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This Land purchase 20 new sites for regeneration across Cambridge

Exciting new development and investment company This Land have announced the purchase of 20 new sites across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as it drive forward it’s plans to create new neighbourhoods and communities within the East of England. This Land, who’ll be presenting about their plans for the sites at our Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth […]

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NFB and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and property networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow the NFB to continue to help its members build prosperous businesses and create optimal conditions for the construction industry. The NFB represents small […]

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HS2 Economic Growth Conference: Unlocking huge development, regeneration and economic growth opportunities

On the 7th November, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Birmingham for the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking the huge economic growth opportunities which HS2 will bring to the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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CPCA to launch new ‘Delivering Digital Connectivity’ strategy

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) are set to launch a new ‘Delivering Digital Connectivity Strategy’ with the aim of driving regional economic growth and ensuring a better way of life for those living within the region. The strategy, which will officially be announced next week, will see £5.6m of investment from CPCA in a […]

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3D printed houses – the answer to accelerating the delivery of homes?

HS2 is set to unlock huge regeneration and development projects across the whole of the UK, whilst other proposals to deliver an expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, the delivery new infrastructure to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda and many more are also set to drive economic growth across our city regions. These projects, alongside other […]

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CaMKOx cities ‘need £200m injection into cycling infrastructure’

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) have published a report which calls for additional funding to be pumped into providing more cycling infrastructure in Cambridge, whilst improving the quality. The city, which the report says could ‘seize up’ within a focus on cycling infrastructure, could need an injection of an additional £200m for the work which […]

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Oxford – Cambridge corridor needs ‘a single voice’ to drive development forward

The Oxford to Cambridge corridors needs a ‘single voice’ to drive forward its development plans, one of the area’s most experienced planners has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. Speaking on the events Inclusive Economic Growth Session, South East Midlands LEP Chief Executive Hilary Chipping said that an ‘overarching structure’ and a single […]

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Council bosses left frustrated by the pace of decision making on Ox-Mk-Cam Corridor

Council bosses have expressed their frustration at the pace of decision making on key transport projects in the Oxford – Cambridge growth corridor. Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director for Place at Milton Keynes Council, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that development is currently being held back by the need to reserve […]

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‘We’ve relied on the private sector model of housebuilding for too long’

Policy makers have relied too heavily on private house builders to bring forward new communities, a senior director of one of the UK’s biggest housing associates has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. During the conference’s panel debate on housing, Places for People Group Director Mary Parsons said: ‘’We’re not very good at […]

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Attracting the best planning officers to the Oxford – Cambridge corridor

Salaries for planners in the Cambridge to Oxford corridor should be doubled, the Chair of Silverstone Technology Cluster has said. Roz Bird, who is also Commercial Director of Silverstone Park, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that councils had to provide incentives to attract good quality staff into the corridor. That […]

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Government ‘has to make sure it sticks’ to its latest east-west rail timelines

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, has said Government ‘has to make sure’ it sticks to its latest timetables on east-west rail whilst speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. The region’s local authorities are ‘hopeful’ that the Government would deliver its promise to decide this summer on the corridor for the […]

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NIC call for government-backed development corporations to unlock OxMkCam potential

Professor Sadie Morgan, a member of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), has called for central government-backed development corporations to bring forward the new settlements that will be needed to fulfil the growth plans for the OxMkCam arc corridor. Speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference she said the Secretary of State for Communities […]

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OxMKCam review author backs ministerial champion for the arc corridor

The Oxford to Cambridge corridor requires a ministerial champion, according to the MP commissioned by the Government to review the area’s development strategy. Delivering an opening keynote speech at the beginning of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart said this co-ordination should either be delivered by a minister or […]

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Collaboration crucial for the delivery of HS2 economic growth

At a time when local government is facing unprecedented pressure on its finances, and a growing and ageing population is putting the UK’s existing infrastructure under increasing strain; public-private partnerships are ever more crucial in delivering on the Government’s agenda for homes, jobs and economic growth. Whilst we look to the private sector to shoulder […]

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How can we spearhead city-scale digital twins?

While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, it is only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and scalable information systems that it has become feasible to implement them at scale. Indeed, digital twins are so imperative to business today that the concept was named one of Gartner’s Top 10 […]

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Countryside Properties plan major housing scheme in Cambridge

Award winning developer Countryside Properties are proposing a huge new development on the outskirts of Cambridge which could provide a major boost for economic growth and housing with the region. The scheme, set for the Bourn Airfield site to the West of Cambridge, has held initial public consultations over the plans and will now look […]

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Homes England frameworks set to tackle the housing shortage

Homes England, formally known as the Homes and Communities Agency, are set to begin a drive with the aim of boosting housing numbers across the UK. The vision of delivering new homes faster to ease the shortage of homes will be helped by the launch of a procurement initiative at the end of this month, […]

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The Oxbridge ARC Corridor – what’s the vision, and how do we maximise opportunities?

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor is set to unlock a huge opportunity for economic growth. Through long-awaited connectivity links it will not only improve connectivity, productivity and communication within the cities and wider reaching regions, but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development, regeneration and growth. The work undertaken by […]

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Funding secured for accelerated delivery of 1,300 Cambridge homes

A joint venture between two of Cambridge’s leading businesses – Hill and Marshall Group Properties – have secured funding to unlock a large development site which will provide Cambridge with 1,300 new homes and a variety of other mixed-use schemes. Hill Marshall LLP, as the JV is known, will now move forward with the ‘Wing’ […]

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Gap between ‘Tier One’ bids and rest of the market is narrowing

The gap between the quality of bids submitted by smaller and larger contractors is closing, the Managing Director of a regional frameworks says. Robbie Blackhurst, Managing Director of Procure North West, told our Construction Frameworks Conference panel on best value in procurement that the organisation had set out to encourage greater participation by SMEs when […]

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Bentley ‘horrified’ by self-interested procurement advice

The chair of one of the UK’s leading construction consultants has said she would be ‘horrified’ if procurement advice is being motivated by consultants’ self-interest. During our Construction Frameworks Conference session on delivering a world class framework Rider Levett Bucknall’s Chairman Ann Bentley said: ‘’I would be horrified if you found that professional advisers are […]

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Crown Commercial Service wants to be notified when sub-contracts are dished out

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has asked its prime contractors to notify it when awarding work to their supply chain, the Government’s Chief Commercial Officer told our Construction Frameworks Conference. In the opening keynote speech at the event, held in London last month, Gareth Rhys Williams said the collapse of Carillion has led to ‘slight […]

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‘OJEU will be replaced by OJUK’ predicts framework provider

Tenders will still have to be advertised even if the UK no longer has to abide by OJEU requirements after it has left the EU, a leading framework provided has predicted. Discussing post-Brexit procurement at the Construction Frameworks Conference Tim Oakley, Head of Consultancy at LHC, predicted that public advertisements would remain a feature of […]

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Private funding being sought for M11 extension to Peterborough

An extension to the M11 has been proposed to further drive economic growth and improve connectivity from Peterborough to Cambridge and London. The proposed new infrastructure would create ‘a dynamic Peterborough-Cambridge-London corridor’ which would massively improve journeys between the cities. It is hoped that the dynamic new link could be funded by private investors – […]

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MOLA: Addressing skills shortages through collaboration and innovation

On the 21st June MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) CEO Janet Miller is chairing the Skills Session at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference – set to take place in Milton Keynes. A panel of influential speakers is coming together to ask: How do we develop the skills needed to grow the economy? What […]

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Industrial estate expansion to ‘create hundreds of jobs’ within Lincolnshire

The expansion of an industrial estate in Lincolnshire could create hundreds of jobs for the region. Fairfield Industrial Estate in Louth, which houses several large companies in and around the estate such as B&Q, First College Lincs, Luxus, CEMEX and Honda Racing, could be extended with plans underway to see if the opportunity is viable. […]

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450 new homes set for Peterborough

Keepmoat Homes have officially kick started the second stage of the Roman Fields residential development in Peterborough. The site, at Manor Drive, will deliver over 450 new homes to the region in a huge boost for housing. Keepmoat Homes, one of the UK’s leading house builders, have now unveiled two new show homes at the […]

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Smart Cities – a huge opportunity

Major cities are incredibly important to the global economy. Over half of current global GDP is accounted for by just 380 cities, but that number is expected to rise to 600 by 2025 – who’ll contribute more than 60% in total. As cities grow in complexity more and more challenges need to be overcome. There […]

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Construction industry networking with a difference – to make a difference

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a classic UK trekking challenge. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales these three summits are there to be conquered in just one day. For others however, there are much greater challenges and struggles to overcome. Every day of every year, thousands of young people in the UK find themselves […]

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Regional transport body set for Oxfordshire?

A regional transport body for Oxfordshire has moved closer to becoming a reality after a £2m cash injection by the Government. England’s Economic Heartland (EHH), supporters of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, will share the funding with Transport for the South East which covers Kent and Hampshire. EHH, made up of authorities in […]

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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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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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Management consultancy framework worth over £2bn announced

The Crown Commercial Service has started the second tender process for a place on its Management Consultancy Framework – which will see firms bid to be on the £2bn framework. The Management Consultancy Framework 2 (MCF2) will be open to businesses offering business consultancy services; procurement, supply chain, and commercial consultancy services; complex and transformation […]

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ZEDpods proposes solution for NHS Key Worker Housing and Delayed Transfer of Care

Each year 33,000 nurses leave the NHS and, according to the Royal College of Nursing, 40% are considering leaving London over the next five years due to housing costs. To meet this problem ZEDpods, a company set up to build and install high quality low carbon homes for keyworkers and young people, is announcing a […]

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Eight reasons why the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference is unmissable

The Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference in June is set to be unmissable. For those companies and individuals from both the public and private sector who have an interest in the ARC Corridor it’s an opportunity to network with key industry professionals, learn more to understand the potential opportunities in the region and be […]

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Tech Cluster ‘key to Cambridge-MK-Oxford growth corridor’s success’

Business and public sector leaders will hear at our huge conference in June just how important a role the Silverstone Technology Cluster can play in helping them to hit growth targets for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor (CMKO), as laid out by the National Infrastructure Commission. Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) Director Roz Bird will be a […]

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Cambridge economy leads the way

Cambridge has continued to experience the fastest economic growth of any city within the United Kingdom at the end of 2017, according to a new report. The report, which predicts big things for Cambridge, also highlights Oxford and Milton Keynes as two places to watch over the next decade as the OxMkCam Arc Corridor continues […]

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Report highlights a ‘string city’ development for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor

Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton could become a ‘string city’ according to a report on the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor. The report suggests the creation of new settlements, the reinstatement of a rail line between Cambridge and Bedford, and a passenger interchange linked to the East Coast Mainline could help the area thrive. […]

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Construction Frameworks Conference set to connect major operations, professionals and bidders together

On the 24th May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking and in association with Scape Procure, will see some of the industry’s biggest names from both […]

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Infrastructure improvements to unlock 100,000 new homes in Oxford

Millions of pounds are set to be ploughed into crucial infrastructure improvements across Oxfordshire’s roads next year in a bid to prepare the region for a huge increase in housing developments and population. The deal, which will unlock the development opportunity for around 100,000 new homes in the City region, is costing around £215m, but […]

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New University Set for Milton Keynes as Cranfield are named lead provider

Cranfield University have been appointed as the lead higher education provider for a new University in Milton Keynes. The higher education institution, known as MK:U, will see a ‘new model’ of University build in the heart of Milton Keynes, which is set to house up to 5,000 students. The news comes in an incredibly exciting […]

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Five garden towns proposed within Oxford Cambridge corridor

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor could see five new garden towns created in a bid to create thousands of homes in the growth region. The area, set for improved connectivity by road and rail which is set to create huge regional economic benefits, is likely to see a huge increase in population […]

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Siemens to invest £200m to develop new rail factory in Goole

Global technology and innovation business Siemens are set to create 1,700 new jobs in a new rail factory development which will see them invest up to £200m. The proposed plans would see Siemens establish a factory on 67-acres of land within the East Yorkshire town of Goole, which would manufacture and commission trains. The factory […]

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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities in the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Corridor

On the 21st June, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year – which is supported by the National Infrastructure Commission, England’s Economic Heartland and regional and local authorities. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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Weston Homes to help transform Peterborough South Bank

Property developer Weston Homes is bringing an incredible development to Peterborough – which is set to bring the South Bank to life. The waterside residential and commercial project will see them transform the Fletton Quays area with its very own ‘Urban Beach’. Weston Homes are set to speak about the exciting project at the Peterborough […]

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Oxford & Cambridge named the best cities for growth potential in England

Oxford has scored better than any other city in England as they’ve been named the best city for growth potential in the country, closely pushed by Cambridge in second. A report, published this week by Arcadis, highlights Oxford as having huge potential with only Edinburgh rating higher in the UK based report. Both cities are […]

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Three-lane ‘smart motorway’ improvements revealed to link Cambridge and Oxford

A report by The Greater Cambridge Partnership has revealed the need for a three-lane M11 to link Cambridge and Oxford. The plan would see an improved junction at the Girton interchange which would allow more east-west travel, whilst expanding the ‘smart motorway’ scheme around Cambridge and further afield. Connectivity and infrastructure will be a huge […]

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Two Scape frameworks worth £2.1bn open to bidders

Scape Group have announced two frameworks which are open to bidding – worth a total of £2.1bn. The frameworks, for civils infrastructure work, are made up of around £1.6bn of infrastructure work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and another £500m for infrastructure work in Scotland. Frameworks are a major part of the construction and […]

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Pegasus Group announce partnership with Built Environment Networking

Pegasus Group have today announced their continued partnership with Built Environment Networking, the UK’s leading provider of networking conferences for professionals in property and construction. The deal will see Pegasus Group become a Conference Associate across 60 regional conferences, and be at the forefront of regional economic debates as the Housing Session Partner for the […]

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