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Focus on contracting delivers strong annual performance for Willmott Dixon

Privately-owned construction and fit-out company, Willmott Dixon has recorded positive financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2018. The company saw turnover rise by £54 million to £1.323 billion, while profit before tax rose by 55% to £37.5 million. These figures were bolstered through the significant levels of activity in the Midlands, with […]

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Blackpool Set To Benefit From A Multi-Million Pound IT Investment & 5G Technology

Blackpool will connect to New York in under 0.06 seconds, digitally, via the next generation subsea fibre optic cable network linking the USA with European Financial markets, giving the town faster transatlantic internet connectivity than London. Business leaders hope that the multi-million pound investment by Aqua Comms, an Irish company and worldwide specialist in the […]

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Official Press Release for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Corridor

Conference to discuss major development and economic growth opportunities surrounding the Oxford Cambridge ARC On the 20th June, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge ARC Development Conference – one of the country’s largest business conferences of the year. This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking […]

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An exclusive Q&A with Crown Commercial Services on Offsite Manufacturing

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is of course well known across the industry, but for those who may not know, tell us a little about the CCS and the work you’re responsible for… The Crown Commercial Service is the largest Public Sector Procurement Organisation in the UK. Last year we spent £13bn on frameworks – […]

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“Taking on construction was my way of rebelling”

Emma Noble, Strategic Development Manager at Perfect Circle, recently shared a fantastic story with us about how she landed a career in the construction industry – and we thought this was definitely something which needed to be shared. Here is her journey from standing in the queue to enrol in Business Studies to her career […]

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Pagabo announces alliance with leading construction tech firm – Sypro software a project game changer for Pagabo customers

Construction procurement experts, Pagabo, have announced a new alliance with leading contract management software providers, Sypro. The formalisation of the partnership, which comes into effect on June 13, 2019 will offer Pagabo clients’ cloud-based and time-saving solutions as well as value for money across its influential frameworks.

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Planning application submitted for landmark Tower Works site

Cedar (Maple Oak) Ltd, a company owned by the Richardson family, alongside its development partner Ask Real Estate Ltd, has submitted a planning application to develop the historic Tower Works site on Globe Road in Leeds city centre. The plans were warmly received by the city’s Plans Panel in April. Cedar (Maple Oak) Ltd has […]

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Swan Housing give their thoughts on Offsite Manufacturing

A housing association with a difference, Swan is focused on achieving the biggest social impact possible and creating balanced neighbourhoods by specialising in social, affordable and private sale homes. Our focus is ensuring as many people as possible have somewhere to feel at home. As we celebrate our 25th year in 2019, we’ve grown to […]

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Curtin&Co give exclusive thoughts on the Oxford Cambridge ARC

It is absolutely clear that Government at all levels has a commitment to delivering an Oxford Cambridge ARC.  That commitment is articulated in a number of ways, not least the joint declaration between Government and partners that was published in March. The reasons for the commitment are obvious: both the Cambridge and Oxford economies are […]

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Managing historic environment project risk as part of successful developments

Over 90% of archaeological work undertaken across the UK comes about as a result of developments and the heritage legislation and planning requirements in force at the time. What can developers and their agents do to ensure that archaeology and built heritage doesn’t become a costly and time-consuming project constraint…   Heritage Legislation When progressing […]

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What defines an airport city? – Placemarque

Placemarque chose to sponsor Built Environment Networking’s Airport Cities Development Conference because it combines our key markets. We create wayfinding for large estates and for communities. An airport city involves (possibly) the most complex of all estates. And community-wise, an airport city is the same as every other city, isn’t it? People have to eat, […]

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Government Framework success for Premier Modular

Premier Modular Limited, a leading offsite manufacturer and speaker at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition & Conference next week, has been named as suppliers on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Modular Buildings Framework. Premier has vast experience of working across the full range of sectors looking to benefit from this Government led drive to use offsite […]

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‘Extreme’ wall membranes driving major performance improvements on site

Protect Membranes, an exhibitor at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition and Conference next week and a UK producer of construction and roofing membranes, has introduced two new waterproof breather membranes designed for use externally on timber frame, SIPs and CLT wall panels, achieving a Class W1 resistance to water penetration. Launched in tandem with the STA […]

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Offsite – should be the norm not the exception

NG Bailey, one of the partners at the Offsite Manufacture Conference & Exhibition, has been pioneering offsite manufacturing since the 1990s and has seen a steady growth in its use – but believes there is still a long way to go until it becomes the norm. “We welcome the increased focus the sector is getting […]

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Industry collaboration sees the creation of ‘Pareidolia’

For the their second Clerkenwell Design Week collaboration, PORCELANOSA Group and Jestico + Whiles teamed up with Studio Fractal and Architainment Lighting, to create a new and exciting immersive experience, Pareidolia. Pareidolia is an experimental large-scale immersive installation. Constructed from a seamless domino line of KRION™, free-standing fins which are 2.3m high were placed on […]

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Kerslake backs new regional super agencies

A heavyweight House of Lords commission will back the establishment of four regional agencies to spearhead economic development in England, its Chair Lord Kerslake has revealed. The former Chief Civil Servant outlined the headline recommendations of the Lords 2070 Commission in the opening speech at our Midlands Development Conference. The commission, which has been set […]

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An Exclusive Q&A from Bristol Airport ahead of the highly anticipated conference!

Bristol Airport seems to be booming – with passenger numbers going from strength to strength. Tell us a little about the phenomenal success the airport is having? The UK’s ninth busiest airport, and the international gateway to the South West, handling more than eight million passengers a year. More than 126 direct destinations served, with multiple […]

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An exclusive Q&A from Countryside Properties

Built Environment Networking – Q&A for 26 June 2019 Milton Keynes Andrew Taylor, Director – Head of Planning, Countryside   Countryside Properties is a major UK housebuilding and urban regeneration company. Tell us a little bit more about the company? Countryside is a leading UK home builder specialising in place making and urban regeneration. For […]

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New Advisory Board members sought by D2N2 LEP

Business people are needed to join new Advisory Boards at the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, steering the future of an area with an economic output worth more than £45billion. D2N2 is the private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations; which promotes economic growth in […]

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Avon Barrier share their thoughts on the opportunities Airport Cities will bring

With expansion plans being announced by many of the UK’s city airports, this will inevitably lead to higher passenger throughput and local opportunities for the wider community both in terms of jobs and economic boost.  There are many things to plan for and consider when proposals are put forward. Security takes one of the top […]

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HS2 already supports 9,000 jobs – new report reveals

HS2, the transformational infrastructure project which is set to drive economic growth across the UK, is already supporting 9,000 jobs across the UK – new government figures have revealed. The project to build a high-speed rail network to connect UK cities and in turn improve regional connectivity has now begun with spades in the ground […]

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Mcavoy Wins Place On New £500m Public Sector Framework

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded four lots on its new £500m Modular Building Solutions framework to The McAvoy Group. CCS is the largest public sector procurement organisation in the UK.

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Crown Commercial Services announce £1.2bn modular framework suppliers

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have announced the successful firms who’re set to work on their new £1.2bn Modular Building Framework ahead of their involvement in the Offsite Manufacture Conference this June. The Modular Building Solutions Framework will offer the public sector with ‘a simple, low-cost way to address their modular building requirements’, which comes […]

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Brexit; the inside view from construction industry

Business leaders from within the industry met at Spencer House in London for a strategic discussion around the state of the industry and how the sector was reacting to market and political conditions, in particular the fact that BREXIT had been hanging over us for nearly 3 years and was creating an unstable platform 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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Perfect Circle announce national partnership

PERFECT Circle has announced a national partnership with Built Environment Networking. In order to increase accessibility for both public sector customers and its growing number of supply chain partners, Perfect Circle has committed to a year-long sponsorship of the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events, Built Environment Networking. The partnership will see Perfect […]

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New Consortium Launched To Pioneer Greater Use Of Offsite Construction For Primary Schools

A new consortium has been launched to transform the way primary schools are designed and built. This is managed by construction consultants Blacc and is funded by Innovate UK, the public body established to drive productivity and economic growth through innovation. The other partners in the Seismic consortium are technology-led design practice Bryden Wood, the […]

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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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First Base – Thoughts on Offsite Manufacturing

For decades developers and builders have been trying to improve the performance of the construction industry – cut waste, improve efficiency and safety – like the manufacturing sector has been able to. Rethinking Construction – Sir John Egan’s Report of 1998, made all the now-familiar points. The more recent Farmer Report with the threatening sub-title […]

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Sir John Armitt: Government must set clear vision for world-class UK infrastructure so economy can compete post-Brexit

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, today (Wednesday 1 May) said the UK needed to build a shared vision for infrastructure’s role in the economy – one that could unite people, mend fractures in society and build a true sense of community for millions of people. Speaking to an All-Party Parliamentary Group […]

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Are you looking to optimize your own supply of power or steam?

Uniper delivers trusted solutions for your on-site energy needs.   Who are Uniper? We are a global energy company that generates, trades, and markets energy on a large scale. We also procure, store, transport, and supply commodities such as natural gas, LNG, and coal as well as energy-related products. With about 37 GW of installed […]

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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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Fallon Group; Work Safe – Keep Safe

The construction industry has made great advances in health and safety in recent years. Collective efforts by all involved have made the workplace a far safer place to be, while businesses have embraced continuous improvement to mitigate risk at grassroots level. The value of a robust health and safety policy is now rightly at the […]

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Procurement firm breaks the £1bn social value barrier

Specialist procurement experts, Pagabo, have announced a major breakthrough of more than a £1 billion in its measurement of social value –  that’s according to new financial year end figures out this week.  The company, who operate nationwide, are the first UK public sector procurement provider to achieve such a huge breakthrough across the three […]

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Suppliers appointed to Fusion21’s £800m Construction Works & Improvements Framework

National procurement organisation Fusion21 has announced the suppliers successfully appointed to its national Construction Works & Improvements Framework – worth up to £800 Million, over a four year period. A total of 45 highly skilled firms – including 50% SMEs – have secured a place on the framework which has been developed to deliver capital […]

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Unlocking regional and national potential of UK Ports

Business leaders from major ports across the UK are set to come together at Kensington Town Hall on the 1st May for an event set to help ports maximise opportunities to drive economic growth across the UK. The event is set to be one of the largest business conferences of the year focused on driving […]

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Stoford hands over £9m unit to Spire Healthcare

Leading private hospital provider Spire Healthcare is preparing to move into its new £9 million premises at Worcester Six Business Park after Stoford Developments handed it over, 12 months after construction began. When the business moves to the 72,500 sq ft unit at the prestigious £120 million business site, it will provide jobs in customer […]

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Control your energy. And improve your business performance.

Energy is the underlying component of modern life. But it’s also one of the most neglected and misunderstood. Despite being one of the major outgoings for most companies – very few understand what or where they spend on energy. But in a world of increasing cost competition, global-warming, environmental expectations and consumer demand for green […]

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New research report shines spotlight on M&E’s role in the delivery of high rise buildings

The rapid rise in demand for high rise buildings presents significant challenges for M&E experts, who have to challenge 100 per cent of building specifications according to a new research report published by Uponor, the total solutions provider of systems for the safe transportation of water around a building. Uponor’s report, ‘The M&E Role in […]

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Boosting investment into UK ports – ten-point plan launched

The UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) have revealed a 10-point investment plan to accelerate investments into UK ports ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU. UKMG, who represent nine members operating 40 ports across the UK, have laid out simple policy and strategy reforms which can ‘turbo-charge’ the UK ports industry. UKMG worked with […]

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Pagabo launch major new Refit & Refurb Framework

Construction procurement specialists Pagabo announce the launch of a major new Refit and Refurbishment Framework which will go live across the country on Friday, March 1, 2019. The Framework will sit alongside the already prestigious stable of public sector construction related frameworks and is aimed at extending the lifecycle of buildings with modern renovation and […]

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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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Government action can ensure UK benefits from world-class infrastructure

Ministers have a real and exciting chance to set the course for the UK to have world-leading infrastructure, Sir John Armitt said today. The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission pointed to the action taken to date to enact the Commission’s recommendations – and the central role that infrastructure plays in the Government’s Industrial Strategy […]

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Caledonian Modular successful in two educational builds

Caledonian have announced that they’ve successfully bid for two new school projects in England – as they continue to drive forward their modular offering to educational institutions across the UK. The projects, valued at £38m, have been named as the Haygrove School in Somerset and The Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Essex. Caledonian, who’ll be […]

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Champions of infrastructure design sought for pioneering new group

The National Infrastructure Commission is today launching the recruitment of members for its new Design Group, inviting champions of infrastructure design to play an important role in ensuring this issue is placed at the heart of major projects. Commissioner, Professor Sadie Morgan, who will chair the Group, said those involved in this exciting initiative will […]

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RICS; top tips for commercial mediators

Martin Burns – RICS, Head of ADR Research and Development   In my experience, lawyers and other professionals who become commercial mediators are driven by three things. They want to add a new product to their service offering, they yearn for the challenge of doing something new and intellectually challenging, and they want to get […]

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