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Date Set for £140m Galliard Homes Crossrail Flat Development

Galliard Homes on Tuesday shrugged off Brexit uncertainty and agreed to start construction on luxury flats worth over £140 million above the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station. Galliard Homes are speaking at our upcoming TFL Development & Economic Growth Conference, where they will discuss this and other developments driven by the Elizabeth Line’s construction.

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Beam Park Up For Consideration After Mayoral Support

The second stage of ambitious plans to build 3,000 homes on an estate crossing two boroughs could be a step closer. Second phase plans to build a further 330 dwellings at the site of the former Ford assembly plant in Dagenham and Rainham have been put forward for approval at a meeting of Havering’s strategic […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans across Greater London

Prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the London Property Club next week – a bi-monthly gathering of the biggest names and firms from the industry. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the city’s leading civic and business leaders discuss the major topics, challenges […]

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Avoiding the Race to the Bottom Within the Construction Sector

The introductory panel at the recent Frameworks conference discussed the challenges and successes over the past year within the industry.  

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HS2 Station Needed To Stop Euston Overcrowding

Plans to upgrade Euston station to house the HS2 terminal are necessary in order to prevent the existing station from becoming dangerously overcrowded, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was warned. Mark Witham, head of commercial development at HS2 Ltd, told delegates that the classic station is over capacity by about three-fold. “It needs the HS2 […]

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London Curb on Polluting Vehicles Threatens Small Hauliers

Sadiq Khan’s push to clean up London’s air by banning more polluting trucks threatens to drive many small hauliers out of business, our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference was warned. Rob McKenzie, Managing Director of Policy & Affairs at the Road Haulage Associate, told delegates at the Built Environment Networking event that many hauliers would […]

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Masterplan for Canada Water Approved by Southwark Council

The creation of a new town centre at Canada Water  in London passed a key milestone last night as Southwark Council Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for British Land’s masterplan, in line with their officer’s recommendation. British Land will be discussing their zero carbon agenda at the upcoming climate conference.

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Brexit Uncertainty Disrupting University Investment Plans

Universities are holding back on making major investment decisions due to prolonged uncertainty over the future of both the UK’s position after it has left the EU and student numbers under any fresh government immigration programme. Speaking at the London Property Club, Jeremy Tanner, Director of Estates at Birkbeck, University of London said: “What is […]

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‘They Dread the Weekends’: Solving Britain’s Loneliness Epidemic in Young Workers

Office workers aged between 18 – 34-year-olds are the loneliest sector of workers in the country, new research by the Commercial Park Group has revealed. John Baker, Founder of Commercial Park Group – which is a partnership between The John Baker Group and construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine – said that research conducted on the […]

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Modular development moves forward in London

The first of 438 off-site manufactured modules have been lifted into place at First Way Campus, the 678-bedroom student accommodation scheme which is being developed by Cole Waterhouse in Wembley, London. Work started on the 1.6 acre site in September 2018 and the £54m scheme build, which will provide accommodation for University College of Football […]

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Simple Life launches build to rent family homes in Essex

Simple Life has launched 28 new build to rent family homes in Newhall Harlow, Essex. Part of a larger development of 700 properties being built over the coming years, the homes are ideally located, surrounded by green space and within commuting distance of the City of London. Come and join us at our Essex & […]

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HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference

HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference Joined on stage by council leaders and key project stakeholders   Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in Leeds on Tuesday, 3rd September. Allan will address over 400 delegates sharing his views on the […]

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Calls made for ‘new towns’ in London – says geographic expert

London must develop the urban equivalents of new towns around its transport hubs in order to help meet the capital’s housing needs, one of the UK’s leading geographers has told delegates at our London event. In a wide-ranging talk at the London Property Club, Oxford University Professor of Economic Geography Danny Dorling called for denser […]

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Modular housing approaching its ‘Betamax or VHS’ moment

The modular housing industry is approaching its ‘Betamax or VHS’ moment within the next five years when a dominant model will emerge, Pocket Living’s Land Director has said. Nick Cuff, Land Director at Pocket Living, told delegates at our London Property Club that modern methods of construction (MMC) housing is still a “very nascent” industry: […]

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Johnson won’t trigger No Deal Brexit – says top economist

The prospect of a No Deal Brexit has been dismissed by the business department’s former Chief Economist, despite Boris Johnson’s expressed determination to leave the EU by the end of October. Vicky Pryce, who is now Senior Economist at the Centre for Economics & Business Research, predicted during her opening keynote presentation our London Property […]

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Greater London’s Fastest and Slowest House Sale Markets Revealed

Property Solvers’ latest data shows that properties in West London are selling the fastest.   North London and Sutton were reported as having the slowest home sales markets over the last 12 months. Sell house fast firm Property Solvers most recent research has indicated that residential homes are taking an average of 15 and a half […]

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WSP appointed by Transport for London on Ultra Low Emission Zone extension

Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed by Transport for London to assess the traffic impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone extension, proposed for extension in October 2021. Having gone live in April this year, the London ULEZ will expand up to the North / South Circular roads in October 2021. WSP […]

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Real estate urged to embrace diversity

Real estate bosses may have to be prepared to fire employees in order to foster a more diverse work culture but should take care about promoting currently under-represented groups over the heads of more experienced male staff, our London Property Club event has heard. Amanda Clack, Head of Strategic Advisory at CBRE, outlined the conclusions […]

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Belt and Road Initiative offers rich pickings for UK financial and professional services

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) offers opportunities for UK companies to help provide finance for the Chinese Government’s infrastructure upgrade mega programme. Giles Hutt, Professional Support Lawyer at solicitors Clyde and Co, told our London Property Club audience that questions exist over whether China has the cash to keep up momentum on the BRI, […]

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‘Time Out’ market to anchor Waterloo tunnel revamp

‘Time Out’ is bringing its food hall concept to London for the first time in currently disused tunnels underneath Waterloo station, our London Property Club event has heard. The company, which began life the publisher of London’s main entertainment listings magazine, operates Time Out Markets in a number of foreign cities, having pioneered the concept […]

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Network Rail and Kier JV exploring overtrack developments

Kier’s joint venture with Network Rail is “looking seriously” at bringing forward over station developments in London having taken just a weekend to lay the concrete podium for its first such project. Tim Shaw, Head of Solum (the name for the joint venture), outlined the JV’s progress on its revamp of Twickenham station at our […]

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Video gaming helping to innovate the construction industry

Offsite manufacturers are hiring talent and adopting techniques from the video gaming industry to help design innovative new buildings, the firm behind the delivery of Dublin Airport’s €22m new passenger facility has said. Wayne Yeomans, Head of Business Development at The McAvoy Group, which delivered the new building at Dublin Airport using offsite manufacturing said: […]

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£1bn regeneration set to get underway

Work is set to begin on a transformational regeneration of the former Ford manufacturing plant in Dagenham, London. The regeneration project, brought forward by major developers Countryside Properties and L&Q Group, will see the 29-hectare site revitalised into a thriving new community. It’ll take until 2030 to completely deliver the new project, with plans for: […]

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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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London Festival of Architecture and Architecture LGBT+ launch competition for Architectural Pride float

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Architecture LGBT+ have announced a design competition for a float to represent architecture and LGBT+ architects at Pride in London and Manchester Pride. Now in its second year, the project celebrates the diversity of the architecture sector, and offers opportunities for architecture students, recent graduates, emerging practices as […]

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Protecting the environment the key long-term challenge facing UK ports

Aside from Brexit the environment is the key long-term challenge facing shipping, the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Bob Sanguinetti has said. “As far as protecting the environment, gone are the days when shipping was perceived as a dirty industry: shipping has opportunity to show its true colours,” he said at our Ports Development Conference, highlighting […]

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Ports need improved infrastructure to drive development and tackle road congestion

Inadequate infrastructure connecting UK ports and the wider UK is putting a brake on the development and expansion of ports, our Port Development Conference has heard. Poor transport access to the south of England’s ports could result in freight being diverted to less congested part of the country. Ports in the north of England aspire […]

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Quicker planning process needed for UK ports

The growth of UK ports are often held back by a planning system that moves too slowly for the fast-changing needs of the sector, our Ports Development Conference has heard. Speaking at the event DP World’s Estate Manager Nick Orbell said: “Ports don’t like lag time. If a response is needed, it needs to be […]

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UK ports ongoing and future major development projects

A shift in demand for sector services across UK ports, and an over capacity in the UK market, is changing the trading landscape and the new developments and regeneration happening at each port. Our Ports Development Conference heard about the ongoing major projects and future plans – including the biggest port project currently in the […]

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Port bosses warn Brexit may cause traffic chaos, but also opportunities

The road network of the south east of England could become choked due to congestion at Dover if there is a hard Brexit, our Ports Development Conference has heard. Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) – which represents nine of the largest port operators across the UK – pointed out the […]

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Overcoming challenges in restoring heritage buildings

David Hills, Partner at Purcell, recently presented details of his work as lead architect on the incredible Battersea Power Station regeneration project. Speaking at our National Partner CIOB’s event focused on exploring quality and standards in the heritage architecture sector he delves into the impressive examples of hertiage restoration projects across the UK. As an […]

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Marks & Spencer signs lease for new Maidstone store

Marks & Spencer has signed a lease with Gallagher Properties Ltd for a new Marks & Spencer store at Eclipse Park, near Junction 7 of the M20 in Maidstone. Construction of the 7,808m2 (84,044 ft2) store is underway, with its doors planned to open in the summer of 2020. The store will sell Clothing and […]

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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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East London borough reveals plans for new rail line

Havering Council is working up plans for a fixed rail link in a bid to improve north-south links in the east London borough. Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of the authority, told delegates at our event that Havering will benefit from three new stations on the new Crossrail line, more than any other borough, when it […]

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Ebbsfleet garden city housing picks up pace

Delivery of new homes has speeded up at Ebbsfleet garden city, according to the head of the body overseeing the project to build the first new garden city in a century. Ian Piper, Chief Executive Officer of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, told delegates at our Thames Estuary Development Conference that 600 dwellings have been completed […]

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Local players urged to take lead of Thames Estuary growth

Local authorities and other key players in the Thames Estuary should not wait on central Government to give a lead on the area’s development, Thurrock Council’s Chief Executive has urged. Lyn Carpenter said that the new strategic board, which the Government has backed in its response to Sir John Armitt’s Estuary Growth Commission Report, must […]

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Estuary council’s temporary homes use outstrips entire North’s

More households are living in temporary accommodation in one east London borough than in the whole of the north of England, our event has heard. Rokhsana Fiaz, who was elected mayor of Newham last May, said during the opening keynote that the housing crisis facing the country is ‘particularly acute’ in London.

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Real estate companies told to get closer to customers

The property company of the future will have to get more hands on with its assets, KPMG’s Head of UK Real Estate has predicted. Average lease lengths are continuing to fall, partly because accounting standard IFRS 17 means all liabilities must be places on the balance sheet, and in addition occupiers want greater flexibility in […]

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Post Brexit economy to ‘hold up well’

Brexit may hit UK economic growth, but it will hold up well compared to other advanced economies, investment bank Berenberg’s UK economist has predicted. Delivering a keynote during our most recent London event Kallum Pickering forecasted that a hit on growth will be most limited in the event of the UK adopting a so called […]

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London commuting patterns will flip, Chief Executive predicts

London’s commuting patterns will change as the lines between where people live and work increasingly blur, Croydon’s Chief Executive has predicted, which will have implications for single use developments, like residential blocks. Jo Negrini told delegates: “Cities change, and we know people will use them very differently in the future. The premise that people come […]

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Brexit boon for domestic property investors

Domestic property investors have been able to land cut price assets following the withdrawal of overseas competitors from the UK during the run up to Brexit according to Legal and General Investment Management’s Head of Real Assets. Speaking at our event in London Bill Hughes said that uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal had created opportunities […]

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Weston Group invests £20m to create new £40m HQ & serviced office complex as part of ongoing expansion

Leading volume housebuilder Weston Group is investing £20 million in order to build a new circa £40 million (GDV) expanded headquarters and serviced office complex in Stansted which, once complete in 2021, will provide 95,000 sqft of Grade-A office space in two twin buildings. The multi-million project is the result of Weston Group’s ongoing expansion, […]

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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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Acorn Property Group completes on land for 55 unit residential scheme in Wedmore, Somerset

Acorn Property Group’s Bristol office has completed on the purchase of a 5.5 acre site in the exclusive village of Wedmore, Somerset, where it has been granted full planning consent for a fifty-five unit residential scheme.

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Exclusive Q&A: Sustainability and growth within the Thames Estuary corridor

Ahead of the Thames Estuary Development Conference next week, we hear exclusively from Anusha Shah, Chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership, on their role in the Thames 2050 Vision…   Your vision is to make the Thames the most sustainably managed estuary in the world. Tell us a little about the Thames Estuary Partnership and […]

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Contractor appointed for global software company’s new HQ

Stoford Developments has appointed the main contractor for the new £26.7m headquarters for a world-class communications software company in London. McLaren Construction will build the 66,000 sq ft office building for Metaswitch on a one-acre site in Genotin Road, Enfield, North London, on behalf of the leading property developer. Work is expected to start on […]

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Exclusive; development and investment opportunities in Barking & Dagenham

The Thames Estuary Corridor offers a unique opportunity – and the global river is set to support unprecedented growth over the coming years, generating an additional £190bn GVA and 1.3m new jobs by 2050. It’s set to see regions transformed, and one of those is the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Ahead of their […]

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London Luton Airport set for expansion

Council owned London Luton Airport have revealed plans to expand the airport – delivering a second terminal. The plans, which would increase passenger numbers from 18m to 32m per annum, will be a focus of the Airport Cities Development Conference – where the Airport are set to speak. The announcement comes as the airport continues […]

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