Built Environment Networking Blog:

Exciting new chapter for Yorkshire firm

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

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Firms reaping the benefits of HS2

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

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The wider impact of HS2

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

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

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

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INTERVIEW: Russell Galley, Lloyds Banking Group – Driving Economic Growth In Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference is set to bring together civic and business leaders from across the built environment industry together to discuss the opportunities and barriers to economic growth within the region, whilst presenting future development plans set to happen and tackling the constraints together in a collaborative approach. We’ll be welcoming hundreds […]

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NFB and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and property networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow the NFB to continue to help its members build prosperous businesses and create optimal conditions for the construction industry. The NFB represents small […]

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HS2 Economic Growth Conference: Unlocking huge development, regeneration and economic growth opportunities

On the 7th November, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Birmingham for the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking the huge economic growth opportunities which HS2 will bring to the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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3D printed houses – the answer to accelerating the delivery of homes?

HS2 is set to unlock huge regeneration and development projects across the whole of the UK, whilst other proposals to deliver an expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, the delivery new infrastructure to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda and many more are also set to drive economic growth across our city regions. These projects, alongside other […]

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Infrastructure investment in the North to be higher than London and the South of England

The North of England is set to be boosted by investment into their road and rail networks – as the Government announce higher spending on upgrades in the north compared to London and the South. The announcement by The Department for Transport shows that investment between 2018 and 2021 will be more than £30 more […]

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Collaboration crucial for the delivery of HS2 economic growth

At a time when local government is facing unprecedented pressure on its finances, and a growing and ageing population is putting the UK’s existing infrastructure under increasing strain; public-private partnerships are ever more crucial in delivering on the Government’s agenda for homes, jobs and economic growth. Whilst we look to the private sector to shoulder […]

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Homes England frameworks set to tackle the housing shortage

Homes England, formally known as the Homes and Communities Agency, are set to begin a drive with the aim of boosting housing numbers across the UK. The vision of delivering new homes faster to ease the shortage of homes will be helped by the launch of a procurement initiative at the end of this month, […]

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Gap between ‘Tier One’ bids and rest of the market is narrowing

The gap between the quality of bids submitted by smaller and larger contractors is closing, the Managing Director of a regional frameworks says. Robbie Blackhurst, Managing Director of Procure North West, told our Construction Frameworks Conference panel on best value in procurement that the organisation had set out to encourage greater participation by SMEs when […]

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Bentley ‘horrified’ by self-interested procurement advice

The chair of one of the UK’s leading construction consultants has said she would be ‘horrified’ if procurement advice is being motivated by consultants’ self-interest. During our Construction Frameworks Conference session on delivering a world class framework Rider Levett Bucknall’s Chairman Ann Bentley said: ‘’I would be horrified if you found that professional advisers are […]

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Crown Commercial Service wants to be notified when sub-contracts are dished out

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has asked its prime contractors to notify it when awarding work to their supply chain, the Government’s Chief Commercial Officer told our Construction Frameworks Conference. In the opening keynote speech at the event, held in London last month, Gareth Rhys Williams said the collapse of Carillion has led to ‘slight […]

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‘OJEU will be replaced by OJUK’ predicts framework provider

Tenders will still have to be advertised even if the UK no longer has to abide by OJEU requirements after it has left the EU, a leading framework provided has predicted. Discussing post-Brexit procurement at the Construction Frameworks Conference Tim Oakley, Head of Consultancy at LHC, predicted that public advertisements would remain a feature of […]

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HS2 can provide the ‘rocket fuel’ to help Britain’s ecomomy thrive

Further extending the proposed HS2 project would put ‘rocket fuel in the economy’ to help Britain’s economy thrive. A leading transport think-tank has suggested connecting the UK mainland through HS2 by the year 2050 would see huge economic opportunities unlocked and could provide a massive boost in the creation of jobs and housing. Greengauge 21, […]

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Department for International Trade reveal scale of northern prospects

The recently established property development team of the Department for International Trade (DIT) is currently assessing 75 projects across the north east and Yorkshire, its regional manager has revealed. Ummar Hannif, Yorkshire and North East Regional Manager at the DIT, told our Tees Valley Development Plans Conference that the department had recently widened its inward […]

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Smart Cities – a huge opportunity

Major cities are incredibly important to the global economy. Over half of current global GDP is accounted for by just 380 cities, but that number is expected to rise to 600 by 2025 – who’ll contribute more than 60% in total. As cities grow in complexity more and more challenges need to be overcome. There […]

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Construction industry networking with a difference – to make a difference

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a classic UK trekking challenge. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales these three summits are there to be conquered in just one day. For others however, there are much greater challenges and struggles to overcome. Every day of every year, thousands of young people in the UK find themselves […]

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Heathrow bosses visit Tees Valley SSI site

Yesterday senior leaders of Heathrow Airport visited Tees Valley to see and discuss opportunities at the former SSI site in Tees Valley. The site, which recently had a Compulsory Purchase Order submitted to land owners, could unlock huge potential economic growth and job opportunities – with Heathrow looking at the site as a potential construction […]

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Conference set to unveil development and economic growth opportunities in Tees Valley

On the 16th May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Tees Valley Development Plans Conference – one of the city’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a […]

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The foundations are laid – it’s time for action

Devolution, industrial strategy and funding are creating possibilities, so it’s time to focus on deliver, writes Ian Liddell, Managing Director, Planning & Advisory at engineering and professional services firm WSP – one of our partners for the Tees Valley Development Plans Conference on the 16th May. The most important question we can ask now about […]

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Compulsory Purchase Order issued for former SSI Redcar site

The purchase of a huge site in Redcar have taken a big step forward today – with the issuing of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) noticed being issues to all the landowners today. The Tees Valley Mayor’s office and authorities are keen to complete an agreement in the next few weeks with landowners, with the […]

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Modular homes – the future of the British construction industry?

Last week the Government called for a more innovative approach to solving Britain’s housing shortage and is backing modern methods of construction, such as modular homes, to speed up housing delivery. The Government is calling on councils to set their own design quality standards and use virtual reality technology to win round communities and end […]

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Site investigations underway for Tees Valley Advanced Manufacturing Park

Work is underway to investigate land which could house the £55m Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP). The vision will see over 180,000 sq ft of high quality accommodation across ten buildings in its first phase with the potential to create 1,000 new jobs. Tee Valley is a region with huge potential and there are some […]

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National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel launched

Architects, engineers, designers and energy specialists from across the country are among 16 of the UK’s top young infrastructure professionals selected to sit on a new advisory panel. Launched today by Commission Chair Sir John Armitt, the Young Professionals Panel will inform the Commission’s work and give a strong voice to the infrastructure sector’s future leaders, […]

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Management consultancy framework worth over £2bn announced

The Crown Commercial Service has started the second tender process for a place on its Management Consultancy Framework – which will see firms bid to be on the £2bn framework. The Management Consultancy Framework 2 (MCF2) will be open to businesses offering business consultancy services; procurement, supply chain, and commercial consultancy services; complex and transformation […]

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ZEDpods proposes solution for NHS Key Worker Housing and Delayed Transfer of Care

Each year 33,000 nurses leave the NHS and, according to the Royal College of Nursing, 40% are considering leaving London over the next five years due to housing costs. To meet this problem ZEDpods, a company set up to build and install high quality low carbon homes for keyworkers and young people, is announcing a […]

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Darlington Railway Station revamp moves a step closer

An ambitious scheme to transform Darlington railway station and the surrounding area is close to receiving government backing. A ‘positive’ meeting between Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Transport Minister Jo Johnson took place earlier this week where proposals that include extending the station and creating platforms for local connections and future high-speed services were […]

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Construction Frameworks Conference set to connect major operations, professionals and bidders together

On the 24th May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking and in association with Scape Procure, will see some of the industry’s biggest names from both […]

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Redcar & Cleveland Council release ‘area growth plans’ for over 90 schemes

Redcar & Cleveland Council have revealed plans to transform the region with 99 exciting projects including a brand new cinema, an adventure centre, transformation of the high street and the regeneration of Redcar station. The plans are set to be a huge focus of the Tees Valley Development Plans Conference to be held in Middlesbrough […]

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Story Homes: Developing the North East

For 30 years Story Homes have been one of the names often associated with aspirational new build homes for sale throughout Cumbria, the North East, North West, Lancashire and Scotland. Their passion for quality and excellence has seen them become a multi-award winning UK property develop and we’re delighted to have them confirmed as a […]

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Muse Developments set to deliver £1bn Wirral regeneration

A huge regeneration is set to transform the Wirral – in a project that will deliver new homes, commercial space, retail and leisure developments and boost the regional economy via new jobs and boosted property values. The plans, which are set to make the Wirral an attractive investment zone, will be delivered over a 10-year […]

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Two Scape frameworks worth £2.1bn open to bidders

Scape Group have announced two frameworks which are open to bidding – worth a total of £2.1bn. The frameworks, for civils infrastructure work, are made up of around £1.6bn of infrastructure work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and another £500m for infrastructure work in Scotland. Frameworks are a major part of the construction and […]

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Pegasus Group announce partnership with Built Environment Networking

Pegasus Group have today announced their continued partnership with Built Environment Networking, the UK’s leading provider of networking conferences for professionals in property and construction. The deal will see Pegasus Group become a Conference Associate across 60 regional conferences, and be at the forefront of regional economic debates as the Housing Session Partner for the […]

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Government says it will invest in Facilities Management’s role in the NHS

The government has said that it will improve the professionalization of the NHS estates and facilities workforce in a direct response to the Naylor Report published last year. The report, published last year, examined how the NHS can make the best use of its estate to support NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, whilst highlighting […]

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NHS properties need a ‘partnership approach’ – Chairman of LIFT

A new generation of NHS primary care properties will require support through a ‘partnership’ with the private sector – whilst ensuring a ‘responsible approach’ will be needed to offer the best possible value and quality for money, accordingly to Councillor Chris Whitehouse. He reiterated the warnings of Sir Robert Naylor that high-quality service and patient […]

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A new business park set to gives the North East a boost is given the green light

Plans to attract more than 6,000 new private sector jobs in Durham has moved a step closer following an endorsement by Durham County Council and the North East LEP. The masterplan will now progress for The Aykley Heads site, which is currently the home of Atom Bank and Salyus House, and a delivery model will […]

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Northern Powerhouse Rail proposal is revealed

An ambitious £70bn Strategic Transport Plan has been launched by Transport for the North (TfN) along with outlined proposals for improved east to west connectivity which could have huge economic benefits for the North of England. The draft 30-year plan would see connectivity improve massively between cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull. The […]

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Opportunities for the North as ‘Northshoring’ trend continues

Leeds is not doing enough to attract professional services firms seeking to relocate operations from London, the chairman of one of the world’s leading law firms has told Built Environment Networking’s West Yorkshire Economic Growth conference. Global chairman of Eversheds, Paul Smith, told the keynote session at the event that legal companies were seeking to […]

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Network of fast city to city trains proposal to be submitted at the end of the year

Detail is still light on plans for the so-called Crossrail of the North, the Director of the region’s transport quango has admitted. Nigel Foster, director of strategy at Transport for the North, said in a session at the West Yorkshire economic growth conference that the business case for the line to link up the region’s […]

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The North East is flying…

The arena and conference centre being planned on Gateshead’s Tyne waterfront will be a development of ‘regional significance’, the local council’s chief executive has said. Developers ASK and investors Patrizia are backing the plans for a 10,000 sq m conference and exhibition centre, arena, bars and hotels. The new arena will be located on a […]

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Lance Taylor from RLB talks about why he wanted to be our first National Sponsors

Listen to why Lance Taylor, Chief Executive of Rider Levett Bucknall wanted to be our first National Sponsor.. [cincopa A4CAtOLvsYIu]    

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