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£200m Port of Tilbury project given go-ahead

A huge scheme has today been given the green light which could see 12,000 jobs created within the next 10-15 years. The multimillion pound port terminal development, known as Tilbury2, was given the thumbs up by the Secretary of State for Transport after Forth Ports submitted their plans. Forth Ports – owner of The Port […]

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Partnerships still on agenda post PFI – Government Property Chief

Whitehall is still keen to pursue partnerships with the property industry despite the ‘unravelling’ of the HMRC’s STEPS property private finance initiative deal, the Chair of the Government Property Unit (GPU) has said. Liz Peace told delegates at our London event that the STEPS deal struck nearly 20 years ago with property company Mapeley, and […]

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Bank to maintain gilt holdings post QE

The Bank of England will continue to hold large quantities of gilts even if it stops the quantitative easing policy of bond buying, the Bank of England’s Agent for London has said. Speaking at our London event Rob Elder said that QE remains a tool that the UK’s central bank uses to support the economy, […]

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Planning in London ‘never more difficult’ – Madelin

The planning system in London has ‘never been more difficult’, veteran developer Roger Madelin told delegates at our London Property Club event. Madelin, who heads the Canada Water development at British Land, said that he could not remember a more difficult time for development since he started out in the industry: “Planning in London has […]

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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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Barking & Dagenham Council business park purchase moves digital hub plans forward

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham have acquired Londoneast-UK Business & Technical Park today as they drive forward their plans to regenerate the area. The purchase, which currently holds 42 SME firms employing around 500 staff, is said to be a ‘major milestone’ in the Council’s ambitions to transform the area – with an […]

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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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Development around Euston ‘should be on a bigger scale’

The development around the new HS2 station at Euston should be on a bigger scale than currently envisaged. That’s the message that came from our London focused session at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference where the local planning authority’s Development Director spoke.  Camden Council is due to publish its planning blueprint for the redevelopment of […]

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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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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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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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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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London boroughs pilot NHS staff housing initiative

Five London boroughs have been chosen to roll out a pilot programme for helping to remedy the capital’s health staffing crisis by building new homes on surplus NHS land. Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director of Housing & Public Estate Disposals at the Office of Government Property, revealed at our Blue Light Estates Conference that the ‘NHS […]

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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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Creating a Smart and Sustainable Vision for Reading to 2050

Professor Tim Dixon, School of the Built Environment – University of Reading, speaks exclusively to Built Environment Networking about Smart Cities and Sustainable Development ahead of the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February 2019…   We live in an urban world. Today a majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this […]

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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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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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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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LandSec announce strong performance amid plans to build 4,000+ new homes

Landsec, the largest commercial property development and investment company in the UK and speaker at the Smart Cities Development Conference, have today revealed a strong market performance as they look at developing future opportunities. The announcement comes alongside plans to build more than 4,000 new homes within London – primarily on the suburbs of it’s […]

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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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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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Planning for life beyond HS2

Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference – focused on developing stations, hubs and cities – we hear from Keith Mitchell, Director – Community Development and Infrastructure, at PBA, now part of Stantec.   In the beginning… When HS2 was first presented, the concept was easy to grasp. Reduce travel times between London and the […]

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Surrey Police search for new HQ

The search has begun to find the perfect location of a new state-of-the-art headquarters for Surrey Police. The search, part of a wider future estates programme and strategy, will look for a site in a more central area of Surrey – likely to be in the Leatherhead or Dorking area of the region. The plans, […]

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Exciting new chapter for Yorkshire firm

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking has moved to a new office in the city to support an ongoing growth strategy. Built Environment Networking, which has recently recruited 10 new members of staff, has relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, allowing the company to double the size of its […]

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Firms reaping the benefits of HS2

A once in a lifetime opportunity. A catalyst for growth. HS2 is set to deliver phenomenal opportunities for regeneration and development across the UK – and new latest released shows that several regions across the UK are already reaping the commercial rewards of the massive infrastructure scheme. According to the latest data by Barbour ABI […]

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Bull protects £3bn development in London

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment and one of several partners for the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, is putting workers’ health and safety front of mind, with the installation of its fire alarm systems during a £3bn London development. Bull has supplied its Cygnus alarm systems to phases 1 and 2 […]

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Arora Group move £14bn Heathrow bid forward

The Arora Group, headed up by hotel tycoon Surinder Arora, are set to bid for the £14.4bn development of Heathrow Airport’s Third Terminal. The airport expansion, which was officially agreed in June, already has a planning application from Heathrow Airports Limited (HAL) however the rivalled proposals ‘could save up to £6.7bn when compared to the […]

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The wider impact of HS2

Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders: A shorter journey time between London and the Midlands was how HS2 was initially sold to the public. According to Ernst & Young, 90% of Eurotunnel passengers cited shorter journey times as a key reason for using the tunnel. It would not […]

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Smart Cities; how is energy crucial to the development of smart cities?

Built Environment Networking are the UK’s leading provider of networking events within the construction and property industry – bringing together public and private sector leaders to connect and collaborate with a view of driving regeneration, development and economic growth.  Leading energy firm E.ON are our National Smart Cities Energy Partner which sees them attend our […]

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HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands?

HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands? By Elaine Clarke, General Manager at Rail Forum Midlands. HS2 is frequently in the news – but sadly not always for the right reasons. Often the headlines are about how much it will cost with little, if any, media attention on the benefits it could […]

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Exclusive Interview: Old Oak & Park Royal Opportunities

HS2 is set to bring huge regeneration and development to the UK, driving transformational economic growth and unlocking a once in a generation opportunity within some of the UK’s major cities and regions. The HS2 Economic Growth Conference, supported by HS2 Ltd, is set to bring together civic and business leaders who’re at the forefront […]

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Major dual-branded hotel scheme at Heathrow T4 nears completion

A major hotel project at London Heathrow Airport has reached its final stages this week. The development, a dual-branded hotel brought forward by the Arora Group who’re set to speak at our Heathrow Development Plans Conference, will comprise of two InterContinental Hotel Group-branded properties – the Crowne Plaza London (Heathrow Terminal 4) and Holiday Inn […]

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New partnership will provide integrated, multidisciplinary services from concept to completion

The Regeneris Directors are excited to announce that Regeneris Consulting has joined the Hatch group of companies. Hatch is a forward-thinking, multidisciplinary business with global reach, combining vast technical and business acumen. Regeneris will join Hatch’s Urban Solutions practice, reshaping the world’s cities through innovative technical and strategic consulting services for public and private clients. […]

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HS4 Air – proposed plans to connect the UK’s busiest airports

The UK’s busiest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – could be connected via a new high-speed railway, cutting times between the two airports to just 15 minutes! The plans, which propose new rail infrastructure to run partly alongside the M25 motorway looping around the capital would provide the first direct route between the two airports. […]

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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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Office parks under the microscope as millennials opt for town centre sites

Planners are examining options for the future of the Thames Valley’s business parks as younger employees favour more central work locations, our conference has heard. Andrew Hunter, Chief Officer for Planning, Transport and Countryside at Bracknell Forest Council, told the Berkshire and Thames Valley Development Plans Conference that the issue was on the authority’s agenda […]

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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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20-storey residential tower at Old Oak and Park Royal site given go-ahead

A development set to bring an ambitious residential development to the Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration site has been given to thumbs up – with a 20-storey tower brought forward by Fruition Properties. The development, part funded by Propio – an innovative crowdfunding investment platform, will also include a new church, nursery and community […]

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