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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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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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