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Manchester gets building to meet commercial demand

Developers are getting cracking with commercial developments in Greater Manchester to meet increasing demand from occupiers, according to four clients active in the region. Argent, Muse Developments, Bruntwood and Nikal told the Built Environment Networking event on ‘Manchester Major Development Plans 2014’ in Manchester Town Hall that they were each committing to commercial schemes in […]

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Undergraduate numbers rebound fuels confidence in student housing market

UK student accommodation has strong growth prospects but should not rest on its laurels as universities face increased competition for students from overseas countries, according to leading tertiary education residential experts. Speaking at the Built Environment Network’s student residential sector briefing, Campus Development Management executive director Rupert Wyard, pointed to recent UCAS figures showing that […]

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Southampton comes out of the shadows

The city of Southampton is pushing ahead with several major development schemes, putting the city firmly on property and construction firms’ radars, according to four major clients in the city. Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, told a Built Environment Networking Event on ‘Southampton General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Novotel, that […]

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Ambition returns to Leeds universities

Universities are more confident about investing in capital projects as the predicted volatility from the increase in student fees to £9,000 has failed to materialise, according to the University of Leeds. Steve Gilley, head of estates at the University of Leeds, told the Built Environment Networking event on ‘Leeds Universities and Colleges Development Plans 2014’ […]

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West Mids has ‘no choice but to embrace HS2

The West Midlands region has no choice but to embrace HS2 if it is to tackle its imminent rail capacity problems, Network Rail has warned. David Golding, principal strategic planner at Network Rail, told the Built Environment Networking event on ‘Birmingham’s Transport Development Plans 2014’ at Villa Park that the West Coast Mainline is “approaching […]

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Siemens helps power Humber Estuary revival

Growth prospects for the Humber Estuary economy are at their best for half a century, Lord Haskins of Skidby, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has said. Lord Haskins and two major clients in the region, Associated British Ports and Siemens, were addressing Built Environment Networking’s ‘Hull Major Developments 2014’ event at Hull’s […]

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PRS sector starts to rocket

The UK’s private rented residential (PRS) sector is gathering pace, with £500m of additional funding pumped into the market every month, according to GVA Financial Consulting. Andrew Screen, director and head of financial consulting at GVA, and four other PRS experts, shared their views on the PRS sector at a Built Environment Networking sector briefing […]

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Ambitious plans for the future of York

City of York Council (CYC) has pledged to be “more proactive” in kick-starting development work in the city. Katie Stewart, head of economic development at CYC, told a Built Environment Networking event on ‘York General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Guildhall that CYC will be “more proactive at working with industry”. Stewart said: “We […]

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Cambridge ‘held back’ by lack of housing and infrastructure

Inadequate housing and transport infrastructure is hampering Cambridge’s economic development, the University of Cambridge has warned. Professor Jeremy Sanders, pro-vice chancellor for institutional affairs at the University of Cambridge, told a Built Environment Networking event on ‘Cambridge General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Guildhall that more investment was needed in the city’s housing and […]

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Sheffield pushes on with £300m retail quarter plans

Sheffield City Council (SCC) will begin the procurement process for investors and developers this summer to kickstart its long-awaited £300m city centre retail quarter scheme, a senior council official has revealed. Nalin Seneviratne, SCC’s director of capital and major projects, told a Built Environment Networking event on ‘Sheffield General Development Plans 2014’, held at the […]

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Turbulent times ahead for higher education

Student fees will become a “battlefield” in next year’s general election and higher education policy will see “major change” from 2015, whichever party wins, a senior university estates professional has predicted. Matt Fulford, head of space and asset management at the University of Bristol, told the Built Environment Networking event on Bristol Universities Investment Plans […]

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Imperial considers joint venture on major scheme

Imperial College London is considering joint venturing with a private sector firm to develop a major part of its planned 23-acre Imperial West campus in White City, west London. Martin Summersgill, director of estates masterplanning and development at Imperial, shared the university’s development plans at the Built Environment Networking event on ‘London Universities Investment Plans […]

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Birmingham’s ‘sleeping giant’ schemes awake

Birmingham’s ‘sleeping giant’ schemes awake Two of Birmingham city centre’s ‘sleeping giant’ mixed-use schemes – Arena Central and Paradise Circus, together comprising up to 4.1 million sq ft – will start on site by the end of the year, according to the schemes’ respective developers. Developers Arena Central Developments (ACD) and Argent revealed their development […]

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The North West enters the infrastructure fast lane

The North-west of England is set to benefit from huge investment in its rail, roads airports and ports, according to five infrastructure clients in the region. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Network Rail, Northern Rail and Peel Ports revealed their development plans at the Built Environment Networking event on ‘How Transport […]

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Thames Valley universities reveal development plans

Universities are planning major development pushes to attract students in an increasingly competitive market, according to the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University. The universities were speaking about their development pipelines and strategies at the Built Environment Networking event on Thames Valley Universities Investment Plans 2014, held in Oxford Town Hall. […]

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Wise up: Universities want more from their estates

Construction firms must adapt to universities’ ever-increasing demands from their estates, according to Sue Holmes, chair elect of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE). Holmes presented an overview of the higher education development market at the Built Environment Networking event on Thames Valley Universities Investment Plans 2014, held in Oxford Town Hall. Holmes, […]

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Leeds Agents Review

Property agents JLL, Savills and GVA have urged developers to capitalise on development opportunities in Yorkshire and to address under-supply of housing, high-quality office and industrial space in the region. Speaking at the Yorkshire Agents Review 2014 event organised by Built Environment Networking, the agents said the Yorkshire market was picking up speed but still […]

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A Tale of 3 Universities … and the amount of work they have coming up…

At our event in Birmingham on the 27th March 2014; the Universities of Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick presented their development plans for the next couple of years. their plans can be simply summarised as follows: University of Birmingham; around £200m of new campus plans and even more partnership working plans. University of Warwick; £250m of […]

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The Future of Student Living

The future of Student Living In recent years, despite some challenging issues in relation to funding structures particularly, Student Living has continued to evolve and become an established asset class in its own right. This is further endorsed by the formation of the British Property Federation’s Student accommodation committee, which was established in 2013, to […]

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London Major Developments March 2014

London developers are opening up their pipelines to a wider array of contractors as the market heats up, according to The Crown Estate and Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC). The developers, alongside fellow clients Land Securities and Capco, were speaking about their procurement strategies at last week’s Built Environment Networking event on Major London […]

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