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“Antiquated” Rail Network Blamed For 2018 Timetable Nightmares

The “antiquated” nature of the north’s rail infrastructure was the root cause of last year’s botched new regional timetable introduction, according to the independent expert appointed to oversee improvements to the train network. Richard George, who was speaking on behalf of Atkins / SNC Lavalin at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference, said that the north […]

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Leeds Leader Urges HS2 Review to Shift From “Obsession” With Speed

The review of HS2 should rule out only building the line as far as Birmingham, the Leader of Leeds City Council has urged. Cllr Judith Blake told delegates that she is “very concerned” that the terms of reference of the exercise, which is headed by HS2 Ltd’s former chair Douglas Oakervee, contains an option for […]

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How HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Railway could be the catalyst to reinvigorating Britain’s towns and cities

Atkins, the sponsor of our recent HS2 Growth Conference gave us an exclusive insight into the many ways HS2 and The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will benefit the UK economy. HS2 and the NPR are more than new railways. They represent new, critical national infrastructure, that can reshape the economic landscape of the UK.  Every […]

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Milton Keynes Has Room For Logistics, Says Council

Milton Keynes has land available for warehouse and distribution developments, a senior official at the council told our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference. Head of Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council Pam Gosal used her keynote presentation to outline progress on the development of the UK’s largest new town. She said that Milton Keynes […]

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Technology Will Cause Net Job Loss By 2035 – AI Expert Predicts

Within 15 years technology will be destroying jobs more rapidly than people can be retrained to fill new roles, the Sheds & Logistics Development Conference has heard. Daniel Hulme, Chief Executive Officer of Artificial Intelligence consultancy Satalia, predicted to delegates at the Built Environment Networking event that technology will continue to free more people from […]

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Strong Council Leadership Needed During Planning Process

Planning committee members should pay the cost of lost appeals out of their own pockets if they reject their officers’ advice, a leading logistics developer has suggested at our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference. Philip O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Mountpark, told Built Environment Networking event that this move would concentrate elected members minds. In the […]

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London Curb on Polluting Vehicles Threatens Small Hauliers

Sadiq Khan’s push to clean up London’s air by banning more polluting trucks threatens to drive many small hauliers out of business, our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference was warned. Rob McKenzie, Managing Director of Policy & Affairs at the Road Haulage Associate, told delegates at the Built Environment Networking event that many hauliers would […]

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‘£60 a Year’ in Energy Bills on York’s New Council Homes

All new council houses in York could be built to ‘Passsive house’ standards as part York’s 2030 Carbon neutral targets City of York Council plans to build more than 600 homes during the next five years. Senior councillors heard the new housing will be carbon zero – in a bid to tackle climate change and […]

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Groundbreaking Plans for The UK’s First Ever Plastic to Hydrogen Plant Announced by Peel Environmental

Peel Environmental have submitted plans for a cutting edge waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, with the scheme aiming to reduce fossil fuel consumption, reduce waste and help tackle the ongoing climate emergency. The company will be further detailing their plans at the upcoming Building Zero Carbon […]

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Highways England To Review Procurement Methods Ahead of £25bn Framework Launch

  Highways England are looking to redraw the way they procure the next tranche of major project works, which are anticipated to be worth £25bn. Speaking to delegates at the a conference in Reading Mike Grant, Smart Motorways Delivery Director at Highways England said the body aims to bring smaller Tier 2 and Tier 3 construction […]

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‘Is the Midlands ready for HS2?’

HS2 has the potential to radically transform and improve transportation in the Midlands. Following the Leeds HS2 conference, we spoke to Maria Machancoses, the director of Midland’s Connect who gave her exclusive thoughts on the issue:    

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Masterplan for Canada Water Approved by Southwark Council

The creation of a new town centre at Canada Water  in London passed a key milestone last night as Southwark Council Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for British Land’s masterplan, in line with their officer’s recommendation. British Land will be discussing their zero carbon agenda at the upcoming climate conference.

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Collaborating to reduce homelessness

CSjv is working on the High Speed Two (HS2) Enabling Works, where they are taking an innovative and collaborative approach to reduce homelessness. Head of Legacy, Louise Dailly, shares her team’s holistic approach to tackling homelessness and leaving a positive legacy.   Homelessness is a growing problem across England, with major cities such as London, […]

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‘Game changing because of their sheer size’: Enterprise Zones Primed to Deliver Huge Growth

  The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) revealed major plans for ten designated Enterprise Zones in the region at our recent event in Leeds.  Phase One of the project was focused around the Leeds Aire Valley site, which has established itself as a successful business hub and they are now bringing forward Phase 2 which […]

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The Home of the Future: How Citu’s Leeds Climate District is Redefining What Homes Can Be

What if you could design a home from the ground up to be a response to climate change? This question is at the forefront of developers Citu’s guiding philosophy. Climate Innovation District, currently under construction as part of the Leeds South Bank development one of the largest revitalisation projects in Europe. The district will be […]

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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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