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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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Huge Peterborough development ‘unlocked’ through crucial infrastructure funding

A major new development in the city of Peterborough has been given a financial boost after £4.5m of government funding was secured. The funding is set to be used to deliver crucial infrastructure to create the ‘Yaxley Loop Road’ for the Great Haddon development in the south of the city which is set to delivery […]

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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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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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Godwin Developments submit planning permission for waterfront residential & retail development

Godwin Development have submitted planning permission for a huge residential development in Hampton Vale. Stephen Pratt, Land Director and Co-Founder of Godwin Developments, will be joining us at the Peterborough Development Plans Conference on the 8th March where he’ll be discussing the scheme in more details. The land was acquired by GD with an existing […]

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Sladen Estates preview 2018

Rachel Wood, Managing Director of Sladen Estates, is set to speak at our Peterborough Development Plans Conference on the 8th March. The conference will be our first back in the region since the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference back in December 2017, and the line-up of speakers will also include Godwin Estates, Peterborough City […]

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Cambridge Mayor urges corporation tax cut

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has called for corporation tax to be slashed to 10%. Delivering the opening keynote presentation at Built Environment Networking’s Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference, James Palmer said Cambridge is an attractive destination for international investors but they need stronger tax incentives to locate in the UK. “We need […]

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Government’s industrial strategy is ‘not ambitious enough’

The government’s industrial strategy is not ambitious enough, the chief executive of Peterborough’s business support agency has warned during a Built Environment Networking conference. Quizzed on the recently published industrial strategy during the devolution debate at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference, Opportunity Peterborough’s Steve Bowyer said: “It’s OK but it doesn’t go quite […]

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Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor could be a ‘missing link’

The Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor could be the ‘missing link’ in forging a new east-west transport spine across southern England, according to one of the initiative’s key architects. Alistair Gordon, director of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Cambridge-MK-Oxford study, told the Built Environment Networking conference that the exercise had implications beyond its geographical terms of […]

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Area’s top economic brains to come together to ensure regional growth

The Cambridge and Peterborough combined authority is pulling together some of the area’s top economic brains in an Economic Commission to help inform growth plans, a Built Environment Networking conference has heard. Martin Whiteley, chief executive officer of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough combined authority told the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference’s economy session that […]

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Planners in Cambridgeshire “need to begin looking at green belt sites”

Planners will need to begin looking at Cambridgeshire’s green belt as the county’s stock of redundant airfield housing sites runs out, the chief executive of one of the county’s leading housing association has warned at a Built Environment Networking conference. “Finding large sites will be harder in the future,” said the CHS Group’s Nigel Howlett […]

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Cambridge Underground could be delivered by 2025

A Cambridge underground metro system, with an overground network linking villages and towns to the city, could be coming to Cambridge as early as 2025. Chris Tunstall, Transport Director at The Greater Cambridge Partnership, said news would be announced soon of a new study detailing transport options for the city when speaking at our Cambridgeshire […]

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Garden Town must be more than a marketing tool – Essex Environment Chief

The term garden community should not be watered down to a promotional tool for housing development, Essex council’s heads of planning has told a Built Environment Networking conference. Nicola Beach, executive director for infrastructure and environment at Essex County Council, said at last week’s BEN Harlow and Essex Development Plans conference that planned garden cities […]

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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

On the 6th December, prominent business and public-sector leaders will meet at The Guildhall in Cambridge for the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of 2017. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the combined authority’s biggest names in business and politics lead a debate […]

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Tory Cambridge Mayor backs land value capture tax

Cambridge’s directly elected mayor has backed taxing land values to help pay for the infrastructure, including an underground railway, which he said is needed to help bring forward development around the city. James Palmer told a Built Environment Networking event in the city there was a requirement for a mechanism to capture the increases in […]

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Broads planner outlines vision of high quality growth

The chief officer of the council covering one of Norwich’s key expansion zones has said the authority wants growth, but not at any cost. Broadland district council chief executive Phil Kirby delivered the opening keynote presentation at Built Environment Networking’s Norwich Development Plans seminar, which took place last Thursday (16th September) in the city. He […]

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Cambridge ‘held back’ by lack of housing and infrastructure

Inadequate housing and transport infrastructure is hampering Cambridge’s economic development, the University of Cambridge has warned. Professor Jeremy Sanders, pro-vice chancellor for institutional affairs at the University of Cambridge, told a Built Environment Networking event on ‘Cambridge General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Guildhall that more investment was needed in the city’s housing and […]

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Lance Taylor from RLB talks about why he wanted to be our first National Sponsors

Listen to why Lance Taylor, Chief Executive of Rider Levett Bucknall wanted to be our first National Sponsor.. [cincopa A4CAtOLvsYIu]    

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