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Route unveiled for major new road and junction at Black Cat

The preferred route for a new 10 mile dual carriageway road set to form part of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor Expressway has been announced – which will help ease growing congestion and hold-ups on the A1, A428 and A421 – stretching from the Black Cat junction to the Caxton Gibbet roundabout. The announcement comes ahead of […]

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Cambridge city centre housing scheme gets approval

An impressive new city centre housing scheme is set for the historic city of Cambridge – with council officials giving the thumbs up to starting demolition work on site. The development, brought forward by Cambridge City Council, will see the creation of almost 300 new properties, including 90 council houses, which will be built on […]

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New town in Cambridge given approval by the District Council’s Cabinet

The future vision for the transformation of a former MOD barracks site in Cambridge has been given the backing of the District Council’s Cabinet – paving the way for a new town in Cambridgeshire. The new town – to the north of Waterbeach – will provide a major boost to housing numbers across the region, […]

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Further funding for major Thames Enterprise Park development

Additional funding has been secured to unlock the phenomenal opportunities the Thames Enterprise Park is set to bring to the region. The site, being transformed by iSec and Greenergy, will create upwards of 4,500 new jobs as the strategically placed 415-acre brownfield site is regenerated into a thriving new employment zone.

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Thurrock Council make infrastructure pledge

Thurrock Council have promised to ensure that crucial infrastructure is in place to help support and maximise major regeneration projects set to happen across the region. Thurrock Council, who’ll be speaking at the Thames Estuary Development Conference in April, are working in partnerships with a variety of firms across six massive growth areas – which […]

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Strategic transport body prepares spending review bid

The Oxford-Cambridge corridor’s transport body will present the Treasury with an investment prospectus, its Chief Officer has revealed. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils, told the delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development conference that the prospectus is designed to make the case for funds in […]

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Major upgrade planned for Milton Keynes Station Square

The sprawling square in front of Milton Keynes Central railway station is being eyed up for a major upgrade. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference Maria Curran, Placemaking Executive at the Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP), said that Station Square has been identified as a ‘priority project’. Whilst the square already contains a […]

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CaMKOx Corridor: Academic moots high speed inter varsity rail tunnel

The Chinese would solve the Oxford to Cambridge corridor’s transport problems by building a new high-speed railway tunnel between the two varsity cities, the Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton has said. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference Nick Petford said that he was ‘struck by the 20th century approach’ that characterises […]

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PBA; Reviewing The CaMKOx Conference…

Nigel Fern (Associate) and Warren Cull (Associate) of PBA – now part of Stantec – share an overview of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference:   

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CaMKOx catalysts: shaping the vision

Ahead of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference we hear exclusively from Gemma Goddard, Senior Associate at Birketts LLP, on maximising the huge potential the proposed Oxford-Cambridge infrastructure presents to the region:   The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has a vision: creating the UK’s own ’Silicon Valley’ in the form of a seamlessly connected hi-tech […]

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Exclusive Q&A; Developing cities to be smart – Siemens

Sarah Handley, Carbon Neutral Programme Manager at Siemens, is set to speak at the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Sarah on the exceptional work Siemens is doing within the market as one of the leading smart city providers.    Siemens is at the forefront […]

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WSP on the Oxford Cambridge Arc Corridor – strategic priorities, delivery mechanisms and more

Adrian Hames, Director & Head of Transport Planning at WSP:  The Oxford to Cambridge Arc continues to be a ‘hot’ topic, with many parties discussing the region’s growth potential. Bringing partners together is a must if we are to tackle the challenges and enable delivery, so we’re excited to help drive the conversation at the […]

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Exclusive Developer Q&A: Ed Ellerington, Packaged Living

Packaged Living, backed by Palmer Capital, are a bespoke Build to Rent (B2R) developer and operator at the forefront of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Having formed last year they’re now looking to develop across the UK – with their first major project at the heart of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Corridor in Milton Keynes. Ahead […]

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Thames Enterprise Park; ambitious plans for 415-acre brownfield site

A major new development is planned on the edge of the Thames which will create a thriving ‘superhub’ which will create up to 4,500 jobs. The plans, submitted later last year with Thurrock Council, propose the regeneration of the old Coryton Oil Refinery situated in a prime location on the edge of the River Thames […]

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Morgan Sindall; the hallmarks of world-class frameworks

Early contractor involvement, multiple procurement routes, and open communication: the hallmarks of world-class frameworks – by Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure   What are the hallmarks of a world-class framework? What has driven their proliferation over the past decade? And how can innovation shape the framework model moving forward? These were questions put to senior […]

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SmithsonHill Group Exclusive; CaMKOx Corridor

Ahead of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference we hear exclusively from Emma Fletcher, Managing Director at SmithsonHill, on the exciting opportunities the OxMkCam corridor presents and the major developments they’re undertaking:   One could argue that the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor represents the key Innovation Areas in the heartland of the […]

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Conference to drive smart and sustainable development and regeneration

On the 6th February, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Oxford for the inaugural Smart Cities Development Conference – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking smart regeneration and development across the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the biggest names […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2019

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, BREXIT and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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New year, new construction solution as unique multi-regional framework set for UK launch

From 1st January 2019, the public sector will have access to a gold standard service in a unique framework that offers the very best in standards at a local level – a bundle never before assembled on such a scale to SME construction organisations across the UK. Pagabo, the construction procurement specialists, will launch and […]

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Digesting the Construction Frameworks Conference

Construction frameworks were under the spotlight at a conference held in Sheffield on December 13th in Sheffield by Built Environment Network. Maria Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), used a keynote presentation at the Construction Frameworks Conference to outline the results of its recent research on frameworks. This […]

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British Ports Association call for review of Government’s freight strategy

Ahead of the UK Ports Development Conference the British Ports Association (BPA) have called on Government to review its freight strategy whilst prioritising port connectivity initiatives to drive economic growth with the UK. Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s interim report into the ‘Future of Freight’ BPA’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne welcomed the focus on […]

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Digitalisation could save construction industry £30bn

Savings of £30bn could be achieved within the next ten years through greater digitalisation of the construction process. Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, told delegates that massive savings can be delivered through more widespread take-up of digitalisation: “It depends on the extent that people will adapt digital, but the […]

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Amazon holds talks with UK housing association

Amazon has met an East Anglian housing association to discuss how homes can be delivered more cheaply, its Chief Executive has revealed. David McQuade, Chief Executive of the Norwich-based Flagship Group, told delegates that he had recently held a meeting with the online retail giant: “They’re not only looking to help housing associations on technological […]

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Brexit prompts pharma giant investment pause

AstraZeneca has paused new investment in Cambridge until there is clarity about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Andy Williams, Vice President for Cambridge Strategy and Operations, told the conference that the pharmaceuticals giant is ‘very much committed’ to the Cambridge area, where it has recently relocated its HQ from the North West of England […]

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Cambridge’s Mayor calls for single plans

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has called for a single planning strategy for the county. Under the devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the elected mayor was not given powers to draw up a spatial framework unlike in other areas like Greater Manchester. However, Mayor James Palmer, who was elected to the post two […]

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Report shows need to tackle carbon and congestion caused by ever-greater demands for deliveries

Whitehall and Town Halls should offer greater support to efforts to meet people’s growing demands for fast deliveries while also reducing congestion and carbon emissions, the National Infrastructure Commission warns today. As more and more consumers are looking to get next-day deliveries on their last-minute Christmas shopping this weekend, chairman Sir John Armitt argued the […]

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Planning for a post-car future

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, will join us in February for the Smart Cities Development Conference – and we hear from him around smart tech merging with development:   Much has been said about the major disruptive elements facing the real estate industry, namely increased government intervention, a changing retail environment and intervention from […]

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Department for International Trade assembles ARC investment portfolio

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is pulling together its first portfolio of investment projects in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge ARC Corridor, a senior official has revealed. Simon Sweetinburgh, Regional Manager for Capital Projects at the department, told our Oxfordshire event that the DIT will focus on the east-west corridor in the latest of its prospectuses […]

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Ox-Cams next phase rail work may start by the Autumn

Work on the next stage of the new railway linking Oxford and Cambridge could begin as early as next autumn, the Government has signalled. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils in the Oxford-Cambridge ARC, told delegates at our Oxfordshire Development Plans Conference hat the public inquiry […]

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Built Environment Networking continue recruitment drive

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking are continuing their recruitment drive – with the announcement of three new appointments. The company, which has recently relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, have this year doubled its team as their events business continues to grow. Newly appointed Partnerships Director Lee Cooper […]

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New partnership programme will ”help cities to plan for the future”

The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North East to the South West” to share knowledge and expertise as […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

Andy Parker, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure: With the number of providers only increasing, it’s important to take stock and ask, what are the hallmarks of a best-in-class framework? What’s driven their proliferation? And what value do they provide both customers, and the wider community? If frameworks are to continue to thrive and provide the […]

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Exclusive Q&A: Regeneration & Property Specialists – U+I

Today’s Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference is bringing together those at the forefront of regeneration, development and growth within the region. Public and private sector leaders with gather to network and share insights around ongoing and future development plans and how those within the built environment can integrate into those proposed schemes. One of […]

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£800m Construction framework launched for bidding…

Procurement and framework firm Fusion21, who’ll be speaking and exhibiting at next weeks Construction Frameworks Conference, have announced details of a new construction framework – worth £800m over the course of the next four years. The framework, which will focus on Construction Works and Improvements, has now opened for bidding with Fusion21 seeking to speak […]

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Norfolk County Council MD calls for quality developments

Communities and councillors in East Anglia are looking for quality developments that will not “infringe” their quality of life, according to the Managing Director of Norfolk County Council. Dr Wendy Thomson, speaking at our Norwich and East Anglia event, said residents frequently tell council officials that ‘they recognise quality’ and therefore they need to ensure […]

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UK’s biggest road upgrade passes key milestone

The ambitious £1.5bn upgrade of the A14 linking Cambridge and Huntingdon – set for completion in late 2020 – has this week reached a key milestone as it reaches the half-way point. The infrastructure project, transforming journeys between the two East of England regions, is an important scheme which will boost the local and national […]

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Addressing the challenges and maximising the opportunities within South Cambridgeshire – Exclusive Q&A

Cambridgeshire is a key strategic area for the UK. With a thriving University, an economy which is outperforming the wider UK marketplace and devolved powers enabling the region to acquire more funds and investment into the region it’s clear why it’s an attractive region to live, work and visit. The proposed infrastructure set for the […]

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What are the ingredients of a best in class framework? – Exclusive Q&A

Frameworks play a crucial role within the delivery of new developments and regeneration projects across the UK. From framework operators to procurement professionals, to professional bidders and more, they’re part of the daily life of some of those within the construction and property industry – both public and private sector. They need a collaborative approach, […]

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Unlocking growth: the Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford ARC

The proposed new infrastructure links between Oxford and Cambridge is set to drive phenomenal growth in a once in a lifetime infrastructure scheme. We hear from one of our partners for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference – WSP – on their future vision for the corridor. OUR VISION FOR THE ARC Re-imagining transport-led growth […]

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Developments totalling billions in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough to be centre of discussion at conference

On the 5th December, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead regional economic discussions whilst […]

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

On the 13th December, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – one of the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, will see some of the industry’s biggest […]

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5G connectivity to launch in 16 UK cities

5G mobile connectivity is set to be launched across 16 UK cities in 2019 – it has been confirmed. EE, part of the BT Group who’ll be speaking at next years Smart Cities Development Conference, are set to roll out the connectivity once their initial trials in Canary Wharf and East London have been completed, […]

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UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference

UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference On the 20th November, prominent estates and facilities leaders from the UK’s national, regional and local emergency services will come together at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will offer the first ever […]

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McBains; Blue Light estates & Tri-Light collaboration

Next week the inaugural Blue Light Estates Development Conference is set to bring together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management at our Emergency Services – including Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. We’re set to hear about the future vision for our services estates portfolios – with new regeneration and development […]

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Further details of Cambridgeshire Metro revealed

Additional details have been revealed for the ambitious transport scheme which would see a new metro system developed within Cambridgeshire. The scheme would help connect villages and towns from across the region, linking areas such as Haverhill, Huntingdon and Mildenhall with the city of Cambridge. Mayor James Palmer, who’ll be speaking at the Cambridgeshire & […]

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HS2 Chairman: “Half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are just the beginning”

Local HS2 growth plans show almost half a million jobs at HS2 station sites Nearly 90,000 thousand new homes to be built around HS2 stations including new garden villages. Opportunities to better local transport connections facilitated by HS2 for both work and leisure.   Today, Sir Terry Morgan, Chair of HS2 Ltd will state how […]

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Cities and Transport Catapults to join forces

The Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult are set to be merged into a new organisation, it has been announced. The move, which is set to allow them to become more focused on issues around modern and smart cities as well as the future of connectivity, infrastructure and mobility, reflects their joint relevance to […]

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HS2 Chairman keynote speaker at Economic Growth Conference

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the inaugural HS2 Economic Growth Conference. The event, supported by HS2 Ltd, will see Sir Terry Morgan address up to 1,000 delegates on Wednesday 7th November, sharing his views on the importance of the project to the UK’s […]

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Boldness and ambition can help solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s “immoral” housing crisis.

Mayor James Palmer says only boldness and ambition can help solve Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s “immoral” housing crisis. He gave a keynote address at the Cambridge Development Plans 2018 event last month (September), where he outlined the scale of the problem, suggesting current housebuilding rates in his Combined Authority area needed to roughly double to 6,000-8,000 […]

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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities and challenges within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

On the 5th December, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead regional economic discussions whilst […]

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