&G are set to speak at our […]

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Site investigations underway for Tees Valley Advanced Manufacturing Park

Work is underway to investigate land which could house the £55m Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP). The vision will see over 180,000 sq ft of high quality accommodation across ten buildings in its first phase with the potential to create 1,000 new jobs. Tee Valley is a region with huge potential and there are some […]

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National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel launched

Architects, engineers, designers and energy specialists from across the country are among 16 of the UK’s top young infrastructure professionals selected to sit on a new advisory panel. Launched today by Commission Chair Sir John Armitt, the Young Professionals Panel will inform the Commission’s work and give a strong voice to the infrastructure sector’s future leaders, […]

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Strong housing market prediction for the South West

The South West will have the strongest housing market growth over the next few years, according to industry predictions. Residential property in the region is set to increase value by 4.3% by 2022 according to analysis of figures from Nationwide and the ONS by KPMG. Developer Generator South West have identified Bristol and its surrounding […]

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Wiltshire College Campus plans approved

Plans have officially been approved for Wiltshire College’s new campus. The project, set to cost around £15m, will now see the development kickstart with a new building built onto the side of the existing campus on Southampton Road. The project is set to be a focus of our South Coast Development Plans Conference next week […]

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Proptech in healthcare: reduce stress in hospitals by finding where you need to go

Imagine that you need to arrive at a certain part of a hospital at an exact time for an important appointment, but the hospital has a number of buildings and an extensive layout. It’s complicated. You’re getting nervous that you could miss your appointment. You panic, searching for your destination, frantically losing all the extra […]

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Work to begin soon on Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Athletes’ Village

Work is set to begin in June on the village complex which will house athletes, staff and officials of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The development, which will be on the former Birmingham City University site, will accommodate around 6,500 people during the Games, before being transformed into housing post-event. The economic growth and developments […]

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