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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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Building Equality marches at Leeds Pride

Building Equality – an alliance of construction companies working to build LGBT+ inclusion including Built Environment Networking, has completed their second annual march at Leeds Pride. More than 200 people from across the construction and property industry – double the number of people from the previous year – joined the parade to celebrate diversity, advocate […]

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Marshalls sustainability work recognised on FTSE4Good Index

Marshalls plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer of hard landscaping, has remained a FTSE4Good constituent. The FTSE4Good Index measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices and is designed to help investors take these factors into account to make ethical investment decisions. Only companies who demonstrate strong sustainability practices make it onto […]

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Construction to start at Axis J9 Bicester’s latest distribution & manufacturing park following detailed planning approval

Construction is to start on a new distribution and manufacturing park in Bicester to provide space for between 900 and 1,200 jobs, following approval by Cherwell District Council of Albion Land’s detailed planning application incorporating amendments. Axis J9 will be a major employment park totalling 500,000 sq ft, which will be built in three phases: […]

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E.ON Launches Solar Reward Scheme For New Solar Customers

The first 500 customers on the Solar Reward scheme will be rewarded for exporting back to the grid. Designed to encourage homeowners to invest in solar energy and help the UK meet renewable energy target. E.ON has launched a Solar Reward scheme to help try and bridge the gap between the closure of the FiT […]

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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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Mayor Welcomes Cash Boost For Tees Valley High Streets

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has today (July 5) welcomed £300,000 of Government cash to help transform two of the region’s town centres. Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees will each benefit from up to £150,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

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Construction To Start At £1.5m Tower Gardens, Skegness

Construction work to breathe new life into Skegness’ much-loved Tower Gardens park is set to begin today (28 May). Perfect Circle is delivering project management, cost management and health and safety services for the £1.5 million scheme in Skegness, Lincolnshire. The provision of these services has been procured via the Scape National Built Environment Consultancy […]

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Council calls for strengthened green commitment ahead of A428 upgrade

Councillors are calling for a stronger environmental commitment to be made by Highways England in their plans to upgrade the A428. At a meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Monday), members agreed that they supported the plans to upgrade the road in principle, subject to clarification around several areas – including a strengthened […]

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Opportunities lie abroad for UK modular start-ups

Start-up modular manufacturers are finding it easier to find opportunities abroad than in the UK due to the burden of paperwork and procurement, the founder of one start-up offsite company has said at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Joseph Daniels, Founder and Chief Executive of Project Etopia told our event that in his experience it was […]

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Transport and logistics remains key issue for offsite and modular industry

The transport and logistics of delivering offsite manufactured builds to site has been raised as a key issue by one of the UK’s leading housing associations – who was speaking at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Chair of Swan Housing Association Valerie Owen said that their offsite facility had been chosen to be able to deliver […]

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Early engagement with industry will heighten offsite manufacturing benefits

Clients who want to maximise the advantages of offsite manufacture need to engage as early as possible in the process or see benefits curtailed by design and planning issues, a major modular construction firm has said. McAvoy Group’s Senior Business Development Manager Graham O’Doherty told delegates at our Offsite Manufacture Development Conference that engaging with […]

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Can offsite manufacturing stand the test of time?

The offsite manufacturing industry needs to prove that the quality of products made using the methods will stand the test of time if it is to truly convince the public of its value, Bristol Council’s housing lead has said at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council […]

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Construction industry must tackle “wasteful” practices – says leading procurement chief

The construction industry has to standardise its approach to new projects if it is to hit Government innovation and productivity targets, a Department for Education (DfE) procurement chief head has warned. Adam Jones, the Department for Education’s Strategic Framework Manager, who is in charge of the department’s £3bn offsite framework, said that construction needed to […]

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Risk of UK’s offsite manufacturing sector being overtaken by overseas firms

The Head of Sustainable Futures at architecture practice HTA Design has warned the UK’s offsite manufacturing sector could be overtaken by firms in Asia due to a swathe of investment by Asian government’s in the new technology. Rory Bergin, Partner at HTA said: “What’s been interesting to us from the past few years is the […]

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The construction industry “must grasp” the opportunities of offsite or risk losing funding

The construction industry needs to grasp the opportunities of the sector deal or see Government investment potentially dry up, a leading figure in the industry has said. Speaking at our Offsite Manufacturing Development Conference Trudi Sully, Associate Director for Construction and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, said: “It’s a fantastic time to take advantage of the […]

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WSP secures ten highway projects with Highways England

Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed through Highways England’s Specialist, Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) Framework Contract on ten existing highway-related Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) projects. Running to December 2020, WSP will provide technical support to Highways England in managing their day-to-day business for ten existing projects, collectively covering over […]

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Briggs & Forrester Living secure contract on Park Hill development in Sheffield

Briggs & Forrester Living recently secured the MEP services contract on Park Hill Phase 3, a student accommodation redevelopment located in Sheffield. The development, which was given Grade II listed status in the 1990’s, will be refurbished to create 356 bed student accommodation offering a range of studios, 2 bedroom apartments and 4 and 8 […]

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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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Sir Robert McAlpine appointed for Tower Works

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has been appointed by Richardson and Ask Real Estate Ltd as lead contractor to build the Tower Works scheme on Globe Road in Leeds City Centre. The partnership has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine after submitting a planning application earlier this month. The delivery team also includes: engineering firm WSP; Ryder Architecture […]

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Stoford launches new Birmingham city centre HQ 

Leading commercial property developer, Stoford, has celebrated the launch of its new headquarters with an event attended by some of the region’s leading property professionals. The award-winning developer welcomed an audience of 60 invited guests from the commercial property sector to new offices on Ludgate Hill, close to St Paul’s Square, Birmingham. Join us at our incredible Birmingham […]

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Partnership to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes

Partnership to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes Around 150 new affordable homes per year are set to be built in the Midlands, thanks to a partnership between Midland Heart housing association and new housing specialist Partner. The two companies have agreed a memorandum of understanding to work together to source land, gain planning permission, […]

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Works confirmed for next phase of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme after £76m contract signed

The next phase of work on a major project to protect Leeds from the risk of flooding has been confirmed after the contract for it to proceed was signed today. Leeds City Council has agreed a contract worth £75.98million with contractor BMMjv, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, to carry out the […]

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Construction law expert appointment at national law firm Stone King

National law firm Stone King – a frequent attendee to Built Environment Networking events – has strengthened its Commercial Property team with the key hire of construction law specialist Paul Wilson. Paul is regarded as an expert in construction law, both contentious and non-contentious, and joins Stone King’s Birmingham office from Lodders. He will act nationally […]

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Last Call For Schools To Join Major Skills And Stem Event

Schools have one week to sign up to the eighth annual Tees Valley Skills and STEM Event, the region’s biggest careers fair. The event will take place at the Olympia Building at Teesside University on Tuesday, July 2, but there is still time for schools to sign up as visitors and take advantage of the […]

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WSP and Expedition Engineering achieve significant material savings at HS2’s Old Oak Common Station

Lead engineers on HS2’s Old Oak Common station, WSP, have revealed a 27% reduction in the structural steel of the station roof at the west London super-hub. Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, with SME Expedition Engineering, have continued to undertake a series of value engineering reviews for Old Oak Common, following the station designs […]

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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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Local jobs for Local People: Meeting the Section 106 Challenge

Of all the potential Section 106 requirements, the need to employ local labour can prove to be the most challenging – which is why we at O’Neill and Brennan have put considerable resources behind finding practical solutions. The use of geo-location technology helps, of course. Our Section 106 reports will detail how far each of […]

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Need for review on permitted development rights around airports

Gatwick Airport’s Director of Planning, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Tim Norwood has hit out at how permitted development rights have allowed offices close to the West Sussex airport to be converted into homes. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Mr Norwood said: “We have to ask whether the government has kept it’s […]

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Airline catering giant checks in at Icon Manchester Airport 

One of the world’s leading providers of airline catering services is expanding its UK operations with a move to a new state-of-the-art 102,500 sq ft industrial/warehouse unit at Manchester Airport. Alpha LSG, which is jointly owned by dnata and LSG Sky Chefs, has agreed a lease at Unit 4 of the £100 million Icon Manchester […]

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The University of Lincoln has appointed BAM Construction to deliver the next stage of the Lincoln Medical School

After the completion of the first stage of a competitive two-stage tendering process through the YorBuild framework, BAM was selected to develop the detailed design and finalise costs for the major new academic facility on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus; the first of its kind in Lincolnshire. Working in collaboration with the University and Perfect […]

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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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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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Brexit and land availability top airport challenges

Business uncertainty due to Brexit remains the biggest challenge to airport growth beside the availability of land, the Chair of Newcastle Airport’s parent company Iain Malcolm has said. Mr Malcolm, who is chair of LA7 Airport Holding Company and Leader of South Tyneside Council, told delegates at our Airport Cities Development Conference that the current […]

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Airport growth to rely on additional revenue streams

Airports will need to rely more heavily on incomes from developments such as Airport Cities as revenues from flight fees and retail declines the Development Director for Dublin Airport Lorcan Tyrell has said. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Tyrell said that cuts to passenger landing charges from €9.50 to €7.50 were […]

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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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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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