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100% affordable homes development given thumbs up

Springfield Properties have announced further positive news as they continue to lead the housing charge in Scotland. The Elgin based received the thumbs up this week from the Scottish Borders Council’s Planning & Building Committee to build 75 affordable homes in Duns. Springfield are one of five developers joining us at the Edinburgh Development Plans […]

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Ambitious redevelopment plans for Leeds General Infirmary to be discussed at Leeds event

Ambitious plans to redevelop parts of Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) are ongoing and are set to be a key talking point at the Developing Yorkshire Conference to be held in Leeds on the 17th April. The conference will hear from Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The redevelopment of LGI will see […]

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One Public Estate: Lancashire Development Plans Conference

On the 7th March, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Preston for the Lancashire Development Plans Conference – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the property and construction industry. The conference will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a regional discussion including presentations […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Park success in Sheffield could be replicated in Leeds

The City of Leeds are keen to replicate the success of the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Leeds – which has transformed Rotherham-Sheffield. The ambitions have been revealed by Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, who said plans to set up a rail technology park in the city’s enterprise zone could initially create […]

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University of Manchester launch new £60m framework

The University of Manchester has launched a new £60m framework to help deliver their £1.2bn regeneration. The framework, which could see the University appoint 65 companies over 13 different lots including architecture, engineering, consultancy and planning, will last for four years. Every year many billions of £’s of construction work and consultancy fees in the […]

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Cottam Brickworks site in Preston to recieve green light

The site of a former Preston industrial hub is set for a residential transformation as plans are to be given the green light. Up to 100 new houses will be built at Cottam Brickworks which is another housing boost for the city which continues to work alongside its City Living strategy with the arrival HS2 […]

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Liberty backed developers sets new rent benchmark in Worcester

A scheme backed by one of the world’s biggest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) has secured a benchmark rent for Worcester, our Worcester Development Plans Conference has heard. Gerard Ludlow, joint managing director of Stoford Developments, told the delegates at the Worcester Development Plans Conference that a 45,000sq ft unit speculatively developed by the company […]

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Plans take step forward for office to 108-apartment residential conversion in Preston

A major development which would transform the former Preston Office Centre into flats has moved a step forward after receiving first stage approval. The news is another boost for the region which is set to see big benefits from HS2 and is undergoing some exciting developments in the city. We’ll be hearing from Preston City […]

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Transport & housing bodies join forces to create East West corridor lobby group

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been created to help lobby government on the needs for the East West corridor from Oxford to Cambridge. The group sees housing and transport bodies joining forces, including representation from Highways England, East West Railway Company and England’s Economic Heartland (EEH), to focus on the needs of […]

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Government says it will invest in Facilities Management’s role in the NHS

The government has said that it will improve the professionalization of the NHS estates and facilities workforce in a direct response to the Naylor Report published last year. The report, published last year, examined how the NHS can make the best use of its estate to support NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, whilst highlighting […]

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University of Wolverhampton’s £100m Springfield development takes step forward

The University of Wolverhampton have submitted fresh plans for a new £20m campus as part of a £100m development – which would be built at the historic Springfield Brewery site. The campus – which will house the School of Architecture and Built Environment – had initially been thwarted due to structural problems as the original […]

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NHS properties need a ‘partnership approach’ – Chairman of LIFT

A new generation of NHS primary care properties will require support through a ‘partnership’ with the private sector – whilst ensuring a ‘responsible approach’ will be needed to offer the best possible value and quality for money, accordingly to Councillor Chris Whitehouse. He reiterated the warnings of Sir Robert Naylor that high-quality service and patient […]

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Silverstone in talks with F1 owner to save the British Grand Prix

Silverstone has pledged to do ‘everything in its power’ to retain Formula One racing despite recently announced plans to give up the British Grand Prix, our Northampton Development Plans Conference has heard. Lord Garvagh, Property Advisor of Silverstone told delegates that ‘the fee was too high and the economic model is broken’ which has led […]

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Government funding secured to develop modular Passivhaus homes

The United Welsh Housing Association (UWHA) has secured crucial Welsh government funding to develop modular Passivhaus homes that can be rolled out to the mass market. Richard Mann, Group Director of Operations at UWHA, told the Cardiff Development Plans Conference that they’d secured cash from the government’s Innovative Housing fund to build the scheme on […]

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Innovative plans for SA1 and Swansea centre progress

Plans to transform SA1 Waterfront and the centre of the City have taken a major step forward as it looks to create cutting edge digital districts within the heart of Swansea. The Welsh and UK Government have now received an advanced business plan draft, with a view to submit a more formal business case soon […]

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Trafford Council set to give green light to new University

Trafford Council are about to give the green light on an updated masterplan for Stretford – which includes a new university and student accommodation alongside office space, 184-bed hotel and 154 apartments. Consultation, with around 1,500 respondents, has been ongoing since October. The University will be central to the masterplan which would specialise in sports, […]

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Springfield Properties £1.5bn project for five village developments in Scotland on track

Scottish based housebuilder Springfield Properties is on course to deliver five new village style developments across the country – boosting housing numbers. The developments, totalling £1.5bn, will incorporate 10,000 homes alongside retail facilities, commercial space and local schools. Springfield Properties are set to discuss further details of their ambitious plans at the Edinburgh Development Plans […]

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Springfield Properties in new-build electric car promise

Springfield Properties have become one of the first UK companies to commit to installing cabling for electric cars on all new property builds. The company, one of the largest house builders in Scotland, will now deliver the infrastructure as standard in a move that anticipates the expected growth of electric cars in the next few […]

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£90m waterfront redevelopment set for Glasgow

Outline plans have been submitted for a hugely ambitious £90m waterfront redevelopment in the centre of the Scottish City of Glasgow. The plans would see the Custom House area transformed into a thriving hotel and leisure quarter. Artisan Real Estate, who were also behind the New Waverley project in Edinburgh, are behind the development – […]

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Rotherham Council on the hunt for new development and delivery partners

Rotherham Council are on the hunt to identify a development partner for a new 2,500-plus home community, their Chief Executive told the Sheffield Development Plans Conference. The Bassingthorpe Farm site, which is jointly owned by the council and the Fitzwilliam Wentworth estate, has been earmarked as a strategic housing allocation in Rotherham’s local plan, with […]

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