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Call for Leeds not to declare war on car

Leeds must avoid declaring war on the motorist as it seeks to curb car use in the city centre, MEPC’s Head of Development has warned. Speaking at our West Yorkshire Development Conference, Paul Pavia said: “You have to do this in a well-researched way. If you start having a war on the car, Leeds will […]

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Airline catering giant checks in at Icon Manchester Airport 

One of the world’s leading providers of airline catering services is expanding its UK operations with a move to a new state-of-the-art 102,500 sq ft industrial/warehouse unit at Manchester Airport. Alpha LSG, which is jointly owned by dnata and LSG Sky Chefs, has agreed a lease at Unit 4 of the £100 million Icon Manchester […]

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The University of Lincoln has appointed BAM Construction to deliver the next stage of the Lincoln Medical School

After the completion of the first stage of a competitive two-stage tendering process through the YorBuild framework, BAM was selected to develop the detailed design and finalise costs for the major new academic facility on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus; the first of its kind in Lincolnshire. Working in collaboration with the University and Perfect […]

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Concern expressed over lack of estate regeneration funding

Lack of financial support is stymying much needed estate regeneration; our West Yorkshire Development Conference has heard. Andrew Wallhead, Director of Investment at Wakefield District Housing (WDH), said that some of the West Yorkshire association’s older estates are “far too large and need wholesale regeneration”.

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Tory leadership hopefuls urged to back HS2

The Conservative party’s leadership candidates have been urged to take HS2 “really seriously” by the Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Presenting the keynote address at this year’s West Yorkshire Development Conference, the authority’s Chair Susan Hinchcliffe emphasised the importance of the high-speed line and Northern Powerhouse Rail for the region’s growth.

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Belt and Road Initiative offers rich pickings for UK financial and professional services

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) offers opportunities for UK companies to help provide finance for the Chinese Government’s infrastructure upgrade mega programme. Giles Hutt, Professional Support Lawyer at solicitors Clyde and Co, told our London Property Club audience that questions exist over whether China has the cash to keep up momentum on the BRI, […]

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‘Time Out’ market to anchor Waterloo tunnel revamp

‘Time Out’ is bringing its food hall concept to London for the first time in currently disused tunnels underneath Waterloo station, our London Property Club event has heard. The company, which began life the publisher of London’s main entertainment listings magazine, operates Time Out Markets in a number of foreign cities, having pioneered the concept […]

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Network Rail and Kier JV exploring overtrack developments

Kier’s joint venture with Network Rail is “looking seriously” at bringing forward over station developments in London having taken just a weekend to lay the concrete podium for its first such project. Tim Shaw, Head of Solum (the name for the joint venture), outlined the JV’s progress on its revamp of Twickenham station at our […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans within Brighton and Sussex

On the 2nd July, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Brighton & Sussex Development Plans Conference – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector.

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Video gaming helping to innovate the construction industry

Offsite manufacturers are hiring talent and adopting techniques from the video gaming industry to help design innovative new buildings, the firm behind the delivery of Dublin Airport’s €22m new passenger facility has said. Wayne Yeomans, Head of Business Development at The McAvoy Group, which delivered the new building at Dublin Airport using offsite manufacturing said: […]

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Brexit and land availability top airport challenges

Business uncertainty due to Brexit remains the biggest challenge to airport growth beside the availability of land, the Chair of Newcastle Airport’s parent company Iain Malcolm has said. Mr Malcolm, who is chair of LA7 Airport Holding Company and Leader of South Tyneside Council, told delegates at our Airport Cities Development Conference that the current […]

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Airport growth to rely on additional revenue streams

Airports will need to rely more heavily on incomes from developments such as Airport Cities as revenues from flight fees and retail declines the Development Director for Dublin Airport Lorcan Tyrell has said. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Tyrell said that cuts to passenger landing charges from €9.50 to €7.50 were […]

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Focus on contracting delivers strong annual performance for Willmott Dixon

Privately-owned construction and fit-out company, Willmott Dixon has recorded positive financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2018. The company saw turnover rise by £54 million to £1.323 billion, while profit before tax rose by 55% to £37.5 million. These figures were bolstered through the significant levels of activity in the Midlands, with […]

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Blackpool Set To Benefit From A Multi-Million Pound IT Investment & 5G Technology

Blackpool will connect to New York in under 0.06 seconds, digitally, via the next generation subsea fibre optic cable network linking the USA with European Financial markets, giving the town faster transatlantic internet connectivity than London. Business leaders hope that the multi-million pound investment by Aqua Comms, an Irish company and worldwide specialist in the […]

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Planner’s response to “watershed moment” for the north

In response to today’s launch of the UK2070 Commission report – ‘Fairer and Stronger: Rebalancing the UK Economy’ – Claire Kent of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore shared her thoughts.   Barton Willmore is part of the UK2070 Commission and Claire facilitated the ‘Scope and Scale of Sub-national Planning’ workshop at today’s symposium in Leeds.

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Official Press Release for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Corridor

Conference to discuss major development and economic growth opportunities surrounding the Oxford Cambridge ARC On the 20th June, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Development Conference – one of the country’s largest business conferences of the year. This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking […]

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An exclusive Q&A with Crown Commercial Services on Offsite Manufacturing

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is of course well known across the industry, but for those who may not know, tell us a little about the CCS and the work you’re responsible for… The Crown Commercial Service is the largest Public Sector Procurement Organisation in the UK. Last year we spent £13bn on frameworks – […]

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“Taking on construction was my way of rebelling”

Emma Noble, Strategic Development Manager at Perfect Circle, recently shared a fantastic story with us about how she landed a career in the construction industry – and we thought this was definitely something which needed to be shared. Here is her journey from standing in the queue to enrol in Business Studies to her career […]

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Pagabo announces alliance with leading construction tech firm – Sypro software a project game changer for Pagabo customers

Construction procurement experts, Pagabo, have announced a new alliance with leading contract management software providers, Sypro. The formalisation of the partnership, which comes into effect on June 13, 2019 will offer Pagabo clients’ cloud-based and time-saving solutions as well as value for money across its influential frameworks.

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Planning application submitted for landmark Tower Works site

Ask Real Estate – who’re set to speaker at the Leeds City Region Development Plans Conference in September, and their development partner Cedar Maple Oak Ltd, have submitted a planning application to develop the historic Tower Works site on Globe Road in Leeds city centre. The plans were warmly received by the city’s Plans Panel […]

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