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Untapped Potential for the UK in Alternative Energy Sources

Julia Safiullina, Investment Manager for Iona Capital, has revealed the massive potential for biomass energy in the UK: “There were around 25 anaerobic digestion plants in the UK when we started in 2011, whereas Germany had around 8000. There now around 500 in the UK, 17 of those are ours, and this level of development […]

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Developing Solutions in the UK’s “Highest Emitting Sector”

Liana Cipcigan, Co-Director of the Electrical Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University, has stated the need to make rapid changes in the transport industry to help tackle climate change. Speaking at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain event he said, “transport is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases out of all sectors” and she […]

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Building the Sustainable Communities of Tomorrow

Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus at British Land has highlighted the huge potential carbon savings within the construction industry. She said, speaking at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain conference: “There are 30 gigatons of potential C02 reduction in our sector until 2030.” British Land are behind plans to create a new £4bn town in […]

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Tackling Climate Emergency Means Going Beyond the “Politically Possible”

Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley has said at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain event  that tackling the climate emergency means going with what “the science demands and not what is seen as politically possible.” Bartley noted that in 2017 the climate emergency was scarcely discussed, yet now “50-60% of people will take […]

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UK at Risk of Missing 2050 Net Zero Targets

A call to action on climate change has been issued by a Senior Policy Advisor at independent think tank Green Alliance who declared at the recent Building Zero Carbon Britain, “the UK is not on track to meet its 4th and 5th carbon budgets to 2032, and the gap is even bigger if we consider […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2020

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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Police and Crime Commissioners Leading on Estates Strategy

Police and Crime Commissioner’s across the country are increasingly focused on estate strategy, our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. When the role was first created in 2012 the commissioners were given particularly broad portfolios, being tasked with ensuring the overall performance of the service. Many of the commissioners have devolved more powers to […]

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Design Innovation Redefining the Possible Within Blue Light Estates

  “This is a very exciting time for construction and suddenly everything is possible” – declared Jami Cresser-Brown, Director of Creative Technology at Bryden Wood, at our recent Blue Light Estates Development Conference.  During the hour-long Q&A session Cresser-Brown challenged conventional notions of best practice as an achievable benchmark: “Best practice in its very nature […]

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Ageing Estates Issue Provides Green Renewal Opportunities

Ageing estates across the blue light sector have promoted calls for a serious renewal of the sector, with Alex Brown Head of Property, Capital Projects and Estates at Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue warning of the “very real potential for real asset failure.” Speaking at our Blue Light Estates Development Conference Brown explained the depth […]

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Cross-Service “Tri-Light” Cooperation Leading the Blue Light Sector

Emergency services and their estates are becoming increasingly interlinked,our recent Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. A number of different pressures have pushed emergency services closer together, making such cooperation an increasing norm across estates and providing services. The impact of austerity and the push of the government from 2010 onwards towards consolidation of […]

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The ‘Finite Mindset’ is Holding Back the Construction Sector

“We have to get better” The case that the construction industry needs to look beyond the short-term was made passionately at our Blue Light Estates Development Conference by Jason Hallas – Corporate Partner and Regional Framework Manager at Willmott Dixon. Hallas expressed the notion that this attitude had bred a culture which is slow to […]

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Exclusive Interview On Mills With A Regeneration Specialist

In a BEN exclusive we spoke with Tom Stannard, Corporate Director of Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council to discuss the development of Mills. Wakefield Council will be presenting at our upcoming Mills Development Conference.   Wakefield Council has worked extensively with developers City & Provincial on redeveloping Rutland Mills Complex, how did that […]

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Back to the Future – Optimistic for UK High Streets

Transforming the fortunes of struggling UK high streets “will involve thinking back to the future” according to one leading industry expert. Michael Weedon, Chair of the Retail and High Street Policy Unit, explained to delegates at the High Streets Development Conference that the future for high streets may involve looking back, to enable new development […]

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Experts Say Residential The Way Forward For UK High Streets

  A poll of 300 industry experts from across the built environment industry – taken from our recent High Streets Development Conference – looked to discover how the property and construction sectors can play a pivotal role in easing pressures facing UK High Streets.

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Successful Cities “Are Less Reliant” on Retail Due to Changing Economy

Cities that are less reliant on the retail sector are much more successful, our High Streets Development Conference has heard. Speaking to over 300 delegates expert Andrew Carter, the Chief Executive at Centre For Cities, described the structural issues in the economy affecting high streets: “We’ve seen no real wage growth over the last 10 […]

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EXTREME and Sumou Holdings Unveil Saudi Arabia Partnership

EXTREME, a global pioneer of extreme and adventure sports since 1995, and Sumou Holdings (through its subsidiary, Fast Service) have today announced a joint venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build an end to end events and arena business in the country. Extreme will be revealing new plans at our upcoming South Yorkshire […]

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Leaked Review recommends HS2 go ahead, despite increased costs

A draft copy of a review into the HS2 high-speed railway linking London and the North of England says it should be built, despite its rising cost. This comes after national leaders campaigned for HS2, more detail can be found in our HS2 Conference Report. The government-commissioned review, started in August, will not be published […]

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Bovis Homes acquires Linden Homes in £1bn Galiford Try Deal

Bovis Homes has agreed to acquire Galliford Try’s Linden Homes and Partnerships and Regeneration businesses for £1.075bn. The deal will create a national housebuilder with the capacity to build more than 12,000 homes per year over the medium term. Bovis Homes will be speaking at our upcoming South Coast Development Conference.  The parties have been […]

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French Hotel Group Accor Plant 100,000 trees in the UK

Accor is showering the UK with trees as part of their Planet 21 sustainable development campaign. Accor Group are speaking at the upcoming March London Property Club event. Plant for the Planet, as this particular initiative is called, has planted around 100,000 trees in 64 places around the UK.

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Pagabo to Launch Funding Arm to Fuel Transformation in Construction Industry

LEADING national framework organisation Pagabo is launching a new initiative to invest in and guide SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs, offering them the support, advice and a platform to take their ventures to the next level. Pagabo are our national partners. The new investment arm of the company – named Incubator – will be an early […]

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IKEA and Skanska’s MMC Firm Announces UK factory

BokLok, the modular housing joint venture between Ikea and construction giant Skanska is on the verge of signing a deal with a manufacturer to build its homes in the UK. Graeme Culliton, UK Managing director of BoKlok, said the firm, which this summer announced its first UK development, on land owned by Bristol city council, […]

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Framework Providers Utilise Cutting-Edge Technology

  The future of the construction industry and frameworks was the focus of the final session of the Construction Frameworks Conference.                                                    Mark Chadwick, Director of Business Services at Fusion 21 told attendees that clients were embracing new technologies, he said: “Things around Electric charging points, LED lights, new things that are coming through are what […]

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Social Value Being Incorporated in Huge Developments

  As a result of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 there has been a radical shift in thinking around public sector procurement. Speaking at our Frameworks conference Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman of Pagabo noted how the public sector is “Moving from acknowledgement of social value into accounting for it.” At Guy’s and St […]

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‘Call to Action’ for Socially Responsible Commissioning

  The Director of Construction Impact Frameworks (CIF), Sara Lawton issued a ‘Call to Action’ at the recent Frameworks Conference, she told delegates “We are inviting the whole of the public sector, along with the construction industry to join us in championing responsible commissioning”. Construction Impact Frameworks has worked to reinvest in the third sector […]

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How HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Railway could be the catalyst to reinvigorating Britain’s towns and cities

Atkins, the sponsor of our recent HS2 Growth Conference gave us an exclusive insight into the many ways HS2 and The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will benefit the UK economy. HS2 and the NPR are more than new railways. They represent new, critical national infrastructure, that can reshape the economic landscape of the UK.  Every […]

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Technology Will Cause Net Job Loss By 2035 – AI Expert Predicts

Within 15 years technology will be destroying jobs more rapidly than people can be retrained to fill new roles, the Sheds & Logistics Development Conference has heard. Daniel Hulme, Chief Executive Officer of Artificial Intelligence consultancy Satalia, predicted to delegates at the Built Environment Networking event that technology will continue to free more people from […]

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Strong Council Leadership Needed During Planning Process

Planning committee members should pay the cost of lost appeals out of their own pockets if they reject their officers’ advice, a leading logistics developer has suggested at our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference. Philip O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Mountpark, told Built Environment Networking event that this move would concentrate elected members minds. In the […]

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Highways England To Review Procurement Methods Ahead of £25bn Framework Launch

  Highways England are looking to redraw the way they procure the next tranche of major project works, which are anticipated to be worth £25bn. Speaking to delegates at the a conference in Reading Mike Grant, Smart Motorways Delivery Director at Highways England said the body aims to bring smaller Tier 2 and Tier 3 construction […]

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Collaborating to reduce homelessness

CSjv is working on the High Speed Two (HS2) Enabling Works, where they are taking an innovative and collaborative approach to reduce homelessness. Head of Legacy, Louise Dailly, shares her team’s holistic approach to tackling homelessness and leaving a positive legacy.   Homelessness is a growing problem across England, with major cities such as London, […]

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HS2 Creates Better Service for Existing Network Reveals Midlands Report

Building HS2 will improve the operation of much of the existing Rail Network, according to new evidence submitted to the Oakervee HS2 Review by the transport body Midlands Connect. 73 stations on the existing rail network stand to benefit from improved passenger services as a direct result of the capacity released. This also includes 54 […]

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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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Second Phase Gets Underway in Landmark Cambuslang Housing Project

Work continues apace at the East Whitlawburn Regeneration Project in Cambuslang, with construction set to begin following three months of demolition works. Led by South Lanarkshire Council and Cambuslang-based CCG (Scotland) Ltd, planning permission has been granted for the 230 new social rented homes and 81 private residences for sale by CCG Homes Ltd, the […]

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Capital&Centric’s Adair Hotel In Piccadilly East Approved

Plans by CAPITAL&CENTRIC to develop a new 275-bed hotel in Piccadilly East have been approved today by Manchester City Council. The application was approved unanimously with councillors welcoming the ‘brave’ and ‘innovative’ design. The 110,000 sq ft hotel will be the first development to come forward in the Portugal Street East Strategic Regeneration Framework area. […]

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Glenbrook Invests In Stockport’s Future With M&S Acquisition

In a significant deal which will further boost the ongoing regeneration of Stockport town centre, property development and investment company Glenbrook has completed the acquisition of the former Marks & Spencer (M&S) building in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Situated within Merseyway Shopping Centre, the scheme comprises 80,551 sq ft over the lower ground, ground and two […]

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Selby celebrates high street funding boost

A £430,000 boost for Selby town centre has been announced, following a successful bid for government money from Selby District Council. The money is part of a £95m fund announced over the weekend for historic town centres across the UK.  The funding is designed to help town centres better compete with online outlets and adapt […]

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PAGABO Predicts trebling project numbers through second term frameworks

PAGABO, the rapidly expanding framework organisation, is predicting to deliver millions of pounds of social value for communities with support from its two newest frameworks going out for tender this month. Pagabo is introducing the second terms of its National Framework for Professional Services in Construction and Premises (2020) and National Framework for Major Works […]

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Coffee giant moves to LCP’s Prime Point

A global manufacturer of professional coffee machines is moving into a newly completed warehouse on one of the UK’s leading industrial estates in the Black Country – its first move in the UK operation’s 85-year history. Evoca has agreed a 15-year lease on a 40,000 sq ft unit at Prime Point, a £1.5 million speculative […]

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Pagabo Is Set To Launch A New Mental Health Charity

NATIONAL framework organisation Pagabo is launching a new charity to tackle head on the taboo of mental health in the construction industry. The fundraising Pagabo Foundation aims to raise the profile of mental health within the construction industry and will fund resources making support and advice as readily available as possible to those working in […]

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Major construction conference supported by Scottish Government launched

On the 24th September, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the Scotland Development Conference – one of the country’s largest business conferences of the year. 300 attendees, 30 speakers and 15 exhibitors are expected at the event, which is officially supported by the Scottish Government, Structured House Group and BOHO. This […]

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£1bn given to towns to spruce up high streets – is yours on the list?

Fifty towns in England will be given a share of £1bn to revitalise their struggling high streets. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the announcement means more than 100 high streets will be supported by the High Streets Fund. The money could be used for schemes such as improving transport links or converting empty shops into […]

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Tata Steel land deal to unlock 800,000 sq ft of development

St Modwen has purchased the last 46 acres of land at St Modwen Park Stoke Central – formerly known as Etruria Valley – from Tata Steel. The deal brings a conclusion to agreements made with the steel making company nearly 25 years ago and enables the developer to bring forward a further 800,000 sq ft of industrial/logistics […]

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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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Clark-Drain Linear Drainage Channel and steel access covers used in National Stations Improvement Programme

Objective: Provide easy to install linear drainage to control surface water run off and robust steel utility covers at the refurbished Liverpool Lime Street Station. Solution: CD 434 B125 class polypropylene linear drainage channel with nylon grates were placed in 3 platforms to collect and drain any surface water along with 60 steel recessed covers […]

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First phase of major Liberty Park, Widnes, completed

The first phase of Liberty Park, Widnes, has been completed, with a speculative warehouse and site infrastructure being delivered to provide the only new-build unit over 50,000 sq ft in the important Halton and south Liverpool industrial and warehouse market. Liberty Property Trust and Stoford Developments have hailed the completion of the highly specified 108,091sq […]

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Key milestone for £6million Salford social housing scheme

  Manchester-based property developer, Investar Property Group, has marked a key milestone on its £6million affordable housing scheme in Salford with the handover of 10 new homes. Work began on Melody Gardens – an affordable housing development of 58 homes for Places for People – in August 2018. Come and join us at our Greater […]

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Construction Frameworks – New Frameworks, Renewals & Industry Challenges To Be Discussed

On the 2nd October, prominent figures from the public and private sector will come together for the Construction Frameworks Conference – the framework industry’s largest event of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, is set to be held in London, and will attract the industry’s biggest names including leading framework providers, major […]

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Affordable housing on the way for Branston

Leading Midlands housing association, Midland Heart, is celebrating gaining planning approval for its third development of affordable housing with Partner. The 24-home development on Court Farm Lane, Branston, Burton-on-Trent is their first joint venture since agreeing a memorandum of understanding that will see them working together to identify land and build 150 homes a year. […]

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Keller Williams partners with Investerge the UKs only property investment marketplace

Keller Williams, the world’s largest estate agency, has entered into a partnership agreement in the UK with start-up Investerge to widen their service offering, giving their customers access to the UKs only property investment marketplace. Investerge, a new UK start-up, created by Richard Jacques, the ex-lettings director and head of property investment for Purple Bricks, […]

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Avison Young completed the deal to the construction and property consultancy

Midlands — Birmingham’s 1 Newhall Street has welcomed independent multi-disciplinary construction and property consultancy, Robinson Low Francis (RLF) as the latest tenant. Avison Young completed the letting to RLF for 3,500 sq ft of Grade A space, representing the front half of the building’s 7th floor, on a 10 year lease. RLF, which is relocating […]

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