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Masterplan to grow local economy planned by Cambridgeshire towns

A masterplan is being put together to help towns surrounding Cambridge to benefit from the major growth set to happen over the coming years through the ARC Corridor infrastructure scheme. Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives Council’s are set to work together to create a district-wide masterplan aimed at boosting the economy and trade within their […]

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University looks to develop PRS homes for staff and post-graduates

The University of Hertfordshire is considering building homes for staff and post-graduates because homes in the local area are too expensive. Speaking at our event in Hertfordshire the Director of Estates at the university – Ian Grimes – said the faculty was looking to address the consequences of unaffordable homes in the region. He said: […]

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“We need your help”

As hosts of the leading built environment networking events, we are always looking at ways we can improve and modernise to ensure we are providing everyone with an outstanding experience. We have recently partnered with Constructing Rainbows to look at ways we can encourage a more diverse audience to our events. We know that by […]

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The moment social value was born

It is 40 years since the British gangster movie, The Long Good Friday, was released and there have been numerous documentaries to mark the cinematic milestone. In the film, the main character Harold Shand (played by Bob Hoskins) gives a stellar speech aboard his luxury yacht moored on the banks of the Thames, presenting a […]

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First Part of New Town Agreed

Plans for up to 6,500 homes at a new town north of Waterbeach have been agreed, along with road, cycle and public transport upgrades, community facilities, schools, parks and woodlands. South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee held an extraordinary meeting yesterday (Monday 13 May) and gave the green light to Urban&Civic’s outline plans to develop […]

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The Ridge, Haverhill Business Park – Trebor/Hillwood Submit Planning For Major Industrial Park For Speculative Development

Trebor Developments, working in conjunction with its partner, Hillwood, submitted a planning application at Haverhill Business Park, Suffolk, to bring forward a range of 5 industrial buildings from 12,195 sq ft to 64,734 sq ft, which will be delivered during 2019, once permission has been granted.

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Housing association and council in modular homes joint-venture talks

A major housing association is exploring establishing a modular housing venture with a local authority – which will discussed in detail at our Offsite Manufacture Conference in June. Geoff Pearce, Executive Director for Regeneration and Development at Swan Housing Group, told our Thames Estuary Development Conference that the Essex-based association is in discussions with an […]

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Essex borough challenges Lower Thames Crossing

Plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing are being resisted by the Essex authority where the tunnel will emerge, our event heard. The new crossing, which will carry 14.5 miles of dual to three lane expressway in the UK’s longest road tunnel, is due to emerge on the north bank of the Thames in the […]

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New strategy aims to increase supply of housing that’s affordable to live in…

A new strategy to tackle South Cambridgeshire’s housing challenges has been approved by the District Council – with an emphasis on providing homes that are affordable for local workers to live in. The Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 3 April) approved the Greater Cambridge Housing Strategy. This is a joined-up document with Cambridge City Council that […]

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Bid for £150m+ made to unlock Gilston Park Estate

A funding bid has been made to the Housing Infrastructure Fund asking for £151m – which would be used to provide crucial infrastructure to unlock the massive Gilston Park Estate development in Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire County Council – who’ll be speaking about their development projects at the Hertfordshire Development Plans Event next month – are hoping […]

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Cambridge green belt needs a mature debate, says council leader

A ‘’grown up’’ conversation is needed about the Cambridge green belt; the Leader of the South Cambridgeshire Council has said. Responding to a question at our Cambridge event about how the city’s growth is frustrated by tight protections on land encircling it, she said: “We need to start having some grown up conversations about the […]

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How optimised collaboration in construction improves the Cambridge-Oxford-Arc project

An exclusive editorial from Newforma – our Partner for the up and coming Cambridgeshire Future Development Plans Conference:    Humanity as such is only as efficient and successful as its ability to collaborate. Without it, we would be right at where we have started as a species.

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Pagabo and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

Pagabo and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow Pagabo to continue connecting valued clients to the very best the construction industry offers – Simply Better Procurement. Pagabo support public sector organisations across the UK by providing a […]

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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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